Windows 10 update deleted sound driver [QUICK FIX]

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3 ways to fix Windows 10 Deleted Audio Driver

For the proper functioning of the audio and speakers of your computer, Windows requires Sound Drivers. While the Sound Drivers are generally unaffected by anything, some users have reported that after the latest update, Windows 10 wiped out their sound driver. Several users took to the Microsoft Community Forums complaining about Windows 10 updated deleted sound driver.

The latest Windows update installed on my computer, after which my sound was disabled.  I right clicked on the speaker in the tool bar and it indicated that now headphones were the default sound device.  I have tried every thing to turn that off without success…

If you are also troubled by this issue, here are a couple of ways to troubleshoot this problem in Windows 10.

How do I reinstall my sound driver on Windows 10?

1. Run Audio Troubleshooter

  1. Click on Start and select Settings.
  2. Click on Update and Security.
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  3. From the left pane click on Troubleshoot tab.
  4. Next click on “Playing Audio” and select “Run the Troubleshooter” button.
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  5. The Troubleshooter will now scan the system for any issues and show a few recommendations to fix the problem. Follow the on-screen instructions to fix the audio problem.
  6. After that, reboot the system and check for any improvements.

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2. Roll Back or Uninstall Sound Driver

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press OK to open the Device Manager.
  3. In the Device Manager expand, “Audio Inputs and outputs” section.
  4. Right-click on your Speaker Driver or Microphone Array (whichever device is having sound issues) and select Properties.
  5. Go to the Driver tab.
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  6. Click on the Roll Back Driver button if it is visible. Click Yes if asked to confirm.
  7. If the Roll Back driver button is grey, click on Uninstall Device.
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  8. Restart the PC. Windows will automatically re-install the device after the restart.

3. Use System Restore Point

  1. If the issue occurred after installing a Windows 10 update, use a Restore Point to roll back the update and fix your audio issues.
  2. Type Restore in the Window search bar and click on “Create a Restore Point” option.
  3. Click the “System Restore” button in the “System Properties” window.
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  4. Choose “Next”.
  5. Click on “Shore more restore points” box.
  6. Now select the Restore Point that was created before the Windows update was installed.
  7. Click on Next to proceed.
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  8. Read the description and click on Finish.
  9. The System Restore process may take a few minutes to an hour. So wait for it to complete.
  10. After the restore is complete, you should get a success message. Check if the audio drivers are working fine like before.


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