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How to Install or Set Up Speakers in Windows 8

Most PCs come with only two speakers. Others come with four, and PCs that double as home theaters or gaming rigs sometimes have up to eight. To accommodate the variety of setups, Windows 8 includes a speaker setup area, complete with a speaker test.

If you’re installing new speakers, or you’re not sure your old ones are working, follow these steps to introduce them properly to Windows 8:

  1. From the desktop, right-click your taskbar’s Speaker icon and choose Playback Devices.

  2. Click your speaker or speaker’s icon and then click the Configure button.

    The Speaker Setup dialog box appears.

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  3. Click the Test button, adjust your speaker’s settings, and click Next.

    Windows 8 walks you through selecting your number of speakers and their placement and then plays each one in turn so that you can hear whether they’re in the correct locations.

  4. Click the tabs for any other sound devices you want to adjust. When you’re through adjusting, click the OK button.

While you’re here, check your microphone volume by clicking the Recording tab, as well as tabs for any other sound gadgetry you’ve been able to afford.

If your speakers and microphone don’t show up as devices, Windows 8 doesn’t know they’re plugged into your computer. That usually means you need to install a new driver.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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