How to Use Windows 7 Speech Recognition



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Windows default speech recognition is not so accurate. I tried using it but it was a pain to train and didn't work well. I am now using Braina - which has better speech recognition and its also a personal assistant. I love to use it for music voice control.



I've read comments here saying that it's poop; or it doesn't work out of the box. What?! I've had great performance from its dictation. great performance with Chrome, Firefox, and IE9. I also have a Lifecam HD, and can stand across the room and it pick-up every syllable in a normal conversation tone/volume - and I have a speech impediment! Dragon was nothing but frustrating - always - and no matter how much training I did.



Dragon Naturally speaking 10 was pretty damn good and I used it for a while while doing E-mail and doing comments on MPC (heh)..

Commands, tho, were a real pain (Stick on the headphones, wake up the app,and say "open Firefox"). Or I could just push the button on my keyboard.

Neat idea but no thanks.




Actually, Microsoft has incorporated many of their features into Windows 7 computers.

I would give it a try and see how you like it.

Besides, if you do decide to like it, you can skip paying for Dragon.



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First of all this is not the future. SR has been around since the days of 32mb RAM PCs. Also its a pain to use. There is a reason why it never caught on as a general purpose input tool. To have to utter every single command is a lot harder than moving your mouse or pressing a button on your keyboard.



I beg to differ.

If someone is horrible (or slow) at typing, then speaking would be less painful.

If you haven't given it a try, i would recommend using Windows 7 Speech Recogniztion a try.



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I've used both this and Dragon's latest version. While it is servicable (it works with the proper amount of training) it's not nearly as responsive as Dragon, and also not nearly as fault tolerant in most cases. That's the difference between an embedded solution like Windows and a for-pay solution like Dragon; polish and functionality. Dragon will pop up and accept a lot of dictation and user input immediately after the initail setup without a lot of errors. Windows generally requires more training in my experience.

but Dentaku is right, both services require an at least moderate microphone, and one with noise canceling or a high quality pickup, such as a cell-phone's bluetooth set, is better. the pinhole built into  a laptop is not sufficient, no matter which software you use. (for a while, you could buy Dragon with a headset bundled in fact)




Years ago when the Dragon softwhere came out, they sold it like it was this amazing thing. It couldn't understand a word i was saying, it was a complete waste of time.

Years later, the umpteenth version of dragon was released, and it was all over the box New! Improved! blah blah blah. I spent the 100 bucks and tried to use it. All that came out on the word document when I spoke was gibberish. Complete waste of time. 1 in 5 attempts to verbally open internet browser would work. I trained, and trained, and trained for hours to 'teach' the softwhere to recognize my speech. Complet waste of time. I figured it was the processor, and figured that someday when faster processors came out it would work. That was years ago, like 10 years ago.

Now here we are with Windows 7. I have a Q9550 quad processor OC to 3.4GH I have a steelseries 5HV/2 headset with mic. I have a Asus D2X soundcard. I just followed the above tutorial, and all I got from windows is what? what? what did you say? huh? say again? what?






SR is a sham.

And yes, I'm bitter!




I'm sorry that you've had a bad experience with it.

Not sure why your having a problem with it. In general, most people that i've talked to absolutely love the program.

Maybe you should contact both companies and complain?



Most people still don't have mics good enough for this to be any fun to use. I know it's actually pretty good but it has a tough time time with cheap mics.

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