Fix sound or audio problems in Windows (2023)

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If you’re having sound or audio problems, the following suggestions might help. The tips are listed in order, so start with the first one, see if that helps, and then continue to the next one if it doesn’t.

Before you begin

Start by running the automated audio troubleshooter in the Get Help app. Get Help automatically runs diagnostics and takes the correct steps to fix most audio issues.

Open Get Help

If the Get Help app is unable to resolve your sound or audio issue, try the possible solutions listed:

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If multiple audio output devices are available, check that youhave the appropriate one selected. Here's how:

  1. Select the Speakers icon on the taskbar.

    Note:If you don't see Speakers displayed, it may be in the overflow area. Select Show hidden icons to check there.

  2. Next, select the arrow to open a list of audio devices connected to your computer.

  3. Check that your audio is playing to the audio device you prefer, such as a speaker or headphones.

If this doesn't help, continue to the next tip.

The audio troubleshooter might be able to fix audio problems automatically.

To run the troubleshooter:

  1. Go to Search in the taskbar, type audio troubleshooter, and select Find and fix problems with playing sound from the results to launch the troubleshooter.

  2. Select Next, and then select the device you want to troubleshoot and then continue through the troubleshooter.

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You can also launch the troubleshooter from audio Settings:

  • Select Start > Settings > System > Sound> Troubleshoot common sound problems and select Output devices or Input devices.

If running the troubleshooter doesn't help, continue to the next tip.

To check for updates:

  1. Select Start > Settings > Windows Update and selectCheck for updates.

    Open Windows Update

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the status says, "You're up to date," go to the next tip.

    • If the status says, "Updates are available," select Install now.

  3. Select the updates you want to install, then select Install.

  4. Restart your PC and check if your sound is working properly.

If that didn't solve your problem, continue to the next tip.

Try these steps:

  1. Check your speaker and headphone connections for loose cords or cables. Make sure all cords and cables are plugged in.

  2. If you have multiple 5mm jacks to plug into, especially on a surround sound system, make sure all cords and cables are plugged into the correct jack.

    • If it’s not clear which jack goes with which cord, consult your hardware manufacturer, or try the most obvious outputs one at a time and see if they work.

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      Note:Some systems use a green jack for output and a pink jack for mic input and others will be labeled "headphone" or "microphone."


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  3. Make sure the power is turned on.

  4. Make sure the mute setting is not turned on and try turning up all the volume controls.

    Note:Some speakers and apps have their own volume controls. Be sure to check them all.

  5. Try connecting your speaker and headphones to a different USB port.

  6. It's possible that your speakers won't work when your headphones are plugged in. Unplug your headphones and see if that helps.

If you're still having audio problems, see the next sections for additional troubleshooting.

Check to make sure your audio devices aren't muted and haven't been disabled.

  1. Select and hold (or right-click) the Speakers icon on the taskbar, and then select Open Volume mixer.

    Note:If you don't see Speakers displayed, it may be in the overflow area. Select Show hidden icons to check there.

  2. You’ll see a set of volume controls for your devices. Make sure none of them are muted. If any of them are muted, you’ll see an "x" next to the volume control . To unmute do one of the following:

    • Select the volume control and adjust to the desired volume level.

    • Select the Unmute speakers icon.

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  3. Check your device properties to make sure that your devices have not been disabled by mistake. Select Start > Settings > System > Sound.

  4. Under Advanced, select More sound settings and select either the Playback (output) or Recording (input) tab.

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  5. Select your device andthen select Properties.

  6. Next to Device usage, check that Use this device (enable) is selected from the list for the output and input devices.

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If that didn't solve your problem, continue to the next tip.

Hardware problems can be caused by outdated or malfunctioning drivers. Make sure your audio driver is up to date and update it if needed. If that doesn't work, try uninstalling the audio driver (it will reinstall automatically). If that doesn't work, try using the generic audio driver that comes with Windows. If you're having audio issues after installing updates, try rolling back your audio driver.

To update your audio driver automatically:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, then select it from the results.

  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.

  3. Select and hold (or right-click) the listing for your sound card or audio device, such as headphones or speakers, select Update driver, then select Search automatically for drivers. Follow the instructions to complete the update.

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If Windows doesn't find a new driver, look for one on the device manufacturer's website and follow those instructions. If that doesn't work, try uninstalling your audio driver.

To uninstall your audio driver:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, then select it from the results.

  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.

  3. Select and hold (or right-click) the listing for your sound card or audio device, select Uninstall device, select the Attempt to remove the driver for this device check box, and then select Uninstall.

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  4. Restart your PC.

    Note:Be sure to save your documents and any other current work before you restart.

    • This restart will automatically prompt your PC to reinstall your audio driver.

    • To restart, select Start > Power > Restart .

If those options didn’t work, try using the generic audio driver that comes with Windows.

To use the generic audio driver that comes with Windows:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, then select it from the results.

  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.

  3. Select and hold (or right-click) the listing for your sound card or audio device, then select Update driver > Browse my computer for drivers> Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

  4. Select the audio device whose driver you want to update, select Next, and then follow the instructions to install it.

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If these steps didn't solve your audio issue, visit your device manufacturer’s website and install the most recent audio/sound drivers for your device. The following is an example of a driver download page for a sound device manufacturer.

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If you have audio issues after installing updates

If your audio was working before you ran Windows Update and now isn’t working, try rolling back your audio driver.

To roll back your audio driver:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, then select it from the results.

  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.

  3. Select and hold (or right-click) the listing for your sound card or audio device, then select Properties.

  4. Select the Driver tab, then select Roll Back Driver.

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  5. Read and follow the instructions and then selectYes if you want to roll back your audio driver.

If rolling back your audio driver didn't work or wasn't an option, you can try to restore your PC from a system restore point.

Restore your PC from a system restore point:

When Microsoft installs updates on your system, we create a system restore point in case problems arise. Try restoring from that point and see if that fixes your sound problems. For more info, see "Restore from a system restore point" in Recovery options in Windows.

If you're connecting to an audio device—such as headphones or speakers—using USB or HDMI, you might need to set that device as the default audio device. If you’re using an external monitor that doesn’t have built-in speakers, make sure that the monitor isn’t already selected as your default output device. if it is, you won’t have any audio. You can check that when you set your default output audio device. Here’s how:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type control panel, then select it from the results.

  2. Select Hardware and Sound from the Control Panel, and then select Sound.

  3. On the Playback tab, select and hold (or right-click) the listing for your audio device, select Set as Default Device, and then select OK.

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If setting your audio device as the default device doesn't help, continue to the next tip for additional troubleshooting.

Sometimes having audio enhancements on can result in audio issues. Disabling them may resolve your issue.

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type control panel, then select it from the results.

  2. Select Hardware and Sound from the Control Panel, and then select Sound.

  3. On the Playback tab, select and hold (or right-click)the Default Device, and then select Properties.

  4. Select the Advancedtab and uncheck either the Enable audio enhancements or the Enable sound effects check box (depending on which option you see), select Apply, and try to play your audio device.

  5. If that doesn't work, on the Playback tab, select and hold (or right-click) another default device (if you have one), and select Properties. Uncheck either the Enable audio enhancements or the Enable sound effects check box (depending on which option you see), select Apply,and try to play audio again. Do this for each default device.

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If turning off audio enhancements doesn't help, see the next sections for additional troubleshooting.

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  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type services, then select it from the results.

  2. Select each of the following services, select and hold (or right-click), select Restart, and then select Yes:

    • Windows Audio

    • Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

    • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

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If restarting these services doesn’t resolve your issue, see the next sections for more troubleshooting.

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type control panel, and then select it from the results.

  2. Select Hardware and Sound from the Control Panel, and then select Sound.

  3. On the Playback tab, select and hold (or right-click) Default Device, and then select Properties.

  4. On the Advanced tab, under Default Format, change the setting, select OK, and then test your audio device. If that doesn't work, try changing the setting again.

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If trying different audio formats doesn't help, see the next sections for additional troubleshooting.

Many updates require you to restart your device.

To check and see if you have installed updates pending and need to restart:

  1. Save your work and close all open applications.

  2. Select Start > Power . If you have installed updates pending, you’ll see options to Update and restart and Update and shut down.

  3. Select one of those restart options to apply the updates.

Need help with Windows Update? See Troubleshoot problems updating Windows.

If restarting doesn't help, see the next section for additional troubleshooting.

Some audio problems might be caused by an issue with the audio system’s IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. This can be fixed with a manual driver update which allows you to choose the sound driver you want to use.

Note:Not all systems will have an IDT High Definition Audio CODEC.

To check and see if you have one, and to manually update the driver:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, then select it from the results.

  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.

  3. Look for IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. If it's listed, select and hold (or right-click) it and select Update driver,then select Browse my computer for drivers> Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

  4. You’ll see a list of pre-installed drivers. Select High Definition Audio Device, and then select Next.

  1. Select Start > Settings > Privacy & security.

  2. Under App permissions,select Microphone.

  3. Make sure that the Microphone access and Let apps access your microphonetoggles are turned On.

  4. If you’re having this issue with a specific app, scroll down under Let apps access your microphoneand make sure that the toggle next to that specific app is turned On as well.

If multiple audio output devices are available, check that youhave the appropriate one selected. Here's how:

  1. Select the Speakers icon on the taskbar.

    Note:If you don't see Speakers displayed, it may be in the overflow area. Select Show hidden icons to check there.

  2. Next, select the arrow to open a list of audio devices connected to your computer.

  3. Check that your audio is playing to the audio device you prefer, such as a speaker or headphones.

If this doesn't help, continue to the next tip.

The audio troubleshooter might be able to fix audio problems automatically.

To run the troubleshooter:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type audio troubleshooter, select Find and fix problems with playing sound from the results, then select Next.

  2. Select the device you want to troubleshoot and then continue through the troubleshooter.

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You can also launch the troubleshooter from audio Settings. Select Start > Settings > System> Sound> Troubleshoot.

If running the troubleshooter doesn't help, continue to the next tip.

To check for updates:

  1. Select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.

    Open Windows Update

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the status says, "You're up to date," go to the next tip.

    • If the status says, "Updates are available," select Install now.

  3. Select the updates you want to install, then select Install.

  4. Restart your PC and see if your sound is working properly.

If that didn't solve your problem, continue to the next tip.

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Try these steps:

  1. Check your speaker and headphone connections for loose cords or cables. Make sure all cords and cables are plugged in.

  2. If you have multiple 5mm jacks to plug into, especially on a surround sound system, make sure all cords and cables are plugged into the correct jack.

    • If it’s not clear which jack goes with which cord, consult your hardware manufacturer, or try the most obvious outputs one at a time and see if they work.

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      Note:Some systems use a green jack for output and a pink jack for mic input and others will be labeled "headphone" or "microphone."


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  3. Make sure the power is turned on.

  4. Make sure the mute setting is not turned on and try turning up all the volume controls.

    Note:Some speakers and apps have their own volume controls. Be sure to check them all.

  5. Try connecting your speaker and headphones to a different USB port.

  6. It's possible that your speakers won't work when your headphones are plugged in. Unplug your headphones and see if that helps.

If you're still having audio problems, see the next sections for additional troubleshooting.

Check to make sure your audio devices aren't muted and haven't been disabled.

  1. Select and hold (or right-click) the Speakers icon on the taskbar, and then select Open Volume mixer.

    Note:If you don't see Speakers displayed, it may be in the overflow area. Select Show hidden icons to check there.

  2. You’ll see a set of volume controls for your devices. Make sure none of them are muted. If any of them are muted, you’ll see a red circle with a line through it next to the volume control. In that case, select the volume control to unmute.

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  3. Check your device properties to make sure that your devices have not been disabled by mistake. Select Start > Settings > System > Sound.

  4. Select your audio device, and then select Device properties. Be sure to selectDevice properties for both the output and input devices.

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  5. Make sure the Disable check box is cleared for the output and input devices.

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If that didn't solve your problem, continue to the next tip.

Hardware problems can be caused by outdated or malfunctioning drivers. Make sure your audio driver is up to date and update it if needed. If that doesn't work, try uninstalling the audio driver (it will reinstall automatically). If that doesn't work, try using the generic audio driver that comes with Windows. If you're having audio issues after installing updates, try rolling back your audio driver.

To update your audio driver automatically:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, then select it from the results.

  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.

  3. Select and hold (or right-click) the listing for your sound card or audio device, such as headphones or speakers, select Update driver, then select Search automatically for updated driver software. Follow the instructions to complete the update.

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If Windows doesn't find a new driver, look for one on the device manufacturer's website and follow those instructions. If that doesn't work, try uninstalling your audio driver.

To uninstall your audio driver:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, then select it from the results.

  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.

  3. Right-click the listing for your sound card or audio device, select Uninstall device,select the Delete the driver software for this device check box, and then select Uninstall.

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  4. Restart your PC.

    • Note: Be sure to save documents and any other current work before you restart.

    • This restart will automatically prompt your PC to reinstall your audio driver.

    • To restart, select Start > Power > Restart .

If those options didn’t work, try using the generic audio driver that comes with Windows.

To use the generic audio driver that comes with Windows:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, then select it from the results.

  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.

  3. Select and hold (or right-click) the listing for your sound card or audio device, then select Update driver > Browse my computer for drivers> Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

  4. Select the audio device whose driver you want to update, select Next, and then follow the instructions to install it.

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If these steps didn't solve your audio issue, visit your device manufacturer’s website, and install the most recent audio or sound drivers for your device. The following is an example of a driver download page for a sound device manufacturer.

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If you have audio issues after installing updates

If your audio was working before you ran Windows Update and now isn’t working, try rolling back your audio driver.

To roll back your audio driver:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, then select it from the results.

  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.

  3. Select and hold (or right-click) the listing for your sound card or audio device, then select Properties.

  4. Select the Driver tab, then select Roll Back Driver.

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  5. Read and follow the instructions and then selectYes if you want to roll back your audio driver.

If rolling back your audio driver didn't work or wasn't an option, you can try to restore your PC from a system restore point.

Restore your PC from a system restore point:

When Microsoft installs updates on your system, we create a system restore point in case problems arise. Try restoring from that point and see if that fixes your sound problems. For more info, see "Restore from a system restore point" in Recovery options in Windows.

If you're connecting to an audio device—such as headphones or speakers—using USB or HDMI, you might need to set that device as the default audio device. If you’re using an external monitor that doesn’t have built-in speakers, make sure that the monitor isn’t already selected as your default output device. If it is, you won’t have any audio. You can check that when you set your default output audio device. Here’s how:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type control panel, then select it from the results.

  2. Select Hardware and Sound from the Control Panel, and then select Sound.

  3. On the Playback tab, select and hold (or right-click) the listing for your audio device, select Set as Default Device, and then select OK.

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If setting your audio device as the default device doesn't help, continue to the next tip for additional troubleshooting.

Sometimes having audio enhancements on can result in audio issues. Disabling them may resolve your issue.

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type control panel, then select it from the results.

  2. Select Hardware and Sound from the Control Panel, and then select Sound.

  3. On the Playback tab, select and hold (or right-click) the Default Device, and then select Properties.

  4. On the Enhancements tab, select either the Disable all enhancements or the Disable all sound effects check box (depending on which option you see), select OK, and try to play your audio device.

  5. If that doesn't work, on the Playback tab, select and hold (or right-click) another default device (if you have one), then select Properties. On the Enhancements tab select either the Disable all enhancements or the Disable all sound effects check box (depending on which option you see), select OK, and try to play audio again. Do this for each default device.

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If turning off audio enhancements doesn't help, see the next sections for additional troubleshooting.

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type services, then select it from the results.

  2. Select each of the following services, right-click, and then select Restart:

    • Windows Audio

    • Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

    • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

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If restarting these services doesn’t resolve your issue, see the next sections for more troubleshooting.

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type control panel, and then select it from the results.

  2. Select Hardware and Sound from the Control Panel, and then select Sound.

  3. On the Playback tab, selectand hold (or right-click)Default Device, and then select Properties.

  4. On the Advanced tab, under Default Format, change the setting, select OK, and then test your audio device. If that doesn't work, try changing the setting again.

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If trying different audio formats doesn't help, see the next sections for additional troubleshooting.

Many updates require you to restart your device.

To check and see if you have installed updates pending and need to restart

  1. Save your work and close all open applications.

  2. Select Start > Power . If you have installed updates pending, you’ll see options to Update and restart and Update and shut down.

  3. Select one of those restart options to apply the updates.

Need help with Windows Update? See Troubleshoot problems updating Windows.

If restarting doesn't help, see the next section for additional troubleshooting.

Some audio problems might be caused by an issue with the audio system’s IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. This can be fixed with a manual driver update which allows you to choose the sound driver you want to use.

Note:Not all systems will have an IDT High Definition Audio CODEC.

To check and see if you have one, and to manually update the driver:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, then select it from the results.

  2. Select the arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.

  3. Look for IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. If it's listed, select and hold (or right-click) it and select Update driver,then select Browse my computer for drivers> Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

  4. You’ll see a list of pre-installed drivers. Select High Definition Audio Device, and then select Next.

  1. Select Start > Settings> Privacy , and then select Microphone from the left menu.

  2. Under Allow access to the microphone on this device, select Change. Make sure the toggle is turned On.

  3. If you’re having this issue with a specific app, scroll down to Choose which Microsoft Store apps can access your microphone and make sure that the toggle next to that app is turned On as well.

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How do you fix there might be a problem with your audio device? ›

How can I fix the audio device problem?
  1. Make sure that your audio driver is up to date. ...
  2. Install the latest updates. ...
  3. Make sure that the correct device as the default playback device. ...
  4. Reinstall the audio driver. ...
  5. Modify the registry. ...
  6. Run the troubleshooter. ...
  7. Try a different audio format and turn off audio enhancements.
Dec 9, 2021

Which Windows Update is causing sound problems? ›

Right now, there are a few things you can do if you're impacted. Note that only systems running Windows 10 versions 20H2, 21H1, and 21H2 are impacted by this bug.

How do I reset my Windows sound System? ›

Restore each sound device to its default settings
  1. Open the Settings app and click Sound, then scroll down to select More sound settings.
  2. This will open a new menu that lists out all your audio output and input devices. ...
  3. In the pop-up that appears, click the Advanced tab, then click Restore Defaults at the bottom.
Nov 3, 2022

Why is my audio glitching on my PC? ›

The issue could be associated with your audio driver software. Sometimes, the driver can go missing or become corrupt and cause problems such as the stuttering sound. It's also possible that the driver is too old to properly communicate with your operating system. In any case, reinstalling it won't solve the problem.

How do I reset my audio driver Windows 10? ›

Alternatively, you can quickly launch the Device Manager by pressing the Windows logo + X keys and then pressing the M key. Step 2: In the Device Manager, expand Sound, video and game controllers to see your audio driver entry. Step 3: Right-click on your audio driver entry and then click Disable device option.

How do I fix the audio source? ›

Right-click on the volume icon in your system tray, then click on “Troubleshoot sound problems”. Wait for the troubleshooter to detect issues. If anything is identified, you'll be able to fix it with the click of a button. Test if your audio works now.

How do I restore sound on this device? ›

Try the steps below to restore your device's sound.
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5 Easy Steps: How to Fix Phone Sound Issues
  1. Check Audio Volume Levels. Before you do anything else, check to make sure your speakers are working correctly. ...
  2. Disable Do Not Disturb Mode. ...
  3. Turn Off Bluetooth. ...
  4. Test Sound on a Headset. ...
  5. Try Resetting Your Phone.

How do I manually update my audio driver? ›

Update the device driver
  1. In the search box on the taskbar, enter device manager, then select Device Manager.
  2. Select a category to see names of devices, then right-click (or press and hold) the one you'd like to update.
  3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
  4. Select Update Driver.

How do I fix Realtek audio after Windows 10 update? ›

How to Fix Issues from Outdated Drivers or System Update Conflicts
  1. Go Into Device Manager to Find Your Drivers. First, you need to identify the driver version you have for Realtek. ...
  2. Perform a Manual Update Push. Once you locate the Realtek HD Audio driver, right-click on that driver and select Update Driver. ...
  3. Reboot Your PC.

How to fix audio after applying system update kb5015878 on Windows 10? ›

Every application has different settings, but usually, you would need to follow these steps:
  1. Open the app.
  2. Open the app settings (or preferences).
  3. Open the Audio settings.
  4. Change the default settings to correct the audio device.
  5. Save the settings (if applicable).
Aug 23, 2022

How do I restart Windows audio service manually? ›

Click services. Scroll down to Windows Audio and double-click to open menu. If the service has been stopped for any reason, the system audio will not function correctly. Restart the service by double-clicking and selecting Start.

Will a factory reset fix audio issues? ›

If you're experiencing issues with your audio, resetting your PC may help resolve the issue. A reset will restore your PC to its default settings, which can help fix audio problems. However, a reset will also erase any personal files and data on your PC, so be sure to back up your files before resetting.

Why is my audio acting weird? ›

Common reasons include: A microphone or sound source, like a computer, is overloaded with sound. For example, the microphone can't handle the volume level which it's detecting and thus distorts the sound that it's sending into the sound system. An instrument sends too hot of a signal into the system.

Why is my sound cutting in and out? ›

Defective hardware or improper network configuration can cause audio to cut in and out. If the problem occurs on one phone, the underlying cause can vary from equipment to network configuration. If audio cuts in and out on multiple phones, the issue is likely network related.

Why is my audio all messed up? ›

The problem may be from simple human errors, such as improper level settings, misaligning microphones, recording too loud, and more. Even if you keep your setup relatively error-free, noise, RF interference, rumbles, and faulty equipment can distort your sound. Making audio sound immaculate after distortion isn't easy.

How do I fix a corrupted audio driver? ›

Here's how:
  1. Press and hold Windows + R keys to open the Run dialogue box. ...
  2. Check the drivers' list and expand the list if necessary. ...
  3. Once you find the corrupted driver, right-click on it and select Update driver from the context menu.
Nov 25, 2021

How do I fix my Realtek audio driver? ›

Alternatively, you can go to Device Manager > Sound, video, and game controllers > expand the category > right-click Realtek High Definition Audio > Update driver > Search automatically for driver > Windows 10 will automatically begin updating the latest driver available in the database > Restart the PC to apply ...

How do I uninstall and reinstall Windows audio drivers? ›

Go back to the Device Manager box, right-click the audio driver and choose Uninstall; if you have a touch-screen device, press and hold the driver to get the Uninstall option from the menu. Restart your computer, and Windows will try to reinstall it for you.

What is Realtek audio? ›

Restart required. This package contains the Realtek High Definition audio driver. Audio driver is the software that helps your operating system to communicate with audio devices such as internal sound cards, speakers, headsets, and microphones. Recommended.

How do I reinstall audio in Device Manager? ›

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  1. Open Start Menu.
  2. Type Device Manager and Open it.
  3. Double-Click on the category "Audio inputs and outputs".
  4. Under this category, right-click on the driver of your audio output device and select "Properties".
  5. Click the "Driver" tab and look for "Roll Back Driver" button* below and click it.
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How do I check my audio hardware on Windows 10? ›

Using the Windows Key shortcut
  1. Press the Windows key + Pause key.
  2. In the window that appears, select Device Manager.
  3. Click the Arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers.
  4. Your sound card is in the list that appears.
Dec 31, 2020

How do I check my audio drivers? ›

Step 1: Right-click on the Start button in the taskbar area and then click Device Manager to open the same. Step 2: In the Device Manager, expand Sound, video and game controllers tree. Step 3: You should now see your audio driver's name. Most likely you have Realtek High Definition Audio.

How do I re enable sound? ›

Enabling and Disabling Playback Audio Devices in Windows 10
  1. 1) Right click the sound icon in your system tray (or task tray)
  2. 2) Open sound settings.
  3. 3) Manage sound devices.
  4. 4) Click on the devices you'd like to enable or disable.

How do I know if I need to update my audio drivers? ›

Click on the Start button in the lower left and choose Settings. Next, click on Windows Update & Security. You can check for updates here. If any audio drivers are found, they will be installed automatically.

Which audio driver is best for Windows 10? ›

The most common audio driver for Windows 10 is the Realtek HD Audio Driver.

Do I need Realtek HD Audio Manager? ›

It is not necessary to enable Realtek HD Audio Manager on startup. When you connect a device, it will quickly launch and identify the device. If you want to open Realtek HD Audio Manager later or it doesn't automatically pop up, you can go to Control Panel to find and open it.

How do I install and update Realtek audio drivers? ›

Expand the “Sound, video, and game controllers” option, then right-click on the “Realtek High Definition Audio” option. Choose “Update Driver.” Click “Search automatically for updated driver software on the next screen.” Once the latest sound driver has been found, click “Install.”

Why is my audio jack not working after Windows 10 update? ›

Outdated drivers.

Your drivers allow your devices to function with Windows 10. If sound and audio drivers are outdated, you might run into issues with using headphones or the headphone jack. Updating your drivers is the best fix for this.

How do I reinstall my audio driver Windows 10 hp? ›

In Windows, search for and open Device Manager. Double-click Sound, video and game controllers. Right-click the audio device, and then select Update Driver. Click Search automatically for updated driver software to check for and install a driver.

Can I do a factory reset without losing everything? ›

The only way to keep your data when doing a factory reset is to back it up and restore it when the reset is complete. Google's built-in backup feature is the easiest way to back up your data.

What does resetting a speaker do? ›

A reset can reboot your product or it can clear locally-stored product settings, such as paired device lists.

How do I reset my audio driver without rebooting? ›

Double-click "Sound, Video and Game Controllers." Right-click the sound driver and click "Enable" to restart the device.

How do I restore the audio on my computer? ›

How do I fix “no sound” on my computer?
  1. Check your volume settings. ...
  2. Restart or change your audio device. ...
  3. Install or update audio or speaker drivers. ...
  4. Disable audio enhancements. ...
  5. Update the BIOS.
Apr 23, 2020

How do I fix the sound quality on my computer? ›

You can try some things on this issue: Right-click the speaker icon on the taskbar and select Sounds. In the playback tab, deselect Headset Hands-Free (low audio quality option), and select headset stereo (high audio quality option) as the default device.

How do I update my audio drivers? ›

Update the device driver
  1. In the search box on the taskbar, enter device manager, then select Device Manager.
  2. Select a category to see names of devices, then right-click (or press and hold) the one you'd like to update.
  3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
  4. Select Update Driver.

How to improve sound quality? ›

10 tips to improve audio quality
  1. Record in a quiet location. ...
  2. Avoid echo. ...
  3. Invest in a decent microphone (if you can) ...
  4. Get a microphone stand. ...
  5. Use a pop filter. ...
  6. Stay close to your microphone. ...
  7. Use a mixer to split up audio channels. ...
  8. Make a test recording.
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