If you find the volume control bar on your computer not working, don’t worry. Many users have reported the same.
The good news is, you can fix it easily!
Try these fixes
All the fixes below work in Windows 10. And just work your way down the list until your volume control not working issue is resolved.
- Update your sound driver
- Restart the Windows Audio service and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
- Run SFC
- Run the Playing Audio troubleshooter
Your volume control not working issue is most likely caused by the outdated/corrupted sound driver, which might very well develop further issues like sound crackling/stuttering or no sound at all if unattended. So we should always make sure to have the latest sound driver installed on our system for the good health of our PC.
There’re two ways you can update your device drivers — manually or automatically. But the manual driver updating process can be time-consuming and risky, so we won’t be covering it here.
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual
- Restart your computer and see if you can adjust the volume on your PC just fine.
Another reason for this volume control not responding problem is the glitches with the Windows Audio and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder services. If that’s the case, we can re-enable them to see if it works.
To do so:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time. Then type services.msc into the box and press Enter.
- Locate and double-click on Windows Audio.
- Click Stop > Start. Then click Apply > OK.
- Repeat this fix on Windows Audio Endpoint Builder.
- Restart your PC and check if your volume control icon works as it should.
Another fix you can try is to run the SFC(a built-in Windows file check & repair tool) scan since the missing/corrupted system files can be the culprit for the volume control not working problem.
To run SFC:
On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type cmd. Then right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
Click Yes when prompted to confirm.
In the command prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
It’ll take some time for the SFC to replace the corrupted system files with new ones if it detects any, so please be patient.
Restart your computer and check if the volume control not working problem is solved. If not, continue with Fix 4.
If all else fails, then you might have to run the built-in audio troubleshooter in our Windows to solve the problem.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type troubleshoot, then click Troubleshoot.
- Click Playing Audio > Run the troubleshooter.
- Follow the on-screen instructions for your Windows to diagnose and troubleshoot.
- Don’t forget to restart your machine and check if the volume control works fine now.
How have the methods above helped you with the troubleshooting? Do you have any ideas or tips to share with us? Drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts.