As Indicated in the title I am using a "Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000" as my web cam. I am using Windows XP with Service Pack 3 installed. The camera is working fine, but the service running it (I assume it is the one that appears as vVX3000.exe in my task manager) is causing a slight irritation everytime I shut down my computer: It refuses to let itself be turned off by windows. Instead the following error message is displayed:
End Program - CameraMonitor(VX3000)
This program is not responding.
To return to Windows and check the status of the program click Cancel.
If you choose to end the program immediately, you will lose any unsaved data. To end the program now, click End Now.
There is of course no unsaved data to be lost and if I click "End Now" the process is ended and Windows proceeds to Shut Down. However I often forget about this minor nuisance, tell my computer to shut down and leave to find the computer still running the next morning because "CameraMonitor(VX3000)" is not responding. This has been annoying me for a while now and I was wondering whether it is possible to make windows force quit the process automatically every time I shut down.
Any help would be appreciated.
PS: A completely separate thing I was wondering about regarding the "vVX3000.exe" process is weather one can make it run only when the Web Camera is actually connected to the computer. (I don't like processes running in the background when they are clearly not needed, like a web cam process when the web cam is not connected, out of principal. Even if they are so insignificantly small they don't actually influence system performance in any way.)