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    Reinstall speech recognition?

    Microsoft speech recognition ( Vista home basic ) has gotten flakier and flakier over my past few attempts. I'd like to know if speech recognition can be reinstalled without reinstalling the entire Vista operating system.
    By the way, this post was created using Dictation Pro 0.71 beta as recommended by another lounge member. The program worked immediately and quite satisfactorily.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    You can run "SFC /SCANNOW" from an elevated command prompt to check the Windows system files. However, if you have not changed or updated the Vista speech recognition software it is more likely that you environment has changed.

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    Thanks, Joe. Just ran it and it reported that it did not find any integrity violations. Is there a next step?

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    Do you have Vista Sp2 installed?

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    I've never been able to install SP2. "An unknown error has occurred." Error:0x800f0818

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    Did you download the complete SP2 or use Windows Update to install it?

    I've always had better luck when I download the complete version of a service pack - see Vista SP2 for a download link and Vista SP2 information for details.

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    Thanks, Joe. Tried your suggestion (again—had done it before) to no avail.

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    Not sure about SP2 now as it has been out for a long time but normally you get free support from Microsoft if you have trouble installing a service pack. It might be worth a phone call to check.

    I can't find any information on re-installing speech recognition by itself.

    Have you tried Troubleshooting Speech Recognition?

    Is the driver for your sound card up-to-date?

    Have you tried a clean boot (i.e. temporarily disable startup items)?

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    Speech recognition used to work extremely well (a few years ago). Sound card is fine. Booting is another problem: I'm about to post another thread—it took over 45 minutes to boot this morning.

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    The two issues could be intertwined. If your system is taking a long time to boot you should use a tool such as Autoruns or WhatInStartup to examine and manage what is being started when you boot the system.

    NOTE: Autoruns produces an enormous amount of information. You should concentrate on the "Logon" tab.

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