A Guide to Restoring the Default Sound Settings on Windows 11

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The post discusses how to reset audio settings to defaults in Windows 11. It explains the process of resetting both volume and advanced settings, through the Windows Settings app, System -> Sound panel. The post further advises updating or reinstalling audio drivers if the audio playback settings do not improve.

This post explains how to reset the audio settings to the defaults in Windows 11.

Windows allows users to set multiple audio settings. You can turn on or off audio enhancements, enable enhanced or mono audio, and many other features.

All Windows audio settings and features help you improve the Sound of your computers. Many of these settings will work great and help you listen better.

Howerver, if you have configured Windows audio playback settings but changes have not improved or not working as expected, you can reset it to the defaults.

Here’s how to do it in Windows 11.

As explained above, if you have changed Windows audio settings but are not working as expected, you can reset the audio to the defaults, including volume, advanced settings, and driver.

To do that, first open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the Settings app. Or press the keyboard shortcuts (Windows + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Settings app opens, click the System button on the left.

windows 11 system tile
Windows 11 system tile

On the right, select the Sound tile to expand.

Windows Sound tile in Windows Settings app
Windows Sound tile in Windows Settings app

On the System -> Sound settings panel, under Advanced, select the Volume mixer tile to expand.

Windows Sound Volume mixer tile in Windows Settings app
Windows Sound Volume mixer tile in Windows Settings app

On the System -> Sound -> Volume mixer settings panel, click the Reset button to reset all apps’ sound devices and volume to the recommended defaults.

Windows Sound reset button in Windows Settings app
Windows Sound reset button in Windows Settings app

Reset the advanced audio settings

After resetting the Sound devices and volumes, return to the Windows Settings app and select System -> Sound tile to expand.

On the Sound settings panel, select “More sound settings” link under Advanced.

Windows More sound settings
Windows More sound settings

On the pop-up window of the playback devices, select the Speakers on the left, then click the Properties button.

Windows playback device properties
Windows playback device properties

When the Speakers Properties window opens, select the Advanced tab and click the Restore Defaults button to reset the audio devices.

Windows playback device properties reset defaults
Windows playback device properties reset defaults.

Update the sound device drivers

Another way to reset or restore your computer audio device settings is to update or reinstall the audio drivers for your device.

Read the post below to learn how to update device drivers in Windows 11.

Update device drivers in Windows 11

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to reset audio devices on your computer in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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