Update your sound card drivers With Windows 10
One of the most common sources of sound problems is poor communication between Windows 10 and your sound card or chip of choice. This often leads to your sound failing to work at all. Fortunately, there are ways to make Windows 10 and your sound hardware compatible. All you need to do is find the right updates for the job.
Step 1: Open the Start menu and search for “device manager.” Click the relevant result.
Step 2: Inside the Device Manager, you will see a list of icon options. Choose Sound, Video, and Game Controllers. If you have a sound card, it will show up there.
Step 3: Open the sound card by double-clicking it, then go to the Driver tab and look for the option to Update Driver. This will start an automatic Windows search to find driver updates and download them.
Step 4: After the update is finished, restart and see if your audio now works.
Here are a couple of additional points to consider.
- Windows will not always find the right audio drivers on its own. If the search does not work, consider visiting your sound card manufacturer’s website and looking up the sound card to find a manual method to download any applicable updates.
- Your driver may just need a kick in the bytes. If updating it doesn’t work, then open your Device Manager, find your sound card again, and right-click on the icon. Select Uninstall. This will remove your driver, but don’t panic. Restart your computer, and Windows will try to reinstall the driver. Allow it to do so, and you may find that your sound is back on.