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How to bring back the old volume control to Windows 10

Windows 10 ships with a lot of new features, and it's a step forward that overcomes many of the limitations from Windows 8.1. The new version also introduces a slew of new visual changes, in particular on those flyouts you get in the notification area when opening Action Center, Date and Time, Network, and even for the volume control.

Despite all these good improvements, they're not changes that everyone likes. If you don't like the new volume control and you miss the old Windows 7 and 8 vertical volume slider, you can tweak the Registry to bring it back.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to add a new entry in the Registry to bring back the good old volume control to the notification area on your PC.

How to bring back the old volume control to Windows 10

Important: As always, this is a friendly reminder warning you know that editing the registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don't do it correctly. It's recommended to make a full backup of your computer before proceeding.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the registry.
  3. Browse the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
  4. Select and right click the CurrentVersion (folder) key, select New, and click Key.

  1. Name the new key MTCUVC and press Enter.
  2. Select the MTCUVC (folder) key, and right-click on the right side, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  3. Name the new DWORD EnableMtcUvc and press Enter.

  1. Double-click the newly created DWORD and make sure its value is set to 0.

  1. Click OK.
  2. Close the Registry.
  3. Reboot your system to apply the changes.

Once you completed the steps, clicking the speaker icon in the notification area should now display the old volume control you used to see in Windows 7 and Windows 8.x. In addition, you'll once again be able to access the volume mixer controls from the same UI without extra steps.

New volume control (left), Old volume control (right)

You can always revert the changes by navigating this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\MTCUVC in the Registry and making sure to change the value of EnableMtcUvc to 1.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

31 Comments
  • Been using this for a while now. Mainly to get to the sound mixer with a doubleclick on the speakers icon (you couldn't do that with the original W10 volume control)
  • Huh, I didn't even know you could do that.
  • Sorry, I think I mixed up something. You could open the mixer with a doubleclick back in W8, when the old volume control was still native, but with this it just gives you a button for the mixer. Well, at least it feels slightly more convenient than right clicking
  • Right click -> Volume mixer too complicated?
    I mean the shear fact that it looks better and fits with the os design is enough for me to use the new one.
  • yes, for touch it can be.
  • There's no point in changing back to the old one, for crying out loud...Hundreds of work hours put into bringing this advanced design and functionality to windows, and people want to take it away with a hack...
  • What really boggles me is that, IF THIS NEEDS TO WORK (hack) then that means that the old code still exists in the Anniversary Update. WHY ?!!
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    Remember how they made an issue about removing the FM radio app from W10M that didn't require internet to work? They said that it was used less and was "too much work to support" crap so removed it. More code means more size of the bare OS. So, why keep such old code?
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    P.S., leaving that poor FM radio app just like that wouldn't have caused any issue to anyone. I'm sure there's some other reason that they didn't mention. Probably some sort of patent or licensing.
  • and also you can swap back and forth between output devices with the click of a button rather than having to open the output devices menu and selecting a new default.
  • Don't remember if this was possible in Win7 but I really like being able to switch the "Play Back Devices" from the speaker icon in Win10 
  • No, it wasn't possible. That's the marvel of software engineering, to bring new possibilities and designs. It's a very good thing to have it like in Windows 10.
  • What are you talking about?? Of course you could do it. I've got my Win7 machine right next to me. Right mouse click on the speaker and choose Playback Devices. Same as Win10.
  • Yes but if you left click on the vol icon, in Win10, you can select the various playback devices by using the ^ "carrot" arrow.
  • windows 10 has an arrow next to the volume slider that lets you cycle between audio devices. No need to open that cumbersome playback devices menu.
  • Yuck! Now you can't easily change your audio source. Bluck, bluck, bluck... talk about taking a step back. I have a wireless headset, internal speakers and external speakers that I switch between. Going back to the old Win7 solution means I have to go into the control panel -> sound every time to change the default audio output source. Honestly, I'm just dumbfounded when I see people reverting back to the old Win7 ways of doing things. That would be like when people use to take the newly released Win7 and forcing it to look like WinXP because they didn't want to change with the times. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
  • Wow! I just discovered that with your comment! Thank you so much!
    But well, would be so better to have the audio mixer with a single clic in the new style!
  • I don't know what version of Windows 7 you were using but Win7 has always allowed you to choose Playback Devices from the speaker icon.
  • Yes, but you could NOT simply tap a different playback device to flip to that device. (You might not be noticing the new functionality if you only have one active Audio device.) Example, you have External Bluetooth speakers, Bluetooth headset, and internal speakers - with Windows 10 you can hit the /\ symbol next to the name of the Audio device ex. Speakers Realtek /\ - and click on your Bluetooth speakers and the default and active sound switches instantly to the Bluetooth speakers. This was NOT possible on Windows 7, as you had to go to Playback Devices, and change the default device, and then stop and start any sounds/music you were playing so they would go to the new default device. So this is a massive loss of functionality for any user that has more than one Audio Device (Speakers, Headset, etc.)
  • This is really helpful, the horizontal slider annoyed me quite a bit. Still would prefer the new design just in vertical style, but this will do.
  • I like the one from W10 more. I use playback devide switcher to change from headset, pc speakers and bluetooth speakers a lot
  • I really don't understand the reasoning behind these non intuitive changes that they keep making to the system just for the sake of change. When I want to raise the volume or turn it up it's more intuitive to slide it up rather than to the right.
  • There is no point. You can still right click to access more settings.
  • When you use the mixer really often, then you are happy when it comes up with a single clic rather than right clic, select, left clic.
  • I personally don't use mixer often (maybe once a year?). So no. Love the new UI, match the dark theme. Btw good to know (^_^)
  • They should update the mixer to look like EarTrumpet.
    https://github.com/File-New-Project/EarTrumpet
  • All these things I never knew were issues to people...
  • Thanks, Mauro! I, for one, appreciate the info. I thoroughly dislike Win10's waste of space. I don't want a big volume window popping up when I can have a thin vertical one like Win7.
  • It is good to have options, but I'm happy with the new design on Windows 10. 
  • I prefer the new version. However I'd like to see a way to bring back the old Autoplay menu
  • As far as Windows is concerned, The old is always new to someone else.
  • I would be interested in changing the volume on the phone, it now only goes to 10 and my Windows 7phone goes to 24.  At times, when the phone is in my pocket, I can't hear the ringtone playing. Women have the same problem, when their phone is in the purse, friends let me know about it. I have a GO  phone that only goes to 10 volume, and I was surprised when the 950 XL phone's volume only goes up to 10. I usually walk with my dog, he'll give me a stear, when the phone rings.
  • You realize the volume going to ten is just a scale from speaker off to the max output of the speaker right? Volume 10 isn't a technical volume level, it's just the max output of your speaker in all cases.