- Paint - no, doesn't have anything to take a picture.
- I know, Start, then search for camera. That shows the devices.
- How about search for webcam? Devices. Nothing to let me take the pic.
- My old friend Google produced this - a person who asks the same question. Look at the answers he gets, I mean really, is it that hard to take a picture from the webcam in Windows? One guy suggests a screen shot (snipping tool), doh! One guy says "use the software that comes with your computer" - doh! This is a Lenovo, so let's go to Thinkpad Productivity Center. Hmm, wireless, powering on and off radios, device configuration, help and support. Nope.
- Oh, I know, Skype uses the camera. And? No tools to take a pic, just take a damned picture! Really, guys?
- Take a picture with my iPhone
- E-mail it, or file in my Dropbox folder that is synched to my PC
- Open from my PC
If that were the only thing, it would be frustrating. But that is indicative of everything in Windows, just about. There are a few intuitive things, but overall - klunky. And people call this multimedia, advanced? I have been struggling the same for years with how to scan from the scanner. You need some special software, hopefully provided by the scanner manufacturer. I first tried to use the scanner on Windows at home about 3-4 years ago, never did figure out how to get my wife's HP laptop to scan from the Canon WiFi all-in-one. So, I got her a Macbook Pro. Problem solved.
With the Mac, you don't have to think about it. Any software, you want to make a PDF? Just print, and on the standard Print dialog is Save as PDF. You want to scan? Just run the built-in Preview app and import from scanner, or most graphical software provides scan functionality. You want to take a pic? Any graphics app you can just import from the scanner, camera, etc. And people say a Mac costs a lot? I'd rather have a used, 5-year-old Mac than a brand new Windows PC. How's that for someone who's used Macs for 3.5 years, and Windows for 25 years?