Hello. I have had the same issue as many others have stated post-Windows update (that happened without me telling it to, I knew this had been a problem so I tried to not let it update) with my audio being completely nonfunctional. I have updated my drivers, made sure the devices (vanilla laptop microphone and speakers) were the enabled and default devices, ensured the privacy settings were correct, and restarted my laptop (Acer Aspire E 15) multiple times, to no avail. Now, when I click the sound button on the lower right corner, it tells me that the audio service is not running. When I turn it on/run the troubleshooter, it gets stuck on the “Detecting additional problems” part and never ends (I have left it alone to ‘think about it’ for upwards of 40 minutes with no response). I am not able to bring my laptop in anywhere, so if there is a way to fix this that I could reasonably do from my home that would be highly appreciated. I have to do video calls and other things on my laptop that require my audio for my classes/research, so it is very important to me to get this fixed. Thank you.