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Speech Engine problem

By John-P ·
When I click on the "Speech" Control Panel applet I get this:

"The requested task cannot be carried out because the necessary engine could not be created. Please select a different engine and/or a different audio device."

Once in speech properties nothing works. Then when I hit Cancel to close Speech properties I get this:

An exception occurred while trying to run "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Speech\sapi.cpl",Speech".

And speech recognition does not work.



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by John-P In reply to Speech Engine problem

I don't know if it's related but I also cannot start the "Human Interface Device Access" Service. It says: "Error2:The System could not find the specified file".

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by BFilmFan In reply to Speech Engine problem

Which audio device is it attempting to use?

I would recommend using the steps in this Microsoft Technical article to remove the speech function and then reinstall it.;en-us;306537

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by grateful In reply to Speech Engine problem

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by John-P In reply to

Thanks so much I had just about given up on that.

Problem solved.


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Easy Fix

by weiner In reply to Speech Engine problem

Had the same problem. After a day of racking my brain I discovered that the sapi.dll was not registered.
Click Start>Run
regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Speech\sapi.dll"

Click OK
That should do it

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