How to Fix sound or Audio problems in Windows 10

Lost sound after Windows 10 Update? While playing a video game or Netflix movie on your Windows 10 device only to find the sound isn't working? Don't worry here how to fix the no sound issue in your Windows computer.

Have you noticed audio or sound not working after the windows 10 update? Having no audio from your computer’s or laptop’s speaker is a common problem. Several users report while playing video or music can’t hear audio on the laptop, or there is no sound from the speakers, especially after Windows 10 update. And the main reason for this issue is the audio driver is outdated, corrupted or not compatible with the current windows 10 version 21H2.

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In Normal words, The Computer hardware and operating systems do not speak the same language. To communicate, they need a mediator- and drivers do this job. And a sound driver is a software program that helps your operating system communicate with your sound card. If, while Upgrade to windows 10 version 21H2, the audio Driver gets corrupted, you might experience Audio sound problems on your PC.

No Sound after Windows 10 update

If you are also noticed Windows 10 audio is no longer working after installing the latest patch updates, quick and easy solutions apply to fix your sound on Windows 10.

Let’s start with basic Check your speaker and headphone connections for loose cables or the wrong jack. New PCs these days are equipped with 3 or more jacks including.

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  • Microphone jack
  • line-in jack
  • line-out jack.

These jacks connect to a sound processor. So make sure your speakers are plugged into the line-out jack. If unsure which is the right jack, try plugging speakers into each jack and see it produces any sound.

Check your power and volume levels, and try turning all the volume controls up. Also, Some speakers and apps have their own volume controls, and you might have to check them all.

Remember that your speakers probably won’t work when headphones are plugged in.

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Install the latest Windows updates

Microsoft regularly releases cumulative updates with various security improvements, bug fixes, and driver updates as well. And Installing the latest windows updates not only fixes previous problems but also Update the outdated drivers as well.

  • Press Windows + I to open the Settings app,
  • Click Update & security then Windows update,
  • Hit the check for updates button to allow the download and install of the latest windows updates from the Microsoft server.
  • And you need to restart your PC to apply them.

Checking for windows updates

Restart Windows Audio Service

Check the Windows Audio Service and its dependent service Audio Endpoint builder service is running state.

  • Press Windows + R, type Services.msc and click ok,
  • This will open the windows service console,
  • Here scroll down and locate Windows Audio Service.
  • Check if it’s running state Right-click on it and select restart. Do the same with AudioEndpointbuildert service.

If this service is not running simply double click on Windows Audio service, change the startup type to automatic and click start the service next to service status as shown below image. Again Do the same with the Audio Endpoint builder service.

windows audio service

Set default playback device

If you’re connecting to an audio device using USB or HDMI, you might need to set that device as the default. Audio enhancements can sometimes interfere with the hardware drivers, thus it is important to disable them until a new driver update arrives on your PC.

  • First Open the control panel, then click sound,
  • Under the Playback tab, make sure your speakers are set as default. A green tick on them indicates that they are the default. If they aren’t, click on it once and select Set Default at the bottom.

RollBack or reinstall audio Drivers

As discussed before, the audio driver is the common reason why you can’t hear sound from your Windows 10. And you need to focus on troubleshooting audio driver problems that probably fix the issue as well.

If the problem started recently after the driver or windows update, we recommend first try roll back the audio driver to the previous version. If this didn’t help, try to reinstall the audio driver with the latest version.

Rollback audio driver

  • Press Windows + R, type devmgmt.msc and click ok
  • This will open the device manager and display all installed device driver lists,
  • Expand Sound, video and game controllers, right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio and select properties.
  • Here move to Driver Tab and select the option Roll Back Driver option.
  • This will Ask for the Reason why you are rollback the driver. Select any reason and follow on-screen instructions to Rollback the currently installed driver.
  • After that, Restart windows and Check Audio Sound Worked.

Roll Back windows Audio Driver

Reinstall Audio Driver

If the Roll Back Driver option does not work for you, the problem started Unexpectedly, then Reinstall the current driver to the latest version to help fix the issue.

First, Visit the Device manufacturer’s website and download the latest available audio Driver and save it. (If you are a desktop user, visit the motherboard manufacturer website, Or laptop user visit HP, Dell, Acer, etc, to download the latest available Driver.)

  • Again open Device manager using devmgmt.msc
  • Expand Sound, video and game controllers,
  • Right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio and select uninstall.
  • Confirm the deletion message and restart windows.

update audio driver

  • Now install the audio driver that was previously downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.
  • Once done, restart your PC and play a music video to check if the sound working as expected.

Run Audio Troubleshooting Tool

Still, need help? Run the built-in audio troubleshooter and allow Windows 10 to diagnose and fix its own issues automatically.

  • Press Windows key + S, Search for and select troubleshoot settings,

open troubleshoot settings

  • Select playing audio then click Run the troubleshooter.

playing audio troubleshooter

And follow on Screen instructions To complete the troubleshooting process. This will check for audio problems if found anything fixes itself. Once done, restart your PC and check if the audio sound back on your Device.

Change the bit rate in Play Back Devices

Also, some users report changing the Bit Rate in Playback Devices to fix different Sound problems.

  • Open the control panel then click sound,
  • Choose the current playback device (by default, it’s set to speakers) and double-click on it to open its properties.
  • Go to the Advanced tab and change the bit rate to either 24bit/44100 Hz or 24bit/192000Hz, depending on your speaker configuration.
  • After this, check if the sound issues are resolved on your Windows 10 computer.

change the bit rate

Did these solutions help fix audio or sound problems on windows 10? Let us know on the comments below.

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