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Windows 10 Update Issues: No Sound

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99% of the time, Windows runs smoothly and doesn’t have any issues. It’s that other 1% of the time when things aren’t going to plan and we start to pull our hair out. Today we take a look at an issue that many people come across: after a Windows 10 update no sound is coming out of your speakers.

Windows 10 update no sound – what to do

If you are having troubles with your sound after a Windows update, then it’s likely an issue to do with incompatible services on your PC. Instead of taking your computer to the repair shop, try walking through the following to (hopefully!) get the fix. Test at each step to see if your sound is now working.

1. Run the audio troubleshooter

The first port of call when Windows 10 has no sound after an update should be to run the included Windows troubleshooter. To do this, press the Windows key + i, then go to Update & security. Click on the Troubleshoot tab, and then select Playing Audio. Run through the troubleshooter to see whether it fixes the issue.

2. Update your device drivers.

Go to Device Manager -> Sound, video, and game controllers -> Your sound device. Right click and select Update drivers. This is the software that helps run each device, like the speakers, the microphone, etc. You may need to go and find the latest driver on the device manufacturer’s website and download it. Check if there is still no sound on the laptop.

3. Disable audio enhancements

It could be audio enhancements are messing with your sound not working on your computer. To fix it, right click your speaker icon at the bottom right of your screen and select Playback Devices. Click on your sound device and then the Properties button. Head to the Enhancements tab and deselect any enhancements that you have before clicking the Apply button.

4. Roll back your device drivers

The Windows Update may be incompatible with your current device driver (this happens from time to time), which means trying an older device driver. Open up Device Manager -> Sound, video, and game controllers -> Your sound device again, then right click and select Properties. Under the Driver tab, check if the Roll Back Driver button is available. If so, click on it to roll back to a previous device driver version. If not, you can try downloading a previous version from the device manufacturer’s website, uninstall the current device driver, and then install the older, downloaded version.

5. Update your BIOS

Your BIOS version may also be causing the issue. BIOS is the firmware that controls your basic computer operations. Updating the BIOS can be a little bit tricky. First off, you’ll need to enter the BIOS setup. This is done when you’re first starting up your computer, before Windows starts loading. You’ll need to switch off and start up again, then follow the instructions here to enter your BIOS setup, depending on what brand of laptop or desktop you have.

The way in which you update your BIOS also depends on the brand of computer you own. Head to the manufacturer’s website to learn how to update for your computer.

6. Roll back the Windows update

While it’s not generally the best option, sometimes you might need to uninstall the Windows 10 update that broke your setup. To uninstall the update, press the Windows key and i at the same time to enter your Settings, then click on Update & security. Go to the Windows Update tab, then click on Update history. You may then click on ‘Uninstall updates’. In the newly opened window, select the update you’d like to uninstall, then right click and select Uninstall. Hopefully your no audio issue is fixed.

7. Resetting your computer

If there is still no sound after Windows 10 update after you’ve tried all these fixes, then you can try resetting your computer – which reinstalls Windows. You can choose to keep all your files, however, you will need to reinstall any apps or programs after you do this. An alternative method may save your installed apps – read over at ZDNet for more info. To reset Windows, press the Windows key and i at the same time, then go to the Recovery tab and Reset this PC. Run through the pop ups to reset Windows.

Julia is an ex software developer turned content writer who has a penchant for tech talk and loves linguistics. Australian born, she now subscribes to the location-independent movement, wandering in search of sunshine, techno, and the perfect espresso martini.

Julia SJ

Julia is an ex software developer turned content writer who has a penchant for tech talk and loves linguistics. Australian born, she now subscribes to the location-independent movement, wandering in search of sunshine, techno, and the perfect espresso martini.