How to Fix Realtek Audio Issue after Upgrade to Windows 10

Jun. 24, 2022 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10

Many Windows users are suffering Realtek audio issue after upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, common glitches like Realtek audio not working on Windows 10, Realtek audio no sound, HP Beats audio not working, crackling sound from the Realtek High Definition Audio device. If you happen to encounter Realtek audio problems on Windows 10, you can troubleshoot the error with below solutions.

Note: Before you updating Realtek audio drivers or performing any other fixes, make sure you haven't accidentally muted your High Definition Audio device on Windows 10.

Solution 1: Update the Realtek Audio Drivers for Windows 10

In most cases, Windows 10 Realtek audio malfunctions are caused by outdated Realtek audio drivers, for the audio driver may become mismatched after Windows 10 upgrade. To get the audio driver for the Realtek High Definition Audio device, you are able to utilize the following two ways, downloading it manually from the Realtek website or get the best-matched with an automatic driver updater tool. Below is how.

Download Realtek High Definition Audio Drivers via Realtek Website

You could get the latest Realtek audio driver from Realtek download page, but keep in mind that make sure you download the right one for your current Windows OS since wrong driver may cause serious unnecessary problems such as Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), black screen, and other computer issues.

Step 1. Go to Realtek download page, tick the "I accept to the above" checkbox.


Step 2. Choose the right driver according to your Windows OS, and then click "Global" icon to download the Realtek High Definition Audio driver.


Step 3. Double-click on the downloaded audio driver file and follow the wizard to install it.

Download Realtek High Definition Audio Drivers with Driver Talent

If you are afraid of downloading the incorrect audio drivers or you prefer a quick way to get the drivers, have a try with Driver Talent, which is a driver update and management utility, indentifying the problematic drivers and replace them with the most compatible ones within minutes.

Click the button below to get Driver Talent instantly and then perform 3 easy steps to fix the incorrect Realtek audio driver.

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Step 1. Click "Scan" to detect all drivers for Windows 10, all the problematic drivers will be list in seconds. The audio driver is included if it is a wrong one.


Step 2. Click "Repair" to download and install the best-matched Realtek audio driver. You are also able to update drivers by clicking "Update".


Note: In case you may need to roll back to a specific driver version someday, you'd better back up drivers before this step.

Step 3. Reboot your Windows 10 laptop or desktop PC to make the updated audio driver take effect and check whether the Realtek audio device back to work.

If updating audio drivers fails to troubleshoot the Realtek audio glitches, try rolling back drivers via device manager or Driver talent.

Solution 2: Modify the Speakers Properties

Updating the proper audio driver often cures Realtek audio issues. While If it doesn't for you hear and there is no sound from the Realtek audio devices, try to modify the speakers properties.

Step 1. Right-click on the sound icon at the bottom right hand corner in the taskbar and then select "Playback Devices".


Step 2. Under Playback tab, select your Speakers, which is set by default and then to click-on properties.

Step 3. Turn to Advanced tab. Change bit rate to either 24bit/44100 Hz or 24bit/192000Hz, that is depending on the speaker configuration.

Step 4. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.

Solution 3: Use Windows Troubleshooter Tool

Windows 10 has the in-built audio malfunction troubleshooter tool to solve audio device not working issue, including Realtek audio hitch, Dolby Digital Plus or Dolby Digital Live/DTS not working and so on. Here are the steps.

1. Open the Control Panel and then select Troubleshoot.

2. Choose Troubleshoot audio recording under the Hardware and Sound item.

3. Click-on Next on the pop-up dialog and then Windows 10 will detect and repair the problem automatically.

Hope this post helps you to get rid of the Realtek audio error on Windows 10 and get Realtek High Definition Audio device back into normal functioning. If you still have confusions, please comment below or go to the OStoto official forum via the LEFT MENU on this page for further assistance.


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