I need my microphone to be installed on Windows 10 home edition

I've been having a lot of problems with my microphone and now I've lost the microphone entirely I 

have Realtek speakers installed and I did have Realtek Microphone too but I need instructions of how to detect it

because it's not showing up at all right now. This is a new problem before it just didn't work. I just downloaded and installed a Realtek app from Dell and that was working for a little while last night, but then I did something ( I"m not sure what ) deleted it by accident is a possibility? So I still had the Realtek software in my downloads folder, so I clicked on it which uninstalled it, and then reinstalled it but, still no microphone is showing up? Playing Sound is not a problem. Can you Help me? I also do have Windows Insider software on my Laptop, which I am a member of if that makes any difference I have windows ver. 1809 build  17768 or build 17763 The numbers are so small I can't read them but I will double check.

 

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Hi, Lisa,

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1) Right-click the Speaker Icon at the bottom right corner. A context menu will pop up.
2) Click Recording devices on the pop-up menu.
3) In the Sound dialog box, click the Recording tab. If you see the Microphone is not the Default, click the Set Default button to set it to default.
4) Click Apply, Ok

Verify if the Microphone has been muted
1) Right click on Speaker Icon > Select Recording Devices
2) In Sound dialogue box click on the Recording Tab
3) Select Default Microphone > Select Properties
4) Look at the Sound Icon on right. Do you see an X displayed? Click the sound icon to turn on the Microphone
5) You may use the slider to adjust the level of sound for the Microphone.
6) Click Apply, Ok

1) Right click on Start > Select Device Manager
2) Click the > next to Sound, Video and Game Controllers
3) Right click on the driver > Select Update

Check for Realtek updated drivers here.
https://www.realtek.com/en/downloads


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Hi Lisa. I'm Greg, an installation specialist and 9 year Windows MVP here to help you.

I will give you all possible fixes to try in sequence. Even if you've already tried one I'd do it in this order as one step may affect the next.

Please run the Recording Sound troubleshooter at Start button > Settings>Update & Security>Troubleshoot.

Try these fixes next:
https://win10faq.com/fix-microphone-settings/
https://www.howtogeek.com/395296/fix-my-microph...
http://maxedtech.com/fix-microphone-not-working...

Some report that what worked is turning off Fast Startup at Settings > System > Power & Sleep > Additional Power Settings > Choose what Power buttons do > Change Settings Currently Unavailable > uncheck the box for Fast Startup, Save Settings. Restart and then disable Hibernate file to clear it, restart PC again and enable Hibernate again: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/enable-hiberna...

Right click the volume icon in System Tray at right end of task bar, open Recording Devices, see if the microphone is listed, set it as Default device.

Type Microphone in Start Search, open Set up Microphone, scroll down to Microphone and choose Get started to set it up.

Try rolling back the sound controller drivers in Device Manager reached by right clicking the Start Menu. Choose Sound controller device, then Driver tab, then Roll back if available.

Update the Sound drivers from the PC's Support Downloads web page. While there make sure you also have the latest Chipset, Display, Network, USB and all other drivers, comparing with the version presently installed in Device Manager.

If no newer driver then uninstall the ones presently installed in Device Manager, reached by right clicking the Start Button. Restart PC to reinstall.

When did this behavior begin? If you have an idea you might be able to System Restore back to a point before it began: http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/computing/how-t...

It's possible this was caused by a Windows Update so if nothing above works, go to Settings>Update & Security>Windows Update, check the Installed Updates list for Updates that might have been just installed, try uninstalling them using the Uninstall button present there. Then hide the Updates using the Hide Updates tool downloaded from here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/2/2/f2...


If this was caused by Version 1809 update (which you can confirm at Settings > System > About) then you can roll back Version 1809 in Settings>Update & Security>Recovery and then hide it until it matures using the Hide Updates Tool downloaded from here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/2/2/f2...

Go over this checklist to make sure the install is set up correctly, optimized for best performance, and any needed repairs get done: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki...

Start with Step 4 to turn off Startup freeloaders which can conflict and cause issues, then Step 7 to check for infection the most thorough way, then step 10 to check for damaged System Files. Then continue with the other steps to go over your install most thoroughly.

If nothing else helps then run a Repair Install by installing the Media Creation Tool and choosing from it to Upgrade Now. This solves many problems and will also bring it up to the latest version which you need anyway and by the most stable method. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/m...

But remember that Factory or Upgrade installs are inferior installs which most enthusiasts won't even run because they'd expect endless issues. Consider doing the Clean Install in this link which compiles the best possible install that will stay that way as long as you stick with the tools and methods given: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki...

There is also an automated Refresh that reinstalls WIndows while shedding corrupting factory bloatware, saves your files, but doesn't clear the drive to get it cleanest: https://www.howtogeek.com/265054/how-to-easily-...


I hope this helps. Feel free to ask back any questions and let us know how it goes. I will keep working with you until it's resolved.

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