For most computer users using Windows operating systems, the default audio driver is run by Realtek HD Audio Drivers. Realtek’s High Definition Audio Manager is a tool used to control sound on desktop or laptop computers, and it’s the default option for Windows 10 systems. The program comes packed with great features that produce amazing sound results.
However, users have reported certain issues with Realtek HD Audio Drivers. The problems usually include bad sound quality, as well as the program being unaccessible/missing from the taskbar or computer. For any issues with sound quality or control on your computer, it is advised to update or reinstall the sound drivers.
In this step by step guide, we’ll show you to fix any issues caused by the Realtek HD Audio Manager. The best way to do this is to download, update or completely reinstall the audio manager, so follow the steps below and get rid of your troubles.
Try some of these methods to fix Realtek HD Audio Manager:
The easiest way to solve any issues with outdated or broken drivers is to use Restoro. This program will help you scan, update, and fix any system issues, including the ones connected to Realtek HD Audio Manager. The great thing about this program is that you don’t have to do any manual work other than setting up the program itself, which is pretty straightforward.
Follow these steps to download and install Restoro on your PC:
Wait for the download to complete, then open the file to start the installation process.
Once installed, Restoro will scan your system for errors & weaknesses such as outdated drivers. It’ll also track down the error that caused your Realtek HD Audio Manager to break down. Once complete, you will get a detailed view of any errors found, and an option to fix them automatically. While the program works for many issues, you might need a full version to get the full benefits from it.
Once the full scan is complete, select the green “Clean Now” button to fix your issues.
Restoro will proceed to fix all errors found on your PC, including the Realtek HD Audio Manager program and drivers. Once complete, restart your computer and check to see if everything works fine. Your sound should now work just fine, and the program should be accessible from the Start menu and taskbar.
If you prefer to manually fix your Realtek HD Manager problems, follow the steps below.
A lot of the problems in the tech world are simply caused by outdated/faulty drivers. Updating your sound drivers should be your go-to option if run into any problems.
If you want to update your Realtek sound drivers, take the following steps:
In the windows search bar, type in and open ‘Device Manager’
Navigate down to ‘Sound, Video and game controllers’; expand and search for Realtek Audio, then right-click and select ‘Update Drivers’.
Take the first option and ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’.
If Windows can’t find the correct drivers, you will have to manually reinstall your drivers.
Manually downloading and reinstalling Realtek HD Audio Manager takes some time and expertise, so we always suggest you implement an easier method. However, if you still want to manually reinstall your Realtek HD Audio Drivers, here’s how you can do it.
Step #1: Uninstall Current Drivers
To avoid duplicate driver conflicts, it is advised to uninstall the previous drivers before downloading new ones. We’ll take the same process as earlier:
In your search bar, type in and search for ‘Device Manager’.
Navigate down to Sound drivers and find your Realtek Audio drivers. Right-click on the driver and select the ‘Uninstall Device’ option. You should have the following window pop up:
Check the additional option to delete the driver and hit the ‘Uninstall’ button.
This will uninstall the Realtek Audio Drivers from your computer, and you will have to manually download and reinstall the new drivers.
Note: If you can’t find any Realtek Audio drivers on your PC, then skip right over to the next step in order to download & install them on your computer.
Step #2: Manually Download & Reinstall Realtek Audio Drivers
To manually download the Realtek HD Audio Driver, head over to the official Realtek website page — https://www.realtek.com/en/downloads.
Since it’s a little bit tricky to navigate the official website, make sure you carefully examine each step we take here.
From the downloads page, choose the ‘Computer Peripheral ICs’ product line.
Click on the menu again and select ‘PC Audio Codecs’.
Once again, open the drop-down menu and select ‘High Definition Audio Codecs’.
This will open up the list of available software for High Definition Audio Codecs, and you will find the ‘Software’ link right next to it. From our tests, it seems like all 3 links lead to the same page, so just go ahead and open up the ‘ALC888S-VD’ software link.
This should lead you to the drivers’ page where you can choose which version to download.
Depending on your operating system (Windows or Linux), version (Windows 7, Vista, 10, etc.) and whether it computes on 32 or 64 bits, choose and select the desired audio drivers.
In our case, we are using Windows 10 on 64 bits, so we’ll choose to download that driver.
Simply click on the download button shown on the image above; agree to the terms, enter your email, and the download will start.
Once the download is complete, run the file and complete your installation. This will work if you chose the ‘Executable File’ option rather than ‘Zip File’. In any case, extract the downloaded file to your desktop and open it to start the installation process. Simply follow the installation instructions to reinstall your drivers.
Once complete, you will have successfully reinstalled the Realtek HD Audio Drivers.
In case you’re still finding it difficult to open or find your Realtek Audio components, try these simple methods to resolve the problem. These methods should be implemented even after the reinstallation to make sure your Realtek HD Audio Manager icon isn’t missing.
From the start menu, open up the Task Manager window.
Head over to the ‘Startup’ tab and search for your Realtek HD Audio Manager.
If the status says ‘Disabled’, right-click on it and select ‘Enable’ to make sure it always starts up.
This will ensure your Realtek HD Audio Manager always starts when you turn your computer on.
Open ‘Device Manager’.
Search and select the ‘Sound, video and game controllers’ menu.
Click on the ‘Action’ tab and select ‘Add legacy hardware’
When prompted, choose the recommended option to search for legacy hardware.
Restart your PC and check to see if your Realtek HD Audio Manager is working as intended.
If you’re still having issues, try searching for the Realtek HD Audio Manager .exe file on your computer, or use the recommended Restoro tool.