Windows 10 April Update breaks audio settings [FIX]

Madeleine Dean By: Madeleine Dean
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Another day, a new problem. This seems to be the best description of the Windows 10 April Update. Microsoft rolled out this new OS version only a few days ago and frequent bug reports are the norm. We already compiled a list of the most common Windows 10 April Update bugs, but we’ve got a new one to add on the list.

Many users, especially gamers, recently reported that Windows 10 v1803 breaks audio settings and mutes microphones.

SORRY I’M LATE!!!! The new #Windows10April2018Update just broke my damn audio settings in all my programs. Starting stream up soon.

How to fix audio issues on Windows 10 April Update

1. Fix pop or crackle sounds

If you’re using a battery-powered laptop, Windows 10 automatically puts the audio drivers to sleep in order to extend battery life. The OS then wakes the drivers only when audio is played. Unfortunately, when this happens, you’ll hear a pop or crackle sound when audio is played which irritates many users. To fix this minor problem, you need to tweak the Registry.

  1. Go to Start > type regedit > double click on the first result
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlClassfix audio issues windows 10 april update
  3.  Select the key {4d36e96c-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318} > you’ll find a series of keys such as 0000, 0002, 0005
  4. Open these keys in order to locate a key called PowerSettings
  5. Select ConservationIdleTime > change its value to 00 00 00 00.

2. The microphone is unresponsive

If your microphone won’t pick up any sound, make sure you allowed apps and programs to use it.

After the update, I noticed that Reaper would show a “WASAPI: shared device error” when I started Reaper. I did also notice that Microsoft being the legends they are, have changed the audio devices settings screen to their new Windows 10 format.

Navigate to Settings >Privacy > make sure that the option ‘Allow apps to use my microphone’ is enabled.

There you go, these two quick workarounds should help you fix the audio issues affecting the Windows 10 April Update. For more information on how to fix additional audio bugs affecting Windows 10 computers, check out the guides listed below:

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