- Realtek Audio Manager can go missing for some users in Windows 10 due to build updates or sound driver changes.
- The Realtek Control Panel issue might also be caused by audio driver issues.
- So, if you can't find the Realtek Audio Manager, a good start is to update the audio driver.
- You can also fix this issue by using a third-party solution like the one recommended below.
Some users have posted on support forums about the Realtek HD Audio Manager not showing in Windows.
Those users can’t find the Realtek HD Audio Manager on the taskbar, system tray, or even Control Panel so they can’t make any advanced audio adjustments.
That issue is pretty unusual, but it can typically arise after Windows 10 build updates or sound driver changes.
How can I fix a missing HD Audio Manager?
1. Enable Realtek HD Audio Manager on the Startup tab
- Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
- Next, select the Startup tab.
- Then right-click Realtek HD Audio Manager and select Enable if it’s disabled.
- Close the Task Manager, and restart Windows.
2. Select the Display icon in notification area option
- Press the Windows key + R hotkey.
- Type Control Panel in Run’s Open box and click the OK button.
- Click the View by menu to select Large icons.
- Click Realtek HD Audio Manager.
- Click the Information button.
- Next, select the Display icon in notification area option on the Information window.
- Click the OK button.
- Check if the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon has appeared in the system tray.
3. Update the Realtek HD Audio Driver
A missing Realtek Audio Manager can also be a driver issue. Try updating the Realtek HD Audio driver by downloading the latest one from the Realtek website.
Select to download the Realtek HD Audio driver that’s compatible with your platform. Then double-click the downloaded driver to install it.
It sounds just right but this solution takes a bit of time and attention. You also need to pay attention to install the correct driver or you might be hit by the same problem again.
A much more simple and fast solution is to use a third-party solution that will update or fix all your drivers in just a few seconds with minimum effort.
The solutions we recommend below is light, fast and, most important, safe.
Most of the time, the generic drivers for your PC’s hardware and peripherals are not properly updated by the system.There are key differences between a generic driver and a manufacturer’s driver.Searching for the right driver version for each of your hardware components can become tedious. That’s why an automated assistant can help you find and update your system with the correct drivers every time, and we strongly recommend DriverFix. Here’s how to do it:
- Download and install DriverFix.
- Launch the software.
- Wait for the detection of all your faulty drivers.
- DriverFix will now show you all the drivers that have issues, and you just need to select the ones you’d liked fixed.
- Wait for the app to download and install the newest drivers.
- Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
Keep your PC components drivers working perfectly without putting your PC at risk.
Disclaimer: this program needs to be upgraded from the free version in order to perform some specific actions.
4. Reinstall the Realtek HD Audio Driver
- Press the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut.
- Select Device Manager to open the window shown in the shot directly below.
- Double-click Sound, video, and game controllers to expand that category.
- Right-click Realtek High Definition Audio to select Uninstall device.
- Select the Delete the driver software for this device option.
- Click the Uninstall button.
- Restart Windows after uninstalling the driver.
Note: If, for some reason, Windows doesn’t reinstall it, download the latest Realtek High Definition Audio driver from the Realtek website, and install the driver.
Those are some of the resolutions that might restore a missing Realtek Audio Manager in Windows 10.
When the issue arises after a Windows 10 build update, you might also be able to roll back the build update to fix the issue as outlined within our rollback guide.
If you have any other suggestions or you happen to know about other possible solutions, drop us a line below in the comments section.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Realtek Audio Manager is software that provides a control panel for your audio adapters. Our Realtek Audio Manager guide includes a more detailed overview of the software.
It’s not entirely essential as Windows 10 does include its own Sound Control Panel. However, according to our guide, the Realtek Audio Manager can help you a lot.
No, the Realtek Audio Manager is packed within the Realtek HD Audio Driver package. Learn what to do if Realtek Audio Manager won’t open.