Microsoft keeps introducing changes to Windows 10 to simplify it and unify settings little by little. The company keeps removing elements from the Control Panel and adding them to Settings. Now it is the turn for the Volume Mixer to change locations after more than 20 years.
The Volume Mixer as we know it will bid farewell next year
Microsoft introduced changes to the Sound settings with the April 2018 Update, changing some of the settings and removing the section from the Control Panel. This has caused issues to some users who need to access the Volume Mixer, forcing them to create a shortcut on the Desktop so they can easily open it.
Thanks to the Volume Mixer, we can adjust the volume of different programs and apps individually and easily. Up until now, a Win32 app (located in C:\Windows\System32\SndVol.exe) is run when we open the Volume Mixer.
Starting with Windows 10 19H1, the Volume Mixer will be found in Settings. We can see that on build 18272, which is now available on Windows 10’s Fast Ring to users who try out the OS’ latest features.
The Volume Mixer will still be run by right-clicking the speaker icon on the taskbar and clicking Open Volume Mixer. Instead of running SndVol.exe, we will be taken to the new “App volume and device preferences” section.
Windows 10 19H1 will simplify and unify every sound panel
The feature is already available on Windows 10 October 2018 Update, but is it not enabled by default. Instead, the Win32 app is still being open. With this panel we will be able to easily manage programs and the input and output device we want them to use. For example, we can play music with the speakers while listening to a game match with our headphones.
SndVol.exe can still be found on build 18272, but we expect Microsoft to remove it entirely from future OS versions. Although this panel is better than the current one, a lot of users are not happy with the change because Windows 10’s Settings menu does not allow users to open two windows at the same time to compare settings. Instead, only one window can remain open at a time.
However, Microsoft is evidently working to provide a better user experience with its OS, especially after releasing what is probably the worst OS update in history. A lot of users have compared the October 2018 Update (then it would be renamed November 2018 Update) with the flop Windows Vista was.