Fix Computer Sound Volume Too Low in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7


Solution 1: Check Speaker or Microphone Volume Control

Why is my volume so low? Maybe you didn’t turn the speaker or Microphone volume up enough.

So at first, you should disconnect the microphone or speaker, and then reconnect it on Windows 10. If you use the front jack before, you can connect your audio devices with the back jack.

Then check your speaker or microphone audio button to adjust the volume to the maximum.

More: How to Fix Front Audio Jack Not Working


Adjusting the Volume in the Music or Video player

If the Windows Volume settings look OK then there’s a possibility that the software you are using has its own volume controls which behave independently of the system volume. Most third party video and audio playing software has its own volume slider within the play controls which won’t affect the master volume level.

For example, PowerDVD has a slider which is very e

For example, PowerDVD has a slider which is very easy to spot and you can simply click along it to increase or decrease the level. Other software such as VLC, Media Player Classic or Windows Media Player have something similar. VLC also has an option to boost the level to 125% which makes the sound even louder than normal.

The Windows Volume Mixer

Another area to check is the Windows Volume Mixer because the reason most player software doesn’t affect the main volume control is they have their own entry in the mixer settings. For example, VLC player has an entry below which is set to zero in the Mixer, even though the main Windows volume and the VLC sound level in the program window itself is still set to a high value. You would not hear anything with the below setting.

Simply click on the speaker tray icon and select M

Simply click on the speaker tray icon and select Mixer or type Sndvol into the Start menu search or Run dialog box. Check to see if your player software has an entry and move the slider up if it looks too low. Note the slider will not go above the level of the main Windows volume setting on the far left.

NirCMD mentioned above can also be used for this purpose and set the volume for a specific application in the Mixer to the level you choose. Use the guide above to create a shortcut and enter the following command instead:

nircmd.exe setappvolume {process name} 1

To get the process name open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Escape) and look for the name of the player in the list. For example, VLC will be vlc.exe, Media Player Classic 64bit will be mpc-hc64.exe. The volume level is a number between 0 and 1, 1 is 100%, 0.5 is 50% and etc.

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Solution 5: Run Playing Audio Troubleshooter

As Microsoft built-in tool, playing audio troubleshooter can detect why computer volume is low and then fix it automatically.

1. Type settings in the search box to open Windows settings.

2. Click Update & Security.

3. In troubleshoot tab, find the Playing audio option, and click Run the troubleshooter.

4. In the devices window, choose the low volume de

4. In the devices window, choose the low volume device and click Next.

5. After that, Microsoft will start detecting the

5. After that, Microsoft will start detecting the problem and fix it automatically.

6. In the end, it may remind you to open the audio enhancements to set something. You can disable all enhancements to improve sound quality.

Trick 5. Use Windows Volume Mixer to Increase Volume

Different applications may have different volumes in Windows 10. If you think Windows 10 volume is too low when running an application like a media player, you can turn up volume in the media player or use Volume Mixer to increase sound for the media player.

  • Right-click the Sound icon at the taskbar, and select Open Volume Mixer.
  • In Volume Mixer window, you can increase the volume of all sounds like Speakers, System Sounds, and Applications.
  • Then you can open the application again to check if the volume is turned up.

Trick 3. Turn on Loudness Equalization

  • You can follow the same operation in Trick 2 to enter into Speakers Properties window.
  • Click Enhancements tab, and check Loudness Equalization option.
  • Click Apply and click OK to save the changes. You can freely to undo the changes if this method doesn’t work in fixing Windows 10 laptop sound very low issue.

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To my dismay, I discovered some Windows users might actually have an easier fix for this problem. Then I researched some more, and realized that it’s a little more complicated depending on what type of sound card you have. That sounds more like the Microsoft I know.

Don’t worry, there is a solution for you Windows folks: it’s just that you may have to try more than one of the following approaches.

The Built-in Windows Solution

  1. Open your Control Panel
  2. Select “Sound” under Hardware and Sound
  3. Select your speakers, then click Properties
  4. Select the Enhancements tab
  5. Check Loudness Equalization
  6. Click Apply

If you made it to the end of all six steps without scratching your head, congratulations. You’re good to go.

If not, you probably got stuck at step four or five. Some sound cards apparently don’t give you this option, or Microsoft thought it’d be too easy if all machines had volume equalization. Either way, there’s hope for you yet.

PC Alternative #1

  1. Open your Control Panel
  2. Select “Sound” under Hardware and Sound
  3. Select your speakers, then click Properties
  4. Select the Enhancements tab
  5. Select Equalizer
  6. Turn up each EQ band.
  7. Save this setting as a preset for easy recall* (Optional)

If you got stuck here, it was probably on that darn step number four or five again. Luckily, there’s still one more option.

PC Alternative #2

  1. Download and install this software: . Make note of the install location. You’ll need this later.
  2. Select your speakers under the Configurator window that will pop-up while installing.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. Go to the location where you installed the software.
  5. Select the “Config” folder.
  6. Open the config text document. Delete everything in the file.
  7. Type the following into the document: Preamp: +10 dB
  8. Click Save.

The changes will be effective immediately. You can edit the config file again if you need to adjust the volume.

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