Sometimes, Microsoft Volume keeps adjusting without the user’s authority. For example, users have reported microphone volume resetting to 0 or 100 on Windows 10 with no apparent trigger. Users say that the microphone adjusting or resetting can affect multiple applications on the operating system, both built-in and third party.

This issue can be annoying because it can prevent you from conversing with fellow gamers, recording audio, communicating with your friends or colleagues online, etc. Fortunately, you can fix it. So, if your microphone volume keeps resetting on Windows 10, this article will show you why the issue is occurring and what to do about it.

Why Is Microphone Resetting to 0 or 100 Volume on Windows 10?

If your Microphone resets to 0 or 100 volume, the problem can be one or more of the following situations:

  • A problematic audio driver, such as outdated or corrupted audio drivers
  • Incorrect microphone, audio, or PC settings
  • The computer’s hardware failures
  • Malware infection on your PC
  • A background application is taking control of your microphone settings
  • Corrupted, damaged, or missing system files

You wouldn’t automatically know what is causing your Microphone to auto-adjust or reset to 0 or 100 in Windows 10. However, you can diagnose the problem and find a solution.

How to Resolve Microphone Resetting to 0 or 100 Volume on Windows 10

If your computer’s microphone keeps resetting to 0 or 100 volume, you can start by restarting your PC. Computer errors can occur because of system or app conflicts, and rebooting the system can reset these apps and stop the conflicts.

If rebooting the system doesn’t work, you can scan it for malware using a quality anti-malware solution. Windows Defender is a good anti-virus, but some malware can bypass its security stops. A quality third-party security tool like Auslogics Anti-Malware can help you find any malware residing in your PC. You can also try plugging your microphone jack pinout on and off or plugging it into a different port to see if there are some hardware problems.

If the microphone keeps resetting after trying these solutions, you may need to conduct the technical troubleshooting solutions below.

How to Fix Microphone Keeps Resetting to 0 or 100 Volume on Windows 10

The following troubleshooting solutions will show you how to fix a microphone that keeps resetting to 0 or 100. You’ll also learn how to fix a microphone volume that won’t stay set on Windows 10.

Let’s dive in!

1] Run the Audio/Speech Troubleshooter

When you experience the issue of the Microphone keeps resetting volume on Windows 10, the first thing to do is run the Speech and Recording Audio troubleshooters. These are built-in Windows troubleshooters that will detect the problem and fix them automatically.

To run the speech troubleshooter, follow the steps below:

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app directly.
  2. Select the Update and Security tile and click on it.
  3. Now, on the left pane, click Troubleshoot.
  4. Next, click the “Additional troubleshooters” link on the right pane.
  5. From the list of apps and programs, search for Recording Audio under Find and fix problems.
  6. Click on the option, then click Run the Troubleshooter.
  7. Wait for the troubleshooter to run and follow the onscreen instructions to fix the problem if found.

If the problem persists, you can then proceed and run Audio Troubleshooter from the same window.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Press the Windows key + I to launch Settings directly.
  2. Select the Update and Security tile and click on it.
  3. Now, on the left pane, click Troubleshoot.
  4. Next, click the “Additional troubleshooters” link on the right pane.
  5. Look for Playing Audio under Get up and Running from the list of apps and programs.
  6. Click on the option, then click Run the Troubleshooter.
  7. Wait for the troubleshooter to run and follow the onscreen instructions to fix the problem if found.

If the speech/audio troubleshooter fails to solve the problem, proceed to the next solution and see if you can find help.

2] Check for Hardware Issues

Sometimes, the problem might be in your hardware devices. The microphone jack pinout port on your device might have been damaged. You can try connecting the microphone to another jack port or to another computer to see if it works fine.

If the microphone fails to work on other ports or shows faulty features like adjusting the volume, it might be the problem. In this case, you can dispose of it and find a new microphone that works fine. If the microphone works fine on another jack port or computer, perhaps your device has technical issues that need to be addressed, such as driver issues.

Proceed to the next section to see how to update your drivers.

3] Update or Reinstall the Audio/Microphone Driver from the Manufacturer

As we’ve previously mentioned, the microphone keeps resetting to volume 0 or 100 could be a driver issue. Updating this driver can help you fix the problem. If the microphone you’re using is an external device, such as an NVIDIA microphone, you can download its latest drivers from the official manufacturer’s website.

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If you are using a Windows built-in Microsoft microphone, you can install the latest audio drivers from Intel.com. You will simply go to the website and find the latest audio drivers for your particular PC specs.

If you’re not sure about your PC specifications, find them out using the following steps.

  1. Press the Windows key and type “msinfo32” (no quotes).
  2. Select the top result to open the System Information app.
  3. On the left pane, select Components and expand it.
  4. See the Sound Device and click on it.
  5. Next, check the specifications of the Sound device on the right-pane.
  6. Note down the Driver ID and version.
  7. Now, with this information, you can check the manufacturer’s site and find the update that matches your system’s driver specifications.
  8. Download and install it on your system and see if it solves the problem.

Alternatively, to update the drivers use the following steps.

  1. Press the Windows key and type “dxdiag” (no quotes).
  2. Select the top result to open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
  3. Go to the Sound tab.
  4. Check the Sound Device and click on it.
  5. Under Drivers, note down the Driver name and version.
  6. Now, with this information, you can check the manufacturer’s site and find the update that matches your system’s driver specifications.
  7. Download and install it on your system and see if it solves the problem.

4] Stop Other Apps from Controlling the Microphone

If you have third-party apps like Skype, Steam, and Discord, there is a chance that they’re causing problems to your microphone.

Windows gives you an option to allow or restrict apps from accessing your microphone, which can help you stop the problem you’re facing.

To stop other apps from controlling your microphone, use the following steps:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Type “control” (no quotes) and select the Control Panel from the results.
  3. In the Control Panel window, locate Sound (if it opens in Large icons) and click on it.
  4. Now, go to the Recording tab.
  5. Double-click on the microphone option to open its properties.
  6. In the microphone properties windows, go to the Advanced tab.
  7. Uncheck the box next to “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.”
  8. Once done, click Apply, then click OK.

This will lock the microphone volume and prevent other apps from controlling it.

You can then exit the Control Panel and see if the microphone issue has been solved.

5] Change Audio Recording Settings

If your PC’s Microphone is not set as the device’s default recording device, you may not be able to record audio using the Microphone. If you’ve set this before and it won’t stay set, you can try again to set it using the following steps:

  1. Go to the Volume Control icon at the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  2. Right-click it, then select Open Sound Settings from the list.
  3. Next, click on the “Manage Sound Devices” link below Troubleshoot.
  4. Now under the “Input device” category, check if you have any other device enabled apart from your Microphone.
  5. If there are any other devices, select them, and click on the Disable option.
  6. This will leave only your device’s microphone as the only device to record Sound.
  7. You can now try to use the microphone and see if the problem persists.

If the problem persists, you can either update the device or conduct other diagnoses to know the exact problem and fix it using the methods we’ve provided below.

6] Uninstall Audio Control Software

You may be experiencing the volume resetting problem because of audio control software on your PC. So, uninstalling it can help you fix the problem.

Follow the steps below to uninstall the audio control software:

  1. Press the Windows logo key and type “control” (no quotes).
  2. Select Control Panel from the results.
  3. Next, select the Programs and Features option.
  4. Now, search for any audio control software from the list of your installed programs.
  5. If you find such software, click on it, then select Uninstall.

Wait for the uninstallation to be complete, then restart your computer. Check if the “Microphone volume keeps resetting to 100 on Windows 10” error has been solved.

7] Repair Your System Files through an SFC Scan

If your computer has corrupted, missing, outdated system files, you may experience some PC issues. If this is the case, then the microphone volume may keep resetting to 0 or 100. An SFC scan can help you repair these system files.

To run an SFC scan follows these steps:

  1. Launch Command Prompt as an administrator:
    1. Press the Windows key and type “cmd” (no quotes).
    2. Right-click Command Prompt, then select Run as Administrator from the list.
  2. Once the elevated Command Prompt opens, type the following command and press Enter:

sfc/ scannow

  1. Now, wait for the command to run and fix issues automatically.

Once done, restart your PC and see if the problem has been solved.

Final Word

We believe these solutions will help you if your microphone volume keeps resetting to 0 or 100 on Windows 10. If we’ve left out other solutions that can help solve the error, please let us know in the comments section.