Tips to Repair Sound Issues in Windows 10

Written by Valdis Koks

No sound in Windows 10 is a common error

Sound issues in Windows 10 are a well-known inconvenience that does not let users listen to music, audiobooks, recordings or even important system sounds. Let’s suppose you have just opened your account and launched Youtube for certain music, but regretfully, the audio isn’t available. You cannot memorize doing anything that could reveal no audio issues, but be patient – Windows may have malfunctions and bugs that often arise quite unexpectedly.

Even though Microsoft has elaborated an official document about the audio issues, we made the decision to inspect user feedback online. Upon gathering solutions that we found as the most helpful, we tried them and elaborated detailed tutorials with images to lead you through the procedure. Hence, if you even encounter a “Windows 10 sound disappeared” issue, please consider referring to this guide.

8 solutions to repair audio problems in Windows 10

Solution 1. Inspect hardware issues

Before beginning to investigate methods to repair any troubles, be sure that your audio appliances are functioning well. If possible, disconnect the device (speakers or headphones) and connect them into another appliance, for instance, a PC or phone and check the sound. Simply play a random audio and inspect if the audio is conveyed well enough. In this case, you can go to Solution 2. In case the audio appliance doesn’t function, you should substitute it with a new one.

Solution 2. Inspect audio hardware cables

You ought to be sure that your audio device has the proper connection to your system. Be sure that you are applying the proper headphone jack. Normally, audio jacks are discovered by a green outline or have a tiny headphone image next to them. Upon connecting all things in a proper way, test whether the sound issues in Windows remain.

Solution 3. Switch volume up

At this point, this seems quite evident, but if Windows sound came off, you might simply have to add more volume. No need to exceed the volume level more than you require.

  1. Point number one, increase volume on the appliance you are using (speakers or headphones).
  2. Then, check volume parameters on Windows. Click the speaker icon, afterwards establish the parameter to 100. Windows - speaker icon
  3. Finally, right-click the sound icon once again and select Volume Mixer. At this point, be sure that the proper values are not muted to 0. Windows Sound - Switch volume up

Solution 4. Repair no sound the simple method – launch Audio Troubleshooter

The simplest solution to resolve no audio trouble is to launch a troubleshooter that will notify you about possible issues. Certain guys might recommend you to download all sorts of PC optimization or repair tools, but we do not advise doing so as we believe it is not that imprtant. You can just refer to the integrated Windows troubleshooters.

  1. Go to the system tray, right-click audio icon as displayed before and select to Troubleshoot sound problems. Then, wait until the troubleshooter locates the problem, and proceed via the guidelines provided on the screen. Troubleshoot sound problems - Detecting problems
  2. Once this is done, choose Close the Troubleshooter.

Solution 5. Set Sound Parameters

Step 1. Choose the output device

  1. Right-click sound icon and select Open Sound Settings.
  2. Select the proper output device. Set Sound Parameters - Choose the output device

Step 2. Select the default playback appliance

  1. In Sound paramters, scroll down and select Sound Control Panel.
  2. In Playback tab, inspect if the proper appliance is specified as default. If this is not so, choose the one you would like to make as primary one and choose Set Default.
  3. To save the amendments, select Apply and OK.

Step 3. Amend audio format

  1. In Windows search, specify Sound settings. This must locate a property called Sound. Launch it. Click on the audio appliance you are using and choose Properties.
  2. Proceed to Advanced tab. In Default section, amend the parameter to another one and choose Test. Repeat until you locate the proper audio format.
  3. To save the changes, click Apply and OK. Sound settings - Amend audio format

Solution 6. Repair audio drivers

The below-given solution generally helps if you find out there is no sound in Windows 10 upon update. We have established the fact that many customers experience issues with Realtek audio drivers, hence if you are on the list, proceed reading the tutorial below.

  1. Launch Run prompt by hitting Windows key and R, specify devmgmt.msc and select Enter.
  2. Expand Sound, video and game controllers area by hitting the arrow close to it. Choose your audio card, right-click it and choose Update driver > Search automatically for updated drivers.
  3. Take time until updates will be downloaded and installed in case there are any available. Sound - Search automatically for updated drivers
TIP: In case updating the sound driver didn’t repair the issue, you can attempt reinstalling the driver. To make it possible, follow the milestones provided above. In step 2, instead of Update driver option, select Uninstall driver. Confirm and take time until the procedure is completed. Reboot your device afterwards, and Windows will automatically locate and reinstall the driver.


Solution 7. Switch off audio enhancements

One more tip that could help you fix the no sound in Windows 10 trouble is switching off audio enhancements parameter. This is how to do it:

  1. In Windows search, specify Sound. Select the corresponding result.
  2. Choose your audio device and select Properties.
  3. At this point, proceed to Enhancements tab and place a tick on Disable all Enhancements.
  4. To save the changes, select Apply and OK on both Sound Settings windows that are available. Speaker Properties - Disable all Enhancements

Solution 8. Reload Windows audio service

One more step you can attempt is restarting audio services on Windows.

  1. Just type services in the Windows search bar, choose the corresponding result.
  2. Locate the one named Windows audio, right-click on it, select Restart. Windows audio services Restart
TIP: Take a look at Startup type tab when you are in this section, and be sure Windows audio is switched to Automatic startup. If not, right-click on it, choose Properties, under Startup type select Automatic, afterwards select Apply and OK to save all these amendments.

If you worked out a repair option that isn’t described herein, please be kind to explain it in the comment area. If you are in search for more PC repair tutorials, please consider the Tutorials page on our resource.

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Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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