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What is mscams32.exe?

Part of Microsoft LifeCam by Microsoft

What is it?

The LifeCam is a Webcam from Microsoft for home PC users available in various models. Its special features include an embedded microphone and integration with Windows Live Messenger, thus enabling direct Internet support. All models of Lifecam have a Windows Live Call button that causes Windows Live Messenger to initiate a video call. It is available for both laptops and desktops.
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How does mscams32.exe run?

Service - mscams32.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'MSCamSvc' (MSCamSvc). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. MSCamSvc runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the mscams32.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of mscams32.exe users, 15.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is mscams32.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00003% CPU276.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
10.27 MB RAM47.7%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\microsoft lifecam\mscams32.exe

Are there other versions of Microsoft LifeCam?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6002.131072)

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File details

File name: mscams32.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Microsoft LifeCam
Description: MsCamSvc.exe
Size: 135.86 KB
Original file name: MsCamSvc.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Effective date: 12/7/2009
Expiration date: 3/7/2011

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000623188%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000347205%
User CPU: 0.00002759834135%
Privileged CPU time: 78 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 330,408,375
CPU cycle count /min: 88,244
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 89.98 MB
Peak committed memory: 91.11 MB
Paged memory: 10.27 MB
Peak paged memory: 10.33 MB
Paged system memory: 79.47 KB
Non-paged system memory: 6.41 KB
Working set memory: 6.99 MB
Peak working set memory: 10.28 MB
Min working set memory: 6.85 MB
Private memory: 10.27 MB
Page faults: 2,908
Page faults /min: 1
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 7
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 498 Bytes
Read transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total write operations: 7
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 504 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,306
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 1.94 KB
Other Transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Handle count average: 148
Thread count average: 4
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft LifeCam\MSCamS32.exe"

Service details

Name: MSCamSvc
Service type: Win32OwnProcess

Image hashes

MD5: 31e023681015c35ebfe1498b07813b87
SHA-1: c8474359cbff1a8a116bf018d27f6f1e698b1d4b
SHA-256: d8c77e0e6379cf81e7072a9868f72a67a05c6094bf6468cc9bf707420dd7b4ca

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0
File packed: No
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