How to Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager

By Camilla Mo in Technical Tips
Download Driver Easy Free to reinstall the Realtek audio driver. This will reinstall the Realtek audio manager.


Realtek HD Audio Manager will be installed along with Realtek Audio driver. You can use it to change sound settings to get better sound experience. If it is missing suddenly, the Realtek audio driver may be corrupted, you can get it back by reinstalling the Realtek audio driver. 

How to Download Realtek Audio Driver

There are two ways you can update the Realtek Audio Driver.

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 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

You can go to the Realtek website, find the drivers corresponding with your system version and 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 download and 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 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 the flagged realtek 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Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

If the Realtek HD Audio driver is installed successfully, the Realtek HD Audio Manager should be installed. You can go to Control Panel and view items by “Large icons”. Realtek HD Audio Manager can be found there. 

If you cannot find Realktek HD audio manager in Control Panel, browse to here C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtkNGUI64.exe. Double-click on the file to open  Realktek HD audio manager.
  • Ankit Kumar

    No need to do all these steps just download and inastall and Go to C/Programfiles/Realtek/Audio/HDA/ and open RAVCpl64.exe “Worked for Me”

  • Chris Chambers

    you may not be able to do it from your bios. but look up what version yours came with.

  • Chris Chambers

    WORKING tried all of this crap and reinstalled it by going in bios and doing it there. then went to C:Program FilesRealtekAudioHDA and ran RAVCpl64.exe as admin and i am using it now. Now it shows up in control panel when it didnt before.

  • helpful55

    I tried the latest realtek full driver package (2.82) and I got no HD panel and it wouldn’t start from the file. I just went one driver back to the 2.81 and I have it all. It showed in programs. Must be a glitch in the 2.82 driver. They probably know but fix it when they feel like it and let us all twist in the breeze not knowing what to do.

    • Passanger87

      Could you share how did you turn back to 2.81? I’m having the exact same issue as you

      • helpful55

        They are not allowing my posts or something. I’ll try again. Go into programs and features, right click on the realtek HD audio and select uninstall. After that search for realtek HD audio 2.81. File Hippo, Softonic or MajorGeeks are trustable sites. Download that driver and install. You may cure the problem like it did for me.

  • Zia Ud Din

    This article is very useful. I was able to fix the problem of microphone.

  • Felipe

    What worked for me:
    I installed realtek audio drivers 2 times.
    The first one, the realtek audio manager wasn’t there.
    The I did the same. Started the installation launchers and installed it again. Restarted my computer. Then when I logged into Windows, the Setup started again (alone). It still installed some things and then, after one more restart, everything was perfect.

  • Shearer WD

    So no solution yet?

  • iCO

    first force install older driver ,next download latest driver ,extract exe in any folder with 7z and next update driver manualy /device menager -sound – realtek =update driver -browse manualy driver in extracted folder
    this is method working beacouse you use new driver with old realtek HD audio menager

  • Ridzuan Said

    why my problem is there is no interface after installing realtek ?

  • The driver shows in device manager, it is correctly installed. But the audio manager doesn’t work. I have reinstalled several times…even changed from Windows 10 to 8.1. Someone please help…can’t believe this has been an issue since a year ago.

  • hoàng ngọc anh thi

    I’m sorry but when I didnt find my realtek icon anywhere after download and set it up… I just cant find it anywhere only in disk C but still cant do anything with it

  • driver easy download speed is very slow it’s like downloading with 5kbps!

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Kpoda15,

      Thanks for your very kind feedback.

      Please understand the speed of the Free version is a little slower than the speed of the Pro version. If you’re using the Free version, to get higher download speed, you can consider upgrading to the Pro version (you’ll get 30-day money back guarantee and full year guarantee).
      If you’re using the Pro version, please contact our support team at for further assistance regarding any issue you’ve encountered.

      If you have any further questions, please leave your comments again.

      • they say the free version estimated Download Speed is 40KB~80KB the speed I’m getting is less than 10kb which is nothing

        • Camilla Mo

          Hi Kpoda 15,

          That may be a network issue. Please try again. If the problem persists, please contact our support team at for further assistance. If you have any further questions, please leave your comments again. Thanks.

  • Darren Lim

    mind asking if my PC got virus and reinstall the windows. Now the problem is i tried to install the realtek audio. The audio manager doesn’t shown up in the taskbar. previously before the reinstall windows was fine. I realised that when i reinstall my window. My C drive also do contain windows.old folder which make in the entire C drive folder, which have the old realtek file in there as well. How?

  • Windpompitjie

    There are loads of people with the same problem and nobody on the internet seems to have a solution to this. I already have the latest driver installed, I know this because I’ve installed it three times already!!! I dont need more advice on how to install it, I want the Audio MANAGER. The exe file in the realtek folder in “program files” does not work!!!! Why dont you guys just say that you dont know what the solution is, that either Realtek has screwed up with their software, or that windows wont allow it to open…?

    Why not create a blog post about that?

    • Jordan Peckham

      So much frustration!! >:(

    • Trey Peters

      because then they couldnt plug their driver easy software, which is the only reason for this page. it really gets old when your trying to find a fix and all you find is bullshit advertisements hidden in a fake fix-it page.

    • Fleek

      i got it back the exe works for me the Ravcpl64.exe just go there and it starts up for me i dont know about u guys tho
      C:programfiles realtek

      • Ankit Kumar

        Thanks Man! It worked for me as well

    • Ankit Kumar

      It is nice to see someone’s anger on this software. I mean WTH! We are not noobs!

  • nic singleton

    too bad this is still an issue. On realtek’s website, the downloads they have available are (Driver only), and when I click by going through C drive, it opens for a split second and then nothing. This is what I get for updating I guess

  • Flaming_A

    i cant download it

  • Evan

    Still doesnt work :/

  • vc50er

    For beginners Go to Program Files means hit This PC.. dbl click on C: Click on Program Files. ……

    • Evan

      Just done what you said, still just opens something for a split second then closes

  • vc50er

    Fire up a Windows File Explorer. Go to Program Files. Go to Realtek. Audio. HDA. Alt Drag RAVCpl64.exe to the desktop making sure it says make a link.
    Drag that link to your Taskbar . Fantastic.

    • Daniel Laigar

      Can’t find the HDA directory, that is my problem

      • Camilla Mo

        Hi Daniel,

        If you can’t find that file, the method may not work for you. You can try to update the driver using Driver Easy.

    • hank33

      Hmm. I thought it was the RtkNGUI64.exe file that had to be clicked on. Even that does not work. Microsoft blocks it from starting up at all. The file you gave does the same. Microsoft says it is an incompatible program when trying to let windows 10 fix it.

    • Edward Rosenthal

      wrong. doesn’t work.

    • Akash Agarwal

      There is no folder called “HDA” under “Audio”.

  • Andrew Spicciati

    I did the download and instalation and it had me restart my computer. After the restart, and I can’t find Realktek in my Control Panel or in the file link you posted. Not sure what to do.

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Andrew Spicciati,

      Have you found Realtek sound card in Device Manager?

      • Andrew Spicciati

        No, I just looked in device manager, and I don’t see Realtek anywhere in there

        • Camilla Mo

          Hi Andrew Spicciati,

          Have you seen entry “Sound, video and game controllers” ?

          • Daniel Jesawanth

            i seen it in “Sound, video and game controllers” but i can’t find it in control panel

            • Camilla Mo

              Hi Daniel Jesawanth,

              Have you try all steps in the post to try to reinstall the audio manager?

          • hoàng ngọc anh thi

            I found entry “Sound, video and game controllers” let some guide for me please

            • Camilla Mo

              Hi hoàng ngọc anh thi,

              Expand the entry, please check if the realtek driver is installed correctly. If it’s not installed correctly, you may see a yellow mark next to it.

              • Trey Peters

                camilla is cracking me up here, anyone else? next they are going to ask if the computer is plugged in and turned on after another 3 months pass

    • hk_art

      realtek wasn’t in my control panel, isn’t in there either. The audio driver is under the programs and features, but i had to download the audio manager.

      • Ankit Kumar

        Go to C/Programfiles/Realtek/Audio/HDA/ and open RAVCpl64.exe “Worked for Me”

  • hk_art

    had to reset my pc due to OS failure, and now i have zero sound output, doesn’t recognize my mic plugged in regardless of jack used. Super frustrating. My discord chat doesn’t even regnoze realtek as an option and my audio control panel doesn’t let me change anything and things its all unplugged

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi hk_art,

      Have you tried updating the audio drivers?

      • hk_art

        the partial system restore was the initial problem, i ended up having some other problems and had to just do a full reformat of my SSD, then a full reinstall of all windows updates. Once i did and redownloaded the realtek audio drivers and manager and changed around some settings things all showed up like they were supposed to. The issue with my front panel jacks not working was fixed Disabling my front panel jack detection. (which i then remembered was my front panel fix when i first built my PC years ago. Now all the things work as i want them to, and i took screen shots of all my settings for future reference. 😀

        • Camilla Mo

          Glad to know that you have the problem solved.:-)

    • Daria

      same here, and I cant update the drivers because I have got no drivers installed at the moment

  • Aditya Balakrishnan

    i downloaded and installed the driver but i cannot find the audio manager..

  • Aaron

    When ever I try to open the C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtkNGUI64.exe program it just sends me to Dell Audio Can someone help?

  • Marla

    How do I know my operating system? i don,t have any idea bout that 🙂

  • Ranfferous

    how do I remove this update?


    please dwonlod

  • Jade Ng

    I’ve installed drivers from support DVD of ASUS A68HM-E Mainboard. The sound is ok but when I plug my headphone to the front jack, the rear speaker doesn’t mute. How can I set the sound to mute when the headphone plugged to the front?

  • Leo

    Hello, when I try to do the first step, it just takes me to a screen that says “Object moved here” and clicking on the “here” just takes me back to the previous page every time. Since that wasn’t working I decided to go into my system folders and try opening it from there using the last thing on here. The file paths are the same up until it says HDA folder up above. The only folder I have in my Realtek/Audio folder is ASIO, and there is no RtkNGUI64.exe in there.

    • Aster


      1) Go to
      2) Click “HD Audio Codec Driver” under “Quick Links”.

      You’re now at step 1 of this tutorial again, but this time hitting ‘next’ should actually work. (=

    • Nout

      Hey Leo,
      I had the same issue but i fixed it.
      On the top you have a row with multiple options.
      Press on the option “Downloads”
      After that look at what kind of bit system you have.
      (You can check this by pressing Windows Button and Pause/Break at the same time, and looking at your specs)

      Download the file that matches your bit system and you should be good to go.
      Good Luck!