How to reinstall audio drivers in Windows 10

One of the most common problems among users who have upgraded to Windows 10 is related to sound. In most cases this problem can be solved very easily since you would just need to reinstall the Windows 10 audio driver to get everything working normally again.

Before delving into the how-to, we recommend you write down, first of all, the name and version of the audio driver that you already have so that in case of problems, you know what driver would need to be reinstalled. In addition, we also recommend creating a Windows restore point to restore the system to an earlier state in case something goes wrong.

Now we will explain how to reinstall the Windows 10 sound driver from scratch in order to solve Windows 10 sound problem. 

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How to uninstall, delete and reinstall the sound driver in Windows 10

Like any other driver, sound drivers can be found under Windows 10 Device Manager. To get to it, you simply would have to right-click on the start menu button and choose device Manager from the list of options that appear.

A new window will open up in which all the devices that are installed on your computer will be shown.

In this list look up the section ” Sound,video and game controllers “. You will see all the devices related to sound that are already connected and installed in your Windows 10.

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Now you should locate the device that is causing problems in your operating system. Right-click on it and choose the option ” Uninstall device “.

The driver will be completely uninstalled from your system.

The next step would be to reboot the system for the changes to take effect. Right now, your computer will not have sound, this is normal.

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Now that you restarted your system, return to the Device Manager window, and click on the button to search for new devices. Windows will search for new devices that are not installed in order to try to enable them.

Update audio drivers Windows 10 – Windows 10 has a large library of drivers, in addition to using Windows Update to download those that are not installed (like the one you have removed). Windows will directly download and install the sound driver for your card and when the installation is complete, the sound from your computer should return to normal operation. 

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If for some reason Windows Update cannot find the sound driver, it is recommended to look it up on the website of the manufacturer of your motherboard, or more easily, use an application like IObit Driver Booster to download and install all the missing or obsolete drivers on your computer.

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amin nahdy

Amin Nahdy, an aspiring software engineer and a computer geek by nature as well as an avid Ubuntu and open source user. He is interested in information technology especially Linux based ecosystem as well as Windows and MacOS. He loves to share and disseminate knowledge to others in a transparent and responsible way.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Sudhanshu

    In my system the ‘ sound audio and game controllers’ option is not showing

  2. Sudhanshu

    In my system the “sound video and game controllers” option is not showing but there is “high definition audio device” inside an “unknown”folder in the device manager

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