There is a known issue within Windows 8.1 where the volume bar appears at the top left corner of the screen, obstructing visibility, while users attempt to increase or decrease the volume. This issue is infuriating people because it persists even after restarting or putting the PC into sleep mode. Microsoft has not provided any verified tweaks to assist users in resolving this problem.
Truly speaking, it is not known what is causing this to happen. There could be some conflicts with sound drivers inside Windows 8.1, but it is just a guess. There are no registry fixes that can be performed in order to resolve this issue.
Solutions to Address This Problem:
There are just a few tweaks you can make in order to stay away from this, but these are not guaranteed to be successful. Follow the methods below to try it for yourself.
Method #1: Update Sound Drivers.
As I mentioned above, there could be some conflicts between Windows and the sound hardware. Therefore, by updating the sound drivers, you can avoid this issue.
For the purpose of updating sound drivers, please follow these instructions carefully.
1) Download the latest sound driver from the manufacturer’s website. You can also search automatically for updated drivers within Windows, but it is not recommended.
Go to the Device Manager by pressing the Win + X shortcut keys on the keyboard, and select Device Manager from the list.
2. Navigate to ‘Sound, Video, and Game Controller‘ inside Device Manager, right-click on the sound adapter, and choose ‘Update Driver Software’. On the next screen, if you have downloaded the driver software manually, you can browse for it on your hard drive. If you haven’t downloaded it, you will need to search automatically for updated drivers. After the update is complete, restart your computer and check if the issue still exists.
Method #2: Changing the Notification Time.
This is just a trick to make the notifications appear for a small amount of time. Follow these steps to get it done.
Go to Settings and click on Change PC Settings. From there, select Ease of Access, and within it, scroll down and click on Other Options. From the Show Notifications For dropdown, select the minimum amount of time (5 seconds), and that’s it. Now, this headache will be cured.