Starting with Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 update), Microsoft changed the behavior of microphone app access setting so that it affects desktop applications as well.
- 2 Apr 2020: Reworked parts of the guide and included an additional step(5) to account for new options that where included in recent Windows versions. Added link to the newly published Troubleshoot and fix microphone problems in Windows guide.
- 9 Feb 2019: Updated the guide to include suggestion about turning on the microphone for Win32WebViewHost app
- 3 May 2018: Article published
To fix this do the following:
1. Go to Windows Settings and select Privacy. Alternatively, type in Windows Taskbar/Startmenu Search: microphone privacy settings
2. Select Microphone. Verify that it says "Microphone access for this device is on". If it's off, press Change and toggle it on.
3. Switch on the "Allow apps to access your microphone" toggle.
4. Under "Choose which apps can access your microphone" check that Win32WebViewHost (later renamed as Desktop App Web Viewer) is turned on as some desktop applications will need it.
- (Optional) To block apps access to microphone you will have to toggle microphone off for each app. You will have to do this after each new app you install. It's recommended that you do not turn off microphone access for Win32WebViewHost (later renamed as Desktop App Web Viewer) as some desktop applications will need it.
5. Scroll down and check if you have "Allow desktop apps to access your microphone" section and turn that toggle on as well.
6. Restart those applications where you've wanted to use the microphone.
If you still have problems, check Troubleshoot and fix microphone problems in Windows guide.
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Thanks to Shane and RatusNatus for the tips.