Windows 10 No Sound: How to Fix Audio Problems

Windows 10 No Sound: How to Fix Audio Problems

/ James Masterson

Many users face the issue of no audio and sound on their Windows 10 system. This problem often occurs after you have upgraded from a previous version of Windows to Windows 10.

If you are facing windows 10 audio issues, you need not panic. These issues are easy to solve with our guide. We have given seven simple fixes from which you can use anyone that works for your system.

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Check Your Speaker Settings

Here are the steps to check the speaker settings:

Step 1:

In the right bottom corner of the desktop, you can find the speaker icon. Right-click on it and choose Playback devices in the window that opens.

Playback Devices

Step 2:

Check whether there is a tick in green color against the speakers under the Playback tab. This green colored tick denotes the speakers remain as the primary default device for audio playback.

If the speakers are not set as default, you have to click the speakers and choose Set Default option and press the OK option. Test whether the sound issue has resolved.


If the sound issue persists even after setting speakers as the default device for playback, you need to test with different audio formats. Click on ‘Speakers,’ and then on ‘Properties‘ option.

Set as Default

Step 3:

Choose ‘Advanced tab‘ and in the Default Format section, choose another bit depth and sample rate and click on Test.

Keep repeating this method until you get a format that solves the issue. Click on the OK option. If not, move on to our next solution.

Default Format

Uninstall and Re-install Audio Drivers

No sound issues can occur if the sound driver is corrupted, removed, or incompatible with your Windows 10 system. You have to uninstall the audio driver using the following steps:

Step 1:

Press the Windows key and the X key simultaneously. This will open the menu for quick access.

Device_Manager on list

Step 2:

Click on, ‘Device Manager

Step 3:

Expand the Sound, video and game controllers present under Device Manager. Use right-click on the sound card. Choose the Uninstall option.


Step 4:

If you are prompted to confirm the uninstall command, check the box with ‘Delete the driver software for this device‘ and choose OK.

Delete the driver software

Step 5:

Now restart the computer to find out whether the sound issue is resolved. If this does not rectify the problem, move on to our next step.

Check out our full guide on How to Update Drivers in Windows 10.

Update Audio Driver

If experimenting with different audio enhancements and uninstalling your audio driver didn’t bring back your sound in Windows 10, it’s likely that you’re using the wrong audio driver.

Using an incompatible audio driver may also cause the issue. You can update the driver manually or by the automatic method.

Manually Update Drivers

Visit the manufacturer’s website and find the most recent device driver for the sound card in your system and the version of Windows 10 you have.

Automatic Driver Updates

You can also use software like ‘Driver Easy’ to update the driver. This tool will identify your system and choose the right driver for the Windows 10 variant and sound card you possess and install the driver on your system correctly.

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Turn Off Audio Enhancements

For the sound card to work correctly, the audio enhancements feature is necessary. But this can obstruct the performance of the driver. So you have to turn off the enhancements by following the steps below:

Step 1:

Press both R and Windows key simultaneously and type Control in the search box. Now press the Enter key.

Step 2:

Under the Large Icons choose the Sound option.

Step 3:

Under the playback tab in the sound option, choose the default device, and right-click on it. Choose Properties in the drop-down menu that appears.

Enhancement Tab

Step 4:

Choose the Enhancement tab and tick the ‘Disable all sound effects‘ tab present.

Step 5:

Check whether the sound has returned. If the sound issue persists, revert his option and repeat steps 2 and 3 with the other default device and try again.

Fix Realtek Audio

Changing the Realtek high definition audio driver can also solve the sound issue. Here are the steps for this solution:

Step 1:

Click on the ‘Start‘ menu and type ‘Run‘ in the search box. You will find the ‘Run‘ dialog box displayed on the desktop.

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Step 2:

In the Run box, type devmgmt.msc and click on OK to open the Device Manager.


Step 3:

Expand the ‘sound, video and game controllers‘ under device manager. Use the right-click option on ‘Realtek high definition audio‘. You will see a pop window with a context menu. Choose the Uninstall option.

Realtek sound card

Step 4:

Check the box beside, ‘Delete the driver software for this device‘ and choose OK.


Step 5:

To make the changes effective, you have to reboot the system. Once the system restarts, it will reinstall the Realtek driver.

Check the Audio Troubleshooter

You can also resolve the issues in the Windows 10 operating system itself. The inbuilt troubleshooter feature in Windows 10 can help to identify the audio or network issues you face with the upgraded operating system version.  

Here are the steps for this solution:

Step 1:

In the sound icon present in the taskbar, use right-click and choose the ‘Troubleshoot sound problems‘ option from the sound icon menu. The troubleshooter feature will be activated. It will automatically scan and identify any errors present.

Troubleshoot sound problems

Step 2:

If the troubleshooter identifies a problem, it will send you a notification or try resolving it automatically if possible.

If it does not automatically fix the issue, it will inform you about the problems found in detail, and provide you with steps to follow to resolve it on your own.

If it does not find any visible fault, it will just say that the device did not identify any issues and provide you with other options.

Step 3:

If the troubleshooter indicated an unplugged audio device, you have to check the connection between speakers and the physical link.  You need to verify the link for proper connection.

Restart the Windows 10 Audio Services

In some cases, a disabled audio device may cause the sound and audio issues. In such a situation, you have to disable the audio services and re-enable them.

Here are the steps involved:

Step 1:

Press Windows key and R key to open the Run feature.


Step 2:

Type the letters, “service.msc” to help launch the ‘Services‘ option.

Step 3:

Select Windows Audio service and ensure the status of the service as ‘Running.’ You can also right-click on the ‘service‘ option and use the ‘Start‘ feature from the menu for initiating the service.

Windows Audio Service

Step 4:

You have to restart the system to fix any issues. You need to use the right-click of the mouse on the service and choose ‘Stop‘ for disabling the service.  

Now right-click again and choose ‘Start‘ option to make the service function.

Stop Audio Service

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my Sound Back on Windows 10?

No sound issues can occur if the sound driver is corrupted, removed, or incompatible with your Windows 10 system. You have to uninstall the audio drivers.

Why does my PC have no sound?

You usually have to fix sound problems after upgrading your computer to a new operating system. The majority of time it happens with new Windows 10 installations.

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.