Microphone not working in Windows 7 OS

In this article, I discussed about Microphone not working in Windows 7 operating system. Many of users who are using Google talk, Skype, Yahoo Messenger might faced this issue in their Windows operating system. The solution discussed in the article, will apply to other Windows operating system also.

A common problem with users of Windows XP or Vista users upgrading to Windows 7 is that their microphone stops working. If you are using any of the Microsoft operating system and you are experiencing problem, this article may help you.

when i am saying microphone, I'm referring to any audio input device that is connected to you PC for recording audio.

some common Windows audio-related error messages:

"PowerPoint is not receiving sound from microphone".
"Could not initialize volume meter. Please select a different audio input device."
"Microphone not plugged in".

Possible Solutions

Update your audio drivers

If there is a problem with your Windows 7 audio driver, your microphone will never work and out-of-date drivers cause 90% of Window device errors.

Double check Windows 7 audio settings

Make sure the microphone you are trying to use is set as your default audio input device in Windows. To check, follow the steps below:

Go to "Start - control panel"
Click on "Hardware and sound > sound > Manage audio devices"
When the dialog box appears, click on the "Recording" tab
Make sure the microphone you are trying to use has a green checkmark next to it. If not follow the below procedure
Right-click on the microphone device you wish to use and select the "Set as Default Device" option
Check Your Software Application Settings (if you are using Gtalk, Skype, yahoo messenger etc.,)

If your microphone is not working in a specific software program (like Skype, etc.) but is working in other applications, then make sure your mic is selected in the "preferences", "tools" or "options" menu (it will differ depending on the program you are using).

Check the Microphone "Mute" Option

If you try any of the above procedure, Maximum chances are there to solve your "Microphone not working" error.

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Guest Author: Gedankensalat05 Feb 2012

unfortunately this procedure was already done before trying to google the problem!
reinstalling audio-drivers doesnt work, although it changed a little bit:
before i got the message "currently unavailable", but after reinstalling it is now "not plugged in" and by that i mean windows settings, not any app-specific settings!
it`s not possible to set the device to "default", the pop-menu-entries are not selectable (gray)...

it totally sucks!! two weeks ago, my mic did work just fine, and now - all of a sudden - without changing any settings or installing new programs, it doesnt work any longer!

Guest Author: serban12 Oct 2012

Make sure the microphone you are trying to use has a green checkmark next to it->my microfone does not have a green checkmark next to it,Right-click on the microphone device you wish to use and select the "Set as Default Device" option-->when i right click the option to set as default device cant pe checked,what do i do now? the problems all of you guys are presenting are easy stuff and moron can fix,what about a reall problem like mine,the roll back driver or update driver it s not checkable eyther,any responses?

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