Many users have faced the “The wizard could not start microphone” error on Windows 10. It generally appears when you are trying to set up your microphone for the first time via Windows 10 ease of access service or the Windows 10 control panel. It can also occur if your mic was working before and the service has stopped due to some problem in the driver update or after the Windows 10 update. The error description will advise you to check the state of your input hardware (i.e, your microphone) and check the audio configuration in your system.
Most of the time, this issue has appeared after some major Windows 10 update. This mainly occurs because of the driver updates that come along with the windows 10 update. The drivers provided by Microsoft in the update might not be compatible with your microphone. As a result, the microphone does not get detected in the system.
In this article, we have gathered some proven solutions for this problem. All you have to is follow the steps given in the solutions carefully and your problem will be resolved in no time.
How To Fix The Wizard Could Not Start Microphone Windows 10?
Here are some solutions to the problem:-
Solution #1: Check The Privacy Settings Of Your Microphone
Follow the steps given below to set up the privacy options of your microphone:
1. Open Windows Settings by pressing “Windows Key+I” together.
2. Select the “Privacy” option from the settings.
3. Now, scroll down the left pane and find the “Microphone” option. Click on it to open the “Microphone” settings.
4. In this window, make sure that the toggle option under “Allow apps to access your microphone” is turned ON.
5. Restart your system and try to set up your microphone again.
Solution #2: Update Microphone’s Drivers
As mentioned above, it’s usually windows driver updates that mess up the installed drivers in your system by overwriting them with incompatible updates. To fix this problem, you can simply re-install the microphone’s driver from the provided driver disc or official website. Or, you can follow the steps given below:
1. Open the start menu by pressing the “Windows” button.
2. Search “Device Manager” in the Windows 10 search bar.
3. You will see the “Device manager” pop up in the search results. Click on it to open the device manager.
4. In the device manager, head over to the “Audio Inputs and Outputs” option.
5. Here, you will see all your audio input and output devices that are connected to your system.
6. Find the microphone which you wish to connect to the system from this list.
7. Right-click on the microphone and select the “Update Driver” option.
8. If the system finds an update for the hardware, it will automatically download and install the driver in your system. Wait patiently until the process is completed.
9. If the system cannot find an update for your device, you have to uninstall the current driver and reinstall the driver.
10. To uninstall the driver, right-click on the hardware again and select the “Uninstall” option.
11. This will remove the installed device driver from your system and disconnect the device from your system.
12. Now, all you have to do is restart the system. When your system reboots, it will detect the microphone as a newly connected device.
13. Then, the system will automatically run an installation service for your microphone. You can see this on your desktop.
14. Once the driver is installed, your microphone will start working again.
Solution #3: Check Your Sound Card Driver
This solution has solved this problem for many users in the past. Just like the microphone drivers, you also need to ensure that your system has the correct and updates sound drivers installed for your dedicated sound card or the in-built sound system. A sound card is basically dedicated hardware installed in your system for the sole purpose of sound management. This sound card is also responsible for external input devices such as a microphone. Therefore, a problem in the sound card will definitely cause trouble for the microphone installation.
To check your sound card drivers, follow the steps given below:
1. Head over to the windows 10 search bar and search “Device Manager”.
2. Once you see the device manager in the search results, click on it to open the device manager.
3. Now, click on the “Sound, Video and Game Controllers” option from the left-side menu.
4. After that, find which sound card is installed in your system and right-click on it to open further options.
5. From the drop-down list, select “Update Driver” option.
6. Now, select the “Search automatically for updated driver software” option.
7. Now, sit back and relax while Windows does all the work. It will find the correct driver for your sound card and install it in your system.
If there are multiple options available under the sound devices, just update all of them as the update process merely takes 5-10 minutes. This way, you can stay assured that your current sound card driver is not missing any update.
Solution #4: Replace The Cable Location
Most of the time, it has been observed that the front audio ports of the cabinet get damaged or stop working before the rear ones. As the front ports are not directly attached to the motherboard, there can be a number of reasons for the damage of the front ports. It can stop working due to external water or dust problem. Or, the connection cable inside the cabinet might have a loose connection with the motherboard. Anyhow, you should try to insert your microphone cable in the rear side input jacks of your cabinet or the front ones if they were put in the rear ones before. Also, make sure that you put the microphone cable in the “Red” colored port as it is designated for input and the green one is generally for output.
Solution #5: Make Sure Your Microphone is Enabled
Many times, the system does detect the microphone and sound input. But, it is not able to activate or enable the device. In such a case, you can take the matter into your own hands and enable the microphone by yourself.
To do so, follow the steps given below:
1. Right-click on the sound symbol in the taskbar.
2. Select the “Open Sound Settings” option.
3. Now, scroll down until you see the “Related Settings” section.
4. In this section, select the “Sound Control Panel” option.
5. Now, the sound control panel will open. Click on the “Recording” tab to enter input hardware settings.
6. Here, you will see the list of all the available sound input devices in your system. Select your microphone from the list and right-click on it.
7. From the extended menu, select the “Set as default” option. The system will now take input from your microphone.
8. Try to set up the microphone again. Hopefully, you will not face any issues.