Guide: HDMI Sound Not Working Windows 10?

Guide: HDMI Sound Not Working Windows 10?

/ James Masterson

There have been more than a few reported cases of HDMI audio not working, especially after upgrading the operating system to Windows 10. This article is specific to issues with HDMI sound, not more general sound not working on windows 10 problems.

You’ve connected your HDMI monitor to a Windows 10 computer and get normal video output but no sound. Here are a few tips to try to fix your sound and enjoy it.

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Fix #1: Use the Advanced System Repair Tool (Restoro)

Restoro is a robust program and one of the best System Repair solutions available for Windows PCs. It is thorough, dynamic, and intelligent and outputs detailed results in a very user-friendly way.

Follow the steps below to download and install it on your PC:

Please note that you might have to stop your anti-virus for this process to continue temporarily.


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Accept the license terms by checking the “I Accept the EULA and Privacy Policy” to continue.

The tool checks for junk files, deep scans your PC for corrupt system files, and looks for damage caused by malware or viruses.

restoro scan


You can view the details of the scan by expanding the “Details” tab.


To set an action, expand the “Recommendation” tab to either choose “clean” or “ignore.”


Click on “Clean Now” at the bottom of the page to begin the cleaning process.

Fix #2: Check all hardware devices

Before moving on to other options, check that all hardware devices work properly.


Change the HDMI cable. Use another cable and see if the issue resolves itself.

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Change ports. If your computer has multiple HDMI output ports, try all the ports and see if any work.

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Check the monitor volume. Ensure the monitor’s speaker volume is up and not muted or turned down. Try connecting the monitor to another computer.


Fix #3: Configure the default audio devices

Windows outputs sound from only one audio device at a time. It changes settings when new audio cables are connected or disconnected.

When an HDMI cable is connected, and there’s no sound, follow these steps to configure the correct audio output to make HDMI the default.


After connecting the HDMI cable to both the computer and the output device, navigate to the taskbar.


Right-click the volume icon and select “Playback Devices” or “Sounds.” The “Sound wizard” opens.

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Go to the “Playback” tab, select “Speakers and Headphones” or “Speaker/Headphone,” and choose “Set Default.”

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setting speaker as default device


Right-click the output device connected to the HDMI cable and select “Show Disconnected Devices.” Ensure the HDMI cable is connected when configuring this.

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Fix #4: Update sound drivers

Windows automatically updates drivers for you, but you should do it yourself once in a while. Follow these steps to update your sound drivers.


Hold the “Windows key + X” and click “Device Manager.”


Locate sound drivers and click it to “expand.”

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Right-click the highlighted driver and select “Update driver software” from the menu.

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Windows will search online for the necessary drivers and install them on your computer.

See Also: What to Do if Windows Search Isn’t Working in Windows 10


Restart the computer and check if the HDMI sound works.

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Fix #5: Windows Sound Troubleshooter

Windows troubleshooter is designed to diagnose computer problems quickly and automatically solve them. The troubleshooter doesn’t always fix everything, but it’s a great place to start.

Windows PC users can use the audio troubleshooter built into the Control Panel.


Press the “Windows + R” keys to open the “Run” dialog box.


Type “Control” and press “Enter.”

control panel


Click “Troubleshooting.”

troubleshoot audio playback


On the window that opens, navigate to “Hardware and Sound” and click “Troubleshoot audio playback.”

troubleshooting audio playback


An administrator password is required to run this program. Type it when prompted.


On the troubleshooter that opens, click “Next.” The troubleshooter will start checking the audio service status.


Choose the device you want to troubleshoot and click “Next.”

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Make any changes the troubleshooter suggests, and follow the on-screen instructions to completion.

Final Thoughts

We have gone through the most common causes of HDMI sound not working in Windows 10. It is important to troubleshoot the issue and identify the specific cause before attempting a solution. If you have followed the steps outlined in this article and cannot get your HDMI sound working, you may need to consult a technician for further assistance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Windows 10 how to restart HDMI audio device?

When you connect a device to your computer with an HDMI cable, the audio is transmitted through the HDMI connection. You may need to restart the device if the audio does not work. To do this in Windows 10, go to the Start Menu and select Settings. In the Settings window, go to System and then Sound. Under Output, select the HDMI device from the list and then select Device Properties. In the Device Properties window, select the Levels tab and then click the Mute All button. This will mute all audio on the device. Next, click the Unmute All button to unmute the audio. Finally, click the Apply button to save the changes and restart the HDMI audio device.

how to update high definition audio controller?

A High Definition Audio Controller is a component of your computer’s hardware that enables the computer to process audio signals. Updating the High Definition Audio Controller is a process that allows the computer to take advantage of the latest audio technology and to ensure that the computer is optimized for the best sound output possible. The first step in updating the High Definition Audio Controller is to identify the specific model and version of the audio controller. This can be done by going into the device manager on the computer and checking the properties of the audio controller. Once the model and version are identified, research the manufacturer’s website to determine if any updated drivers are available for the audio controller. If so, download and install the updated driver. If the manufacturer does not have an updated driver available, it is possible to update the driver using a third-party driver update tool. These tools scan the computer for outdated drivers and then download and install the latest versions. Once the driver is updated, it is essential to reboot the computer to ensure the changes take effect. After the reboot, the computer should be optimized for the best audio possible.

How to fix HDMI audio output in windows 10?

No HDMI audio output is a common issue with Windows 10. The most common cause is a missing or outdated audio driver. To fix this issue, you must install the correct audio driver for your computer. The first step is to identify the make and model of your computer or device. You can usually find this information on the back or underside of the device. Once you have the model number, you can search for the correct audio driver for your model. Once you have the driver, you can download it to your computer. Once downloaded, you can double-click the driver to install it. Once installed, you may need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Once your computer restarts, you should be able to connect your HDMI device and have audio. If you still cannot get sound, you may need to update your audio settings in Windows. You can do this by going to the Sound control panel in the Control Panel. You can select your device and configure it to output audio.

How to update audio drivers Windows 10?

Updating audio drivers in Windows 10 is a relatively straightforward process. To update your audio drivers, you must first identify what type of sound card you have. This can be done by going to the Control Panel and selecting the “Device Manager” option. You should look for a section labeled “Sound, video and game controllers.” Here, you should be able to identify your sound card. Once you have identified your sound card, you can go to the manufacturer’s website to download the latest driver for your sound card. Make sure to download the correct driver for your specific sound card model. Once you have downloaded the driver, you can install it by double-clicking on the executable file and following the on-screen instructions. Once the installation is complete, you may need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Updating your audio drivers can help to improve the sound quality of your computer and can also help to fix any issues you may be experiencing with your sound card.

How do I reset my HDMI driver Windows 10?

The process involves updating your device drivers when resetting your HDMI driver for Windows 10. Graphics drivers control the display of images on your computer, and updating them can help resolve any issues you may be having with your HDMI connection. To do this, go to the Windows Device Manager and find the display adapter. Right-click on it and select “update driver.” If a new version is available, it will download and install automatically. If not, you may have to download the driver from the manufacturer’s website. Once the device driver is installed, restart your computer, and the HDMI connection should be reset.

Why is my HDMI audio not working on my computer?

For your HDMI audio to work on your computer, you must first ensure that the HDMI device is selected as the default playback device. To fix HDMI audio, you must go into your computer’s sound settings and select the HDMI device as the default digital output device. Once you select HDMI as the default digital output device, your HDMI audio should work on your computer.

how many audio channels can the high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) support?

HDMI is a digital connection that supports up to 8 channels, including 5.1 surround sound, 7.1 surround sound, and Dolby Atmos. The number of channels depends on the type of HDMI cable used and the connected device.

James Masterson
Meet the author

James is a software engineer and an information architect with a keen eye for detail. Among his key interests are enhancing the usability of our Windows 10 content, troubleshooting errors, and tech news.