Windows 8: Fixing Microphone Problems
Checking Your Windows 8 Sound Driver
Control Panel → Hardware and sounds → Device Manager
Make sure the Device Manager has Sound, video and game controllers
Check if there's a yellow or red exclamation point next to a driver
Checking the Mute Microphone
Control Panel → Hardware and sounds → Sound → Recording → Click the Levels tab
If the microphone is set to mute, uncheck the Mute checkbox
Changing Internal and External Audio Recording
Control Panel → Hardware and sounds → Sound → Click Recording tab
Right click empty space on the Recording tab and click Show Disabled Devices
Right click on your desired default device between ‘Microphone and Stereo Mix, and then click Enable
- Microphone: Choose to record internal audio sources
- Stereo Mix: Choose to record external audio sources
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