How to fix Realtek HD Audio Driver issues on Windows 11

Loredana Harsana
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The Realtek HD Audio Driver is one of the most common pieces of software for changing and tweaking audio settings on your PC.

Any computer that functions properly must have crystal-clear audio. With the popularity of video streaming apps, we require great audio quality now more than ever. However, there are some difficulties that might cause Windows 11’s audio output to fail.

A variety of factors might contribute to Realtek HD Audio Driver issues. The majority of the challenges may be addressed by taking the steps outlined in this guide. Keep up with us!

What is the Realtek HD Audio Driver used for?

Realtek HD Audio Driver is the most user-friendly audio driver software that enhances the sound quality and provides Dolby or Surround sound support via a sound card.

This software will detect devices like speakers or microphones and connect with them to deliver high-definition sound quality.

The driver is necessary for connecting the audio systems in your PC with sound cards and speakers but is not absolutely essential for running your Desktop audio if there are no problems with the audio.

However, if you install the Realtek High Definition Audio Manager, the audio adapters on your computer can communicate easily with external audio devices like microphones or headphones.

The High Definition feature of Realtek helps to process the audio signals and fine-tune the audio quality of your PC.

As previously said, there are a variety of factors that might create problems with Realtek, particularly while using Windows 11. Here are a few of the most common reasons for this:

➡ Outdated drivers
Mis-configured Audio Settings
Corrupted drivers
Wrong channel connections

How do I fix Realtek HD Audio Driver issues on Windows 11?

1. Check the peripherals and connections

It is possible that problems are caused by the audio output itself, making it unnecessary to spend time searching for issues across the system.

Unplug and reconnect the output devices to check if it fixes the issue and if it receives power. If there’s a mute button on the device, make sure it is disabled. And lastly, verify if the volume control on the audio output device is not set to a minimum.

If the problem persists, try connecting the audio device to another system, to test it again. If the device works fine whilst connected to another system, it means that the errors lie somewhere else and not in the device itself.

2. Check audio output

  1. Click on the Volume icon in the Taskbar. Alternatively, you can press Windows + A to launch it.
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  2. In the Quick Menu, click on the carrot arrow icon next to the volume level.
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  3. It will prompt you with a list of audio devices connected to the system. Select the desired device.
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One common issue that users encounter is an incorrect selection of the auditor output device. Windows might play audio through an undesired device, thus you need to verify which audio output it selected through the Quick Menu.

If selecting the desired device did not resolve the audio issue, it is possible that other system faults, for which we have provided alternative solutions, were the source of the problem.

3. Update the driver

  1. Right-click on the Start icon in the Taskbar or press Windows + X to launch the Quick Access menu.
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  2. Select Device Manager from the list of options displayed.
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  3. Locate and double click on the Sound, video and game controllers option.
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  4. Right-click on the Realtek Audio device and select Update driver from the context menu.
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  5. Select the Search automatically for drivers option as Windows will find the best drivers on your system.
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Once the update has been installed, restart the computer to see whether the Realtek HD Audio problem has been resolved. We strongly advocate using a specialist program such as DriverFix to do automatic scans for out-of-date drivers.

4. Select another audio format

  1. Press on the Windows key + S, and search for Change system sounds.
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  2. Inside the Sound panel, navigate to the Playback tab, then select the speaker you are having trouble with, and click on Properties at the bottom.
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  3. Navigate to the Advanced tab, click on the drop down menu, select individual formats, and click on Test.
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  4. Repeat the 3rd step, testing each format one by one, until you find one that works fine for you.
  5. After you found the one, click OK at the bottom to save the changes made.
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Audio formats differ in their compatibility with various hardware configurations, and as a result, problems might arise. By following the method outlined above, you will be able to identify the most suitable format and make it the default format.

5. Disable Audio Enhancements

  1. Press on the Windows key + S, and search for Change system sounds.
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  2. Inside the Sound panel, navigate to the Playback tab, then select the speaker you are having trouble with, and click on Properties at the bottom.
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  3. Click on the Enhancements tab, then tick the checkbox for Disable all enhancements, and click the OK at the bottom to save the changes and close the window.
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6. Run the Audio Troubleshooter

  1. Right-click on the Start icon in the Taskbar or press Windows + X to launch the Quick Access menu.
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  2. From the list of options, select Settings.
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  3. The System tab will be open by default. Scroll down on the right side of the window and select Troubleshoot from the list of options.
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  4. Tap on Other troubleshooters.
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  5. Locate the Playing Audio troubleshooter and click on Run next to it.
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  6. Select the audio output device you are having issues with and click on Next at the bottom.

Windows will now identify any issues with the device or configured settings and fix them. Instructions will be displayed once the errors are found, so make sure to follow them carefully.

7. Reinstall the audio device

  1. Right-click on the Start icon in the Taskbar or press Windows + X to launch the Quick Access menu.
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  2. Select Device Manager from the list of options displayed.
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  3. Locate and double-click on the Sound, video and game controllers option.
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  4. Right-click on the Realtek Audio device and select Uninstall device from the context menu.
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After you have completed the procedures outlined above, restart your computer. Windows will automatically update the driver to the most recent version available. It will also remove any corrupted driver files that may have been present.

8. Run System Restore

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NOTE
System Restore will not delete any files on the system, however, recently installed applications, changes in settings, and driver updates may be removed.

  1. Press on the Windows key + S, search for Create a restore point, and click on the relevant search result.
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  2. The System Protection tab will automatically open. Click on System Restore under it.
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  3. The recommended restore point will be selected by default, but you can select another one by clicking on the Choose a different restore point option. After this, click on Next at the bottom.
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  4. If everything looks fine, click on Finish at the bottom.

After your system has been successfully restored, the Realtek audio problem will be immediately repaired by the operating system.

What to do if there’s no sound at all?

If you notice your sound has been missing altogether after installing Windows 11, you might want to check in with Microsoft’s help center.
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The help service will offer you more actions to take in order to solve the sound issues at hand. To talk with its support team, click the Get support link on the Contact Microsoft Support page. Thereafter, click the Contact Support button after entering a description.

Alternatively, you can ask Microsoft’s community forum for further solutions. You can do so by clicking Ask a question on Microsoft’s Windows forum. Enter any question you have about the no sound issue in the text editor and press the Submit button.

However, if you try all of the above-suggested options or read our post on how to solve no sound in Windows 11, you may not need to call any support service.

The previous solutions will be insufficient if no output devices are identified in Windows 11. Instead, check our article on Windows 11 not recognizing any, to get a different list of quick remedies.

We hope that these methods were helpful in resolving your Realtek HD Audio Driver issues. Let us know what you think in the comment section below, and which solution worked best for you!

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