Full Fix: Sound Problems in Windows 10, 8.1, 7

By: Ivan Jenic
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Sound issues are not new in Windows operating systems. Almost every new version of Windows brought sound problems to some of its users, and Windows 10 is not different. So, because you can’t normally use your computer without a sound, here’s the solution which might help.

As I said, some users might experience some kind of the flaw in their sound settings, which can prevent Windows from playing the sound. Apparently, this flaw won’t be fixed even if your sound drivers are updated. So to fix this issue, follow these instructions and try one of the following solutions:

How to fix sound issues on PC?

There are many sound problems that you can encounter on Windows 10, and speaking of sound issues, here are some common problems that users reported:

  • Windows 10 no sound Realtek – This issue can occur with Realtek audio drivers. To fix the problem, make sure that you install the latest drivers and check if that helps.
  • Windows 10 no audio devices are installed – If you’re getting this error message on your PC, the problem might be your drivers. Simply reinstall your driver or try the generic driver and the issue will be resolved.
  • Audio services not responding Windows 10 – If you have no sound, the issue might be related to Windows Audio service. To fix the problem, simply restart the service and check if that solves the issue.
  • No sound Windows 10 red x, speakers – If you’re getting no sound from your speakers, the issue might be related to volume mixer. Double check if your speakers are properly connected. In addition, make sure that your speakers aren’t muted in the volume mixer.
  • No sound coming from computer, laptop – This issue can affect both desktop and laptop PCs, but if you encounter this problem, you should be able to fix it using one of our solutions.

Solution 1 – Change the default sound format

Ever since the Technical Preview, wrong sound format caused audio errors in Windows 10. So, to get your sound back, just change the default sound format.

Here’s how to change the default sound format in Windows 10:

  1. Right-click the sound icon in your Taskbar and choose Open Sound settings from the menu.
    Windows 10 no sound Realtek
  2. In Sound section click Device properties.
    No sound coming from computer
  3. Go to Advanced tab and change a Default sound format to one of the following options: 24bit/44100 Hz or 24bit/192000Hz (depending on your speaker configuration).
    Windows 10 no audio devices are installed

If the issue is still unresolved, you can try the following method and restart the sound drivers.


Solution 2 – Re-install your sound drivers

Sometimes your current drivers might be buggy, and in some cases it might be better that you use the default driver instead. To do that, first you need to uninstall your current driver. You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Now choose Device Manager from the list.
    Windows 10 no sound Realtek
  2. Locate your audio device, right-click it and choose Uninstall device from the menu.
    Windows 10 no audio devices are installed
  3. Once the driver is uninstalled, click the Scan for hardware changes icon.
    Audio services not responding Windows 10

After doing that, Windows will install the default audio driver and the issue should be resolved.


Solution 3 – Make sure that the proper output device is selected

If you’re getting no sound on your Windows 10 PC, the problem might be because the wrong output device is selected. This isn’t a major problem, and you can fix the issue simply by changing a single setting. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Sound settings. We showed you how to do that in Solution 1, so be sure to check it for detailed instructions.
  2. When Sound settings window opens, make sure to set Speakers or Headphones as the output device.
    Audio services not responding Windows 10

After making these changes, your default output device will be changed and the issue should be permanently resolved.


Solution 4 – Use a Generic High Definition Audio Device driver

In some cases, you might be able to fix sound problems in Windows 10 simply by switching to the generic driver. Your current driver might not be fully compatible with Windows 10, and that can lead to various sound issues.

To fix the problem, you just need to install the generic driver. This is rather simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Locate your audio device, right-click it and choose Update driver from the menu.
    Windows 10 no audio devices are installed
  3. Choose Browse my computer for driver software.
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  4. Now select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.


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  5. Select High Definition Audio Device driver from the list and click Next.
    No sound coming from computer

Once you install the default driver, check if the sound problem is resolved.


Solution 5 – Check Windows Audio service

In order for your audio to work properly, you need to make sure that Windows Audio service is enabled. If you’re getting no sound on Windows 10, the most likely cause is Windows Audio service. You can check the status of this service by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter services.msc. Now press Enter or click OK.
    Audio services not responding Windows 10
  2. When Services window opens, locate Windows Audio and double-click it to open its properties.
    No sound Windows 10 speakers
  3. Set the Startup type to Automatic and click the Start button to start the service. Now click Apply and OK to save changes.
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If the service is already running and it’s set to Automatic startup type, you just need to restart it to fix the problem. To do that, locate Windows Audio service, right-click it and choose Restart from the menu.

Windows 10 no sound Realtek


Solution 6 – Disable audio enhancements

If there’s no sound on your Windows 10 device, the issue might be related to audio enhancements. Many users like to use them in order to get better sound, but sometimes they can lead to certain issues. To fix the sound problems, it’s advised that you disable audio enhancements by doing the following:

  1. Follow Steps 1 and 2 from Solution 1.
  2. When Speaker Properties window opens, go to Enhancements tab. Now check Disable all enhancements option. Click Apply and OK to save changes.
    No sound Windows 10 red x

Once you disable the enhancements, the issue should be completely resolved and the sound will start working again.


Solution 7 – Install the latest drivers

According to users, sometimes sound problems can occur due to outdated drivers. In some cases, the generic driver can’t fix the problem, and your only option is to download and install the latest drivers.

To install the latest audio driver, you need to visit your motherboard’s or sound card’s manufacturer’s website and download the latest audio driver. Before you can download the appropriate driver, you need to know the model of your motherboard or sound card, so be sure to check that.

If you can’t download the necessary audio driver, you should consider using a third-party solution. There are tools, such as TweakBit Driver Updater, that can automatically download all the missing drivers for you. If you don’t want to manually search for the missing drivers, be sure to try this tool.


Solution 8 – Check if your speakers are properly connected

If you’re getting no sound on Windows 10, the issue might be your cable. To diagnose the problem, check if your speakers are properly connected. Sometimes you might connect your speakers to the wrong port on your PC, and that can lead to this and many other problems.

If your speakers are connected to the right port, be sure to inspect the cable for damage. Lastly, check the power supply cable and be sure that it’s properly connected.


Solution 9 – Check if your speakers are muted

Sometimes if you’re getting no sound on your Windows 10 PC, the issue might be volume control. In some instances, your speakers might be muted and that can lead to this and many other problems.

To check if the volume control is the problem, check your speaker’s volume knob. If the volume is turned up, you need to check your audio mixer. This is quite simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Right-click the speaker icon in your Taskbar and choose Open Volume Mixer from the menu.
    Windows 10 no sound Realtek
  2. Now make sure that Speakers and System Sound channels are turned all the way up.
    Windows 10 no audio devices are installed

In addition, if you have another software for volume control, you should also check and see if the volume control is properly configured. Certain drivers will install their own volume control software, so be sure to check it out.

That’s it, I hope these solutions helped you to get your sound in Windows 10 back. If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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