How To Fix Windows 10 Realtek High Definition Audio Driver Issue

Realtek high definition audio driver is present in Windows 10 OS that provides high-definition DTS hence managing sound and audio of the PC. It also connects Windows 10 OS and Realtek audio hardware.

If Realtek audio drivers have some error or your Windows is bugged affecting the driver the sound of the system would be damaged causing several audio-related problems including the loss of sound quality as well as complete sound loss.  

However, there are a few tested methods using which you can resolve the Windows 10 Realtek audio driver issue once and for all.

How To Fix Windows 10 Realtek High Definition Audio Driver Issue

Apply the below-mentioned fixes to get your issue resolved.

Fix 1: Reinstall the Driver

Uninstalling and then reinstalling the Realtek High definition Audio driver using the device manager happens to resolve this audio driver sound issue on Windows 10. 

  • Press the Windows and R key and the Run command will appear
  • Type devmgmt.msc and click OK. This will open the Windows 10, device Manager.
open device manager in Windows 10
  • A Device Manager will open. Go to the Sound, video, and game controllers right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio, and select Uninstall.
check Realtek High Definition Audio driver
  • A dialogue box will appear to confirm the action there click Uninstall. If a checkbox Delete the driver software for this device appears select it then click Uninstall.
uninstall Realtek High Definition Audio on Windows 10
  • Restart your computer 
  • Go to the Realtek website and download the drivers corresponding with your sound card model and Windows 10 (32 or 64 bits) 
Download Latest Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
  • Once the driver is downloaded. Open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall the Realtek HD Audio driver.

Fix 2: Turn Off Audio Enhancement

Turning off audio enhancements boosts the performance of audio drivers in your computer, resolving the Realtek audio driver issue on Windows 10.

  • Open the Control Panel and click on the option of Sound
Turn Off Audio Enhancement in Windows 10
  • Head to the Playback tab right-click on the Default Device and select Properties.
Fix Windows 10 Realtek High Definition Audio Driver issue
  • Navigate to the Enhancement tab and enable Disable all sound effects.
Disable all sound effects on Windows 10
  • Now, check the sound of your system to confirm if the audio issue is resolved. If the problem is unresolved then repeat steps 2 and 3 with all your default devices.

Fix 3: Check the Windows Audio service

For proper working for Realtek Audio driver, it is important to enable Windows audio services. This is how you can do this

  • Press Windows + R Key to invoke the run command
  • Type services.msc and press OK.
Check Windows Audio Service on Win 10
  • Head to Windows Audio, right-click and open the properties.
Windows Audio Properties Local Computer
  • Here set the Startup type to Automatic and click on the Start button to apply the service. Now click on Apply and then OK to save the changes.

Fix 4: Try a Generic high-definition Audio Device Driver

By trying a generic audio driver your sound issue on Windows 10 can be resolved. Follow these steps to try this method to resolve your Realtek high-definition audio driver issue.

  • Press the Windows + X key to open the Device Manager
  • Once the device manager is opened click on Sound, video, and game controllers.
Generic high-definition Audio Device Driver
  • Choose your sound driver by right-clicking on High definition audio device then click Update Driver Software
High definition audio device then click Update Driver Software
  • Next, click on Browse my computer for driver software.
  • Then select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
  • Now, click on the High Definition Audio Device
  • If any confirmation prompt appears click Yes to continue.

Fix 5: Change Default Sound Format

  • Right-click the sound icon and select Open Settings
  • Click Device Properties and head to the Additional device properties.
  • Now click the Advanced tab and click the down arrow to select the sound format depending on speaker configuration i.e. 24bit/44100 Hz or 24bit/192000Hz.
  • Click Apply and OK to save changes.

Fix 6: Roll back to the Previous Version

If you have recently updated your system to Windows 10 and you see a version compatibility error then you can roll back your Realtek Audio driver to the previous compatible version to resolve the audio issue. 

  • Open the Device Manager and click on Sound, Video, and Game Controllers.
  • Locate your Realtek driver and open properties
  • Go to the Driver tab and select the option to Roll Back Driver then click OK
  • Restart your computer.