When I use Voice Recorder, it always saves it as a .m4a, but I need the file as a .wav.

I know it is possible using Sound Recorder in Windows 7, but Windows 10 seems to use a different program.

Is there a way of doing this natively in Windows 10?


Any particular reason you want to do this natively? Otherwise I can recommend Audacity. It allows you to record audio files among others. The option to save to wav is found in the file/export audio menu. Furthermore Audacity is free software, so that should not keep you from using it.

  • I actually now think I need to the files to be saved as PCM .. I want to save them as resources and play them from a c# application – Bassie Nov 25 '16 at 15:28
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    @Bassie If you want PCM coding, then WAV is what you want. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 25 '16 at 16:45

There's actually a much easier way.

Press start, type run and press Enter.

Then type soundrecorder /file file_path.wav and press enter again.

Voila! Your next recording is in wav format.

  • The answer you link to is for Windows 7 (this question is specific to Windows 10), and that command line program is not the UWP Voice Recorder app in Windows 10 – mlhDev May 18 '20 at 2:38
  • @mlhDev Thanks for pointing this out. I do not have any windows 10 systems near me know. Would someone kindly check if something like explorer.exe shell:appsFolder\Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App /file file_path.wav would work? How to start Windows Voice Recorder from the cmd? – Pedram Ashofteh Ardakani May 25 '20 at 9:07

To make wav from Windows 10 voice recorder, first record sound then right click file and choose open file location then rename giving it a wav extension. You should get (if you change a file name extension, the file might become unusable. Are you sure you want to change it? Click Yes. It's now a wav file.

  • But it doesn't work if you play it as a .wav file – MilkyWay90 Feb 1 '19 at 16:30

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