IDT HD Audio CODEC driver in Windows 10 [Solved]

After upgrading to Windows 10 operating system, the sound is suddenly not working. You cannot hear anything coming out from your computer anymore. The strange thing is, you can still see the bar of the sound jumping up and down, but there is just no sound coming out from your speakers or the built-in microphone. 

Then you check the status of it in Device Manager, you can see a yellow exclamation mark next to it like the following screen shot: 
 



Then you use Windows Update trying to troubleshoot the problem and get it fixed by using Windows Update, you end up seeing the notification as below.


Just for you to see more clearly. 



If this is what you are facing now, please refer to the tutorial below to get your sound back. 

Method 1: Update Driver 
Method 2: Re-install Driver 
Method 3: Update Driver Automatically (Recommended)


How to fix IDT High Definition CODEC Error in Windows 10? 

Method 1: Update Driver 


1) Go to Device Manager

2) Expand Sound, video and game controllers and locate your IDT High Definition Audio CODEC device.



3) Right click on this device and choose Update Driver Software…


4) Choose Browse my computer for driver software.



5) Then choose Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.



6) Select High Definition Audio Device instead of IDT High Definition Audio CODEC device. Then click Next.



7) Select Yes in the Update Driver Warning.



8) If necessary, please restart your computer.

Method 2: Re-install Driver 

1) Go to Device Manager

2) Expand Sound, video and game controllers category and locate IDT High Definition Audio CODEC.



3) Right click IDT High Definition Audio CODEC and select Uninstall.



Select OK when the confirmation window pops up. 

4) Restart your computer after this change to make sure that Windows Update help you with the update of the driver for your audio device. 

Method 3: Update Driver Automatically (Recommended)

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your 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 button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. 

3) Click the Update button next to the flagged sound card 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). 

Sophie Luo, in Sound Issues
  • Sapphire Odufuwa

    hi Many thanks, the first step worked, i was just this close to grabbing a tool to open up my laptop.. thanks again…

  • Ashwini Joshi

    Thank you so much.. Someone had adviced me to restore my OS which would be a lot of headache.. But this thing solved my prob like a magic.. Just followed steps and it was done! Thanks a lot!

  • Phil Reimer

    Thank you, thank you; number one worked for me.

  • Jairuz Panopio

    Thx…. I did the method 2, fixed my problem.

  • Onur

    You’re a great man !! Method 1 worked properly.

  • kevin

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  • Yuniel

    Thank you, I was able to fix my audio following your instructions. Thank you for sharing your technical expertise!

  • Craig

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  • Anupam

    Thanks! On Step number 6, selecting ” IDT High Definition Audio CODEC” worked for me.

  • Eric

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  • T

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  • Dilip

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  • Jade

    Woohoo!! I’ve been stuck for three weeks then I come home and bam! First link and I’m back into my work project, this new windows update has been a nightmare!

  • Susanne Millar

    Thank you! Just worked for my Mother-in-Laws PC, too! Appreciate it!

  • LFR

    Thank you so very much. Option 1 fixed my problem. I tried contacting microsoft and they were no help, you go figure, haha. Anyway, thanks again!!!!!

  • Joe

    Thanks brother! Step 1 did the trick on my HP all in one after the Win10 Anniversary update disabled Beats audio. I’ve been searching everywhere for an answer and this is the only thing that worked, thanks again!

  • Sarah

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  • Leonel

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  • Candace

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  • Doug Noyce

    Thank you!! Problems made me reset my OS, which wiped out a lot more than it said it would with “Keep all my apps and files”, I wound up with no sound, no recording devices or microphone! Your method 1 fixed it immediately, without a restart! Thanks again!

  • Ken fearnley

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  • Alex

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  • Jay

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  • Jim

    I’m a believer! One minute fix using Method One. Thanks!

  • Memes

    Thank you man, finally.

  • John

    I want to play Audio through my sound card so Computers can hear what I’m playing from my computer. So far all i’m getting is frustrated. The system worked perfectly when I had XP Pro so why is it so hard to do the same on Windows 7 to 10.?