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Force Skype HD Webcam Video

Force Skype HD Webcam Video: Allows you to Enable/Disable (and even configure) High-Quality Video in Skype, and even High-Definition Video !
Pay attention that normally Skype activates HD Video only if you have a Dual-Core processor, and an expensive Logitech webcam...

If you want to activate, enable, force, configure, hack,... skype HD video for your webcam, this software is for you !


Tip: If you have a Logitech webcam, I recommend that you install the latest Logitech Quickcam driver, don't bother about your webcam model, download the Quickcam software for newest webcam such as the Quickcam Pro 9000 from here

Click here to DOWNLOAD Force Skype HD Webcam Video for Windows
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Make sure you have Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1 installed, click here for .NET 3.5 SP1 download

Version: 1.5

Publication date: 05/09/2011

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP. (32 and 64bits)
Skype 3.6 and above (tested up to 5.3)

Warranty/Support: Hummm, none... use it at your own risk.

Disclosure: There is no relation between us and Skype, don't ask Skype for support, don't bother them about this software. I'm pretty sure that this software avoids Skype's warranty.

License: Free (public domain) software under WTFPL

Source Code: This is a Visual Studio 2010 (C#) project clic here to download the source-code

Known Limitations:

  • Only Skype for Windows is supported.
  • If the bandwidth is too low or your CPU usage is above 90%, Skype will not send HD video even with this hack.


  1. Make sure you have the latest driver for your webcam, and a recent version of Skype (above v3.6).
    Note: You need to configure your webcam in Skype before going to the next step.
  2. Install this software and then click on "Enable HD Video"
  3. Quit and restart Skype
  4. Enjoy sending HD Video to your contacts
  5. You may want to check that your processor isn't overloaded, use windows task manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del)


Check that HD resolution is enabled, in skype

  1. Go to the 'Tools' Menu,
  2. Clic the 'Options...' menu item,
  3. Clic the 'Advanced' Tab,
  4. Clic the 'Connection' sub-tab,
  5. Clic the 'Display technical info during calls' checkbox.


Skype standard resolutions: 160x120, 320x240, 640x480 (HQ)
other resolutions: 800x600, 980x720 (HD, seems to be the max limit, at least on my QuickCam Pro 9000)

Bandwidth requirements:

Take a look at How much bandwidth does Skype need?
And test your connection on SpeedTest.net.


TROUBLESHOOT Screenshot 'Cannot Start Application' If you get the "Cannot Start Application" error while installing, this is a common bug of Microsoft, so please do the following operations:
  1. In windows file explorer, in the navigation bar type:
    "%USERPROFILE%\local settings\Application Data\IsolatedStorage"
    (without the double quotes), and then press enter.
    Then, select all folders you see and delete them (they are just installation temporary files that Microsoft forgot).
  2. Repeat the above operation in:
    "%USERPROFILE%\local settings\Apps\2.0\Data"

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