Windows may be the biggest operating system for desktop but it stills has its problems —plenty of them. One of such issues has to do with the audio output. The speakers not outputting the audio of a movie or music you are playing could be frustrating. Especially, for people whose work involves audio, audio problems could make you pull your hair. Gathered here are a few tips on how to fix audio problems in Windows 10 computers.

You can also check these 7 keyboard shortcuts to make your Windows experience easier.

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How to fix Windows 10 audio problems

1. Check with the basics: volume, speakers, etc

To spot and fix an audio problem in Windows 10, you should start from the basics. First check with your speakers, or headphone connections (if any). You might find that some audio cable is connected to the wrong jack or even loose.

After checking with the speakers and everything checks out, it’s time to take a look at your volume levels. Check the volume levels of the computer itself, the app you are using to play whatever you’re playing. You should also have a look at the external speakers’ volume level as well.

2. Check your audio drivers via Device Manager

Your audio drivers may also be the reason you are having audio problems on your Windows 10 machine. You should make sure that your sound card is working properly. You must also be running updated audio drivers.

Fix audio problems by fixing the drivers

  1. To fix audio problems via Device Manager in Windows 10, just open the Start.
  2. Then enter Device Manage.
  3. Open it and find your sound card from a list of devices.
  4. Open the sound card and click on the Driver.
  5. Now, select the Update Driver.

Windows will search on the internet and update your computer with the latest sound drivers. But, if Windows is not able to locate any drivers and update your machine, you have another option. You go on to your computer manufacturer’s website to find the right drivers.

Windows alternative

On the other hand, you can update the drive by using the Windows 10 generic audio drivers that come with the OS.
To do this, Select Update driver –> Browse my computer for driver software –> Let me pick from the list of available drivers on my computer –> High Definition Audio Device –> Next –> Install it.

3. Try with the Windows 10 Troubleshooter

Back in the days, the Windows Troubleshooter was never able to identify issues, but things have changed. Now, the Windows 10 Troubleshooter work very well.

Run the Troubleshooter

Follow the steps below to run the Windows 10 Troubleshooter.

  1. Go to Windows 10 Settings.
  2. Choose Update and Security.
  3. Go to Troubleshoot.
  4. Lastly, select Playing Audio.
  5. The Windows 10 Troubleshooter will fix any sound problems you are facing automatically.

4. Set default playback device

Your audio problems may have come from you using external devices as default. The problem may come while you are using external devices via the USB or HDMI ports.
Sometimes hardware drivers can be interfered with by audio enhancements. That is why it is a good idea to disable them until a new driver update arrives on your PC.

To fix the audio issues by setting the default device option, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Start and enter Sound.
  2. Now open the appropriate result and click on the Playback.
  3. Now, find the suitable audio device and hit Set Default.

5. Choosing correct audio playback to fix audio issues

To choose the correct default playback in Windows 10:

  1. Open Start and enter Sound.
  2. Now open the appropriate result and click on the Playback
  3. On your default device, right-click and select properties.
  4. On the Advanced tab, under default format, change the setting and hit Test.
  5. If it doesn’t work, change the setting and hit Test.

These tips should be able to solve most Windows 10 audio problems. But, if your problems still persist, you can go to Microsoft’s Support Desk for further assistance.

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