Fix Realtek High Definition Audio Driver Issue for Windows 10

By Camilla Mo in Technical Tips
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No sound after upgrading to Windows 10? It’s probably a driver problem. Your audio driver is probably missing or out of date (and therefore incompatible with Windows 10).

So it’s usually a pretty quick fix. Most of the time, you just need to update your audio driver. Here’s how…

STEP 1 – Confirm it’s a driver problem
STEP 2 – Update your audio drivers

STEP 1 – Confirm it’s a driver problem

To confirm if your PC sound problem is caused by driver issue, you need to check for the driver status in Device Manager:

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

2) Type devmgmt.msc and click OK. This will start the Windows 10 Device Manager.

3) In Device Manager, expand Sound, video and game controllers. Under this category, you’ll see Realtek High Definition Audio. If there’s a yellow mark next to the device name (usually an exclamation or a question mark), there’s problem with the driver, and you need to update it. E.g.: 

STEP 2 – Update your audio drivers

There are two ways you can update your audio drivers:

Option 1 – Manually – You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.


Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended) – This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.  

Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually 

Realtek released its Windows 10 drivers about a month before Windows 10 was launched. To get them, you need to go to the Realtek website, find the drivers corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows 10 (32 or 64 bit) and download the driver manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically update Realtek audio drivers

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the Realtek driver 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:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

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

3) Click the Update button next to the Realtek 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).

Realtek Audio Driver

  • Naveen P.S.

    Awesome suggestion, @Firewall, working perfectly fine! Thanks a lot!

  • Rick Dye

    no sound after windows 10 update

  • wicky

    i have the sound problem, my pc speaker sometimes went dead for like 1 second and then it’s on again, it’s happened several times while i use it for hear music or while gaming also. does anyone know what’s wrong with my pc?

  • jequals504

    After a grueling 2 hours, the only thing I can find that works with headphones to fix the sound is to slide the the balance of the sound to either full L or full R in the Realtek High Definition Audio program (i.e. mono, but it doesn’t mess with stereo for some reason in headphone). I tried everything else inclusive of updating drivers and checking boxes for ensuring enhancements were off. Hope this helps someone out there.

  • Feda Saeedi

    Window 10 doesn’t recognize headphones, I did almost everything to fix it but no result. I also updated the driver.

  • sakura han

    Ok I have been having problems with this driver from the MOMENT this damn driver was installed on my laptop. Every time I am trying to listen to anything with out headphones the announcement “Headphones has been unplugged from audio jack ~Realtec high definition audio. the message will then continue to spam my computer blocking ALL audio until I plug in a pair of headphones. It is irritating, annoying and just un-usable. I tried updating the driver, re-installing it, Disabling it but NOTHING is working and I am getting fed up with it. I cant even disable the thing because when i do I dont have any audio on my laptop with or with out headphones.

  • Veli Ylitalo

    Download and install “HD Realtek audio control panel”. That pops up when you plug in earphones and asks what you have connected. That’s all.

  • Stephanie

    I just purchased Driver Easy and I didn’t get an email and it said that my purchase needed to be confirmed! When will I be receiving my keys???

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Stephanie,

      I apologize for any inconvenience this issue have caused.

      I’ve checked in our order system with your email address but with no luck. Have you got an Order ID? If you have, would you please send it to us at so we could make a further check?

      I’ve reported this issue to our customer service. They would contact you later via email.

      If I can be of any further assistance, please leave you comment again. Thanks.

  • K_man

    After update I get no sound. I installed latest drivers and still nothing. It would not let me roll back. I uninstalled realtek and choose windows driver and then i had great sound. Seems the realtek software is having issues.I am running latest gen I7 with nvidia 1060 graphics card. on win10. My problem is I cannot stop realtek from updating and installing ,because every time it does (about weekly) I have to go in and uninstall. I have looked for option in windows and realtek to stop the DL and installing and have not found it yet. I am pleased with sound just using windows default driver, I have a hardon kardon speaker set up.

  • Camilla Mo

    Hi Corinne Locket,

    Thanks for your sharing. Your comments may help others as well.

  • Rc Esser

    A program like WinAmp did disturb the functioning of the Stereo Mix properties of RealTek HD Audio driver. Recording was muted quite often once in a while, and recording levels were limited to the values 0, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100. After uninstalling this program RealTek was more stable and all recording level values between 0 and 100 were possible. Unfortunately another program also seems to interfere, so muting still occurs although less often. What kind of programs do I have to inspect?

  • Camilla Mo

    Hi Green,

    Hope the solutions in this link help you fix the not plugged in issues:

  • Dakejev

    Bought a Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 on it, everything worked, sound, video, internet… Then it wanted to do the big Windows update which I think is called Anniversary update/upgrade. After that it doesn’t even FIND an audio device, so trying to update drivers and whatnot is out, as I have nothing to update (the machine thinks). Audio troubleshooter doesn’t see any problem either.

    • Jamie Pelecanos

      I am having the same problem and I can not find anything that can fix this.

      • Dakejev

        I eventually found it, but can’t remember if it was in the device interface – I right clicked the background of the window, not any single one of the choices there, and made it show anything and everything, then it found “unrecognized devices”, I had it try to update their drivers and when it did, the computer suddenly realized that it _did_ actually have sound-related bits in it, and then I just had it automatically update all their drivers and now my sounds are working again.

        I couldn’t find this in any of the guides, I just thought to adapt one of the suggestions in a different interface and that helped.

        Sorry I’m a bit vague on this, but I didn’t write it down at the time.

    • Vex Gaming

      this so hard to fix

  • Haris Danny

    what need to do if driver is missing

  • starko25


  • Godly Rowlet

    I deleted it by accident how can I get it back

    • KO Neymar

      try system restore…it worked for me one time

  • Ríoghnach D’Arcy

    My driver was uninstalled after the update – but I managed to reinstall thanks to the Toshiba site (Toshiba laptop), however the quality is SEVERELY reduced from what it was previously. Now, I’m lucky if having it on full volume (100) lets me hear whatever I’m playing from a few feet away. Any ways I could roll back to before the update (and therefore hopefully returning to my prior audio quality) or to improve the current quality?

  • Camilla Mo

    Hi Leroy,

    If updating drivers doesn’t work, the problem might not be caused by drivers.
    You can try to run Audio Troubleshooter and see if it helps. Refer steps below:
    1. Type “Troubleshoot” in Windows search.
    2. Click “Playing Audio” then follow the on-screen instructions.

  • SkieHacker

    My PC is so evil, if i install Audio Driver like Realtek, the compatible of mine was Realtek, so i install a New Realtek, and after i restart, My PC won’t boot (Running Windows 10) or it boot but it only see windows 10 logo but the running dotts doen’t appear, also it seams the problem was a bad driver even cannot boot to safemode. Pls Help it is my HDD have a error or this Computer Intel Icore7 have a problem.

  • Camilla Mo

    Hi Jessicca,

    You can reinstall the driver using Driver Easy. Just several clicks are needed.

  • Rokinsas

    Thanks for the help!

  • Mark

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    Further Driver Easy is malware.

    Click Accept, Click Next, Click “Global” on either the 32 or 64 bit version. It doesn’t matter which one you pick because if you click the wrong one, it won’t install.

  • Naveen Kevin Devarajan

    sir/mam, i had a external mic that connects to 3.5mm jack(it works tested in another laptop n mobile) i done all troubleshooting.MY INTERNAL mic works fine. when i plug in external mic it mutes. my laptop is sony vaio vpcca35fn
    – i updated all drivers(realtek)
    – it shows only one device in microphone list (i have ticked both disabled and disconnected devices)
    – i adjusted all volume level n mic boost
    -also my realtek is updated to latest version works fine but its audio manager menu doesn’t appears.

    Please do help.
    Thanks in Advance..!!!

  • Sean Grady

    I have an HP laptop. No sign of driver issues (it says I have the most updated driver). I have not had audio in years. I get audio if I plug in headphone or use an external source. Sometimes after unplugging headphones of rebooting my machine the audio will work for the first 4-5 seconds it is played but will then stop. This has caused a great deal of anger. Any insight?

  • BloodyMarie

    Thank you for saving my life

  • Samuel Rodriguez

    Hey! I have a samsung and one day the audio just stopped working, I followed this steps but the realtek device shows up working and up to date so I don’t know what’s the problem… Thanks

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Samuel Rodriguez,

      If the audio driver is updated, the problem might not be caused by drivers. Please ensure the sound is not muted.

  • Reilly Haskins

    I have an Asus F555B Laptop (Running on Windows 10) and the sound card doesent show up in the Device Manager… the sound will not work in any application so i’m wondering, is this a hardware problem? Feel free to contact me if you have help at my email address –

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Reilly Haskins,

      If the sound card doesn’t show up in the Device Manager, the device might be hidden. Please make a further check. Or the device is not recognized properly and displayed as unknown device. If not, I am afraid the sound card is having problem.

  • Thomas Radtke

    Found this while looking for a solution to distorted in-game sound: I notice you have intel sound in parallel to the Realtek chip. On my Acer laptop, both subsystems where active, causing high load on interrupt handling. By deactivating the intel display audio in device manager, I was able to solve my problems. Thought I post this here since I haven’t found something similar on the net.

    • Mark Fisher

      I’ve had the same issue and have been looking for a fix for so long, thank you so much

  • Creswick_Swimmer

    I am using a Dell Inspiron and realtek audio, recording on screencastomatic. Until a few days ago, great. Now the sound drops out often and I cannot fix it. I need this for work, so am really desperate for any help. Is this a realtek, Windows10, screencastomatic or Dell issue? All drivers are up to date, makes no diff if I use the laptop’s mic or a headset/mic.

    • Jan Plante

      I am having the same problem. The sound is on for headset but not speakers. I have uninstalled and reinstalled Realtek driver. It worked last evening for a Skype with family, this morning nothing. Any suggestions ?

      • Creswick_Swimmer

        One thing I can think of is to make sure you click on the sound icon (bottom right of the lower pane on your screen) and ‘disable’ the one you don’t want to use, and ‘enable’ the one you do. Remember to ‘show disabled’ also, to see what is there but just not visible.

        The other thing I’ve found, if you change from speaker to headset, or vice-versa, while using a program, you have to then quit the program and open it again with the headset or inbuilt mic. So, let’s say I listen to iTunes while I”m working, on my headset. I then open screencastomatic, and want to use the computer’s speakers. If my headset is plugged in when I open that program, and I pull out the headset, I have to shut screencastomatic, and reopen without the headset in.

        One other thing that I was told, make sure you are running waves maxx audio pro, but I ended up buying an external mic that is ideal. Otherwise, apparently Dell needs you to run this. It can be set to open on start up.

        Good luck, these ‘little’ things tend to be big and annoying!

  • Jack Focult

    Option 2 worked. Thank you!

  • Asim

    hy every one!
    just go to troubleshooting audio devices, every thing will be ok. thanks

  • Denise

    I was able to fix the volume issue on my Dell Inspiron after a driver update by opening Dell Audio (entered it in search box) and changed the setting from MaxxSense to Movie. It increased my volume greatly.

  • Paul

    Option-1 worked and I also installed my updated Nahimic 2. Thanks a lot!!! 🙂

  • X

    Option-1 worked. Thank u so much.

  • Míša

    Wonderful! I couldn’t play anything on my notebook almost from the first day I bought it because of some stupid update of Windows 10 and the first option worked! I’m so thankful 🙂

  • Sound Fix

    If you have Nahimic installed, GET RID OF IT. I’ve had this audio problem since I got my laptop and reinstalling drivers did nothing. Uninstalled Nahimic 2 and the sound is working perfectly. I hope this helps, my ears are much happier now.

    • Justin

      The issue for me was with Nahimic 2 installed. That you to whoever posted that tip!


        Thank you so much Mr Justin , i had no sound despite all drivers was well installed , then i did like you said and removed Nahimic 2 , and everything worked fine 🙂

    • Isaac

      I have been looking for like two days, trying to find out why my audio quality was so bad. thank you so much i was about to take it in the shop and see what was wrong.

    • Taylor

      Thank you so much, This worked.

    • Boddy

      Works for me too, thanks

    • tgames23


  • W. Baker

    Windows 64 BIT Asus Laptop & Realtek High Definition Audio.

    Have had awful on and off issues with cracking and popping since windows 10 update..I have fixed and updated all drivers and it would still happen – found a SOLUTION in another forum you may find useful – it worked for me 😉 !!

    Other User Wrote: “I’ve solved the pops and crackles from Realtek chips, and others, by going to Control Panel Power Settings and setting ‘Minimum processor state’ to 100%.”

    When I went to this setting mine was at 5% – (don’t know why/how) so I changed it and its been working well since !
    Good Luck.

  • Kentai


    • adam

      trouble shooter is the most useless thing ever invented, if you use it why are you here?

  • Jacob G

    I have an older Dell machine that has Windows 10. I have working audio drivers, “High definition audio device” you know the basic windows audio driver. I am wondering if I can download the correct Realtek driver for my system and have two drivers installed at once while only using one when needed. Realtek has a built in Graphic Equalizer I wish to use.

  • zach

    My drivers are up to date, but I am still unable to enable the my speakers to play sound. There is no way to get any audio out of my machine.

  • patrick

    thx ,for some raisen windows 10 removed my realtek drivers , tryed option 1 and it workt

  • cp khatri

    Option 1 worked.
    Thank you.

  • Sebastian

    I too have a similar crackling sound issue, with my speakers, I have no idá why it began to, but Now i downloaded Driver Easy.. and well you can tell me the drivers i’m not having up to date… but the fact that you are reducing the single Download speed down to 400 bytes to 20 kilobytes.. which will result that a 431,4MB download will take me roughly about 6 hours..

    • camilla mo

      Hi Sebastian,

      Thank you for using Driver Easy.

      The download speed of the Free version is limited due to the limited servers. We appreciate your understanding.
      To get higher download speed, you can consider upgrading it to the Professional version.

      With Professional version, you will enjoy free tech support. You can contact us for further assistance regarding any driver issue you have met.

      Thanks for your comment.

      • Aibeetea

        Got the idea…Great App!
        But 🙁

  • otgonbayar

    thanks u save my life it works

  • Prabhat

    Option 1 worked fine for me and it got the sound back in my laptop

  • John Magill

    The speakers seem to be very sensitive. They cut out after a power failure, or if you need to unplig them for some reason.
    The only fix I’ve come across, is to unplug your green speaker cable, then plug ig in again.
    It fixes after 2 or 3 tries.
    hope this helps.

  • jagadeeswar

    thank you soooo much its really helped

  • Hari

    Hi , i think i have an odd issue … In my pc Sound works only when i plug in speaker or earphones. It doesnt work in normal mode … While troubleshooting it says generic audio driver issue . can anyone help me on this ????
    Thanks in advance

    • serge

      did you fix your I have the same problem

      • Logitech

        I have the same issue

  • shahydha

    there is no exclamation mark near that on my laptop, but still the sound is not working..
    how do i fix this.

  • Jacqueline

    Hello, I found out how to get my sound back thankfully, but I cannot use my mic at all and I mean at all. I am not using any headphones so that means the sound is coming out of my computer I have a Windows 10 Dell, and I cannot call my friends on messenger or anything. It will say its not allowed and once I press re allow still no sounds how can I fix this?

    • Szilvi

      My problem was like yours.
      I reinstalled chipset driver from my laptop’s homepage, although it was older than my installed driver.
      After my headset mic began to work. I don’t know why….

    • kimberly

      check you sound volume once in sound click the levels tab and look at microphone mine is muted there but every where else it looks on. they may be whats up with yours. also if u have security like kasper sky you can block it from some secirtys can block apps and such from using your mic and cam.

  • Bashir

    I’m very much grateful with such helpful reviews from you, my much kind regards to you, over.

  • Avinash Kumar

    when I plugin my earphone in my PC (ASUS , window 10) stereo mode is not working . I get sound in only one ear. when i go to Realtek HD Audio Manager -> Speaker Configuration it don’t show other modes , it appears to be hanged in stereo mode. I have uninstalled and reinstalled this software many time but the problem remains the same. So please tail me what is the problem . I will be grateful to you.

    • Mathijs

      Did you solve the issue yet, I have the exact same problem as yours.

    • nos

      I have the same problem almost exactly, I connect my receiver to my asus laptop win10 and I have sound only in one speaker, has anyone solved this?

  • Sharlene Evans

    My drivers are current and I’m experiencing random increases and decreases in sound. I’ve tried to post on MS forum but I’m still experiencing the issue. Does anyone have any suggestions. I have a NVIDIA card in my Asus laptop.

  • GTS

    Thank you, Driver Easy helped!

  • GTS

    Driver Easy helped!Thank you!


    uninstall realtek sound driver. it worked foe me

  • carrie murphy

    This just happend to my mom she is lucky I am here. Gateway 64bit lost audio. Going through all your helpful posts. 1 hour later no results. I am a mac user so to see this windows 10 bullshit is frustrating to watch my aging parents deal without a tech savvy guide. F time warner cable their connection keeps going out also.

  • Kevin

    Device Manager says my Realtek driver is up to date. I have no idea what’s wrong.

    • sai mounika

      hii kevin.
      even I have the same problem.did u fix ur problem.if u have fixed then can u suggest me what to do.

      • Firewall

        Same issue – driver was already up to date in my windows 10 laptop. Resolved by disabling realtek audio in device manager -> restart -> enable. It started working.

        • Camilla Mo


          Thanks for your sharing. Your method may work for others as well.

    • efly

      I have the same issue. Microsoft and Realtek should do something to fix these issues asap.

  • yasir ali

    realitek offer offer officer

  • Lacey

    i have an HP, but it downloaded the windows 10. my volume was working for a while, but now it’s not. when I do the steps, it doesn’t show the Realtek audio driver under Sound, Video and Game controllers. Any reason why that would be?

    • w r

      the same thing happened to me. any idea on how to fix it. I thought about physically removing the card re start and then shut off and then put in card but don’t know if this will work

      • CJ

        Same thing i have too 🙁

    • emmanuel kabamba

      Try to change the operating system

  • Matt

    When I download realtek audio it says to restart my computer and it will be there. but when i restart its like i never downloaded it because i cant find it anywhere in my computer, ive downloaded it multiple times never had this problem until i factory reset my computer with windows 10 and ever since then i cant seem to download it

    • Matt

      I really need some help on this, so someone please reply to this if you had the same problem or if its something im doing wrong

      • Tomy

        Try to use search for realtek

      • Nyar

        Hi Matt!
        After downloading the DriverEasy on my computer. The Realtek Audio wasn’t there so,I checked the disconnected devices,the unplugged Intel(R)Display Audio needed to be update, what I did. I restarted the computer and my sound was working.
        Just try that it may work.

    • Arvind Bhakta

      SOUND NO

      • Arvind Bhakta

        Apdet Thenqu


    I’m in the third step and there is no Realtek High Definition Audio (just high definition audio device), I’ve tried a lot of ways to get to the Realtek High Definition Audio, but there’s no way: Windows 10 doesn’t even know of its existance. What else should I do?

  • Maria Rodriguez

    I’m in the third step and there is no Realtek High Definition Audio (just high definition audio device), I’ve tried a lot of ways to get to the Realtek High Definition Audio, but there’s no way: Windows 10 doesn’t even know of its existance. What else should I do?

    • Jonathan

      I HAD the same problem. No sound in my Cambridge Soundworks 5.1, which is plugged into the rear jacks, but just fine in my headphones, which are plugged into the front audio jack.

      After re-booting the newly installed WIN10, I noticed that my Realtek Audio Manager was missing, and therefore all of the stuff that I had been accustomed to doing was no longer doable.

      Long story, short answer: WIN10 had simply failed to find/connect/re-connect/whatever Realtek, so I downloaded the newest drivers and re-booted and then UNPLUGGED and REPLUGGED all of my speaker wires and ……

      Everything works again.

      p.s. no other WIN10 problems so far.

      • Steve

        Going to give this a try. If it works, God bless you good sir.

  • vidiman

    Just wanted to say the most recent update for Win 10 (I am on Fast Ring update) has my internal drivers working correctly now (first time in a year). Kudos to Microsoft and Realtek. DTS Connect is alive and well as it should be.

  • bibes gajurel

    how to I change audio enchancement in my laptop.when I update windows 10 music sound is not good .before very good sound

  • bibes gajurel

    after I update windows 10 there is no option to change audio enchanceme .only pop sound playing I don’t like it how to I install this audio driver

  • keasha mackendrick

    After my computer updated to windows 10, my microphone stopped working. Whenever I try to do a call from my phone on various applications it cancels the call and tells me that there is a problem with my microphone. I have checked the driver software to see if it needed updated, and it it up to date. can someone tell me how to go about fixing it so that I can use my microphone on my computer?

    • Ayesha

      Samee!!!help us please

  • bash

    hi every one I m using windows 10 but we do some kind of fun on mic I have external mic blue snow ball but still my volume is to low I want to increase my booster as much I can but dnt know where from I can do this at the moment I m using 36 booster thnx in advance I hope u did understand my question….

    • Phil

      Right click on the sound image (right lower corner) – goto Recording tab and double click on Microphone (Microphone Properties) –
      goto Levels tab and alter Microphone Boost.

  • Praveen

    I have a dell laptop..After I upgraded to windows 10, I started having sound issues.. Although the sound plays but it has full noise. I can’t hear a single sound properly..To add to my problems, the left speaker in my dell laptop has stopped giving sound..only when i tap it a little it gives sound but i get full noise in sound..I updated all drivers as suggested above but my problem is not resolved..Please help

    • vyankatesh

      same problem with me , please help me!
      P.S. i tried updating the drivers, nut nothing worked!

  • Mclovin

    I’m having a problem with Dolby Digital Plus, it’s on but it dont seem to be working properly. I cant use the equalizer and my computer’s sound is to low, I want to know how to configure things or if I need to do something else

  • Jos

    Dear all,
    I have a problem with my microphone. Newest drivers, everything un-muted and 100% volume, but the microphone only works when I hit it or talk extremely loud and the other end of Skype only hears noise. Hope you can help.

    • Rusty C.

      First, try to find out if it’s a hardware or software problem. Test the microphone on another device.

    • Rusty C.

      If hardware problem; replace the mic.
      If it’s a software problem check skype settings,check windows audio settings, plug unplug, and troubleshoot the device. Hope this helps. 🙂

    • Harrison H

      Yeah I have the same problem drivers are up to date aswell

    • The_Icy1

      Have You tried The Skype Settings?

  • Renan de Castro Santos


    I’m having an issue on my notebook’s audio (The operacional system is Win10 Professional). The sound goes with a kind of wheezing while I’m doing tasks, but it goes ok if I leave the computer. I mean: I listen to music or I use the computer.

    I downloaded last version of audio driver in Realtek’s website. The problem was solved, but the quality of sound was very, very low (in comparison to the original driver). How can I solve it ?

    My notebook is the Dell Gaming Edition (7559 version).

    Thanks in advance,

  • DD

    If no driver problems, right click the speaker on the bottom right. Click sounds, Advanced tab. Change the default format. I used 24 bit 96000 Hz and everything works.

    • Brad B

      I was having a similar problem with audio skipping and video jutter. Kept thinking it was video related. Changed my speaker properties in speaker enhancements as you suggested and it works. Windows 10 had set my speakers to CD quality (???). Thanks for the tip. It worked!

  • Inder Singh

    Thanks for the help, problem solved for me and I’m able to use my ever so precious headphones again 😀

  • Arjun Vijayan

    Hai Camila,
    There is a problem that, when I click the next button, it moved on another page. So I cant solve my problem

    • camilla mo

      Hi Arjun Vijayan,

      After you are directed to another page,download the latest driver for Widnows 10. If you have problem with downloading drivers manually, you can consider using Driver Easy to help you.

    • Inder Singh

      When you click next, the InstallWizard should be uninstall your old driver, then it will ask for you to reboot computer computer and the latest driver will install automatically.

  • Joseph Girgis

    Hello, I have been having some trouble with my mic for a while now. I tried updating my Realtek Drivers and the Drivers updated without any trouble but then I look under audio inputs and outputs in my device manager all I have is a speaker from Realtek, I have no mic.

  • Allan Lemos

    Thank you so much for your contribution!

  • Nikola Jovanovic

    In Task Manager on Windows 10 with all latest drivers i see Realtek proces starting to use all CPU up to 100%, and i need to End Task it to stop.
    I try update drivers from site but all is the same, what can i do ?

    • Joy

      I have a sound coming from my headset bUT my microphone will not work, it will not allow me to configure it. Yet it says I have the latest drivers. I’m trying to download the updated drivers I hope this works. This was after updating to Windows 10. I know my headset works I used it the other day can drivers crash?

      • Srikanth

        me too have same problem. Microphone is not working in windows 10

      • Loretta Blackwell

        my sound works but i got a bleep in the background and i dont know how to get it out or download new driver should it not automaticly download new drivers for the sound … please…….

  • Jeran Bhugeloo

    when i click on the global it does not download

    • amir

      pls use internet explorer for download. it will only work in IE

  • Betsilukz

    Has dado una respuesta Excelente. Agradezco la ayuda.Sinceramente me sentía perdida.

    • star

      aku pun sama juga..tapi aku dah update sekarang dah ok.

  • Vikash Kumar

    Thanks for sharing this article with us.
    This article help us to resolve sound driver issue.


  • HMS

    I have no sound this morning after a 4/15-16 upgrade to the driver. I uninstalled the driver and reinstalled it, still no sound. Below is the Event that wiped out my sound:

    Driver Management has concluded the process to add Service IntcAzAudAddService for Device Instance ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0899&SUBSYS_102805B7&REV_1000\4&A25F3A2&0&0001 with the following status: 0.

    What can I do to resolve this?

    • dawn

      Same thing. I tried updating the driver. Then uninstalling and re-installing. Then rolled back to the previous version. Nothing. No sound from the internal speakers. Only with headphones or bluetooth.

  • yunic

    Nice one, it’s real help

  • Jamie LaManna

    We have an ASUS laptop with Windows 10. We do have sound – but it’s crackling. Even when plugging in headphones. We updated the drivers and we do not have a yellow exclamation, and yet we are still having the crack

    • Kenneth Egerton

      Same problem here. I had already upgraded to 10 but when I switched on this morning Microsoft had decided to install it again.I had had no soundissues with the previous install.

    • Craig Wheway

      Jamie, hi I have the same issue with a UK ASUS N70SV 17″ Black laptop. When I was using Windows 7, Realtek Driver updates fixed the ‘crackling’ sound issue. But having done a clean install of Windows 10, it has come back again and ASUS have not updated their older models to windows 10 (Which I think they should have). The only passable option I have been able to use is rolling back the Realtek driver to the Microsoft ‘High Definition Audio’ driver’, it crackles less but is not a perfect solution but at least then the audio is of an ‘okay’ quality.

      • Forestien Chenel

        it’s probably because you guys have the option ” egalisation loudness ” ( or something like that ) checked in your audio manager. It causes saturation when the volume is too high, it’s aimed at improving the sound when at low volume only.

      • Jay

        had the same issue but i uninstalled the old realtek audio driver to install a new driver depending on my system and the sound is okay now. So i suggest you try it too.
        Good luck.

    • Sy

      Latest version of win10 just did tris to me. Laptop came with some other software to control sound aside from the realtek drivers. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling both, only way to fix it was using the windows driver that sound really bad, but at least I can hear something.. plus I don’t have to go through realtek’s site anymore, seriously they haven’t updated that thing since the 90s

      • Davi

        Try turning on stereo mix in your driver software

  • Rick

    i’m having some issues as well I have hp dv6 with IDT hd sound card but the user interface is not functioning when I try to change any setting. pls help me out if anybody else having same issues.

  • sameer

    i have downloaded all the updates but how to install them..??

    • camilla mo

      Dear sameer,

      You can use the inf file to install the driver manually step by step.

      It is recommended that you upgrade the program to Professional version, then all drivers can be downloaded and installed automatically with just one click.

  • Pol

    I have a slightly different problem (but still realtek on win 10): while playing sounds through headphones, it randomly turns off (for example after pausing/unpausing on youtube, playing a video from a different website, or after not playing sounds for a while – if I continuously play music this does not seem to happen). If I go to ‘Sound’ I can see that the device shows that music is playing (green bars appearing next to it on the right), but nothing is in my headphones. The only fix I found is to go to the Properties of the playback device, then Advanced, and change the default format. But it is super annoying to do this every single time. Any ideas? Drivers are all up to date and the integrated Windows sound fix didn’t find anything. Thanks 🙂

    • Marloes

      Same problem here…. please help!

    • mina

      I have the same problem as well! The audio keeps going in and out. It even looks like my Realtek driver is up to date; I can’t figure out the issue :/

      • Ian David Jensen

        Same problem here almost, I have a creative SB, I have to remove it from the device manager and reinstall it each time i reboot…
        Seriously, how can Microsoft force an update down our throat and then not hotfix something like this immidiately?

    • Pol

      No fix yet? Anyone, please help 😀

    • Casey Langness

      I am also having this issue. But not only can I not hear anything, it stops my spotify entirely and gives me a driver error in ventrilo

      • Casey Langness

        Im planning to try the 32 bit driver instead of the 64 bit to see if that fixes the issue.

  • Juliana Vieira

    Hi! I can’t use my CD/DVD driver after downloading Windows 10. When I go to “Device Manager” there is no exclamation mark before any driver. I tried to update the driver, but Windows says that it it already updated. If I download Driver Easy, do you think it is going to work? Or is it a problem that has nothing to do with the driver?
    Thank you!

    • camilla mo

      Dear Juliana Vieira,

      If the drivers are updated and there is no yellow mark before any driver, most probably the problem was not caused by drivers.

    • Sem

      Hi Julia, I experienced the same thing. After trying a couple of things I did manage to find an alternative solution that workded for me. If u open the “realtek Audio configuration” dialog, and than go to advanced settings you can activate “multi-streaming”. activating and than deactivating works for me everytime!
      good luck!

  • Zé Pedro

    is it need to pay for the first option?

    • camilla mo

      Dear Zé Pedro,

      The drivers are free. So you can get free drivers from every option.

  • supremehover

    very helpful!Thanks!

  • Aaron P

    Half of the time when I download the drivers that are missing or in need of update, there’s no .exe file in what’s downloaded which makes it impossible to update anything

  • Victor

    Thanks for the help it really did help… now I don’t have to stress my self going online searching and wasting time on wasteful files….
    I’m so happy !!!

  • vijendra pal

    Steps mentioned above didnt work for me after installation of r2.79 my play back devices is set to ATPI digital audio and speaker icon is black and white with “no audio device connected” neither it is showing the options for ‘set as default’. What should i do ? Is there need to update my bios or simply i have to quit Windows10?
    I am using 6 year old ASUS motherboard 0401 dual core Pentium processor 1gb ram DDR3

  • camilla mo

    Hi Joe,

    Please believe that Driver Easy won’t provide scam thing.It aims to help update drivers quickly and easily.

  • Willy-P

    Beste Firma,
    Uw audiodriver waarin zich de equalizer bevond, is vervangen onder R 279 helaas de equalizer ontbreekt !
    graag uw aandacht desnoods tegen betaling terug voor Windows 10, want het geluid is nu echt waardeloos.
    Dank u vriendelijk.

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  • wally fagan

    I hate being trapped by spammers under the guise of FREE.Only when you go to INSTALL (after waiting for aGES TO DOWNLOAD) does it tell you that now you MUST PAY for tah feature. PLEASE READ THIS AND DONT BE TRAPPED BY THESE SCUMBAGS

  • Avoid ThisCrap

    Attention: Never EVER download a so-called driver manager for any reason whatsoever. It most assuredly comes bundled with additional junkware.

    • camilla mo

      Dear Customer,

      We understand that software bundled with junkware is really annoying and dangerous.
      Driver Easy is a 100% clean program. It doesn’t contain any junkware, malware or adware. You can use it safely.

  • Not working

    • camilla mo

      Dear Samik,

      Thanks for your comment.

      The tips here would help you fix Realtek audio driver issues on Windows 10. If your sound problem was caused due to other issues, it won’t work.