[FIXED] No Audio Output Device is Installed in Windows 10

[FIXED] No Audio Output Device is Installed in Windows 10

/ Sed Galope

No matter how good the audio device connected to your computer is, it will be useless if you do not have the correct audio drivers installed. Most of the time, audio drivers will be automatically installed when you run the Windows update.

However, there are still some unfortunate users who would encounter the error “No Audio Output Device is Installed” with a red X icon on their sound icon.

Not hearing audio from your device can reduce your user experience with your computer, especially if you are into watching videos or movies on it. You would be fortunate if you are technical enough to fiddle with your computer and fix it; however, most computer users do not know where to start fixing this issue.

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What Causes This Error?

The Windows Error “No Audio Output Device is Installed” is usually caused by outdated or corrupt audio drivers. But there are also reports that they encounter this error after installing a new Windows update. The error may also occur when the device’s audio jack is faulty.

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Fixing the Windows 10 Error “No Audio Output Device is Installed”

If you’re looking for an easy and quick way to fix the Windows 10 Error “No Audio Output Device is Installed,” then you’re in luck. Today, we will provide you with the most common and effective troubleshooting methods to fix the Windows 10 Error “No Audio Output Device is Installed.”

First Method – Reboot Your Device

Rebooting your computer might sound cliché, but it has actual logic. There are instances that this error occurs while you are physically configuring audio hardware while Windows is loading. To avoid this, you should refrain from attaching or removing any audio devices while the computer is booting up.

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In this case, we strongly suggest attaching or removing audio devices only after your computer has completely booted up.

Second Method – Run Windows Update

If you haven’t installed any Windows Update yet, you might be missing a fix for possible bugs in your audio driver. That is why checking for a new Windows Update is essential. New updates come with new features, virus database definition updates, and bug fixes.

  1. Press the “Windows” key on your keyboard and press “R” to bring up the run line command type in “control update,” and press enter.
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  1. Click on “Check for Updates” in the Windows Update window. If no updates are available, you should get a message saying, “You’re Up to Date.”
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  1. If the Windows Update Tool finds a new update, let it install and wait for it to complete. You may be required to restart your computer for it to install.
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Third Method – Manually Update Your Audio Driver

If the Windows Update tool does not detect any new updates for your driver, you can manually do it yourself.

  1. Press the “Windows” and “R” keys and type in “devmgmt.msc” in the run command line, and press enter.
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  1. In the list of devices in the Device Manager, look for “Sound, video and game controllers,” right-click on your Audio Device, and Click on “Update driver.”
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  1. In the next window, click “Search Automatically for Drivers” and wait for the download to complete and run the installation.
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  1. Once the update for your Audio Driver has been successfully installed, restart your computer and check if the audio on your device has already been fixed.

Fourth Method – Run the Windows Audio Troubleshooter

Windows 10 features a troubleshooting tool that you can use to fix any errors in your computer, including audio problems. Give this method a shot, and you might eliminate the Windows 10 error “No Audio Output Device is Installed.”

  1. Locate the volume icon on the bottom right corner of your desktop. It should be on your system tray beside the system clock. Right-click on the icon and click “Troubleshoot sound problems.”
  2. You will then see the Get Help window pop-up. Click on “Yes” on the first question about your audio, just as shown in the photo below:
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  1. Continue following the prompts and input the appropriate answers for the questions from the Get Help window.

Fifth Method – Reinstall the Audio Driver

The current audio driver in your device might have been corrupted, and the easiest way to fix it is to reinstall a fresh copy of the driver.

  1. Press the “Windows” and “R” keys and type in “devmgmt.msc” in the run command line, and press enter.
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  1. In the list of devices in the Device Manager, look for “Sound, video and game controllers,” and right-click on your Audio Device, and Click on “Uninstall device.”
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  1. Once the driver has been uninstalled, please restart your computer, and Windows will automatically reinstall it for you.

Summary

If you have performed all the steps we have provided still, you are getting the Windows 10 Error No Audio Output Device is Installed”, then it may be a hardware issue. In this case, we suggest you have a professional look at it. You may be required to buy a new audio card or repair it to fix a hardware issue.

Sed Galope
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Sedfrey is an experienced writer and editor. He's also a PC hardware and gaming enthusiast. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about the latest innovations in the PC market and finding fixes to hardware and software errors.