windows 10 sound problem

Having no sound from your computer’s or laptop’s speaker is a common problem. And most of the time this issue came from a faulty audio cable, a Missing or Corrupt sound driver, or a misconfigured Windows driver setting. Usually, the computer hardware and operating systems do not speak the same language, and to communicate they need a mediator- and this job is done by drivers. And a sound driver is a software program that helps your operating system communicate with your sound card. Most of the time Windows 10 sound problems arise due to driver-related issues. Getting Windows 10 audio sound problem, windows 10 audio service is not enabled Error and looking for how to fix Windows 10 audio service is not enabled Here follow below.

How to Solve Sound Problems on Windows 10

Check your speaker and headphone connections for loose cables or the wrong jack.

New PCs these days are equipped with 3 or more jacks including,

  • microphone jack
  • line-in jack
  • line-out jack.

These jacks connect to a sound processor. So make sure your speakers are plugged into the line-out jack. If unsure which is the right jack, try plugging speakers into each of the jacks and see it produces any sound.

  • Check your power and volume levels, and try turning all the volume controls up.
  • Some speakers and apps have their own volume controls, and you might have to check them all.
  • Try connecting using a different USB port.
  • Remember that your speakers probably won’t work when headphones are plugged in.
  • Check the Speakers and headphones cables are connected properly

Restart Windows Audio Service

To do This open the Command prompt as administrator and type the below commands one by one.

First Type net stop audiosrv to stop the windows audio service.

Next Type net stop AudioEndpointBuilder to Stop the Audio EndpointBuilder Service.

Again Type net start audiosrv to restart the Audio Service

And net starts AudioEndpointBuildert to Restart the Audio EndpointBuilder Service.

Also, you can use windows service to restart the audio service, To do this

  • Press Windows + R, type services.msc, and ok to open windows services.
  • Scroll down and look for Windows audio service. If it’s running Simply right-click and select restart.
  • In case if it’s not running double click on the Audio service to get its properties.
  • Here change the startup type automatic and start the service.
  • Do the same with AudioEndpointBuildert.
  • That’s all Close services windows and check the problem is solved.

if not solved follow the next steps.

windows audio service

Set As Default Device

If you’re connecting to an audio device using USB or HDMI, you might need to set that device as the default. To do this

  • Locate the sound icon located right lower on your desktop right-click on it select sound,
  • Go to the Playback tab, select a device, then Set Default.

Default sound device

Update, Roll Back or Re-Install Audio Drivers

  • Click on Start menu Search type Device Manager, and select it from the list of results.
  • when the Device Manager opens you will see all installed drivers list.
  • Now Look For the Sound, video, and game controllers, select your sound card, open it, select the Driver tab, and select Update Driver.
  • If Windows doesn’t find a new driver, look for one on the device manufacturer’s website and follow their instructions.

Update audio driver

Roll Back Driver

If you face the Audio issue After upgrade to windows 10. you can try to simply roll it back to the last good configuration. Right-click the Start button, select Device Manager, and right-click your sound driver, select Properties, and browse to the Driver tab. Press the Roll Back Driver option if available, and Windows 10 will begin the process.

If that didn’t work, try this: Uninstall your audio driver: open Device Manager, right-click (or tap and hold) the audio driver, and select Uninstall. Restart your device and Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver. And if that didn’t work, try using the generic audio driver that comes with Windows. Here’s how:

Open Device Manager, right-click (or tap and hold) your audio driver > Update driver software… > Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

Select High Definition Audio Device, select Next and follow the instructions to install it.

After Install once Restart windows and check the problem is fixed if not follow the next step.

Try the Inbuilt Audio Troubleshooting Tool

After performing the Above Methods still problem not solved then. You can use the in-build Audio Troubleshooting tool which helps the internal problems. Windows Open Troubleshooting tool from windows control panel view by small icons and select Troubleshooting now on the left side select view all.

Now select playing Audio, This will popup a new Troubleshooting window. Here click on Advanced and tick on apply repairs automatically. Now click next this will check for audio problems if found anything fixes itself.

Change the bit rate in Play Back Devices

Right-click the sound icon in the taskbar, at the bottom right of the screen. Select Playback Devices from the menu.

Choose the current playback device (by default, it’s set to speakers) and double-click on it to open its properties. Now Go to the Advanced tab and change the bit rate to either, 24bit/44100 Hz or 24bit/192000Hz, depending on your speaker configuration.

After this, check if the sound issues are resolved on your Windows 10 computer.

Turn off audio enhancement

Go to Start, enter Sound, and select Sound Control Panel from the list of results. On the Playback tab, right-click (or tap and hold) the Default Device and select Properties. On the Enhancements tab, select the Disable all enhancements check box and try to play your audio device.

If that doesn’t work, select Cancel and, on the Playback tab, select another default device (if you have one). Select the Disable all enhancements check box, and try to play audio again. Do this for each default device.

Try different audio formats

Go to Start, enter Sound, and select Sound Control Panel from the list of results. On the Playback tab, right-click (or tap and hold) the Default Device, and then select Properties.
On the Advanced tab, under Default Format, change the setting, and then retest your audio device. If that doesn’t work, try changing the setting again.

These are some best working solutions to fix windows 10 sound problems after an upgrade, windows 10 audio service is not enabled,  or install the latest update. Have any queries, suggestion feel free to comment below.

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