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When I reduce the volume down to its minimum in Windows 8, it doesn't mute, unlike Windows 7.

Is there any way to change this behavior back or no?

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Windows 8 user here, just set my volume to 0. No sound. –  ta.speot.is Apr 29 '13 at 8:12
    
@ta.speot.is: Weird, I guess it's my computer then. Thanks for letting me know. –  Mehrdad Apr 29 '13 at 8:26

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This is a manufacturing issue. Muting and setting volume are two different commands for any sound card (including television). The reason is that it is cheaper to build a card that goes to volume < 0.01 instead of a card that completely mutes (because of the electricity). The more you can reduce the volume the more expensive the sound card becomes.

In other words: When you have 0 in your mixer, it means 0 amplifying, it doesn't mean you do not get any sound, it just means that it is not amplified. And that is where the mute button comes in.

Update: The only thing you can do is giving out money and buy some better hardware.

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If it's a manufacturing issue how does it work fine in Windows 7?! –  Mehrdad May 3 '13 at 8:07
    
I do not know your exact setup. Maybe the Windows 7 architecture is different. But you can also detect that effect at television. –  Julian May 3 '13 at 8:31
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If the Windows 7 architecture makes a difference then it's not a hardware issue is it? –  Mehrdad May 3 '13 at 8:33
    
It could be both. You could set an amplifier with volume control between your computer and your speakers and set it to low volume. –  Julian May 3 '13 at 8:36
    
I just checked it with my expensive setup and I have the same issue. Maybe you never checked it correctly with Windows 7. –  Julian May 3 '13 at 8:50

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