Fix: Internal Microphone stopped working after Windows 10 Upgrade

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For those of you who are using HP laptops and you upgraded to Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9926 you might have noticed that the internal microphone is not working anymore.Well we have manage to find a fix to the internal microphone issue for Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9926 and you can follow the tutorial posted below for a detailed explanation on this subject and also follow the steps in the order they are described for a more quicker fix.

Basically the apps you have installed in Windows 10 will not detect your internal microphone and changing the BIOS settings is not enough to get this issue fixed in Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9926. In this tutorial we will also try to uninstall the IDT high definition drivers because these will also interfere with your internal microphone and latest build of Windows 10.

  • Windows 10 microphone not working Realtek – Realtek microphones are prone to cause problems after Windows update.
  • Windows 10 headset mic not working – If your headset microphone is not working, check out this article.
  • Windows 10 external microphone not working – If your external microphone is not working, check out this article.
  • Realtek microphone driver – Realtek microphone driver is usually the cause of microphone issues in Windows.

What to do if Internal Microphone stopped woring after Windows 10 upgrade

Table of contents:

  1. Update drivers
  2. Re-enable the microphone
  3. Set Microphone as Default Recording Device
  4. Check if microphone is muted
  5. Disable Audio Enhancements
  6. Use the Troubleshooter
  7. Change the audio format
  8. Reset Windows Audio service

Fix: Internal Microphone stopped working in Windows 10

Solution 1 – Update drivers

Let’s start nice and slow, and with the most common solution. The very first thing you should do when dealing with any hardware-related issue is checking if your driver are up to date. And the internal microphone on your laptop is not an exception.

If you’re not sure how to check your microphone drivers, just follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to Search, type devicemngr, and open Device Manager
  2. Expand Audio Inputs and Outputs
  3. Right-click your microphone, and go to Update Driver Software
  4. Wait for the process to finish
  5. Restart your computer

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If there’s a new update for your microphone driver, the Driver wizard will install it automatically. However, if there’s no new update, or the problem still persists even after installing the update, move on to another solution.


Solution 2 – Re-enable the microphone

If you’ve tweaked some privacy settings in the past, there’s a chance you accidentally blocked the apps from using your microphone. In that case, all you need to do is to allow apps to use the microphone, and you should be good.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy
  2. Head over to the Microphone section
  3. Now, just toggle Let apps use my microphoneWindows 10 microphone not working Realtek

Solution 3 – Set Microphone as Default Recording Device

If you’ve used an external microphone, there’s a chance it’s still set as a default recording device. And if your built-in microphone isn’t set as a default recording device, you won’t be able to use it.

Here’s how to check if your built-in microphone is set as default recording device:

  1. Right-click the sound icon in the taskbar
  2. Go to Recording devices
  3. Right-click your built-in microphone, and go to Set as default device
  4. Restart your computer

Solution 4 – Check if microphone is muted

Another silly thing that may cause you problems is your built-in microphone being actually muted. Here’s how to check if that’s the case:

  1. Right-click the sound icon in the taskbar
  2. Go to Recording devices
  3. Right-click your microphone and go to PropertiesRealtek microphone driver
  4. Go to the Levels tab and increase the level of your microphone

Solution 5 – Disable Audio Enhancements

Although Audio Enhancements can actually improve the whole sound experience on your computer, this feature is also a known cluprit of various speaker or microphone-related issues. So, sometimnes the best thing you can do is to simply disable Audio Enhancements.

And here’s how to do that:

  1. Right-click the sound icon in the taskbar
  2. Go to Recording devices
  3. Right-click your microphone and go to PropertiesWindows 10 external microphone not working
  4. Head over to the Enhancements tab
  5. Check Disable all sound effects
  6. Save changes

Solution 6 – Use the Troubleshooter

If you’re using Windows 10 Creators Update or later, you have a new troubleshooting tool designed to deal with various system related issues. Including sound and recording problems.

Here’s how to run the Sound Troubleshooter:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Head over to Update & Security > TroubleshootInternal Microphone stopped working after Windows 10 Upgrade
  3. Find Recording Audio, and click Run the troubleshooter
  4. Follow further on-screen instructions
  5. Restart your computer

Solution 7 – Change the audio format

  1. Right-click the sound icon in the taskbar
  2. Go to Recording devices
  3. Right-click your microphone and go to Properties
  4. Head over to the Advanced tab
  5. Under Default Format, choose another frequency form the dropdown menuWindows 10 headset mic not working
  6. Save changes
  7. Restart your computer

Solution 8 – Reset Windows Audio service

The next thing we’re going to try is resetting the Windows Audio service. This service is responsible for sound on your computer, which includes recording it, as well. So, if somethign’s wrong with this service, you’ll pobably have problems using your microphone.

Here’s exactly what you need to do:

  1. Go to Search, type services.msc, and open Services.
  2. Find the Windows Audio service.
  3. If this service is not enabled, right-click it, and select Start. If it’s enabled, right-click it and select Restart.
  4. Wait for the process to finish.
  5. Restart your computer.

That’s it guys, I am sure that you did not encountered any issues while applying the steps above but if you did ran into trouble along the way in this tutorial please don’t hesitate to write us in the comments section of the page situated a few rows below and we will help you further with this subject.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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