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My audio is routed through a second device (default), which then feeds to the primary. Changing the volume of the second device doesn't affect anything, even if I set it to 0.

Windows requires the default device to be the one that is controlled by the volume keys on the keyboard.

Is there a way besides changing the default, to control which device is controlled by the volume keys?

p.s. Volume keys is referring generically to what could be differently physically implemented (a thing that sends vol up/down characters)

Also, I'm using Win8.1, if that changes anything.

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Seeing how I ran into the same issue and this came on top of google:

As far as I know there's no way to do this in standalone windows. There's however an application called volume2 which allows you to pick an audio device to use and set up keyboard shortcuts to control the volume of that device using the original volumeup and volumedown keys. It also comes with lots of other interesting features but you don't have to use those.

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I'm not sure exactly how to do this, but i may be able to give you a few starting points. Right click the Realtech start icon and go to audio devices. Select the device you wish to be able to modify and go to properties. Go to the advanced tab and check "allow applications to take exclusive control of the device". I'm not sure which driver set/ software directly controls your volume keys, but that should allow it to take control if you specify. Hope this helps. (Generally this is used for software media players, but it may apply to buttons as well)

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Built-in windows 8. Did I badly word this? I want a different device to be controlled by vol keys. NOT default – Yet Another User Jan 13 '14 at 3:02
Sorry man, not sure how to modify it in windows 8 =( Good luck to you sir. – jak138 Jan 13 '14 at 3:04
Your wording is ok, the last line clarifies it. The buttons usually have separate settings from realtech settings. At least that has been my past experience. – jak138 Jan 13 '14 at 3:06

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