Many of the Windows users who upgrade their computers to Windows 10, especially those who upgrade relatively older computers (those that are at least 6 years old) often see that built-in Windows applications such as Camera, Photo and Edge are unable to open the computer’s camera and, upon the failure, display error code 0x000003ea. Error code 0x000003ea is a more common occurrence on older computers that are upgraded to Windows 10 than the average Windows user would care to think.
All of the computers affected by error 0x000003ea are unable to use their cameras through the Camera, Photo or Edge application or any other built-in Windows 10 application. However, third-party applications such as Skype are easily able to access and use the cameras on the same computers that are suffering from error 0x000003ea. This problem stems from the fact that it has been a long, long time since the device drivers for the cameras of most computers and laptops that are 6 years old or maybe even more were updated, and there is a pretty good chance that their manufacturers are not going to be updating the drivers any time soon, if at all.
Since the camera drivers for such laptops and computers haven’t been updated in a long time, they are not compatible with Windows 10. This is the reason why built-in Windows applications are completely incapable of successfully launching and using the cameras of such computers. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no way that this problem can be fixed. A possible workaround for this problem is for you to download and use a third-party application that is designed to replace the built-in Camera app for image and video capturing. The truth of the matter is, this problem won’t actually be fixed until or unless Windows decides to update its own drivers to render outdated equipment such as the old cameras on older laptops and computers compatible with Windows 10, and unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be a priority for Microsoft.