Windows 10: Cannot access the Sound control panel Solved

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  1. Posts : 119
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 1607 (build 14393.693)
       26 Sep 2017 #1

    Cannot access the Sound control panel


    This has been happening for a while, but i never felt the need to fix it because I never actually "needed" to be here. Until one day the microphone decides to turn off and I can't really do anything.

    When I right click on the sound button on the task bar, it shows five options. When I press on "playback devices" or "recording devices", literally nothing happens. That's that. I read some other forums that's similar but is still different from this, plus I am not exactly a computer guy and pretty much needs instructions for quite a bit. I have also tried accessing the sound control panel from settings but still nothing happens. No error message, no loading symbol, nothing. (My sound drivers are up to date too.)
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  2. Posts : 37,567
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       26 Sep 2017 #2

    Hi there, DENMON. Welcome to Windows TenForums.

    What computer make/model and sound do you have?
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 119
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 1607 (build 14393.693)
    Thread Starter
       26 Sep 2017 #3

    For my computer, it says "All Series" for system model under system info, and "ASUS" for system manufacturer.

    For my sound, I have a gaming headset (Realtek High Definition Audio)
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  4. Posts : 37,567
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       26 Sep 2017 #4

    Ok, thanks. No model number on the case? I assume this is a tower?

    Does one of these show up in Device Manager > Press and hold WinKey, then press X > Choose Device Manager.

    If not, Right click on anything under audio and choose uninstall > Reboot > It should reload Realtek driver again.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. COMPUTIAC Guest
       26 Sep 2017 #5

    DENMON said: View Post
    This has been happening for a while, but i never felt the need to fix it because I never actually "needed" to be here. Until one day the microphone decides to turn off and I can't really do anything.

    When I right click on the sound button on the task bar, it shows five options. When I press on "playback devices" or "recording devices", literally nothing happens. That's that. I read some other forums that's similar but is still different from this, plus I am not exactly a computer guy and pretty much needs instructions for quite a bit. I have also tried accessing the sound control panel from settings but still nothing happens. No error message, no loading symbol, nothing. (My sound drivers are up to date too.)
    Try this:
    Start menu Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	155206 > on the left side scroll down to Windows SystemClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	155207 > click on the down arrow, click on Control Panel > Sound. Click image for larger version. 

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    If you don't see Sound listed > on the top right corner you will see Search Control panel Click image for larger version. 

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    type in Sound Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	155205 > you will see the options for Sound on the left side. Click image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by COMPUTIAC; 26 Sep 2017 at 22:58.
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  6. Posts : 119
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 1607 (build 14393.693)
    Thread Starter
       27 Sep 2017 #6

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    Ok, thanks. No model number on the case? I assume this is a tower?

    Does one of these show up in Device Manager > Press and hold WinKey, then press X > Choose Device Manager.

    If not, Right click on anything under audio and choose uninstall > Reboot > It should reload Realtek driver again.
    If there is a number idk where, and yes its a tower. Before I do anything, once I uninstall something how do I reinstall it or reboot it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 119
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 1607 (build 14393.693)
    Thread Starter
       27 Sep 2017 #7

    COMPUTIAC said: View Post
    Try this:
    Start menu Click image for larger version. 

Name:	start.JPG 
Views:	96 
Size:	8.2 KB 
ID:	155206 > on the left side scroll down to Windows SystemClick image for larger version. 

Name:	strat 2.JPG 
Views:	95 
Size:	9.5 KB 
ID:	155207 > click on the down arrow, click on Control Panel > Sound. Click image for larger version. 

Name:	start 5.JPG 
Views:	96 
Size:	8.5 KB 
ID:	155209

    If you don't see Sound listed > on the top right corner you will see Search Control panel Click image for larger version. 

Name:	sound 3.JPG 
Views:	95 
Size:	9.5 KB 
ID:	155204 >
    type in Sound Click image for larger version. 

Name:	sound 2.JPG 
Views:	95 
Size:	8.9 KB 
ID:	155205 > you will see the options for Sound on the left side. Click image for larger version. 

Name:	sound.JPG 
Views:	96 
Size:	13.5 KB 
ID:	155203
    Already tried ): Anywhere you can try to access sound, nothing happens.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 37,567
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       27 Sep 2017 #8

    DENMON said: View Post
    If there is a number idk where, and yes its a tower. Before I do anything, once I uninstall something how do I reinstall it or reboot it.
    We need to know the computer model to find the correct driver in case it doesn't reinstall, but it should. Press the Windows key > Type > Command Prompt > Press yes to UAC > When Command Prompt opens type > wmic csproduct get name. You can copy and paste to post it here.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 119
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 1607 (build 14393.693)
    Thread Starter
       27 Sep 2017 #9

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    We need to know the computer model to find the correct driver in case it doesn't reinstall, but it should. Press the Windows key > Type > Command Prompt > Press yes to UAC > When Command Prompt opens type > wmic csproduct get name. You can copy and paste to post it here.
    It still says "All Series"
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  10. Posts : 37,567
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       27 Sep 2017 #10

    DENMON said: View Post
    It still says "All Series"
    Quite honestly never heard of it and can't find it one the Asus site. We can download a generic Realtek driver, but I'm trying to find one specific to your Asus.

    Do you have a manual? Is this an all-in-one? Is this a custom-built computer? Can you find your PC on the Asus site?

    ASUS USA
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