Webcam pass through RDP

Sentiero 1 Reputation point

connecting to a Windows Server 2019 RDS Host the locally connected “Microsoft LifeCam Cinema” webcam is not always passed through. I’ve tried with 6 different Windows 10 computers:

  • 3 Windows 10 Pro computers: The webcam is passed through if I activate it with RemoteFX. The computer icon appears in the Remote Desktop title bar. Without RemoteFX it’s not working: It says the webcam is used by another application when I test it with
  • 3 Windows 10 Home: The webcam is not passed through. The computer icon does not appear in the Remote Desktop title bar. It says also the webcam is used by another application when I test it with

Is there a way to get this working also with Windows 10 Home?

Possibly the local GPO setting "Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Connection Client\RemoteFX USB Device Redirection\Allow RDP redirection of other supported RemoteFX USB devices from this computer" makes the difference. But how do I activate this in a Home edition?


Windows 10 Setup
Windows 10 Setup
Windows 10: A Microsoft operating system that runs on personal computers and tablets.Setup: The procedures involved in preparing a software program or application to operate within a computer or mobile device.
1,853 questions
{count} votes

2 answers

Sort by: Most helpful
  1. S.Sengupta 13,366 Reputation points MVP

    Open windows settings panel.

    Click on the privacy icon (lock symbol), to open the privacy panel. Click on the camera icon, to open the camera privacy settings panel. select on or off for each application

    0 comments No comments

  2. Karlie Weng 9,886 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hello @Sentiero

    As far as I know, There is no Remote Desktop in Windows 10 Home. Microsoft removed some features from Windows 10 home like group policy editor gpedit.

    You'll need to be running either Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise to use Remote Desktop.

    Best Regards


    If the Answer is helpful, please click "Accept Answer" and upvote it.
    Note: Please follow the steps in our documentation to enable e-mail notifications if you want to receive the related email notification for this thread.