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Fixed: 7 Ways to Fix Windows Voice Recorder Not Working Issue

By Claire Wilson

October 14, 2019

You are trying to record audio with Windows voice recorder but it doesn't work well? Though the voice recorder is designed to record any sound or voice without any third-party software on Windows 10, sometimes users find Windows voice recorder not working well. Considering that you have this trouble too, I hereby list some common fixes for solving the problem that Windows 10 voice recorder can't record sound.


Solution 1. Update Your Audio Driver

The first fix you need to try is to update your audio drivers by following the below method.

Step 1: Click on "Start", enter "device manager" in the search box and then select it to open the Device Manager window.

Device Manager Window

Step 2: Click on the arrow next to "Sound, video and game controllers" option to expand the list and then right click your sound card and select "Update driver".

Select Update Driver

Step 3: Click on "Search automatically for updated driver software" to let Windows update driver software.

Click on Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software

Alternatively, you can automatically update your sound driver with a software which can identify the drivers required to update and offer the most up-to-date version.

Hopefully this solution can help you fix Windows voice recorder not working issue, but if not, then try below fixes.

Solution 2. Make Sure Microphone Is Enable from Sound Settings

In fact, the most likely cause of Windows voice recorder not working issue is that your microphone is disabled. Therefore, try to follow below methods to enable microphone or recording device and adjust microphone levels.

A. Enable Microphone or Recording Device

Step 1: First of all, right click on the Sound Settings icon at the bottom right corner and select "Recording Devices" from the Sound Settings list.

Step 2: Then select "Recording" on the top menu of Sound window.

Step 3: At last find any desired device in the list, right click on it and choose "Enable".

Enable Microphone

Note: Since disabled devices might be hidden, if you can't find the desired "Microphone", then right click anywhere in the sound window and select "Show disabled devices", then right click the desired microphone and select "Properties", finally choose "Use this Device (Enable)" from the drop-down list of "Device Usage" and click on "Apply" > "OK".

B. Adjust Microphone Levels

On the "Recording" window, right click your microphone or recording device and select "Properties". Choose "Levels" and move the sliders to right side to increase microphone volumes.

After that, check if Windows voice recorder not working issue is fixed or not.

Adjust Microphone Level

Solution 3. Check if Your Device is Connected

In addition, you should check whether your device is connected. If there are multiple recording devices installed on your machine, Windows probably doesn't know which device to use, so you are supposed to select your device as the default recording device.

To do that, open the "Sound" window by clicking on Sound Settings icon, select "Recording" and right click the device you want to use and select "Set as default device".

Select Set as Default Device

Solution 4. Let Windows Voice Recorder Run with Firewall

Since firewall might not allow some software to run, such as Windows voice recorder, therefore, you should also try to check whether your firewall allows Windows voice recorder to run. Just close the firewall and check if you can record audio with Windows voice recorder now. If not, try other fixes.

Solution 5. Use A Different Audio Recording Software

If the Windows voice recorder not working issue still exists after trying above methods, then it is time to consider switching to different recorder software, referring to that, TuneFab Screen Recorder is the best alternative tool of Windows voice recorder, as this software is an all-in-one tool for recording, editing and sharing screen activity.

To record audio with TuneFab Screen Recorder, you need to:

Step 1. Download and Install TuneFab Screen Recorder

Click on below download button in accordance with your system and then install TuneFab Screen Recorder on your computer.

Main Interface

Step 2. Adjust the Volume

Launch it and choose "Audio Recorder", then enable "System Sound" and "Microphone" and adjust the volume.

Step 3. Start Converting

When you are ready to start the conversion, click on "REC" button. If you want to stop recording, simply click on stop icon on the recording panel and then click on "Save".

Start to Record Audio

Solution 6. Run the Audio Troubleshooter

Windows 10 provides a built-in audio troubleshooter, so when you find Windows voice recorder not working, then you can try to run the audio troubleshooter.

Step 1: Right click at "Start" and then choose"Settings".

Step 2: Select "Update & Security" > "Troubleshoot".

Step 3: Right click on "Run the troubleshooter" of "Recording Audio" option and follow the instructions to fix the Windows voice recorder not working issue.

Run the Audio Troubleshooter

Solution 7. Reboot Your Computer

Though you don't know exactly why Windows voice recorder not work well, you can try to reboot your computer to fix the issue. Here comes what you can do.

Step 1: Click on "Start" and then enter "msconfig" into the search bar and click on "Enter" to launch "System Configuration".

Step 2: Choose "General" and then select "Selective startup" and uncheck "Load startup items".

Choose General

Step 3: Choose "Services" and then check "Hide all Microsoft services" and click on "Disable all".

Click on Disable All

Step 4: At last, click on "Apply" > "OK" and then restart your computer. After that, try to record audio with Windows voice recorder again.

Seven common ways to fix Windows voice recorder not working issues are shown as above. When you find the Windows voice recorder is not  well, just follow the above solutions one by one, we sincerely hope that you can fix the issue successfully.

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