Windows 7 No Sound [SOLVED]

How to Fix the No Sound Problems on Windows 7?

By April Cai in Sound Issues Tags: sound problemWindows 7

If you’re reading this article, you must be struggling the no sound problem in Windows 7. But rest assured, you’re not alone. No sound is one of the very common problems in Windows 7. Many Windows 7 users are having this issue just like you.

But the good news is you CAN easily fix it by yourself. This article is helping you to fix the sound not working problem in Windows 7. Please go through this page and get the sound back on your Windows 7.

How do I fix No Sound in Windows 7?

Here’re 4 methods you can try to fix this problem. You may not have to try them all; just work you way down the list until you find the one that works.

Try one at a time:

  1.  Make sure your audio device is set to default 
  2. Change your audio format 
  3. Reinstall your audio driver 
  4. Automatically update your audio driver

Method 1: Make sure your audio device is set to default


1) Right-click on Speakers/Headphone icon at the bottom right of your task bar. Then click Playback devices.



2) Make sure your audio device is set to default.

3) Play a music or a video on your Windows 7. Check to see if there is sound.

Method 2: Change your audio format

1) Right-click on Speakers/Headphone icon at the bottom right of your task bar. Then click Playback devices.



2) Click your default audio device, and click Properties.



3) In Advanced section, click a different audio rate, then Test.  

Play a music or a video to see if there is sound. If you find a format works, set it and click OK.

Method 3: Reinstall your audio driver

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager.

3) In the Sound, video and game controllers section, right-click on your audio device, then click Uninstall.

4) Reboot your Windows 7. Windows should reinstall the audio driver automatically.

5) Play a music or a video on your Windows 7. Check to see if there is sound. 

If your Windows 7 still keeps no sound, not to be frustrated, move on to the Method 4 to update your audio driver.

Method 4: Automatically update your audio driver

The methods above may resolve the problem, but if they don’t, please update your audio driver. If you’re not confident playing around with drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to a flagged audio driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

4) Reboot your Windows 7.

5) Play a music or a video on your Windows 7. Check to see if there is sound.

  • TMA1

    Sure……..except when there are NO Audio devices listed but the Driver shows in programs………Microsoft has intentionally made Windows 7 NOT Load Device drivers so you have to buy Windows 10………….YCFO…I will go to a FREE OS before i buy any Micro Windows SHT again. And I tried Driver Easy – WASTE of Money – DOES NOT LOAD anything that will get your sound working again.

  • Rifat

    there is no option about audio in device manager.now what should i do?

  • Kristen Rinaker

    I uninstalled realtek hd. On reboot Win7 installed a driver. Now sound shows 2 devices – both digital audio (S/pdif). These are front and back headphone jacks. Can’t get sound from either. (I switch to default to test.) Sound also shows headphone, speaker & HDMI output as “not plugged in.” This is true for speakers and hdmi, but headphones have been plugged in to both front & back for testing. So is the “not plugged in” a red herring? or a hint? I haven’t tried the quality formats yet. Should I go ahead with that even with “not plugged in” note for the headphone icon? Both the digital audios claim they are working. So frustrating, this system has been working fine for years, then . . . silence

    • TMA1

      SAME……….

  • Garth Wilson

    Great advice, worked after reinstall. Thank you.

  • rika mamali

    Worked! Thank you so much!

  • Ace

    You are a genius. Thanks. I couldn’t figure out how to solve my “no sound” problem. No way. This worked like a charm.