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Windows XP Microphone Settings

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

Here’s how to set the microphone settings in Windows XP:

Step 1: Click on Control Panel in the Windows start menu.

Control Panel in Windows XP

Step 2: Click on “Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices”.


Step 3: Click on Sounds and Audio Devices.


Step 4: Click on the ‘Audio’ tab.

Audio Tab in Audio Settings Windows XP

Step 5: Under Sound recording click on ‘Volume’.

Sound Recording Volume Control in Windows XP

Step 6: Make sure that under ‘Microphone’ ’the checkbox ‘Select’ is checked. (What to do if you don’t see the word ‘Microphone’ in this window).

Selecting the Microphone in Windows XP

Step 7: In the same screen, check that the microphone volume is turned up (doesn’t have to be all the way, though it wouldn’t hurt).


Step 8: And to finish: check if your microphone is working using our microphone test or the Windows sound recorder.

Step 9: If your mic still isn’t working, do not despair, click here for more things you can check.

What to do If you don’t see the word ‘Microphone’ in the Volume menu:

Step 1: Click on Options and from the menu that drops down choose Properties.

Recording Control Properties in Windows XP

Step 2: Make sure that the ‘Recording’ option is the one that’s marked.


Step 3: Check (mark) ‘Microphone’.

Mark 'Microphone' to Make the Microphone Controls Appear in Windows XP

Step 4: Click OK and then you will be brought back to the Volume options, where the Microphone options will now be visible.

Step 5: Take me back to the step I was in.

What to do if your problem still isn’t solved:

Step 1: Go back to the ‘Sounds and Audio Devices’ window, and to the ‘Audio’ tab in that window. (Repeat steps 1 to 4 in the first explanation to get there).

Step 2: Under the words ‘Default device:’ choose a different option from the menu that drops down (your options will likely be different from the screenshot here).

Changing the default recording device in Windows XP

Step 4: Click ‘Apply’

Step 5: Check your microphone again using our microphone test or the Windows sound recorder.

Step 6: If the microphone still isn’t working, repeat this explanation until all the different ‘Default device’ options are exhausted.

What to do if your problem STILL isn’t solved!!