5 Best Ways To Reinstall Audio Drivers On Windows 10/11

Hello folks! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re in the thick of a sound predicament. The good news? I’ve got you covered with a roster of fixes for audio driver issues in Windows 10/11. Having spent numerous days and nights troubleshooting these problems myself, I’ve come to discover a dozen effective ways to get that audio pumping again. Let’s dive in!

1. Use the Device Manager

The Device Manager is an integrated Windows tool that can be a real lifesaver. This nifty feature allows you to control and troubleshoot hardware devices connected to your system.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Type Device Manager in the search bar and hit enter.
  2. Locate Sound, video and game controllers and expand it.
  3. Right-click on your audio device and click Uninstall device. Confirm the uninstallation.
  4. Restart your computer. Windows will automatically reinstall the audio drivers upon startup.
Use the Device Manager


2. Download Drivers from Manufacturer’s Website

A tried-and-true method. Visit your device manufacturer’s website to find the appropriate audio drivers. For instance, if you use a Dell laptop, head to Dell’s official website and navigate to the support or download section. Remember, you need to know your device model to download the correct drivers.

3. Use Windows Update

Windows Update isn’t just about patching your operating system, it also fetches updates for drivers. Here’s how:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Check for updates. Windows will search for available updates, including audio drivers. Install if any are available.

Let the magic of automatic updates take over! Windows Update Guide

Use Windows Update

4. Use a Third-Party Driver Updater Software

Third-party driver updater software can make your task a lot easier by automatically scanning your system for outdated or problematic drivers, and then updating them. Software like Driver Booster and Driver Easy are easy to use:

  1. Download and install the software of your choice (let’s use Driver Booster for example).
  2. Run the program and click on Scan. This will detect all outdated or missing drivers.
  3. Look for your audio drivers in the list and click on Update.
  4. After the process is complete, restart your PC.

Always remember to download these softwares from their official websites to avoid any security risks.

5. Reinstall from Disk

If your computer or audio device came with a driver disk, this can be a handy tool for reinstalling drivers:

  1. Insert the disk into your computer.
  2. Open File Explorer and navigate to the disk drive.
  3. Look for a file named similar to your audio device, or an application file named Setup.
  4. Run this application and follow the prompts to install the drivers.
  5. Restart your computer once the installation is complete.

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of WinFixo.com. I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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