Run Speech Recognition at Startup in Windows 10

Windows provides both a device-based speech recognition feature (available through the Windows Speech Recognition Desktop app), and a cloud-based speech recognition service in those markets and regions where Cortana is available. Here is how to make it automatically run at startup for your user account.

Windows 10 Speech Recognition App

Windows Speech Recognition lets you control your PC with your voice alone, without needing a keyboard or mouse. There's a special wizard to help you get started. You need to plug in your microphone, and then configure Windows Speech Recognition. Speech Recognition is a nice addition to the dictation feature of Windows 10.


Speech Recognition is only available for the following languages: English (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and Australia), French, German, Japanese, Mandarin (Chinese Simplified and Chinese Traditional), and Spanish.

To run Speech Recognition at Startup in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Enable the Speech Recognition feature.
  2. Open the classic Control Panel app.
  3. Go to Control Panel\Ease of Access\Speech Recognition.
  4. Click on the Start Speech Recognition item to start the app.Speech Recognition
  5. Right-click on the main window of the Speech Recognition app to open its menu. Alternatively, you can right-click it tray icon that opens the same menu. See the screenshot.Open Speech Recognition Menu
  6. Navigate to Options -> Run at startup. Enable or disable this feature according to what you need.Run Speech Recognition At Startup In Windows 10

Alternatively, you can set this option in the Control Panel.

Enable or Disable Speech Recognition in the Control Panel

  1. Open the classic Control Panel app.
  2. Go to Control Panel\Ease of Access\Speech Recognition.
  3. On the left, click on the link Advanced speech options.Advanced Speech Options Link
  4. On the next page, turn on or off the option Run Speech Recognition at startup.Run Speech Recognition At Startup In Windows 10 Control Panel

You are done.

Tip: When the Run Speech Recognition at startup option is enabled, you can prevent it from starting using the Task Manager.

Prevent Speech Recognition From Startup In Windows 10

Refer to the article Create a shortcut to manage Startup apps in Windows 10 for more details.

Note: When the feature is enabled, Windows adds the following Registry values:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"Speech Recognition"="\"C:\\WINDOWS\\Speech\\Common\\sapisvr.exe\" -SpeechUX -Startup"

Run Speech Recognition At Startup In Windows 10 Registry

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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