How to fix sound problems in Windows 10
Whenever you update to the latest version of Windows 10, you can find cool new features and fixes. Unfortunately, big updates can bring with them new problems, and some of the most common is audio-related.
These audio-related issues can leave people unable to play videos, use certain apps, or hear anything at all from their speakers. That’s not fun, especially when learning your way around the operating system’s new features, so let’s do some troubleshooting. Here are the ways you can fix Windows 10 audio issues to remove the dreaded sound of silence.
Run the audio troubleshooter
Windows 10 now has a full audio troubleshooter that can examine your sound system for any signs of trouble and recommend solutions. Because this troubleshooter can automatically find and take care of some of the issues we discuss below, it’s a great way to save time and should probably be your first stop.
Step 1: Use the search box on your taskbar and search for “troubleshoot.” In the results, you should see an option that says Troubleshoot Settings. Select this.
Step 2: In the following window, look at the GetUp and Running section for the option that says Playing Audio, and select it. Then, select Run the Troubleshooter.
Step 3: A new troubleshooter icon will open up on your taskbar. Select it to open the new window. You will now have an option to troubleshoot different kinds of connected speakers, including built-in speakers and headphones. In most cases, you’ll want to choose your default speakers, but you can customize this to your device. Select Next when you are done.
Step 4: Let the troubleshooter run, and then see what it has to say. The troubleshooter may offer advice on improving your sound quality or pinpoint issues with your drivers that need to be taken care of. Try what it suggests to see if this helps fix your problem!
Keep checking your updates
Windows 10, just like all modern operating systems, is constantly being updated with new fixes and improvements — especially for Insider Program users. Sometimes all it takes to fix a sound problem is with a simple driver update, but sometimes it takes a little time.
The necessary driver update might not appear right away, so you might have to be patient. One of the recent June 2021 updates fixed a problem Windows users were having with certain apps playing high-pitched squealing noises, so a full update may be the solution to solving a variety of problems. Specific driver updates can help target issues with a particular device.
Certain drivers can be found straight from sound card makers like Realtek, while others can arrive packaged into Windows 10 updates. To reverse your sound issues, keep an eye on your Windows update icon or consider reaching out to your sound card’s manufacturer to see if any updates are available.
Fixing your problem could be as easy and straightforward as updating your device. That said, if your device is considerably outdated, an update may not do the trick. Consider buying a new computer with compatible drivers.