Disable Running Speech Recognition at Startup in Windows 7

Windows 7 incorporates many new features like the native support for speech recognition allowing you to dictate to your computer through the microphone. Using the speech recognition feature, you can save your valuable time by dictating a document to Wordpad (or other programs) instead of painstakingly typing it out on the keyboard. Once you setup speech recognition in your Windows 7 system, it automatically runs at the Windows startup which may be annoying to some of us. If you do not like it running every time you start Windows, then you can disable it to run at Windows startup. Here is how :

  1. Click on Start Menu (blue orb in the bottom-left corner) and then click on Control Panel. This would open the Control Panel window.

    Speech Recognition Settings in Windows 7

  2. In the Control Panel window, click on Ease of Access and then click on Speech Recognition as shown.

    Speech Recognition Settings in Windows 7

  3. In the Speech Recognition window inside the Control Panel, click on the Advanced speech options link on the left side as shown.

    Speech Recognition Settings in Windows 7

  4. In the Speech Properties window, un-check the checkbox labeled Run Speech Recognition at startup as shown.

    Speech Recognition Settings in Windows 7

  5. Click the OK button to save the settings.

After you have disabled the Speech Recognition from running at Windows startup, it will no longer start automatically. But you can always start the Windows Speech Recognition manually from Start Menu by clicking on the Start Menu and typing speech in the search field and then pressing the Enter key on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can just directly navigate to the Speech Recognition shortcut in the Start Menu programs to manually run it.


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