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    Enable Stereo Mix to Start Playback Audio Recording in Windows 7 – Here are Few Solutions


    Stereo Mix under recording option is missing in most of the laptops and desktops powered on Windows 7. This problem doesn’t allow users to Recording of Playback Audio. I know most of you reached this web page are looking for a solution to a problem of Missing Stereo Mix under recording option in Windows 7.

    What is Stereo Mix ?

    Stereo Mix is playback audio. You can see Stereo Mix under Playback devices in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. But, you can’t see Stereo Mix under Recording devices in most of the laptops and desktops as stated earlier. Stereo Mix under recording option is missing in most of the laptops and desktops. This problem doesn’t allow users to Recording of Playback Audio. I know most of you reached this web page are looking for a solution to a problem of Missing Stereo Mix under recording option in Windows Operating System.

    After reading the below content and other posts for Windows XP / Vista and Windows 8 OS (links can be found below), you can Resolve Missing Stereo Mix and start Playback Audio Recording!!!

    Enable Stereo Mix to Start Playback Audio Recording in Windows XP / Vista OS

    Click here to read this No Stereo Mix post to Enable Stereo Mix for Windows XP and Vista

    Enable Stereo Mix to Start Playback Audio Recording in Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 OS

    Click here to Enable Stereo Mix for Windows 8 | Windows 8.1

    Now we will be sharing the few solutions to Enable Stereo Mix in Windows 7

    SOLUTION 1: Before you try looking for Installing and uninstalling of Drivers, Try doing this first (for only Windows 7 users)

    1. Click on Start Button and type MMSYS.CPL and press enter.
    2. Select the Recording tab and right-click on the blank area.
    3. Check “Show Disabled Devices” and “Show Disconnected Devices”.
    4. Now Stereo Mix should show up. Set it as default.
    5. Alternatively, Check this link

    SOLUTION 2: Install Windows 7 Compatible Audio Drivers

    1. Head over to Windows 7 Compatible Audio Drivers page
    2. and Download Windows 7 Audio Drivers for your audio company

    SOLUTION 3: Use Virtual Audio Cable

    1. Download Virtual Audio Cable (VAC) to resolve missing stereo mix problem

    SOLUTION 4: Use Audio Splitter

    1. Get Audio Splitter (one audio jack on one end and two audio jack inputs at the other end). Check the below image.
      Audio Splitter

      You can also buy a double ended audio jack cable ( 3.5mm 2 male pin audio stereo plug). Check the below image.
      3.5mm 2 male pin audio stereo plug

      You plug this into one of the audio input jacks from the splitter then plug the other end into your mic input (usually pink). Then plug some headphones into the other input jack from the splitter.

    SOLUTION 5: Download Sound Recorder for Windows 7

    Download Sound Recorder for Windows 7

    If you know any other alternative to Enable Stereo Mix on Windows 7. Please leave a comment…

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    3 Comments

    1. Poliwhirl says:

      Solution 2 worked for me!

      The hassle of opening up the computer to see what motherboard they’d put it last time someone repaired it was well worth the trouble.

      The Stereo Mix has now appeared and I can record with Audacity again.

      Thank you very much!

    2. Trunks says:

      I tried Solution 1 and doesn’t work for me and I have Windows 7. I guess I will try the other solutions then. Thanks.

    3. SeanieOS says:

      I had this problem too and in my case I found that StereoMix was disabled in the driver file. I documented my solution which involves editing the driver file and re-installing it. Search google for ‘Windows 7: Can’t see Stereo Mix on Dell Inspiron 7520’ and you will find the thread at sevenforums.com

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