How To Fix Volume Mixer Not Saving Any Settings On Windows 10/11

In Windows, volume mixer is used to adjust the speaker sounds, and system sounds for each device and application. But sometimes users face the issue where if any modifications are done in the volume mixer settings it does not get saved. This issue is mostly due to corrupt files, outdated drivers, needing any setting changes, etc. In this article, we have a few solutions to solve the volume mixer not saving any settings issue. Apply them and get rid of the problem. Let us start!

Basic Checks

Before applying any below solutions, do a basic check of your device and see if the issue is solved.

Firstly if you are using headphones or a headset then check if the volume button is not damaged. If it is damaged replace the headphones and then check if the issue is solved.

Secondly, restart your system and then follow the below steps

Step 1 – Open the windows settings using Windows + I keys together

Step 2 – Click on system

 

System

 

Step 3 – On the left, click on sound

 

Sound

 



Step 4 – At the right side, scroll down and then click on app volume and device preferences under advanced sound options

 

App Volume

 

Alternatively you can also type sound mixer options in the windows search bar and hit enter

 

Mixer Options

 

Step 5 – Find system sounds and move the slider towards right side and adjust the volume for the apps. Then check if the issue is solved.

 

System Sounds

 

If the above basic methods did not resolve the problem then follow the below solutions.

Method 1 – Enable Allow Applications To Take Exclusive Control Of The Device

 

Step 1 – Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together

Step 2 – Type sndvol in the run prompt and hit enter. This will open the volume mixer window

 

Volume

 

Step 3 – In the device section, click on speakers

 

Speakers

 

Step 4 – Go to the advanced tab

Step 5 – In the exclusive mode section, enable both the options allow applications to take exclusive control of this device and give exclusive mode applications priority by clicking on the checkbox beside them (a tick mark should be present in the checkbox)

 

Exclusive Mode

 

Step 6 – To save the changes click on apply and ok. Now check if the settings is being saved or not.

 

Method 2 – Run The Windows Audio Troubleshooter

 

Step 1 – Open the windows settings using Windows + I keys

Step 2 – Click on Update & security

 

Update Security

 

Step 3 – On the left, click on troubleshoot

 

Troubleshoot

 

Step 4 – Select additional troubleshooters at the right side

 

Additional Troubleshooter

 

Step 5 – Select the playing audio option and then click on run the troubleshooter button

 

Playing Audio

 

Step 6 – It will detect and fix if there are any issues. Once the process is completed check if the issue is solved.

 

Method 3 – Update The Audio Driver

 

Step 1 – Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together

Step 2 – Then type devmgmt.msc in the run prompt and hit enter. This will open the device manager window

 

Devmgmnt

 

Step 3 – Scroll down and expand Sound, video, and game controllers by clicking on the arrow mark beside it

Step 4 – Right click on the name of your audio device and then click on update driver

 

Update Driver

 

Step 5 – Click on Search automatically for drivers. If there are any latest drivers then it will be installed

 

Search Drivers

 

Step 6 – Restart the system and check if the issue is solved.

 

Method 4 – Roll Back The Audio Driver

 

Step 1 – Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together

Step 2 – Then type devmgmt.msc in the run prompt and hit enter. This will open the device manager window

 

Devmgmnt

 



Step 3 – Scroll down and expand Sound, video, and game controllers by clicking on the arrow mark beside it

Step 4 – Right click on the name of your audio device and then click on properties

 

Properties

 

Step 5 – Go to the driver tab

Step 6 – Click on the roll back driver button if it is highlighted. If it is not highlighted then you do not have any previous driver to roll back

 

Roll Back

 

Step 7 – Restart the computer and check if the problem is resolved.

 

Method 5 – Uninstall The Audio Driver

 

Step 1 – Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together

Step 2 – Then type devmgmt.msc in the run prompt and hit enter. This will open the device manager window

 

Devmgmnt

 

Step 3 – Scroll down and expand Sound, video, and game controllers by clicking on the arrow mark beside it

Step 4 – Right click on the name of your audio device and then click on uninstall device



 

Uninstall

 

Step 5 – In the confirmation pop up click on uninstall button

Step 6 – Restart the computer and the driver will be automatically installed. Then check if the issue is solved.

Method 6 – Restart The Windows Explorer Process

 

Step 1 – Right click on the taskbar and click on task manager

 

Task Manager

 

Step 2 – In the task manager window, right click on the windows explorer under processes tab

Step 3 – From the appeared list, click on restart

 

Restart

 

Step 4 – Now modify the settings in the volume mixer as per your need and then check if it is saving the settings and the issue is solved

 

Method 7 – Repair The Corrupted System Files

 

Step 1 – Open the command prompt as an administrator. To do this, type cmd in the windows search then hold Ctrl + Shift keys together and hit enter

Step 2 – A user account control window will open, click on yes

Step 3 – Type the following command in the command prompt and then hit enter

sfc /scannow

 

Scan

 

Step 4 – It will take a few seconds to finish the process. Once done restart the computer and then check if the issue is been resolved.

 

That’s it! I hope the above provided information is helpful and easy to follow. Let us know which method worked work you. Thank you and happy reading!!