The previous installment of this series introduced you to Windows XP’s Speech Recognition and outlined the software requirements. Now you will learn how to install this feature.

If you are unsure if the speech recognition engine is already installed on the computer, you can check the Speech Properties dialog box. Within the Control Panel, open the Speech applet. If there is no Speech Recognition tab available from the Speech Properties dialog box, the engine has not been installed.

You can install the SRE by completing the steps below. This method requires you to have the Microsoft Office XP installation CD on hand.

  1. Click Start and click Control Panel.
  2. Double click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click Change or Remove Programs and click Microsoft Office XP.
  4. Click Change.
  5. Select Add or Remove Features and click Next.
  6. From the list of features to install, double click Office Shared Features.
  7. Double click Alternative User Input.
  8. Click Speech and click the down arrow.
  9. Select Run from My Computer.
  10. Click the Update button.

Once the SRE has been added, you can enable it in any of the Microsoft Office applications. For example, in Microsoft Word, click the Speech option from the Tools menu. If prompted, insert the Microsoft Office XP installation CD to complete the installation.

Once the SRE has been installed, you are ready to configure speech recognition settings (as you will see in the next installment of this series).

[tags]Speech Recognition Engine, SRE, speech recognition, XP[/tags]