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How do I use a web cam to connect with an XP user.

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What is the easiest and simplest way to carry on a netcam session with a user of Windows XP. I have net meeting but they do not. In XP the new messenger allows a video conversation. I am just looking for the simplest and fastest way to conect with my family using a small intel net cam.

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by:jmiller47
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You could have them download netmeeting..
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I treid this but when I download netmeeting it states it is not compatible with windows xp.
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Windows XP Professional has Netmeeting by default (3.01 build 4.4.3400) . I can't speak for the home version since I've never used it but I can't imagine they wouldn't include it in that version as well.

Netmeeting is in the path on install so just going to start > run, running conf.exe should bring it up.

It's installed in C:\program files\netmeeting



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padrino - please dont propose answers, only comments. It locks the thread. Please read the FAQs and the tips below.

You can't install Netmeeting on Windows XP. It is already installed as part of MSN messenger. Bring up MSN Messenger and right-click on a contact. Then choose start a video conversation. This will do the same thing as netmeeting.
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It's been awhile since I've been on the service (Since 2000) but I thought the whole point was to answer questions.

MSN Messenger in XP reports an incompatibility when trying to connect with older clients. In XP MSN Messenger uses the SIP protocol and although I've never tried it myself but everyone I've worked with who has tried to use it has the same problem. A user with XP who specifically wants to talk to a Netmeeting client can just run Netmeeting and connect using the standard Netmeeting UI.
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Then yes, if you can run it from a command line like that then make a shorcut to it on the desktop by right-clicking and going to new>shortcut and typing in conf.

That should work as padrino suggested.
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padrino,
Please see the comment made here by Steven Lewis. It explains more in detail about posting answers instead of comments...
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