Hey there! This doesn’t match the usual topics on this blog, but I am on a mission: I just wasted about two hours, and I want to make sure you don’t!
The problem I had was that I originally installed Windows 10 in German. Yet I wanted the Windows-native speech recognition to run in English. Well, it didn’t, it just gave me an error message, stating “Language Configuration is Not Supported.”
Praying, cursing, re-writing registry entries, and looking in the Control Panel/Ease of Access settings didn’t do the trick. What did it was rather simple, you just have to know where to find it.
1. Click on the clock. On the bottom of the calendar, you will see “Date and time settings”. Click it.
2. Go to “Speech” first. Check if you can select the profile, where it says “Choose the language you speak to your device.” If you can choose to your preferred language there – do, and you’re done! If not, stay with me.
3. If there isn’t the desired option to pick, go to “Region and Language.” Now choose “Add a Language” if you don’t see the desired language already. If you do, skip this step.
4. Once you see the language you want to have in the list, click on it, and a field where you can select “Options” will pop up. Click there.
5. You will see these options. Choose “Speech,” and download. You’ll probably have to reboot after the download to make it work.
6. Reboot (and take in the beauty of the new Windows logo that looks just a little like a prison cell with the sun shining through the bars). Now you go to “Speech” again. You should see the option you just installed. Choose it.
7. Now let’s put it to the test! Type “speech” in your search box on the left bottom of the screen, and open Windows Speech Recognition. If it still gives you an error message (plus the new passive-aggressive chirpy error sound), check if you have the right version of a language (like US, UK, etc.), maybe. (Or get a tech-savvy exorcist – most probably easier than getting support on the Microsoft page and just as helpful.)
08. If you haven’t tried the Windows speech recognition yet, do! I just discovered the program today, and it is amazing, especially considering it is free. A true hidden gem. It works fantastically, as good as to be creepy, actually, even in German. I’ll give it a go in English now!
Otherwise, have fun with the functioning speech recognition!
(This is a note to my friends: No worry – I vow to use the tool responsibly, i . e., I won’t send you 10 standard-page emails when I’m half-asleep. Not often.)