Windows 10 Sound Issues? – Here’s How to Fix Them

It can be very annoying having to deal with those Windows 10 sound issues. Everything is working fine and all of a sudden you can’t seem to get any audio. If it’s not the Windows Explorer, it’s the sound that gives you problems.

You try to backtrack your steps to see if there’s anything you can undo, but you can’t think of anything that would disable the sound.

Windows is no stranger to odd errors and malfunctions that seem to come out of nowhere. Let’s what you can do to fix your Windows 10 sound issues.

How to Fix Those Annoying Windows 10 Sound Issues

Every time you experience a problem, it’s common that you overlook the most obvious solutions.  You think that you already did that but just may be confusing it with what you tried to do last time. In other words, have you checked the Sound Settings?

While you’re at it, don’t also forget to check your cables, headphone connections, speaker connections and any other connections relating to the defective audio output. Still nothing? Try the following tips.

Re-Install or Roll Back The Audio Drivers

When it comes to drivers, sometimes the best thing you can do it go back to the last good configuration you can think of. To give this a shot right-click on the Start button and choose Device Manager. Right-click on your sound driver and click on Properties.

How to Fix Windows 10 Sound issues

Browse to the Driver tab and click on the Roll Back Driver option if it’s available. Once you do this, Windows 10 will start the process on its own. If you have no option to roll back the driver, you’ll need to either Reinstall or Update the driver. I would recommend a Reinstall, but you can obviously try the one you want to.

Before you uninstall the driver, make sure that you already have the new manufacturer version. You can easily get them from the hardware issuer’s website or even from a third-party supplier.

In the Properties tab, the last option should be the Uninstall option. When you click on this option, you should see a Confirm Device Uninstall window. You may even see an option to Delete the driver software for this device, but this is going to depend on the driver issuer.

If you see this option, check it and click OK. When the driver are gone go ahead and restart your computer and install the new driver.

How to Fix W10 Sound Problem With The Playback Devices Option

  1. Right-click on the sound icon in the taskbar and select Playback Devices
  2. Select the current playback device and double-click on it to see the Properties. Keep in mind that the current playback device is set to speakers by default.
  3. Go to the Advanced tab and modify the bit rate to either 24bit/192000Hz or 24bit/44100Hz. This is going to depend on your speaker configuration.

After you’re done with the final step, check to see if your sound is working again. If everything continues as is then try the following.

  1. Go to Start Menu
  2. Look for Device Manager
  3. Expand Sound and Audio devices
  4. Right-click on the current sound driver
  5. Click on Uninstall
  6. Choose Scan for Hardware changes
  7. The Updated drivers should be automatically installed

Enable The Audio Services and Fix the Speakers Not working Problem

  1. Open Windows Services
  2. Go to Windows Audio and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder. Double-click on the services.
  3. Click on the General tab and then on the Start button
  4. Choose Automatic from the drop-down menu from the Startup type.
  5. Don’t forget to Apply the changes and then to close the Window.

Windows Troubleshoot

  1. Press the Windows key + X to open the Jump list and then choose Control Panel.
  2. Click on Troubleshooting and then on Troubleshoot audio playback.
  3. Click on Advanced and then turn on Apply repairs automatically
  4. Click on Next

How to Fix Sound Problem with Windows Troubleshoot

Update IDT High Definition Audio CODEC

Nothing is perfect and is bound to give you problems sooner or later.  The IDT High Definition Audio CODEC is no different. To troubleshoot this:

  1. Right-click on the Start menu
  2. Select Device Manager
  3. Expand the Sound, video games and controllers section
  4. If you see IDT High Definition Audio CODEC right-click and choose Update Driver Software
  5. Browse my computer for drivers software
  6. Browse through Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
  7. Under Model, choose High Definition Audio Device and then next
  8. Click on Yes and make sure to restart your computer for the changes to take effect

Turn Off Audio Enhancements

Windows 10 Audio Enhancements are third-party and Microsoft packages that are made to help your systems specific audio hardware work perfectly. Like I mentioned before, nothings perfect and can give you problems at any time. To fix this:

  1. In the taskbar, type in Sound
  2. Click on the Sound Control Panel option
  3. In New window, right-click on the default device
  4. Choose Properties
  5. Click on the Enhancements tab
  6. Make sure to check the box that marked Disable all enhancements
  7. Click on Apply


As you can see that there are various methods you can try to fix the Windows 10 sound issues. It’s something we all face from time to time and good thing that there are various options when it comes to troubleshooting them. Which method worked for you? Let me know in the comments.

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