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If you have a microphone and a desire to speak to your computer and tell it what to do, this guide is for you. In this guide, you’ll learn how to calibrate Windows Speech Recognition and where to learn how to use it.

Configuring Speech Recognition

Speech recognition configuration is easy; all you need is a microphone and a few minutes to run some tests.

Press the Start button, type speech and click Speech Recognition. If this is the first time you’ve run speech recognition, you’ll see the wizard pop up straight away. If you’ve run it before and didn’t complete the setup, you may have to click on Speech Recognition Options, on the start menu, instead.

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After clicking next, you’ll need to tell Windows what type of microphone you have.

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Now you’ll need to set up your microphone so Windows can hear you accurately.

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Speak into the microphone and try to keep it at a distance where you a speaking at a normal level and the noise levels fall within the green area.

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Once you’ve successfully set up your microphone, you are ready to move on.

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You can improve accuracy by reading a document, while Windows figures out both how you pronounce certain words and what words you merge together when you speak.

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You now have an opportunity to print the speech reference card. This card has commands you can speak; this is useful when you are first learning the potential of Windows Speech Recognition.

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If you plan to use speech recognition frequently, you can choose to run it at Windows startup. You can always change this option later via the Speech Recognition options screen.

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At this step, I advise taking the tutorial; this is where you’ll learn how to become a pro with the software.

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If you need to change any settings, press the Start button, type speech, and click Speech Recognition Options. Here you can configure settings and even run the wizard again. If you need to set up speech recognition for two users, you’ll need to set up a user account for them to use.

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  • Colin Gray

    I have given the speech recognition a go on Vista. I must admit, at first, it is awesome. opening and closing windows, scrolling through your start menu, all manner of everyday mouse and keyboard tasks even dictating a letter in MS Word. As fascinating and fun as this is at first, the practical application of controlling your pc by voice command to any achievable productive level is questionable and therefore this feature should remain just that…….a fun interaction, a party trick for when your kids are on the computer again and you walk over and halt their internet experience with two words “Close Firefox”. My only gripe with voice recognition, apart from its apparent productivity limitations is that it gets easily confused with Scottish accents! lol.

  • Colin Gray

    I have given the speech recognition a go on Vista. I must admit, at first, it is awesome. opening and closing windows, scrolling through your start menu, all manner of everyday mouse and keyboard tasks even dictating a letter in MS Word. As fascinating and fun as this is at first, the practical application of controlling your pc by voice command to any achievable productive level is questionable and therefore this feature should remain just that…….a fun interaction, a party trick for when your kids are on the computer again and you walk over and halt their internet experience with two words “Close Firefox”. My only gripe with voice recognition, apart from its apparent productivity limitations is that it gets easily confused with Scottish accents! lol.

  • Colin Gray

    I have given the speech recognition a go on Vista. I must admit, at first, it is awesome. opening and closing windows, scrolling through your start menu, all manner of everyday mouse and keyboard tasks even dictating a letter in MS Word. As fascinating and fun as this is at first, the practical application of controlling your pc by voice command to any achievable productive level is questionable and therefore this feature should remain just that…….a fun interaction, a party trick for when your kids are on the computer again and you walk over and halt their internet experience with two words “Close Firefox”. My only gripe with voice recognition, apart from its apparent productivity limitations is that it gets easily confused with Scottish accents! lol.

  • Mel

    I must have a very different voice because these voice recognition things ALWAYS struggle to understand what I’m trying to say…then again so do people…hmm…

  • Mel

    I must have a very different voice because these voice recognition things ALWAYS struggle to understand what I’m trying to say…then again so do people…hmm…

  • Mel

    I must have a very different voice because these voice recognition things ALWAYS struggle to understand what I’m trying to say…then again so do people…hmm…

  • Flora

    Hmm speech recognition doesn’t always understand me, I guess I’ll try it again.

  • Flora

    Hmm speech recognition doesn’t always understand me, I guess I’ll try it again.

  • Flora

    Hmm speech recognition doesn’t always understand me, I guess I’ll try it again.

  • Billy Vrahnos

    Very cool!

  • Billy Vrahnos

    Very cool!

  • Billy Vrahnos

    Very cool!

  • Богдан Зырянов (Bogdan Zyryano

    I was wondering if there is a way to activate Speech Recognition in non-English (in my case, Russian) Windows Vista. Please post here if you know a workaround.

  • Богдан Зырянов (Bogdan Zyryano

    I was wondering if there is a way to activate Speech Recognition in non-English (in my case, Russian) Windows Vista. Please post here if you know a workaround.

  • Богдан Зырянов (Bogdan Zyryanov)

    I was wondering if there is a way to activate Speech Recognition in non-English (in my case, Russian) Windows Vista. Please post here if you know a workaround.

  • Rich

    You’ll need Windows Vista Ultimate or Enterprise:

    In Windows Vista, Windows Speech Recognition works in the current language of the OS. That means that in order to use another language for speech recognition, you have to have the appropriate language pack installed. Language packs are available as free downloads through Windows Update for the Ultimate and Enterprise versions of Vista. Once you have the language installed, you’ll need to change the display language of the OS to the language you want to use. Both of these are options on the “Regional and Language Options” control panel. You can look in help for “Install a display language” or “Change the display language”.

    Source

  • Rich

    You’ll need Windows Vista Ultimate or Enterprise:

    In Windows Vista, Windows Speech Recognition works in the current language of the OS. That means that in order to use another language for speech recognition, you have to have the appropriate language pack installed. Language packs are available as free downloads through Windows Update for the Ultimate and Enterprise versions of Vista. Once you have the language installed, you’ll need to change the display language of the OS to the language you want to use. Both of these are options on the “Regional and Language Options” control panel. You can look in help for “Install a display language” or “Change the display language”.

    Source

  • Rich

    You’ll need Windows Vista Ultimate or Enterprise:

    In Windows Vista, Windows Speech Recognition works in the current language of the OS. That means that in order to use another language for speech recognition, you have to have the appropriate language pack installed. Language packs are available as free downloads through Windows Update for the Ultimate and Enterprise versions of Vista. Once you have the language installed, you’ll need to change the display language of the OS to the language you want to use. Both of these are options on the “Regional and Language Options” control panel. You can look in help for “Install a display language” or “Change the display language”.

    Source

  • Богдан Зырянов (Bogdan Zyryano

    That’s the problem. I have Home Premium.

  • Богдан Зырянов (Bogdan Zyryano

    That’s the problem. I have Home Premium.

  • Богдан Зырянов (Bogdan Zyryanov)

    That’s the problem. I have Home Premium.

  • Emerson Cruz

    Hey this is really hitech, like this so much. Awesome post.

  • Emerson Cruz

    Hey this is really hitech, like this so much. Awesome post.

  • Emerson Cruz

    Hey this is really hitech, like this so much. Awesome post.

  • Good_Bytes

    Ah speech recognition.. we spend a lot of time configuring it and a Windows re-install due to an event, and we lost all our hardward.

    Luckily for us, Microsoft released a backup system for the speech recognition avoiding us a full recalibration.
    Here is the link:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1d60a5a6-85d4-4db2-a581-a41f66561a7d

    Enjoy :)

  • Good_Bytes

    Ah speech recognition.. we spend a lot of time configuring it and a Windows re-install due to an event, and we lost all our hardward.

    Luckily for us, Microsoft released a backup system for the speech recognition avoiding us a full recalibration.
    Here is the link:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1d60a5a6-85d4-4db2-a581-a41f66561a7d

    Enjoy :)

  • Good_Bytes

    Ah speech recognition.. we spend a lot of time configuring it and a Windows re-install due to an event, and we lost all our hardward.

    Luckily for us, Microsoft released a backup system for the speech recognition avoiding us a full recalibration.
    Here is the link:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1d60a5a6-85d4-4db2-a581-a41f66561a7d

    Enjoy :)

  • Rich

    Thanks for the heads up and link!

  • Rich

    Thanks for the heads up and link!

  • Rich

    Thanks for the heads up and link!


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