I recently installed a Foscam FI8918 IP camera and after installing the software on my Windows 7 PC noticed that the shortcut created by the installation program (for the IP Camera Tool) on the desktop didn’t seem to work. I kept clicking on the shortcut but the IP Camera Tool (used to detect the Foscam camera on your network) would not start at all.
This is apparently due to the installation software creating the shortcut on the desktop with a path pointing to C:\Windows\System32\IPCamera.exe which is the path you want for a 32-bit operating system. However, if you have a 64-bit version of Windows 7 the appropriate path is C:\Windows\SysWOW64\IPCamera.exe.
After navigating to the SysWOW64 folder I located the IPCamera.exe file and right-clicked to create a shortcut on the desktop (with the correct path of C:\Windows\SysWOW64\IPCamera.exe).
I was then able to click on the desktop shortcut to start the IP Camera Tool program which assisted in me in finding the settings for the camera.
This is one of those little quirks in the world of IP camera installation (of which there are many right now) so I wanted to get this out there in case others are experiencing it.
By the way, this problem and the solution to it is described near the back of the User Manual (on page 43). They really ought to put this near the beginning of the manual!
After some work on the network settings and router port forwarding I did get the camera to function just fine and am now enjoying this IP camera.