Fixed the error “Cannot start microphone during wizard” in Windows 10

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Marie-Ange Demory

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Whenever you try to access the Set the microphone In Windows 10, you will see this error message "The wizard was unable to start the microphone". This is a common mistake, especially when you are trying to set up your Windows microphone and it prevents you from doing so.

Fortunately, there are a couple of solutions available for this “Cannot Start Microphone” error in Windows 10. Let's see how to fix this.

Method 1: run the troubleshooter

Step 1: Go to Home on the desktop and click settings (Gear icon) in the context menu, located above the file energia option.

Step 2: A settings window, click Update and security.

Step 3: In the next window, click Solve problems option on the left, then on the right side of the panel, scroll down and click Additional troubleshooting tools.

Step 4: A Additional troubleshooting tools window, scroll down and down Find and solve other problems, To select Audio Recording.

Then click on the file Run the troubleshooter button below it.

Step 5: Wait a few moments until it detects the devices you want to repair. Select the appropriate device from the list and click The next.

Now, wait until the troubleshooter provides a solution. Click Apply Fix to fix the problem.

This should fix the error and it shouldn't appear again, but if it still does, try the second method.

Method 2: Enabling Allow apps to access microphone settings

Step 1: Open the settings window, as shown in Step 1 in 1 method over it. Now in settings window, click System.

Step 2: In the next window, click Sound left side option. Now on the right side of the panel, scroll down to Related settings section. Click Microphone privacy settings under it.

Step 3: On the right side of the panel, scroll down to Allow apps to access your microphone section and move the cursor to activate it.

Now restart your PC and the error should go away. But, if the problem persists, try the third method.

Method 3: check if the microphone is on

Step 1: Go to speaker icon at the bottom right of yours Application bar. Right-click on it and click Sounds.

Step 2: A Sound dialog box, select the file Registration tab, select the file Microphone and right click on it. Click on Enable in the context menu.

Step 3: Now, click on the file Set default button below to change the current microphone as default. Click on To apply and so ok to save changes and exit.

That's all. Now you can access the setup microphone on your Windows 10 PC smoothly, without errors.

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