Sometimes, you don’t hear any sound when you’re streaming a movie or launching your favorite game on your computer. And you don’t have any idea why there is no audio coming out of the speaker even if you already checked it. These sound issues can be a little tricky and they might be because of a third-party software problem that needs a patch to be corrected.

Other than that, it might also be because of an underlying problem in the hardware or stems from within the Windows 10 software itself. Fixing these issues is easy, with just some tweaks in your settings, reverting into an old restore point, or installing new drivers on your computer, you can bring back the audio of your computer.

However, if these audio issues still persist, you should dig deeper and find a more extensive solution to fix them. This how-to guide will help fix your Windows computer’s sound problems. Check the tips and tricks we’ve listed below.

 1. Turn Off Audio Enhancements

Sometimes, audio enhancements provided by Microsoft and vendors of audio hardware might be the cause of audio problems. If it is the audio enhancements, then you should fix it immediately. Here’s how.

  • Click the Windows Start menu and go to the Windows search box. Type the Control Panel text in it and choose the Control Panel app on the search results.

  • On the main Control Panel menu, choose the Hardware and Sound option. Then, click the Sound option on the next panel.

  • A list of audio devices will appear on the next panel. It will be listed under the Playback tab.
  • Choose the audio device you are using. Right-click your audio device. A pop-up menu will appear. Choose the Properties option in it.

  • Go to the Enhancements tab when the Speakers/Headphones Properties window shows on your screen. Click the box next to Disable all Enhancements or Disable All Sound Effects. Click the OK button to confirm the changes.

Make sure that you picked the right audio device because the setup you’ve made will not work.

 2. Update Your Driver

You can also update your audio driver to fix issues. There are two ways to update it. The first one is installing a command center application. It will allow you to scan your computer if there are underlying issues. Other than that, it will install updated audio drivers on your computer.

The second method is to manually update your audio driver, which can be done through the Device Manager. Here’s how.

  • Right-click the Windows Start button.
  • A pop-up menu will appear. Choose the Device Manager option.

  • A list of options will appear on the Device Manager panel. Look for the “Sound, video, and game controllers” option and expand it to show the list of available audio devices on your computer.

  • Click your primary audio device then right-click it so the pop-up menu will appear. Choose the Update Driver option on the pop-up.

  • After that, choose the “Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software on the next window.

You can also go to your sound card manufacturer’s website to get new drivers for your computer. Instead of choosing the “Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software” option, choose the “Browse My Computer for Driver Software” option. Just direct Windows 10 to the download location.

You can install compatible drivers when you select the “Browse my Computer for Driver Software” option. However, you should choose the “Let Me Pick from a List of Available Drivers on My Computer” option, instead of going to the download location.

Check the box next to the “Show compatible Hardware” option and choose the new audio driver you installed earlier. Once done, click the Next button.

 3. Change Audio Format

Check your audio format because it might cause audio problems, too. To check:

  • Click the Windows Start menu and go to the Windows search box. Type the Control Panel text in it and choose the Control Panel app on the search results.

  • On the main Control Panel menu, choose the Hardware and Sound option. Then, click the Sound option on the next panel.

  • A list of audio devices will appear on the next panel. It will be listed under the Playback tab.
  • Choose the audio device you are using. Right-click your audio device. A pop-up menu will appear. Choose the Properties option in it.
  • Go to the Enhancements tab when the Speakers/Headphones Properties window shows on your screen. Choose the Advanced tab. Go to the Default Format section to see the drop-down menu.

  • Choose a different format. Check if a different format works by clicking the Test button on the drop-down.
  • If the format works, then select the Apply button.
  • Click OK to finish.

 4. Do a System Restore

To do a system restore:

  • Click the Windows Start menu and go to the Windows search box. Type the Restore text in it and choose the Create a Restore Point on the search results.

  • On the following System Properties, choose the System Restore option.

  • The window of System Restore will appear on the next panel. Click Next to proceed.

  • Look for the Show More Restore Points option and click the box next to it. After that, choose a restore point that is dated before the audio issues emerged on your computer. To continue, just click the Next button.

  • Click Finish afterward. Windows will now restore your computer.

 5. Uninstall and Reinstall Audio Device

The last tip would be to uninstall and install your audio device on your computer again. The purpose of this method is to enable Windows 10 to detect the right audio driver on your PC. All you have to do is:

  • Right-click the Windows Start button.
  • A pop-up menu will appear. Choose the Device Manager option.

  • A list of options will appear on the Device Manager panel. Look for the “Sound, video, and game controllers” option and expand it to show the list of available audio devices on your computer.
  • Click your primary audio device then right-click it so the pop-up menu will appear. Choose the Uninstall Device option on the pop-up.

  • Reboot your computer.
  • After the reboot, Windows will install the right audio driver again. To see if it’s really reinstalled, just right-click the Windows Start button again and click Device Manager.
  • After that, expand the “Sound, video, and game controllers” option and look for the newly-installed audio device.
  • If the audio device is not there, just click the “Sound, video, and game controllers” option and right-click it. A pop-up menu will appear. Select the “Scan for Hardware Changes” option on the pop-up.