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Why is my sound dropping out every few seconds for half or whole second?

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Sound dropping out every few seconds for half or whole second

Windows 10 loaded itself onto my PC a few months ago. I let it.

Contrary to what I'd heard, it seemed relatively problem-free - or at least it was for the first few months.

Then, a couple weeks ago the sound started dropping out of music & videos every few seconds.

It didn't make any difference whether it was being streamed off of youtube or playing an already downloaded clip. The problem seems to be in playback not download.

It's very annoying & sounds like someone's playing around with the mute button randomly.

Is there something to be done about it?

Thank you!