Fix ” The Wizard Could Not Start Microphone” Error In Windows 10

Whenever you try to access the Set up microphone in Windows 10, you see this error message, “The wizard could not start microphone“. This is a common error, especially when you are trying to set up your Windows microphone and it prevents you to do so.

Fortunately, there are a couple of solutions available for this “The wizard could not start microphone” error in Windows 10. Let’s see how to fix this issue.


Method 1: By Running The Troubleshooter


Step 1: Go to the Start button on your desktop and click on Settings (gear icon) in the context menu, located above the Power option.


Desktop Start Settings


Step 2: In the Settings window, click on Update & Security.


Settings Update & Security


Step 3: In the next window, click on the Troubleshoot option on the left, and then on the right side of the pane, scroll down and click on Additional troubleshooters.


Update & Security Troubleshoot Additional Troubleshooters


Step 4: In the Additional troubleshooters window, scroll down and under Find and fix other problems, select Recording Audio.

Then click on the Run the troubleshooter button below it.


Additional Troubleshooter Find And Fix Other Problems Recording Audio Run The Troubleshooter


Step 5: Wait for some time till it detects the device/s that you want to troubleshoot. Select the appropriate device from the list and click Next.


Select Device From The List You Want To Troubleshoot Next


Now, wait till the troubleshooter provides a solution. Click on Apply fix to resolve the issue.

This should take care of the error and it should not show up again, but if it still does, try the 2nd method.


Method 2: By Enabling Allow Apps To Access Your Microphone Settings


Step 1: Open the Settings window, as illustrated in Step 1 in Method 1 above. Now, in the Settings window, click on System.


Settings System


Step 2: In the next window, click on the Sound option on the left side. Now, on the right side of the pane, scroll down to the Related Settings section. Click Microphone privacy settings under it.


System Sound Related Settings Microphone Privacy Settings


Step 3: On the right side of the pane, scroll down till the Allow apps to access your microphone section and move the slider to turn it on.


Allow Apps To Access Your Microphone Turn It On


Now, restart your PC and the error should be gone. But, if problem persists, try the 3rd method.


Method 3: By Checking If the Microphone is Turned On


Step 1: Go to the speaker icon on the bottom right of your Taskbar. Right-click on it and click on Sounds.


Taskbar Speaker Icon Right Click Sounds


Step 2: In the Sound dialogue box, select the Recording tab, select the Microphone and right-click on it. Click on Enable in the right-click menu.


Sound Recording Tab Microphone Right Click Enable


Step 3: Now, click on the Set Default button below to change the current microphone to be the default one. Click on Apply and then OK to save the changes and exit.


That’s all. You can now access the Set up microphone in your Windows 10 PC hassle-free, without any errors.