Windows 10 - a small article on the Cortana error 0xC00DABE0

Oostdam logo Windows 10Upgrading towards a newer release on a Windows 10 Technical Preview can be difficult sometimes. Still, as I think this is one of Microsoft's best operating systems ever made and it's still getting better and better as the releases are going better and better, following each other up in a continuous delivery way that I have never seen before from a large company like Microsoft is. This new OS is going to give Microsoft it's boost for the next decade as it will become the single platform form device all over the world, from phone, laptop. personal computer, towards large screens, game consoles and other devices. Mark my word for it!

It has been a little while, a little more than a month even, that Microsoft came out with the last preview update of Windows 10. The holiday season with Christmas time and New Year is the reason for that. And I love it! A major IT company, keeping the family-life of their employees in mind, when creating a deployment schedule for their biggest OS release ever made. Very nice! After watching all these CEO's last week, I had to upgrade towards the latest build version my self as well of course. I could not video-tape my laptop, or Surface 3 upgrade, but I did on my virtual Windows 10 machine. If you like, you can watch the upgrade video through this link. That's exactly the reason for creating this article as well. The upgrade process came with some errors here and there, and to help you all out there with these errors, i decided to make this little article about it.

One of the errors I came across was this one on starting Cortana. It's obvious what to do, but for Google crawling reasons i state the error in text as well. It is "Cortana can't listen right now. Make sure your mic is working, or wait a little while and try again. Error code: 0xC00DABE0". A picture of this error is shown below here.

Oostdam - Windows 10 - Cortana error 0xC00DABE0

The error text says it all. Your microphone isn't working the way and Cortana isn't able to use it. In the upgrade process towards build 9926 a lot of drivers are being installed and updated automatically. On this error it didn't. To solve this issue, upgrade the driver of your microphone in the device center. Most of the times it will be vendor specific, play around with it a little and try downloading an earlier version for Windows 7 or 8. Check the configuration and test the microphone from the sound center as well. If this error remains, try a universal driver or the basic Realtek drivers. Most of the time this is sufficient, otherwise let me know which device you are experiencing troubles with. I will be glad to help you.

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Ben Oostdam picture - afbeeldingBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Started shortly with Windows NT 4, worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior System Engineer for a High Quality service organization in the Netherlands.

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