Windows 8.1 Sound Recorder: Why do you play games?

Recently I have needed to use Windows SoundRecorder to record a few snippets of sound for a project I am working on. What I didn’t realise however, after I had finished recording my samples and laboriously renaming them all, was that windows wanted to hide them from me!

Within the program itself there are no setting to change as to your files’ save location – let alone any actual indication of where they may be hidden.

So after tracking them down I thought this information might be worth sharing to anyone else who made the mistake of using this simple program instead of Audacity.

Firstly, head to your file explorer.


Then head to Local Disk (usually your C: drive unless you’re blessed with more drives/partitions)


If you’ve not done so already set file explorer to show hidden files by clicking the View tab at the top and making sure there is a tick next to Hidden items as shown below.


Now go into the folder which shares your login name. In my case that is the Benjy folder.

Now you need to drill through some folders. Explore them in the following order:

  • AppData
  • Local
  • Packages
  • Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_8wekyb3d8bbwe
  • LocalState
  • Indexed
  • Recordings

And finally you are there! You should see a selection of your recordings saved as m4a files.




  1. THANK YOU!! Your explanation is direct and to the point, with no annoying “cuteness” I’ve just been assailed with on YouTube! Bless you for helping me with my frustrating problem.


  2. Thank you!!!!! I have spent 4 hours this afternoon trying to figure out where all of my recordings are! So very frustrating!

    You are a life saver!



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