How to Fix Cortana Speech Recognition on Windows 10

Introduction

Windows 10 does a fair job of correcting many problems it has on its own, but there are a couple faults that can still cause issues. At times, Cortana and the Speech Recognition system can stop functioning correctly.

This guide will walk you through correcting this problem.

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? What issue are you having?

  1. Cortana won't open with speech recognition
  2. Speech Recognition doesn't understand me

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Windows 10 does a fair job of correcting many problems it has on its own, but there are a couple faults that can still cause issues. At times, Cortana and the Speech Recognition system can stop functioning correctly.

This guide will walk you through correcting this problem.

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  1. Turn off Windows Speech Recognition by saying "stop listening."
  2. Start Cortana by selecting the search box on the task bar.
    Windows 10 Cortana search box
  3. Select I agree to opt in to Cortana if needed.
    Windows 10 Cortana agreement
  4. Turn Windows Speech Recognition back on by pressing Ctrl + Windows Logo, or by saying "start listening."
    Ctrl + Win

Set Your Default Mic

  1. Right-click the Speaker icon.
    Windows 10 speaker icon
  2. Select Open Sound Settings.
    Windows 10 sound settings
  3. Make sure the microphone you're using is the correct one listed.
    Windows 10 sound settings for input

Set Up Your Microphone

  1. Select the Start Menu.
    Windows 10 start menu
  2. Type "Set Up Mic" in the search bar.
    Windows 10 search bar
  3. You will be prompted to read a sentence for the recognition software to learn your voice.
    Windows 10 speech recognition sentence
  4. Once done, your mic will be set up.
  1. Right-click the Speaker icon.
    Windows 10 speaker icon
  2. Select Open Sound Settings.
    Windows 10 Open sound settings
  3. Under Input, select Device Properties.
    Windows 10 device properties for input
  4. Make sure Disable All Enhancements is checked under Enhancements.
    Windows 10 microphone enhancements window with disable all selected
  1. Search Speech Recognition in the search bar.
    Windows 10 search bar
  2. Select Speech Recognition.
    Windows 10 speech recognition selection
  3. Select Train Your Computer.
    Windows 10 control panel for speech recognition
  4. Select Next.
    Windows 10 speech recognition wizard
  5. Follow the on screen prompts to read specific sentences.
    Windows 10 speech recognition wizard
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