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Enable Stereo Mix to Enable Speaker Recording in Windows 7

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

Many Windows XP users are now habitual of recording any sound that comes out of the speaker so that they can modify it according to their requirements. There are certain third-party applications available in the market that allow users to record the output of the speakers and convert it to MP3 or any other sound format file. No matter what application users use they still require compatible hardware and Stereo Mix feature enabled (which by default is enabled in Windows XP) in order to perform the process successfully. In Windows 7 however stereo mix option is by default disabled and therefore users need to enable it in order to record any output of the speakers as they used to do in Windows XP. This process requires elevated privileges and therefore as a Windows 7 administrator if you want to enable stereo mix to record the output of the speakers you need to follow the steps mentioned as below:

  1. Logon to Windows 7 computer with administrator account.

  2. From the start menu click on Control Panel.

  3. On the opened window click on Hardware and Sound category link and from the new window click on Sound link.

  4. On the opened box go to Recording tab and right click anywhere in the blank space and from the menu click on Show Disabled Devices.

  5. Right-click on appeared Stereo Mix device icon and click on Set as Default Device.

  6. Finally click on Ok button to save the changes you made.