How to Download, Update, & Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager on Windows PC

How to Download, Update, & Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager on Windows PC

/ James Masterson

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.

Realtek HD audio drivers are a common audio solution for a lot of OEM computer brands. Most of the time, it works well with either your laptop or computer. However, you will also need to perform a Realtek audio driver update from time to time.

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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 driver. 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.

Methods to fix Realtek HD Audio Manager:

Fix #1: Use the Advanced System Repair Tool

The easiest way to solve any issues with any outdated or broken drivers including performing a Realtek HD audio driver update is to use Restoro. This program will help you scan, update, and fix any system issues, including the ones connected to Realtek High Definition Audio Software. It can even detect if you are using the proper driver for your audio.

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 be sure to follow on screen instructions.

Step #1

Download Restoro for free.

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Wait for the download to complete, then open the file to start the installation process.

Step #2

Begin the installation process by clicking on the file, accept the license agreement by checking the “I Accept the EULA and Privacy Policy” marks, and click on the Install and Scan button.

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Step #3

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 High Definition Audio Software to break down.

Once complete, you will get a detailed view of any errors found, and an option to fix them automatically. For example, it can download the latest driver and install it for you too. While the program works for many issues, you might need a full version to get the full benefits from it.

Step #4

Once the full scan is complete, select the green “Clean Now” button to fix your issues.

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Restoro will proceed to fix all errors found on your PC, including the Realtek HD Audio driver 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. Restoro is one of the best driver software update tools that you can use.

If you prefer to manually fix your Realtek HD driver problems, follow the steps below.

Fix #2: Update Your Realtek HD Audio Drivers

A lot of the problems in the tech world are simply caused by outdated/faulty drivers. Having an updated driver software through the device manager should be your go-to option if run into any problems. You can usually find the latest driver on the official website.

If you want to update your Realtek sound drivers, take the following steps and follow on screen instructions.

Step #1

In the windows 10 search bar, type in and click on ‘Device Manager‘ to open the menu.

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Navigate down and click on ‘Sound, Video and game controllers‘; expand and search for Realtek HD Audio Manager, then right-click and select ‘Update Drivers‘.

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Step #2

Take the first option and ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ in to search via the Device Manager.

If Windows can’t find the correct drivers, you will have to manually reinstall your drivers.

Fix #3: Download and Reinstall Realtek HD Audio

Manually downloading and reinstalling Realtek HD Audio drivers takes some time and expertise, so we always suggest you implement an easier method if possible.

Step #1

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:

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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 reinstall the new drivers.

Note: If you can’t find any Realtek Audio Audio Manager 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 reinstall 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. You will need to locate the PC audio codecs to correctly reinstall.

From the downloads page, choose the ‘Computer Peripheral ICs‘ product line.

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Click on the menu again and select ‘PC Audio Codecs‘.

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Once again, open the drop-down menu and click on ‘High Definition Audio Codecs‘.

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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, click on that.

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.

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In our case, we are using Windows 10 on 64 bits, so we’ll choose to download that version of the Realtek Device Manager Driver.

Simply click on the download button shown on the image above; agree to the terms, enter your email, and the download will start.

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Once the download is complete from the PC audio codecs, run the file and complete your installation. This will work if you chose the Realtek HD Audio driver ‘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.

Resolve Realtek HD Audio Manager Missing Issues

In case you’re still finding it difficult to open or find your Realtek High Definition Audio codecs, try these simple methods to resolve the problem, starting by enabling Task Manager Startup.

These methods should be implemented even after the reinstallation to make sure your Realtek Audio driver icon isn’t missing.

Enable Task Manager Startup

From the start menu, open up the Task Manager window.

Head over to the ‘Startup’ tab and search for your Realtek Audio Driver.

If the status says ‘Disabled’, right-click on it and select ‘Enable’ to make sure it always starts up.

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This will ensure your Realtek High Definition Audio Driver driver always starts when you turn your computer on.

Add Legacy Hardware

Open the windows 10 ‘Device Manager‘.

Search and select the ‘Sound, video and game controllers’ menu.

Click on the ‘Action‘ tab and select ‘Add legacy hardware

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When prompted, choose the recommended option to search for legacy hardware from the windows 10 device manager menu. This should locate and reinstall the Realtek HD Audio.

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Restart your PC and check to see if your Realtek driver software is working as intended and that your high definition audio sounds as it did before the issue.

If you are still having Realtek driver software problems even after changing the settings of your sound, video, and game controllers and you haven’t been able to find your fix here, check out the following posts that deal with similar issues. Windows critical error fix, DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET Error, and wifi connected but no internet.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does Realtek High Definition Audio Manager do?

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.

How do I get Realtek High Definition Audio Manager?

Step #1 In your search bar, type in and search for Device Manager. Navigate down to Sound drivers and find your Realtek High Definition Audio drivers. Right-click on the driver and select Uninstall Device. Check the additional option to delete the driver and hit the Uninstall button.

Step #2 Visit https://www.realtek.com/en/downloads. (Realtek audio drivers windows 10) From the downloads page, choose the Computer Peripheral IC 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 Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs, and you will find the Software ink 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.
Simply click on the download button shown on the image above; agree to the terms, enter your email, and the download will start. Follow the installation instructions to reinstall your drivers.

What is Realtek High Definition Audio Manager?

Realtek HD Audio Manager is an audio codec that acts as a control panel for your onboard sound card. It allows you to control your microphone and the output of your speakers or headphones.
Options like equalizer settings, speaker configurations, and room correction are also available depending on the model of your onboard sound.

How to Open Realtek High Definition Audio Manager?

The Realtek HD Audio Driver Manager can be accessed through your taskbar by clicking the “Show Hidden Icons” button on your taskbar. Now, double-click on Realtek HD Audio Manager to open it.
Alternatively, you can also open it by navigating to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Realtek HD Audio Manager.

How to Use Realtek High Definition Audio Manager?

Realtek High Definition Audio Driver Manager can be used in a number of ways. First is adjusting your equalizer to tweak the sound output of your headphones or speakers.
You can also use the audio manager for adjusting your speaker configuration for a stereo, quadrophonic, 5.1 channel, and 7.1 channel speaker setup.
Finally, the Realtek High Definition Audio Driver Manager can also be used to adjust your microphone settings like the recording volume and playback volume.

Where is the Realtek HD Audio Manager?

If you can’t find the Realtek High Definition Audio driver Manager from the taskbar or the control panel, you can open File Explorer and navigate to Windows Installation Drive (C:) > Program Files > Realtek > Audio > HDA > Realtek.exe (may vary depending on the version installed on your system).

James Masterson
Meet the author

James is a software engineer and an information architect with keen attention to detail. He focuses on data-driven decisions, making sure that all decisions are backed up by reliable facts. His key interests include enhancing find-ability and usability of our content related to Windows 10; troubleshooting errors; and tech news. Robert is also enthusiastic about structured data, which he believes will help the world make better sense of their information in the digital age.