Microsoft LifeCam Webcam – Drivers Only

I own a Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000 webcam, which is nothing special, but absolutely okay for its price. The only thing that bothered me is that the driver is not available as a standalone download: You need to download a 50MB installer, which then downloads another 150MB: DirectX, the .NET framework and other components required for the (useless) software. Without network connection, you cannot install the driver. Also, (of course) you’re forced to install the software, too.
So, I extracted the driver files from the setup. The ZIP file includes drivers for the NX-6000, the VX-1000, VX-3000 and VX-6000. They’re working fine without the software.
[*][url=]LifeCam drivers for Windows XP 32bit[/url] (extracted from LifeCam 2.04 installer, 8 MB)
[*][url=]LifeCam drivers for Windows Vista/Windows 7 64bit[/url] (from LifeCam 3.20 installer, 3 MB)
On some Win7 installations, an installer will open and try to download the software, but you can safely cancel the dialog.
[b][i]Update 20.04.2010: Win7 drivers from v3.20.[/i][/b]

68 Responses

  1. aneededdriver says:

    thank you

  2. Jeremy says:

    You rock! Thank you for your efforts!

  3. Beka says:

    Thx man, you fckin made my day!

  4. john says:

    Thnaks so much 2 hours of wasted time untill I found your page.

  5. dude says:

    thanks man

  6. Can you give some hints on how you extracted the drivers. Because the lastest version for Windows 7, v 2.91, comes in the same bulking format.

  7. Moritz says:

    I have updated the post with a download link for 64bit drivers extracted from the new 2.91 installer. They work for both Windows Vista and Windows 7.
    I’ll add a post about how I extracted the driver to my blog tomorrow.

  8. Erich says:

    Thank you!
    This is exactly what i’m searchin’ for…

  9. Tracy says:

    Thank you thank you, you awesome person! Congrats on being the only person on the net to offer this.

  10. Kevin says:

    which one is the appication?

  11. Moritz says:

    None! I have removed the application on purpose, as it is not needed for the Webcam to work with any software that supports Webcams. Just install the driver for the hardware manually, by selecting the directory to where you have extracted the ZIP from this page within the hardware wizard.

  12. hklf says:

    Thanks man!
    I can’t even locate the driver download page on Microsoft’s own download center main page or their own search engine.

  13. Sai says:

    Thanks a ton dude….. Wasted whole night yesterday downloading..installing and uninstalling some stupid softwares going by this name…..
    Thanks a ton again dude…

  14. Jen says:

    Thank you so much!
    It took me forever to find it πŸ™‚

  15. Traviss says:

    Thanx, but still not working for me..:( I’m running windows 7 RC build 7232 and the drivers are blocked due to “known compatibility issue”, by OS is as a solution proposed to install this same version.. Haven’t found any solution yet πŸ™

  16. Stas says:

    I have the same probler with windows 7 RC build 7232 πŸ™

  17. Moritz says:

    Microsoft didn’t release a new driver yet, judging from their [url=]Windows 7 Beta Drivers[/url] website. Could you try and install the software from there?

  18. Simon says:

    Would really love to see that how-to on extracting the files from the installer.

  19. Moritz says:

    Sorry that it took so long. You can find the tutorial [url=]here[/url].

  20. Tristan Ng says:

    Thank you very much for the driver!

  21. nick says:

    Yeah, so not a computer tech at all. And not sure what drivers and all that stuff is. Read the other post and still not sure what i need to do to make this webcam work…. I’ve extracted everything and got a bunch of folders and pictures….not sure what to click on or save or how to get this thing work. Could ya help??

  22. Moritz says:

    The exact steps depend on your Windows version. These are drivers, no installer, nothing to “click on”. When you connect your webcam, Windows will try to install it itself, but fail because it doesn’t ship with the necessary drivers. You can then point it to the location of the extracted files.
    Two links from the top of Google:

  23. Traviss says:

    Not even Beta Drivers from Microsoft page were working, but now with v3.0 out is everything allright! Hopefully.. πŸ™‚

  24. na says:

    thanks man, this is the only driver that works

  25. Naomi says:

    you are a life saver, THANKS(:

  26. Laurent says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was so fuming at MS for not providing this. I just needed a one time video skype usage for this one computer. Cheers!

  27. Mark says:

    How do I install it? Do I put it in a folder? I have VX-3000

  28. Stephen says:

    this was of great help. I too had spent many wasted hours and following the advice and the download available from this blog solved the problem. Many thanks

  29. Fritzybabe says:

    What a hero!!!! You’ll never get a job for Microsoft – you’re too helpful!
    By the way the Windows 7 and vista 64 bit works for XP64 as well unlike any of the Microsoft packages.

  30. ali pali says:

    im comfused! witch ones the one for lifecam VX-3000?
    plz tall me

  31. Moritz says:

    There is one archive for Windows XP and one for Win7, each contains *all* LifeCam drivers.

  32. Joel says:

    Thank you SOO much. There is nothing I hate more than having to download 150MB for a single driver. Saved me so much time. PS the google search that got me here was “microsoft lifecam vx 1000 stand alone drivers”. Top notch

  33. Jack Handy says:

    excellent the driver with out the bloat you are the man to bad MS is to dam stupid to figure this stiff out.

  34. Jovan says:

    I didn’t have to download the 115MB file for my camera driver all thanks to you. Love you man. No gay.

  35. volo says:

    thanks a lot. I cannot believe that Microsoft is providing a CD without drivers, death penalty for stupidity should be applied to the MS developpers of this camera.

  36. LEECH666 says:

    Sadly there is no Win7 32Bit Version of the Drivers only package, i tried to extract them myself from the LifeCam3.21 Software Package, but it looks like they are not included in that Pack.

  37. Moritz says:

    The Microsoft installer downloads drivers for the current system. I don’t have a system with Win7 32bit.
    For an explanation on how I did the extraction, see [url=]this post[/url].
    If you manage to extract the 32bit drivers send them to me and I’ll add them here.

  38. LEECH666 says:

    Ok, so I managed to retrieve the files from the Win7-x86 Installer.
    Again there were drivers for multiple cams included.
    Here they are:
    I follwed the naming convention of Moritz files.
    Anyway I don’t know why I didn’t think of this way to extract the files from the installer. Normally I know how to do this, but when I wrote my first comment here it didn’t cross my mind to look into the tempdir. :-/
    Now all is left is uninstalling the bloat πŸ™‚

  39. iisan7 says:

    You are awesome for doing this — I was dreading installing all that crap just for a webcam. This is excellent. Thanks!

  40. ???????? says:

    You are awesome!!! All works from first attempt!

  41. Micala says:

    Awesome, thanks so much for doing this. For some reason the Microsoft download would not work on my computer, but yours did. ^_^

  42. Heckie says:

    Thank you so much Moritz and L666, it worked like a charm, you made my day !!!

  43. khoacalacan says:

    Much appreciated, Thank yous!

  44. Gabriel says:

    Thank you man!

  45. LEECH666 says:

    As I am currently in the process of setting up Windows 7 (x64) on my game pc I thought I’d share the latest drivers for the 64-bit branch of Win 7 with you guys.
    So here is the most recent version (v3.22) of the Lifecam drivers.

  46. Rajendra says:

    Great, thanx for avoiding collecting all the crap.

  47. roger says:

    i lost my cd driver for microsoft web cam vx1000 can anyone help πŸ™‚

  48. Brad Wolfe says:

    Thank you for doing the job that Microsoft should have, but ultimately failed to do. Thank you a million million times sir.

  49. Alex says:

    Thank you!

  50. Rob says:

    Thanks, that makes life easier..

  51. Tom says:

    Excellent work, I really cannot understand why they cannot provide driver only option!
    I have extracted drivers before, but cannot seem to get them from the LifeCam package successfully, could you do a extraction guide, so we can DIY from the latest package??
    Again awesome work.

  52. bn says:

    Thanks very much. Spent too much time tryin to download it on slow eircom broandband connection.

  53. JUlz says:

    Dude, you rock!!!

  54. MAd says:

    Thanks man, Saved me lots of time!!!

  55. Etienne Boucher says:

    Thank you!!!!! Life saver!

  56. Shaun says:

    Thanks for this but when I download file my computer gets stuck on 56% of download then does nothing.
    Don`t seem able to download whole file for 32bit.
    Any ideas.
    I`m don`t have very much technical knowledge of computers.
    Thanks if you can help

  57. Moritz says:

    I have no idea. Downloads fine for me.

  58. Joeygordon says:

    I downloaded the files to used my vx-3000 but it won’t work, how do I install the cam, I mean I have all the drivers how do I get it to install?

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    post to be updated regularly. It consists of good stuff.

  60. doctor says:

    great job…I have almost lost my mind cracking this.thanks a ton man…

  61. ss says:

    very good job.
    Thanks a lot for people like me ho do not have time to crack stupid microsoft software…

  62. LEECH666 says:

    I upgraded to the Microsoft LifeCam Studio quite some time ago and I finally came around to create a driver only package for that cam.
    Sorry Win7 x64 only!
    [It might work on other Windows x64 versions, NOT TESTED)! I also don’t know if this driver works for any other cam than the LifeCam Studio.]
    This mirror (unlike most mirros on my earlier posts) shouldn’t get deleted because it’s hosted on my MediaFire account:
    If you want to extract the drivers on your own (because you don’t trust me i.E.) monitor the folder X:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Local\Temp\LifeCamSetup for the file during setup. I assume the x86 filename you’re looking for will be instead.

  63. LEECH666 says:

    Here are a lot of mirrors for the v3.60 driver:
    http://www mirrorcreator com/files/ILN1ETF3/microsoft-lifecam-studio-drivers-only-3.60-x64.zip_links
    http://mirrorstack com/swc3vd5z7rx3
    http://www multiupload nl/UVUG5BELO0
    Sorry, had to remove the dots to get past the spam filter. Please copy the link to your adress bar and ad the dots on your own.

  64. faraz says:

    i need ur help dude..i need microft lifecam vx-1000 drivers for windows 8..can u plz help me out bro..m n.t able to find da drivers..hope u.ll help me..