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Windows Speech Recognition Program

Has anyone ever got the Windows Speech Recognition
program to work properly????
I got through the tutorial fine but when I actually go to use it the words are not even close to what I said.
I'm am using this with Windows 7 and am using a
Logitech USB Desktop Microphone.
I was thinking the Dragon Naturally Speaking program at Target which was about $45 and it comes with its own microphone.

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Windows Speech Recognition does work reasonably well

I owned Dragon speech recognition and found it was a very useful program. However I found it frustratingly slow. In reading some suggestions on how to improve it. I came across the fact that Vista had speech recognition built in. I began using the built in Microsoft product and never used Dragon again.

The key to making it work well is speaking clearly and having a good quality microphone. I used Logitech headset microphone for a couple of years. Now I am trying to use my Logitech webcam microphone. It is not as accurate as a headset but it's not as cumbersome. The Microsoft product may work well for you. You might want to add to it WSRToolkit from

By the way I dictated this message using speech recognition...

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Only On Lap Top

I purchased Dragon Speech because it was on sale at Target for $29.99.
I have a USB microphone which is suppose to work with this program and
although I choose that type of microphone it keeps changing my setting to a
different type of microphone and it locks up the computer.
The headset microphone won't work either.
The program works great on my lap top so I use it there instead of
my desk top computer.

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Gave it a day so here my answer.

I found that folk's expectations far outstrip today's speed recognition software. Dragon is better and they had to include the mic because machines out there are all over the map on mic quality. Many laptops pick up the laptop fan or other noises so Dragon at first was sans mic. Good move on their page.

However if you expect this to work, I have a boat for sale.

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Windows Speech Recognition Program

Use Dictation Pro. It is completely free and requires just a few minutes of training. I suggest using a USB headset from Creative or Plantronics. Here is the software :

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Update For You On Windows Speech Recognition Program

As I discussed in my previous thread I use speech recognition exclusively when typing anything longer than a text message on my computer. I just found a setup that is Golden! I read a tip on that Parrot's VXi Xpress bluetooth headset works well with Microsoft speech. I just got it and am testing it. I find that it is very accurate, paired easily with my machine once I got Bluetooth configured. I think I have my golden setup now. No cords to get in my way and better accuracy than using my web cam microphone.

I'm not trying to endorse products I get no kickback from this. However I have tested over a dozen different microphone setups and want to spare everyone some pain and trial and error. Happy hunting ya'll

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