How to Enable Disabled Microsoft Windows 10 Built in Microphone

Updated: January 1, 2017 / Home » Tutorials

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.

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15 comments on “How to Enable Disabled Microsoft Windows 10 Built in Microphone

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    Ahmed Magdy [ Reply ]

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

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    Anonymous [ Reply ]

    Thanks you,

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

    Have a nice day

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    RuneDojil [ 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.

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      help me [ Reply ]

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

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    clickforamin [ Reply ]

    Thanks Indeed.. It helped.

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      Adam Pash [ Reply ]

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

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        Geckoandfly [ 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.

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      Thorin Klosowski [ Reply ]

      Disabled internal Mic/no audio devices installed Solved

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    Anonymous2 [ Reply ]

    Must helpful, many thanks!!!

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      Sarah Perez [ Reply ]

      how do I enable it again?

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        I accidentally disabled my built in microphone

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    Dan Berghamer [ Reply ]

    Thanks from another lost user. Great help.

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    RockFox [ Reply ]

    Thanks for this solution. I disabled the microphone and I didn’t know how to get it back.
    I think it is stupid that “hide” is the default for disable devices.

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    In my sound control panel – recording devices (windows 8) the realtek high definition audio – it says – not plugged in and showing red arrow down. How to plug it in?

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