Windows 11’s voice typing feature is meant to make life more convenient, but even it can cause problems from time to time.
The voice typing feature in Windows 11 usually enables users to input text (word process) by speaking into their PCs’ microphones. However, some users have reported a 0x80049dd3 voice typing error during 2022. Those users see this error message when they try to utilize voice typing, “Something went wrong: 0x80049dd3.”
As a result, users can’t input text with voice typing. Sure, you can always use your keyboard for word processing; but those who need to fix this issue no doubt prefer speech-to-text dictation. This is how you can fix the 0x80049dd Voice Typing error in Windows 11.
1. Run the Recording Audio and Speech Troubleshooters
Windows 11 includes two troubleshooters that could come in handy for fixing the 0x80049dd3 error. The Recording Audio troubleshooter can resolve sound recording issues. Or you can try running the Speech troubleshooter, which is a slightly more specific one for fixing microphone-related errors. You can open the recording troubleshooting tool in the following steps:
- Bring up Windows 11’s Settings app by selecting it in the Start menu.
- Scroll down the System tab and click Troubleshoot.
- Next, click Other trouble-shooters to view that part of Settings.
- Select the Recording Audio troubleshooter’s Run option.
- Click Apply this fix for any solutions suggested by the Recording Audio troubleshooter.
The Speech troubleshooter is available in Windows 11’s Control Panel. This is how you can access that troubleshooter:
- Click Search on your taskbar.
- Type the search phrase Control Panel into the text box.
- Select Control Panel to view its window.
- Click Large icons on the Control Panel’s View by menu.
- Select Troubleshooting to bring up that applet.
- Next, click the View all link on the left of the Troubleshooting applet.
- Select Speech to open it.
- Press the Speech troubleshooter’s Next button to detect and fix issues.
2. Check for Windows 11 Updates
Microsoft has reputedly acknowledged error 0x80049dd3, which means the big M may have released a patch update that addresses it. Windows is usually automatically updated, but there might still be some available updates your PC is missing. So, check for and install all available Windows 11 updates like this:
- To access the Settings app, hold the Windows key and press I simultaneously.
- Next, click Windows Update to view that tab’s options.
- Press Check for updates to see what Windows 11 updates, if any, are available.
- Click the Download and install buttons for any available Windows 11 updates. That includes the Windows 11 22H2 build update if it is available for you.
- Select Advanced options > Optional updates to view other patches.
- Then select the checkboxes for updates listed there, and click the Download and install options.
3. Check the Settings for Your Microphone
Windows 11’s Settings app includes microphone access options that need to be enabled for voice typing to work. Double-check that microphone access is enabled for all apps you want to utilize for voice typing. This is how you can enable mic access in Windows 11:
- Open up Settings from the Start menu or with that app’s Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
- Then select Privacy & security in Settings.
- Next, click the Microphone navigation option.
- Toggle on the Microphone access option if it is disabled.
- Turn on the Let apps access your microphone setting.
- Make sure the microphone access options for all apps you need to utilize the mic with are turned on.
It’s also recommended to try setting up the mic again from Settings. To do that, select Speech on the Time & language tab in Settings. Click the Get started button for setting up Microphone speech recognition. Then go through the setup instructions.
4. Update the Driver for Your Microphone
You might need to fix error 0x80049dd3 because your PC’s microphone has an outdated or corrupted driver. An easy way to check if that’s the case is to run a scan with a third-party tool like Driver Booster.
If Driver Booster, or alternative software, shows your microphone’s driver needs updating, you can select to update it from there. Our guide to updating drivers with Driver Booster 8 (now version 10) tells you how to update device drivers with that software.
5. Set Up a New User Account
Creating a new user account is among the most widely confirmed solutions for error 0x80049dd3. Thus, this error is seemingly often a user account issue. Try setting up and switching to a new user account in the following steps:
- Right-click Start and select the Power User menu’s Settings shortcut.
- Next, click the Accounts tab.
- Select the Family & other users navigation option.
- Click Add account for the Add other user option.
- Select the I don’t have this person’s sign-in information option on the Microsoft account window.
- Next, click Add a user without a Microsoft account.
- Fill in the user account name and password boxes.
- Select Next to set up the account.
- Click the new account’s down arrow in Settings to expand it.
- Press the Change account type button for your new account.
- Select the Administrator option on the Change account type window, and click OK to save.
- Sign out of Windows 11 and log in to the newly created user account.
- Try using voice typing in your new user account.
If this solution works, you can transfer your user files to the new account. To do that, you’ll need to copy all the data from an old user account folder and paste it into the new one with the Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V hotkeys. You can copy data from your old account into the new one at these folders paths:
6. Reset Your Network Connection
Network connectivity issues are another potential cause for error 0x80049dd3. So, resetting network components could help some users resolve this issue. You can reset your network adapter via Settings in the following steps:
- Bring up Settings, and select the Networks & internet tab from there.
- Select the Advanced network settings navigation option.
- Click Network reset to proceed.
- Select the Network reset option, and click Yes to confirm.
- Restart Windows 11 after resetting the network.
- Then you’ll need to reconnect your PC to the internet.
Get Voice Typing Again on Windows 11
You’ll probably be able to resolve error 0x80049dd3 in Windows 11 with the potential fixes above. In many cases, this is a Windows user account issue that changing accounts will resolve. However, you can also try fixing a corruption error for an existing user account with the DISM, SFC, and System Restore tools. With error 0x80049dd3, resolved, you can then resume speech-to-text voice typing again.