I can't find Stereo Mix in Windows 7, It was in Vista and XP just not 7

I used WindowsXP with this machine (It is an acer extensa 4420) it worked fine with Stereo Mix
I used Vista with it, and it had Stereo Mix
I now installed Windows 7 and I cannot find Stereo Mix anywhere, I right clicked in the blank area and said to show disabled devices but there is only
Microphone, Microphone and Line-IN

How do I get Stereo Mix to show up again? The sound card is Realtek AC97, I tried their newest drivers from their site and they didn't enable it either

Hi Epic_Geek,

First try to update the Soundcard drivers and check if Stereo mix is detected.

You may refer the following link to Update drivers:


You may also refer the Manufacturer’s website and download the latest Sound card drivers for Windows 7.

If the option is still not there, try the following steps:

1. Click the Start Button, type MMSYS.CPL in the Start Search box and press Enter.

2. On Recording tab, right-click on the blank area

3. Check “Show Disabled Devices” and “Show Disconnected Devices” and the Stereo Mix should show up.

You may refer the following link to get more information on the suggestion provided by Linda Yan


Hope this information is helpful.

Praseetha K.
Microsoft Answers Support Engineer
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Last updated July 11, 2021 Views 144,151 Applies to: