Bring Back the Classic Volume Slider in Windows 10

Akshata Shanbhag 08-12-2015

Microsoft has ditched the classic vertical volume slider for a basic horizontal version. But you can still get the old one back!


Click on Start > All Apps > Windows System > Run to open the Run dialog. There, type in regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the registry key located at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion and look for the key named MTCUVC.

Can’t find the MTCUVC entry? No problem! You can create it yourself. Right-click on CurrentVersion in the sidebar, click on New > Key, and name the new key MTCUVC.


Next, right-click on MTCUVC and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this new entry EnableMtcUvc and leave its value at the default 0.

Now all you have to do is log out, log back in, and click on the volume icon in the system tray. You’ll see the old vertical volume slider back in action, complete with a link to Volume Mixer for advanced sound settings.


If you don’t want to fiddle with the registry How Not to Accidentally Mess Up the Windows Registry Working with the Windows registry? Take note of these tips, and you'll be much less likely to do lasting damage to your PC. Read More — we appreciate your caution — install Winaero Tweaker. Once you do, you can enable the old volume control feature under Appearance > Old Volume Control.

Are you happy with the latest changes to Windows? Or are looking for ways to put things back the way they were in your favorite Windows version? Share your Windows 10 pet peeves with us.

Image Credit: one mixer slider by lucadp via Shutterstock

Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. jay
    December 8, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Why would you do that when you can open the Mixer with right click?

    • Kyle
      December 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      @Jay, I noticed a large amount of articles on makeuseof becoming increasingly poor or way to far reaching. Like the one saying the OnHub is a good gift for a tech. Looks like I am going to have to find a new information site.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      December 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Yes, that works, jay, but some people like to keep certain parts of their workflow familiar or prefer the classic look and feel of certain desktop elements. The volume slider tweak is just an option for those who do prefer the old look.