Windows Vista Microphone Settings

Learn how to check if your microphone is correctly configured, fix the settings if it isn’t.

If your microphone doesn’t seem to be working, or if you tried our microphone test and the line wasn’t moving, something might be wrong with your microphone settings.

Follow the steps given below to correctly set the mic settings:

  1. Click on the Windows symbol in the bottom-left of the screen and then click on Control Panel as shown in the image below:
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  2. In Control Panel click Hardware and Sound.
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  3. Under Sound click Manage Audio Devices.
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  4. Click the Recording tab.
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  5. The list of recording devices will appear. Try speaking into your microphone, and look for green bars rising while you talk (see screenshot).
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  6. If the green bars are rising while you are speaking that means your microphone is properly configured (what to do if my microphone still isn’t working, even though you say it’s properly configured?)
  7. If the green bars are not rising while you are speaking into the mic, keep following the instructions.
  8. Check if you can recognize which one of the devices in the list is your microphone. Click on the relevant device to highlight it, and then click Set Default.
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  9. Double-click on the device from the list. The Microphone Properties window will appear. Click the Levels tab.
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  10. Drag the slider all the way to the right, until the number ’100′ is displayed beside it.
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  11.  Click OK.
  12. Now check again if you see green bars rising when you talk into the microphone: if you do, your mic is now properly configured. If you tried following this procedure for all the devices but still don’t see any green bars, click here

What To Do If You Did See Green Bars Moving But Your Microphone Still Isn’t Working In Some Program

Well, sorry, we can’t help here. If that’s the case then the problem is with the program, probably in the program’s settings. The program might be listening to the wrong microphone.

The good news is, you’ve now verified that the problem is not with your Vista mic settings.

What To Do If You Don’t See The Green Bars Rising On Any Of The Devices?

Right click on the mouse inside the Recording tab (Steps 1-4). A menu will appear. Click and select the Show Disabled Devices option.
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This might add extra devices to the list. Perform steps 5-12 on those devices too, until you see the green bars when talking into the mic.

This is the end of the guide.
If you’re now sure that your actual microphone is the problem, check out our recommendations page to buy a new one.