Fixed: How to Restore Sound to my Computer

Windows 10 comes with many drivers and software pre-installed that provides a seamless experience to the user; still, sometimes things go south. One of these common problems is that of audio issues in the Windows Operating System. Sometimes you can not hear sound on your computer, for example, while playing music or any video. This post will help you to restore sound on Windows 10 computer.

What are the main causes of an audio issue?

It might be caused due to some audio cable that is either lose or connected to any wrong port, which is very basic and easy to be solved. Sometimes it is because the volume level is set to mute.

Another reason causing an audio issue in your computer could be a disabled sound card or an outdated or corrupted driver. Restoring sound in your computer may require troubleshooting, but you can get it working again.

Another reason that occurs often is that the audio output is set to different audio devices. You might have a wired headphone, but the audio output is set to the speaker.

Let’s take a look at the how-to restore sound to your computer.

Fixed: How to Restore Sound to my Computer

Fixed: How to Restore Sound to my Computer

You can follow the below-mentioned methods to fix no sound on your computer and have your computer back on track so that you can enjoy listening to music and playing your favorite game with an immersive audio experience again.

  • Connection Issues & Default Device
  • Check Audio Settings
  • Reinstallation of Audio driver
  • Update the audio driver
  • Troubleshoot the Sound Issue
  • System Restore

You will admin user account to follow some of these suggestions.

1] Connection Issues & Default Device

Connectivity is one of the most common reasons when the audio is missing. You may also need to check the audio output is to the device which you are using. Take a look at the steps below to troubleshoot.

Check at the rear of your computer to see whether the speaker is properly attached and to the right port. Usually, they can be identified with the color.

If you are using a wired headphone, then make sure it is connected properly. Play an audio or video on the computer, and then disconnect it from the computer. If you hear sound from the computer speaker, then there is a problem with your headphone.

To check which audio device is being used, you can click on the Volume icon to reveal the list of the playback devices. Select the one from which you want the audio to play. Play a piece of music or video file to confirm.

Select Audio Playback Device

2] Check Audio Settings

Maybe you or someone else who has access to your computer misconfigured the audio settings, and if that’s the case, then be assured that any changes made can be easily reverted to their normal stage, and sound can be restored.

  • Right-click on the Speaker Icon > Open Volume Mixer in the Windows Taskbar. Now make sure that all the volumes are not minimized or muted. Set the volume as per your level.
  • Now check if your system’s devices are not disabled in the audio setting. Select Start, and click on the Settings icon. Then navigate to System  > Sound.
  • From the Input and Output dropdown, select your Audio Device and select Device Properties for both input and output devices.
  • This will reveal the list of all the devices. You can then select the device and make sure it is enabled.

Enable Disable Sound Devices

3] Reinstallation of Audio driver

Incompatible or outdated, or corrupted audio drivers can cause fluctuation or no sound at all. You can completely uninstall and install the driver again to fix the problem. Follow the steps given below to reinstall your audio driver:

  • Open Device Manager and expand Sound, video, and game controllers.
  • Right-click on the audio card, and click Uninstall device, e.g., Realtek Audio
  • Select Delete the driver software for this device > Uninstall in the popup window to delete it. The audio driver will automatically be installed on your computer once you restart it.

Uninstall Audio Device

4] Update the audio driver

In case reinstalling the audio driver may not solve your problem, you can also fix it by updating the driver in two ways- Manually and automatically.

Manually – Search for the latest and correct driver matching your Windows OS on the manufacturer’s website and install it on your computer. Before installing the driver software, make sure to create a system restore or back up your computer.

Automatically – You can use any third-party app to download and install the driver.

5] Troubleshoot the Sound Issue

Run Audio Playback Troubleshooter

Windows offers an inbuilt troubleshooter in Windows 10 and can fix your audio issue on its own. To do so, follow the steps given below:

  • Select the Start and type Troubleshoot and click on it.
  • Then click on Additional troubleshooters.
  • Locate the Playing Audio option, click on the Run the Troubleshooter button.
  • Let the wizard complete its job, and check if you can hear the audio once the process is complete.

6] System Restore

As a last resort, if none of the above methods solves your problem, you can restore the system to the point at which it was working. To do this, you can perform restore that can be done by following steps.

  • Open Start and search for Create a Restore Point and click on System Restore. ( If the option is greyed out, then that means you have no restore point available. )
  • Click Next and select the restore point to revert to it.
  • Click Next > Finish.

Restore Computer using System Restore

After this, your system will be restored to a working state, fixing your audio problem too.

These were the six easy steps to restore sound on your computer. Audio issues can happen due to various reasons, and in this article, we tried to cover the most common ones. You can follow the methods one by one until you get your audio fixed, start by checking all the hardware is working, and then proceed to other complex solutions.

If you have any further questions or are still facing any problems, you may feel free to ask in the comments below, and we will try our best to solve all of your queries.

I hope this post will surely help you to restore sound to Windows 10 computers.

Nandini Keshri is a student, writer, and tech enthusiast. When not writing about tech, she loves to write poetry and explore the world.

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