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How to Enable or Disable the Microphone in Windows

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When you are not using the microphone (mic) on your PC, you may want to disable it for privacy and security reasons, as it can get hacked and the hackers would be able to hear everything you say.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to enable or disable the microphone on your Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 PC.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Enable or Disable Microphone in Device Manager
  • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Microphone in Recording Devices
  • Option Three: To Enable or Disable Microphone in Registry Editor





Enable or Disable Microphone in Windows OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Microphone in Windows
To Enable or Disable Microphone in Device Manager

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You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


1. Open the Win+X menu, and click/tap on Device Manager.

2. Do step 3 (enable) or step 4 (disable) below for what you want to do.


 3. To Enable Microphone

A) Expand open Audio inputs and outputs. (see screenshot below)

B) Right click or press and hold on your microphone device, click/tap on Enable device, and go to step 5.

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 4. To Disable Microphone

A) Expand open Audio inputs and outputs. (see screenshot below)

B) Right click or press and hold on your microphone device, and click/tap on Disable device.

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C) Click/tap on Yes to confirm, and go to step 5.

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5. When finished, you can close Device Manager if you like.





Enable or Disable Microphone in Windows OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Microphone in Windows
To Enable or Disable Microphone in Recording Devices

1. Right click or press and hold on the Volume system icon on the taskbar notification area, and click/tap on Recording devices. (see screenshot below)
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If you like, you can open Run (Win+R), enter the command below, and click/tap on OK to open Recording devices.

control mmsys.cpl,,1

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2. Do step 3 (enable) or step 4 (disable) below for what you want to do.


 3. To Enable Microphone

A) Right click or press and hold on an empty area in the box of recording devices, and make sure you have Show Disabled Devices checked.

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B) Right click or press and hold on your microphone device, click/tap on Enable, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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 4. To Disable Microphone

A) Right click or press and hold on your microphone device, click/tap on Disable, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Enable or Disable Microphone in Windows OPTION THREE Enable or Disable Microphone in Windows
To Enable or Disable Microphone in Registry Editor

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You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit in Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

2. Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below step 3)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\MMDevices\Audio\Capture

3. Expand open the Capture key in the left pane, and open the Properties subkey of each long number GUID (ex: "{371f9413-b87e-4e6d-b12f-c28596a675de}") until you find your microphone device (ex: "Microphone Array/Creative VF0800") shown in the right pane. (see screenshot below)

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4. In the right pane of the GUID key (ex: "{371f9413-b87e-4e6d-b12f-c28596a675de}") for your microphone device, double click/tap on the DeviceState DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below)

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5. Enter the Value data from the table below for what you want to do, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Value data Description
1 Enable
10000001 Disable

6. When finished, you can now close Registry Editor if you like.


That's it,
Shawn