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Sound stopped working. How can I get it back?

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The sound suddenly stopped working on my kids' computer. I confirmed the speakers were working by plugging them into another device. I plugged other headphones into all the available jacks in the computer and none of them produced a sound.

Computer is running windows 8.1.
The sound (volume) icon indicates that the sound is on the maximum volume. I went to task manager and did not see any errors anywhere, including the sound section.

I haven't a clue what to do next.

Do you have any suggestions to get the sound working again?

Thank you.
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Question by:Lev Seltzer
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Is your driver working?

Try updating your sound driver.

Try your PC manufacturer's website for updated driver for Windows 8.1?
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Make sure the Windows audio service is running.

Press the Windows + R keys at the same time.
Type "Services.msc" in the dialog box
Look for the Windows Audio service in the list (sorted alphabetically)
Make sure its status is "running".
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by:Lev Seltzer
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Thank you. I tried removing all sound devices/drivers, rebooted, and windows put them back. Then the sound worked.

Go figure.

I appreciate the time and effort you spent to send me the suggestions above.
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Great. You got it working. :-)
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