Ok, so here is the thing:
After a very long WINDOWS UPDATE
the sound has gone. No speakers or headphones working. After wasting >10 hours (not in a row)
trying to find the FINAL SOLUTION, I have just gave up. Bought a working external sound card, but I could only use headphones plugged into it.
In a week, I booted Linux (cos I have never really
used it and not with the sound problem in mind) and guess what - on Linux sound works normally! On THE SAME LAPTOP!!!
I belive the update somehow harmed the audio drivers. I'm really fed up with it.

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    Given pulse audio, that's a miracle.

    You can download drivers from your manufacturer and manually reinstall them to test your hypothesis under windows.
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    That's strange.

    As far as windows goes it has been a LONG time since I've had audio issues as far as updates / drivers goes.

    Driver hell has been long since a thing of the past in windows land for me.
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    @SortOfTested I've tried it. Maybe Windows is just unable to find them
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    Delete them in device manager, download them from the vendor website and tell windows to use a manual driver source, it will prompt you to specify the file you downloaded.
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    @SortOfTested Thanks for advice. I've also tried that. But I can give it a try again :)
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    Make sure to check the "remove drivers" when you uninstall the existing ones, and disable install drivers from windows update in GPO.

    If that doesn't work, then the problem is a bad driver from your vendor.

    This whole second guessing cluster fuck makes me glad I'm not on windows much 😆
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    Be thankful it's only audio, await for the USB drivers, Bluetooth drivers, Network drivers shitting them self at some point.

    I swear windows is taking lessons from arch releases, it's just a game of wack a mole or driver with each major update.
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    If it was a Mac, the answer would be simple: it's a Mac, yeah. Full stop.
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