How to Reset Audio Settings on Windows 11

Audio is an essential part of any device. Without audio, there is no fun in viewing or consuming this sort of content. Windows 11 is a great operating system that has been released by Microsoft and it indeed has a good number of settings, especially the ones related to audio. So if you’re worried about the audio output from your PC coming out bad because you tried to tweak some audio levels and settings, you can easily undo all of it with ease.

Whether you have an issue switching your audio output, or you are testing out different audio settings, there’s always a moment when you simply wished to reset back to its default settings. Thankfully, Windows 11 has these settings and you need to know who to access and use these settings that are related to audio on your Windows 11 PC.

There are four different methods we will show in today’s guide including three built-in settings on Windows 11 as well as one method using a third-party application.

Let’s get started.

How to Reset All Audio Settings on Windows 11

When you reset your audio settings, any adjustments that you have made will be dialed back to the settings that come as default or basic when you first set up Windows 11. In this guide, we will be showing how you can reset the audio settings, reset the audio driver as well as the audio services on your Windows 11 PC.

Reset Windows 11 Audio Settings to Default

Here are the steps that you can follow to roll back all audio settings and equalizer adjustment back to default in a single click.

How to Reset Audio Settings on Windows 11
  1. On the taskbar of your Windows 11 PC, right-click on the volume icon.
  2. From the context menu that pops up, choose Sound Settings.
  3. Scroll down to where the header says Advanced.
  4. Under Advanced, click on the Volume Mixer option.
    How to Reset Audio Settings on Windows 11
  5. The Volume Mixer page will now open and you can see the volume levels for different applications as well as the output device and the input device.
  6. At the bottom of the page, you should see the Reset button.
  7. Click on the Reset button to reset all audio levels input and output to the default levels.
How to Reset Audio Settings on Windows 11

Reset Windows 11 Audio Driver to Default

Audio drivers help your system produce the desired output via the speakers connected to your PC. Now, on a regular basis, the audio driver receives updates to improve performance and fix some issues. At times, new driver updates might simply not be the best because of an issue that it has brought in along with the update. In this case, you can easily reset the driver to roll back to its default audio driver version. Here is how you can do that.

How to Reset Audio Settings on Windows 11
  1. Click on the Windows icon on the Taskbar to open up the Start menu.
  2. Now, search for Device Manager. And open it when you see the results.
  3. Click on the arrow that says Sound, Video, and Game Controller.
  4. Now, right-click on the audio driver and choose Properties.
    How to Reset Audio Settings on Windows 11
  5. The Driver window will now open up.
  6. Click on the Driver tab and choose Roll Back Driver if the option is available.
  7. If not, you can choose to uninstall Driver to remove the audio driver from your PC.
  8. When you do this, you will have to restart your PC so that Windows can detect the audio hardware and install the default audio driver version after restarting the PC.
How to Reset Audio Settings on Windows 11

Reset Windows 11 Audio Services to Default

Windows 11 has a number of services that are usually running in order for the devices to work properly with your PC. In the case of audio, you will find the Windows Endpoint Audio service that can be restarted with a few clicks. Here is how you can restart the audio services on Windows 11 PC.

How to Reset Audio Settings on Windows 11
  1. Pull up the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows and R keys.
  2. In the search box, type in services.msc and hit the enter key.
  3. When the Services window opens up press the W key on your keyboard.
  4. Keep pressing the W key till you are able to highlight the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder.
  5. You should be seeing its status as Running.
  6. Right-click on it and choose the Restart option.
  7. Alternatively, you can first choose the Refresh option and then choose again to restart the services.
  8. It will ask if you wish to restart the services. Select yes.
  9. You have now restarted the Windows Audio Endpoint Service on your Windows 11 PC.
How to Reset Audio Settings on Windows 11

Reset DTSX Ultra Equalizer on Windows 11

Some Windows 11 PCs, especially the ones from Asus have the DTSX Ultra Audio Equalizer that comes built-in with these systems. You can easily adjust and tweak your audio elves using this equalizer. If you feel the audio levels don’t seem right or you wish to simply rest it, you can do this by easily following these steps.

How to Reset Audio Settings on Windows 11
  1. Open the Start menu and type in DTSX. When you see the app, click on it to launch the audio equalizer.
  2. At the top right corner of the app, you should be seeing the Settings menu.
  3. Click on the Settings menu and choose the Reset Defaults option.
  4. It will ask if you want to reset the setting to default.
  5. Click on the Reset button. The audio equalizer will now be reset to factory defaults.


This concludes the Windows 11 guide on how you can easily reset the audio settings as well as other audio services to default in simple steps. Once you reset the audio levels and settings, everything will be set to default. You can choose to either leave the audio levels at default, or you can go ahead and tweak the settings so that you have customized audio levels according to your liking.

If you have questions or queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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