Windows 10: Why is the Dictation always stuck on "Initializing"?

Discus and support Why is the Dictation always stuck on "Initializing"? in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; I purchased a new computer to try to solve this problem. The new Surface 3 came with the same issue. Now I have two computers where the dictation... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by sterlingcottam, May 6, 2021.

  1. Why is the Dictation always stuck on "Initializing"?


    I purchased a new computer to try to solve this problem. The new Surface 3 came with the same issue. Now I have two computers where the dictation feature doesn't work. This must be a software issue. Please advise.

    :)
     
    sterlingcottam, May 6, 2021
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  2. LB899 Win User

    Windows dictation stuck on initializing (Win + H)

    As stated above my dictation window is stuck on initializing (Win + H). I've closed the dictation window many times. I've rebooted my computer many times.

    History:

    1. It was stuck on initializing when the feature first went live.

    2. After an update or two, it started working.

    3. After another or more updates it stopped working, stuck on initializing again.

    I would really like to use this feature again.
     
    LB899, May 6, 2021
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  3. Dictation not working.

    Hello Lina,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    Please provide some additional information, so that we can assist you better.

    1. Are you using dictation in Windows or Office application?
    2. Since when are you facing this issue?
    3. Did you make any changes to the computer before this issue started?

    I suggest you to follow the below mentioned steps:

    Step 1: To dictate text:

    1. Open Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Windows Speech Recognition.

    2. Say "start listening" or click the Microphone button to start the listening mode.

    3. Open the program you want to use or select the text box you want to dictate text into.

    4. Say the text that you want dictate.

    Step 2: You may refer Microsoft article related to Dictating text:

    Use dictation to talk instead of type on your PC

    Dictate text using Speech Recognition

    Hope it helps.

    Let us know if you got the help you needed by clicking "Yes or No.

    Harish

    Microsoft Community – Moderator
     
    Harish_kum, May 6, 2021
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  4. Why is the Dictation always stuck on "Initializing"?

    Windows dictation stuck on initializing (Win + H)

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting your question in the Microsoft Community.

    Happy New Year!

    I appreciate the efforts taken by you in troubleshooting this issue.

    1. Are you aware of any changes made to the PC prior to this issue?
    2. Do you have the latest updates installed on the PC?

    Using Windows dictation feature converts spoken words into text on your PC. It's possible that the feature turns off automatically when it doesn't hear anything.

    Let us follow these methods one by one to check if that helps.

    Method A: Make sure that you have the latest version of Windows installed on your device. To check this, open the Settings screen, select System > About. Install the latest update if you are prompted to. ‘Keep
    the PC up to date


    Note: Dictation is available in US English only. To use it, your PC needs to be connected to the internet. To dictate in other languages, see

    Use speech recognition
    .

    Method B: Your keyboard language should match the language of your Windows. To check this, open the Settings screen, click Time and Language > Region & Language.

    To isolate the issue, create a local user account. Follow the steps in ‘Create
    a local user or administrator account in Windows 10
    ’ article. Once done, you can try using the Windows dictation from that account.

    Use dictation to talk instead of type on your PC

    Let us know how it goes.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,

    Srimadhwa B

    Microsoft Community-Moderator
     
    Srimadhwa_B, May 6, 2021
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