Windows 7 does not have the ability to record the audio that your computer plays through its speakers. One reason for this limitation is the use of microphones; if your computer has a webcam with a microphone, recording the microphone's input while simultaneously recording the output from your speakers creates feedback. To solve this problem and record audio from your computer's speakers, enable the "Stereo Mix" or "What U Hear" recording source in the Windows Mixer.
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Open the "Start" menu, then click "Control Panel."
Click "Hardware and Sound," then click "Sound." The "Sound" window appears.
Click the "Recording" tab at the top of the window.
Right-click on an open area of the "Sound" window. In the pop-up menu that appears, click "Show Disabled Devices." You should see either a "Stereo Mix" or "What U Hear" item listed.
Right-click "Stereo Mix" or "What U Hear," then click "Enable."
Right-click the item again, then click "Set as Default Device."
Click "OK" to close the "Sound" window, then close the Control Panel. Open a sound recording application, such as the Windows 7 Sound Recorder, and click the "Record" button while your computer plays the audio that you want to record.
Tips and warnings
- If you do not see an item labelled "Stereo Mix" or "What U Hear" after showing the disabled devices in your Windows 7 mixer, your computer may not support recording directly from the speakers. Download updated sound drivers from your computer manufacturer's website. If this does not resolve the issue, connect one end of an audio cable to your computer's headphone or speaker jack, and connect the other end to the microphone or line-in jack. Lower the computer's volume to avoid overloading the audio input.
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