How to Fix the Windows 7 Low Volume Problem

By Techwalla Contributor

Windows 7 has a frustrating bug – at times, the volume drops dramatically for no apparent reason, and no matter how high you turn the volume, the sound remains at a very low level. It turns out this problem is caused by a "feature" in Windows 7 that is intended to soften the volume when communication activity is detected. Unfortunately, it activates at other times as well. Learn how to fix this annoying bug in just a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 7, obviously

Step 1

Open the Windows "Start" menu and click "Control Panel."

Step 2

Click on "Sound."

Step 3

Click the "Communcations" tab in the dialogue window that opens. Click the "Do Nothing" radio button.

Step 4

Click "OK" to save the change, and then click the "X" in the upper right corner of the Control Panel window to close it.