FIX: Windows 10 sound increases automatically

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Are you having trouble with your computer because Windows 10 sound increases automatically? This article will help you resolve the sound issue. When Windows 10 sound changes automatically, the problem could either be software or hardware related, such as mic/headset settings, or sound/audio drivers which bring it up.

Try the solutions below and see which one works for you.

FIX: Windows 10 sound automatically goes up

  1. Preliminary checks
  2. Run the Audio troubleshooter
  3. Run hardware and device troubleshooter
  4. Check sound settings
  5. Disable sound effects
  6. Try different audio formats
  7. Update sound driver
  8. Set default audio device from USB or HDMI
  9. Uncheck Loudness Equalization

1. Preliminary checks

  • Check your speaker and headphone connections for loose cables or the wrong jack.
  • Check your power and volume levels, and try turning all the volume controls up.
  • Some speakers and apps have their own volume controls, check them all.
  • Try connecting using a different USB port.

2. Run the Audio troubleshooter

If you’re experiencing problems with the sound on your Windows 10 computer, try using the Playing Audio troubleshooter to resolve the problem as this checks for common problems in volume settings, sound card or driver, speakers and headphones.

To do this:

  • Open the search bar and type troubleshooting then press enter.
  • Click Hardware and sound
  • Click Playing Audio and then click Next

  • The troubleshooter will search for any issues and give feedback on next steps

3. Run hardware and device troubleshooter

  • Click Start and type Troubleshooting in the search box
  • Click Troubleshooting
  • Select Hardware and sound
  • Click Hardware and Devices then click Next to start the process and find out what could be the issue – either mic or headset

— RELATED: How to fix Audio Issues in Windows 10

4. Check sound settings

  • Right click the speaker icon on the toolbar

  • Click Sounds

  • Go to Playback tab

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  • Right click your speaker and select Properties
  • Under General tab, select Properties again
  • Go to the Driver tab
  • Click Roll Back driver.

Note: If the Roll Back Driver option is grayed out, it means that your system is running the default and standard sound driver. You can download the most current audio driver directly from the Realtek website or your device manufacturer’s website, then install.

5. Disable sound effects

  • Click start and type sound then press enter (to open Sound window).  You can also right-click on the sound icon in the tray area and select Sounds.
  • Select the Playback tab

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  • Right-click on the Speakers
  • Select Properties.
  • Go to Enhancements tab

  • Uncheck Disable all sound effects (or any similar thing you might have in there).
  • Restart your computer and see if it works better now.

— RELATED: Windows 10 April Update breaks audio settings [FIX]

6. Try different audio formats

  • Go to Start, type Sound, and press enter
  • Select Sound Control Panel from the list of results.
  • Go to the Playback tab
  • Right-click the Default Device
  • Select Properties.default speaker properties
  • On the Advanced tab, under Default Format, change the setting

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  • Retest the sound. If that doesn’t work, try changing the setting again.

7. Update sound driver

  • Right click Start and select Device Manager
  • Expand Sound, video and game controllers

  • Select your Sound card and open it
  • Go to Driver tab
  • Select Update driver. If Windows doesn’t find a new driver, look for one on the device manufacturer’s website and follow their instructions

Alternatively, uninstall your audio driver from Device Manager, right-click (or press and hold) the audio driver, and select Uninstall. Restart your device and Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

— RELATED: No sound after installing NVIDIA Graphics Drivers [Fix]

You can also use the generic audio driver that comes with Windows from Device Manager, right-click your audio driver > Update driver software… > Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer, select High Definition Audio Device, select Next, and follow the instructions to install it.

We also strongly recommend TweakBit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC. This tool will keep your system safe as you can manually download and install the wrong driver version.

Disclaimer: Some features of this tool are not free.

8. Set default audio device from USB or HDMI

  • Click Start and type Sound
  • Select Sound from the list of search results
  • Go to Playback tab
  • Select a device and then Set Default.

9. Uncheck Loudness Equalization

  • Right click the speaker icon on your taskbar
  • Select Open your playback device – the one that is actually playing
  • Click Properties > go to Enhancements
  • Uncheck “Loudness Equalization”

Were you able to fix Windows 10 sound increases automatically using any of these fixes? Let us know in the comments section below.