How to enable all Recording Devices in Windows 10

In Windows 10/8/7 the lesser-used devices including the WaveOutMix, MonoMix, StereoMix are disabled by default. If your sound driver supports this feature, you can enable it. This post shows how to enable all Recording Devices and make Windows show even the disabled devices.


Make Windows Show Disabled Devices

To make your Windows show all the disabled Devices, you have to right-click on the Speakers icon in your Notification Area and select Recording Devices.

Next, in the Sound Properties box which opens, right-click anywhere and you will see two options:

  • Show Disabled Devices
  • Show Disconnected Decices.

Select the option Show Disabled Devices.

This will show the disabled devices. Select the recording device/s and click on Enable it.

Click Apply > OK.

You will have now enabled even the disabled recording devices on your Windows computer.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.