Can you tell me how to record spoken words from my Windows XP computer onto a memory stick?
Using Sound Recorder to Record Audio
Windows XP (and other versions of Windows) comes with a built-in utility for recording audio called "Sound Recorder." In order to use Sound Recorder, your computer must have a microphone, sound card, and speakers. If it doesn't have a built-in microphone, you can purchase computer microphones that plug into its USB port or a microphone jack for less than $10. Since you want to record the audio onto a memory stick, your computer should also have a compatible slot for the memory stick.
Assuming the computer is properly equipped, recording audio to the memory stick is a simple task. Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder. (Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can go to Start and type "Sound Recorder" into the Search bar and then click the icon to launch the utility.)
Recording with Sound Recorder
Once launched, click the red Start Recording button and begin speaking. You'll see a set of numbers which represent how many minutes and seconds you've been speaking, and the button you clicked earlier will now show a blue box and the words Stop Recording. When you're done, click the Stop Recording button.
A Save As window will appear, prompting you to save your recording as a Windows Media Audio (.wma) file. At this point, you can either save the recording to the memory stick or click on Cancel. When you click on Cancel, you'll see that the button has changed to say "Resume Recording." This is useful if you need to stop and gather your thoughts in the middle of the recording.
Saving Sound Recorder Files
Once you're done speaking once and for all, click the Stop Recording button and save the file to your memory stick which will show up as a lettered drive. For example, your hard disk is likely labeled as the C: drive and your CD-ROM drive is likely D:. Depending on the number of drives, your memory stick may be labeled E:, F:, G:, H:, or above.
To listen to your completed recording, open Windows Explorer by right-clicking Start and choosing Windows Explorer. Navigate to your memory stick and double-click the file you just created. This will open the audio file and play it back.