How can I video chat with Windows XP?

by on February 8, 2009

Q: I have a new Dell studio 15 w/web cam. I am leaving on a trip with grandkids & would like for them to be able to video chat with their parents. They have emachine with Windows XP. What do we need to do?


3 Responses to “How can I video chat with Windows XP?”
  1.  

    Here is a basic procedure:

    1. Make sure that microphone and webcam drivers are properly installed on both computers. You can download the appropriate drivers for your Dell from: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/

    2. Install IDENTICAL chat software on both computers. Popular free chat services include Windows Live Messenger http://messenger.live.com/, Google Talk http://www.google.com/talk/, Skype http://www.skype.com/, and Yahoo Messenger http://messenger.yahoo.com/.

    3. Create a free account on each computer for whichever service you choose.

    4. I strongly recommend that you do a few test chats before you go on your trip — just to make sure that you are using the best settings.

    Does this help?

     
  2.  

    Google has some new and free voice & video chat software you can try: http://mail.google.com/videochat

    Just make sure you test it out before the trip.

    Please let us know if this is helpful.

     
  3.  

    Mark is correct. Although accessible from the link that I included in my previous post (click on the video camera icon), Google’s free video/voice service is technically part of Google Gmail, not Google Talk.

    My guess is that free video/voice will eventually become part of Google Talk. Indeed, when installing Google’s voice/video software, you’ll see a Google Talk logo.

    Please keep Mark and me informed on your progress.