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It often happens that my volume gets stuck at mute with a red X on it. Clicking on it runs the troubleshooter which offers to restart the audio service whereupon the problem gets fixed until the next time it happens again.

How do I stop this from happening anymore?

(The answer isn't to select "Update driver" in "Device Manager", as that always gives you the message that you have the latest driver installed. In fact, never in my life has "Device Manager" ever actually updated a driver.)
 

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Actually I had this problem. I fixed it by changing a registry setting:

open Regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control

right click on ServicesPipeTimeout and select Modify

Change Base to Decimal and change the value from 300000 to 600000 and hit OK

If you don't see the ServicesPipeTimeOut key, then you can create it: right click on the right hand side and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
 

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Thank you.
As I like to learn (in addition to fixing problems) can you explain how that will stop the volume from randomly becoming mute in middle of using the computer? Thank you.
 

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It often happens that my volume gets stuck at mute with a red X on it. Clicking on it runs the troubleshooter which offers to restart the audio service whereupon the problem gets fixed until the next time it happens again.

How do I stop this from happening anymore?

(The answer isn't to select "Update driver" in "Device Manager", as that always gives you the message that you have the latest driver installed. In fact, never in my life has "Device Manager" ever actually updated a driver.)
Update: I uninstalled Avast a few months ago and have been relying on Windows Defender ever since.
Unfortunately that hasn't solved the problem.

Attached is the event details of the latest instance.
 

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