Increase Recording Time in Windows XP
The easiest way to start Windows Sound Recorder is to go to your Start menu, and then select the Run prompt. After the command box appears, simply type SNDREC32.exe where it says Open:, and the program will start. Of course you may have a shortcut on your desktop, in which case you can simply bring it up with that.
Now start Windows Sound Recorder by clicking on the record button and let it run for the standard sixty seconds. Note that you won’t record anything it will simply be a blank file which you will then use to increase the length.
Go to File at the top, and select Save As from the dropdown menu; choose a location and save the file as Blank.wav
Now go to Edit at the top, and select Insert File; you will then select the blank WAV file you just saved and insert it. Each time you insert the file you saved, sixty seconds of recording time will be added to the original, hence use this to calculate how many seconds of recording you will need altogether.
When you have the desired length of time you want to record, for example 480 seconds for an 8 minute recording, save the file again as Blank or whatever you wish; every time you open this file in Windows Sound Recorder you will have the extended recording time, effectively using it as some kind of template.
You can also set the Windows Sound Recorder to open your template file automatically. First create a shortcut of the Windows Sound Recorder on your desktop, found in the folder Windows/System 32; right-click on the icon and choose Send to, and then send it to your desktop. Right-click on the shortcut on your desktop, select properties and paste the following in the target box:
Substitute C:\Blank.wav for the location/filename of your file.