Windows 10 - Taskbar Volume Icon Stopped Working After Recent Windows Update

I've been running Windows 10 for well over a year. Around Memorial Day weekend I installed a Windows update and ever since I've been having trouble with the volume icon that lives in the taskbar. The icon is there, always, but it no longer responds to mouse clicks, whether it be a left-click or a right-click. Nothing at all happens. The icon does highlight and show me the volume level if I hover the cursor over it, but clicking on the icon has no effect.

Based on some other posts I've seen on the Internet I've tried a few things. I've tried the DISM tool and the system file checker, neither of which found or fixed any issues. I also saw a suggestion to start and stop the audio service, followed by a reboot. This does actually seem to fix it, but only temporarily. 

The laptop's audio is working fine. If I manually adjust the volume using the volume controls on the laptop the changes do take effect. However, I'd much rather continue using the volume icon, both because it's what I've done for the entire two decades I've worked with computers, and because I'm normally working at my desk on a full size keyboard and monitor, with my laptop docked in several feet away from me.

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Works everytime for me!!!

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Last updated October 21, 2020 Views 36,685 Applies to: