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Windows 10: how to deactivate / delete the microphone?

With Cortana, your PC listens to you constantly. Tired of this interference, cut off his ears by turning off voice recognition.

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Windows 10 now ships Cortana, Microsoft hopes to compete with Google. In fact, it is almost impossible to completely deactivate Cortana on Windows 10. If you cannot delete or deactivate it, here is how to mute the microphone in Windows 10.

How to mute the microphone in Windows 10 and prevent it from being recorded without your knowledge.

To start, click on the start menu and go to the settings:

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The first reflex would be that you go to the menu His,
but no. There is a simpler solution. Open the panel Confidentiality :

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In the list on the left, click on Voice and turn it off Online voice recognition.

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Then then, a little further down in the list on the left always, click on Microphone and deactivate it by clicking on the button Allow apps to access your microphone :

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Be careful however, this setting will prevent all applications from using your microphone from Skype to TeamSpeak via Chrome and Firefox. Therefore, use this setting only if you are sure you will never use your microphone.