Preference error: Could not load Dictation

I am using ML 10.8.5. Just recently I am getting the following when I try to open the Dictation + Speech PrefPane: "Preference error: Could not load Dictation & Speech preference pane.", always works perfectly. Also got another message saying that Dictation + Speech will not work on an Intel Mac. I ran Verify + Repair Permissions in Disk Utility, nothing seems to help. I am not much of a techie so please make your replies easy to follow. Thanks, Ken.

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Have you tried a restart?

Might be a corrupt .plist.

Do a backup, preferably 2 backups on 2 separate drives.

Quit the application.

In Finder hold down the option/alt key while selecting the Go menu item. Select Library. Then go to Preferences/ Move the .plist to your desktop.

Restart the computer, open the application and test. If it works okay, delete the plist from the desktop.

If the application is the same, return the .plist to where you got it from, overwriting the newer ones.

If you want to make your user library permanently visible, run the below command in Applications/Utilities/Terminal.

chflags nohidden ~/Library/

You will need to do that after any updates.

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