Setting Default System Voice, Windows 8




While syncing our iPod Nano, 4th generation with spoken menus enabled, we found the Windows 8 default system voice (David in our case) not to our liking, and so, wanted to change it before attempting another iPod population.  The following procedure accomplished this.



Open Control Panel   from the desktop by clicking on the Start button, then clicking Settings, and finally, choosing Control Panel from the Settings menu.

Showing how to open Control Panel from the Windows 8 Desktop.
Showing how to open Control Panel from the Windows 8 Desktop

The Control Panel opens as shown next.

Showing where the Ease of Access Center program can be found in the Windows 8 Control Panel.
Showing where the Ease of Access Center program can be found in the Windows 8 Control Panel.

Go to Ease of Access Center  in the Control Panel window.  Picking this option produces the following window in Control Panel.

Showing the Windows 8 Ease of Access Center window open, within Control Panel.
Showing the Windows 8 Ease of Access Center window open, within Control Panel.



Go to the “Use the Computer without a display” option.  The following window in Control Panel results.

Showing the Use Computer Without Display Configuration Window.
Showing the Use Computer Without Display Configuration Window.

Go to the Setup Text To Speech option.  The Speech Properties window appears with the following arrangement.

Showing the Windows 8 version of the Speech Properties Window.
Showing the Windows 8 version of the Speech Properties Window.

Pick the Default System Voice    from the Voice Selection pull-down menu.   There are three voices listed in our particular installation (David, Hazel, and Zira).  We picked the Zira voice, as illustrated below.

Showing the Windows 8 Voice Selection Menu with the Zira Voice Selected.
Showing the Windows 8 Voice Selection Menu with the Zira Voice Selected.



Note that upon clicking the voice you want in the list, and if you have your computer speakers turned on and up, you’ll hear a sample of that voice played through them.  You can sample each voice in the list by selecting it as described.

Press the Apply button.  You have now changed your Windows 8 computer’s default system voice.  iPods that rely on this voice in generating their voice menus while syncing will now speak with this voice after you’ve resynced them.

Close the Speech Properties Window.  Press the Okay button to do that.

Close the Ease of Access Center window.

You’re done.  Happy text-to-speeching with your iPod.

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Revision History

  • 2015-12-10: Added appropriate tags.
  • 2015-01-02: Originally published.