How to Enable Disabled Microsoft Windows Built in Microphone

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I wanted to use Google Voice and Skype and for some unknown reason, my built in Microphone for my Sony laptop was not functioning. According to Microsoft Windows, no such hardware exist, after much trial and error, I was able to solve the problem.

The reason why ‘no audio devices are installed’ appears in the list for recording tab is because the ‘Show Disabled Device’ is unchecked. All you have to do is check the ‘Show Disabled Device’.

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How to Enable Disabled Windows 7 Built in Microphone

  • Step 1 – Search for ‘Sound’
  • Step 2 – Click on ‘Sound’ under the control panel list

How to Enable Disabled Windows 7 Built in Microphone

  • Step 3 – In the new window, click on the ‘Recording’ tab
  • Step 4 – Right click on the empty box and select ‘Select Disabled Devices’. When you’re done, you’ll see that your ‘Microphone’ hardware is disabled, enable it.

This simple troubleshooting tutorial works on all Sony, Dell, Hp, Toshiba and Acer laptop. I believe the user interface is the same for both Windows 7 and Vista. All wells that end well, happy voice chatting on MSN, Google Voice and Skype. This tutorial works on Windows XP, 7 and 8.


12 comments on “How to Enable Disabled Microsoft Windows Built in Microphone

  1. Ahmed Magdy
    Ahmed Magdy March 10, 2011 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Thanks man..you made my day..
    and well done on the illustration of the information..
    thanks again.

    • peipei
      peipei April 14, 2013 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Mute Built In Microphone?

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Thanks you,

    Thanks to you I came to reenable my brain.dll and built-in mic.

    Have a nice day

  3. RuneDojil
    RuneDojil July 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you SO MUCH! I had been beating my brain against the computer search engines trying to find the answer to this ridiculously simple problem! I can now rest easy.

    • help me
      help me April 14, 2013 at 7:48 am - Reply

      Disabled Built-In Mic on Windows 7, Can’t Re-Enable!‎

  4. clickforamin
    clickforamin October 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks Indeed.. It helped.

    • Adam Pash
      Adam Pash April 14, 2013 at 7:49 am - Reply

      How to re-enable the internal microphone in Windows 8?

      • Geckoandfly
        Geckoandfly April 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

        Just follow the tutorial, if your mic doesn’t work, try using an external karaoke mic to test, maybe the internal mic on your laptop is faulty.

    • Thorin Klosowski
      Thorin Klosowski April 14, 2013 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Disabled internal Mic/no audio devices installed Solved

  5. Anonymous2
    Anonymous2 February 23, 2013 at 2:40 am - Reply

    Must helpful, many thanks!!!

    • Sarah Perez
      Sarah Perez April 14, 2013 at 7:49 am - Reply

      how do I enable it again?

      • Wales
        Wales April 14, 2013 at 7:50 am - Reply

        I accidentally disabled my built in microphone

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