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Windows 10: Microphone not working due to Privacy Settings

Summary: Resolving an error seen when running the microphone wizard in windows 10 on your Dell PC.

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If your microphone suddenly stops working, but the microphone is listed in Device Manager. You've tested other microphones and they are having the same problem. You checked and the audio levels are set as they should be and the microphone is not muted. However when you run the Microphone Wizard it gives the following error.


(Figure.1 The Wizard could not start)




This error is usually tied to privacy issues in Windows 10:

  1. Using the start menu, open Settings

  2. Go to Privacy

  3. Scroll down the left-hand side and select Microphone under App Permissions

  4. Toggle on Allow apps to access your microphone

  5. Test that this has resolved your error


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21 Feb 2021



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