It was fine to play music, watch a video, or play a game on his computer. Until all of a sudden Windows asks to restart your PC to apply the update you downloaded, the sound and audio stop working right after the Windows 10 update. Here’s what you can do to fix the sound and audio not working in Windows 10 after update problem.
Fixes for sound not working on Windows 10 after upgrade issue listed below, works for HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer or Toshiba laptops and desktops.
Sound does not work in Windows 10 after update
The first thing to do is go to the Sound window in Windows 10 to check and make sure your playback device or speaker is enabled correctly . Here we’ll explain to you how to do it.
- Right click on the icon of the speaker on your taskbar, then select Sounds .
- In the Sound window, go to the tab Reproduction .
- Right-click on your main speaker or audio device, then click Enable .
The Playback tab in the Sound windows will list all the speakers and audio devices connected to your computer. In some cases, after a major Windows update, the main speaker tends to be disabled. Enabling it again should resolve the sound not working in Windows 10 after the update issue.
If your primary audio output device is already enabled, skip this step and go to the next solution. You can also check the sound volume to see if it is muted or too low to be heard.
If you see multiple devices listed and have no idea what your primary audio device is, try enabling each of them until you find one that works to produce sound again.
Yes don’t see any playback device listed or if none work even after trying to enable them, it may indicate a problem with your audio driver. Continue to the next solution or go to Playback devices not showing in Windows 10.
Update sound and audio driver
If the audio or sound driver is missing or corrupted, it will not appear in the list of playback devices as it is not installed yet. To update the sound driver, follow the steps below.
Go to the start menu, find Device Manager and open it. Expand the category Sound, video and game controllers . Right click on your main audio output device. In most cases, it should be Realtek High Definition Audio or USB Audio Device . It all depends on what sound card you are using and what speaker, headphones or earphones you have connected. Then select Update driver .
In the next window, click Search automatically for updated driver software .
When you right click on your audio device and see the option Enable device , it means that your audio device was previously disabled by accident. If that’s the case, click Enable device and the audio does not work in Windows 10 after the update problem is resolved.
If the automatic search doesn’t work, you can try uninstalling the driver by right-clicking on the audio device again. Please select Uninstall and then restart your PC. Uninstalling the problematic driver will allow Windows 10 to automatically find and install the best compatible driver for your audio device during the next reboot.
Manually select the audio driver
If the option of search for updated driver automatically can’t find any drivers, you can try to manually select the sound driver by selecting Search my computer for driver software .
On the next screen, select Allow me to choose from a list of drivers available on my computer .
You should be able to see a list of available compatible hardware drivers that you can install. In most cases, choose Realtek High Definition Audio it should fix the problem. Otherwise, you can come back later and try to choose the High definition audio device . Sound and audio not working in Windows 10 after update problem should be fixed on next reboot.