You stream a great movie to enjoy the day, but find the sound comes out a few seconds later than the video. You quit and open it again and again but the out-of-sync problem is still there. We know how upset this could be, so we’ve got 5 simple fixes to help you solve the audio delay issue on Windows 7, 8, and 10.


Try these fixes

You may not try them all, just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.

1. Run the Playing Audio Troubleshooter

2. Change audio format

3. Disable audio enhancements

4. Uninstall and reinstall your audio driver

5. Update your audio driver


Fix 1 – Run the Playing Audio Troubleshooter

Windows provides a set of built-in troubleshooters to resolve some critical problems on your devices. Let’s start with this quick fix.

If you’re on Windows 10

If you’re on Windows 7 and Windows 8

Windows 10

1) Click the Start button, and select Settings.

2) Click Update & Security.

3) Click Troubleshoot on the left pane. Then, select Playing Audio, and click Run the troubleshooter.

After the troubleshooting process completes, there will be suggestions about how to fix your audio issue. For example, you might be advised to turn off sound effects and enhancements. Then, you need to follow the on-screen instruction to apply the fix. If it doesn’t solve your problem, continue to Fix 2.


Window 7 and Windows 8

1) Click the Start button. Then, type troubleshooting in the search bar, and click Troubleshooting.

2) Click Hardware and Sound.

3) Select Playing Audio.

4) Click Next.

After the troubleshooting process completes, there will be suggestions about how to fix your audio issue. You can follow the on-screen instruction to apply the fix. If it doesn’t solve your problem, continue to the next method.


The screenshots below are from Windows 10, but the fixes also apply to Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Fix 2 – Change audio format

If the audio format isn’t compatible with your audio device, the sound won’t play normally. You can follow the steps below to adjust the setting.

1) Right-click the sound icon in the right corner of the taskbar, and select Playback devices.

2) Right-click your default device and click Properties.

3) Click the Advanced tab, and select 16 bit, 48000 Hz (DVD Quality) from the drop-down menu. Then, click OK.

Check if the audio delay issue is fixed. If not, go back to step 3 and try the option in the list one by one. If none of them works, move on to the next fix.


Fix 3 – Disable audio enhancements

Windows integrates a range of audio enhancement features to boost sound quality. However, it’s sometimes the cause of audio stuttering or latency.

1) Right-click the sound icon in the right corner of the taskbar, and click Playback devices.

2) Select the default device and click Properties.

3) Select the Enhancements tab, check Disable all enhancements, and click OK.

Does the audio play as the way it should be now? If no, don’t be frustrated. We’ve got another fix that deals with your audio driver.


Fix 4 – Uninstall and reinstall your audio driver

The audio delay is probably caused by driver issues. You can uninstall the audio driver and let Windows detect and reinstall the driver for you. Here’s how:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the time to invoke the Run box. Then, type devmgmt.msc, and click OK.

2) On the Device Manager window, double-click Sound, video and game controllers to see your audio device. Then, right-click the audio device and select Uninstall device.

3) Check Delete the driver software for this device. Then, click Uninstall.

There isn’t the Delete the driver software for this device option on Windows 7 and Windows 8. You just need to click Uninstall.

4) Restart your computer, and Windows will automatically install the appropriate audio driver.

If reinstalling the audio driver still doesn’t work, check out the last fix.


Fix 5 – Update your audio driver

Sound problems may occur if your audio driver is faulty or out of date. So you should update your audio driver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the 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 be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, 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 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

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

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

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).

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Hopefully you’ve solved the audio delay issue with the solutions above. If you have alternative methods or any other questions, feel free to share with us in the comment area below.

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