No Audio Windows 11

Speakers aren’t working or Sound has Suddenly gone away on your computer or there is no audio after the Windows 11 update? You are not alone, several users reported the laptop has no sound after the Windows 11 KB5036893 update, tried to Update and reinstall the sound driver but still it’s not working. So what causes No Audio in Windows 11? It could be speakers or headphones, problems with the sound card or its driver, your audio software or operating system and more. Again sometimes restarting audio services can feasibly resolve Windows 11’s sound issues as well.

How to Fix No Audio in Windows 11

There are a couple of ways to fix No audio problem on Windows 11, here in this post we have listed a few tested and most effective methods apply to fix the problem.

  • Let’s first restart your laptop or computer which helps clear temporary glitches that might be causing no audio in Windows 11.
  • In addition, if you are a laptop user you may sometimes mute your device accidentally, use the Fn key + Mute key to unmute your device.
  • Also, right-click the sound icon and go to Open Sound settings to ensure the specific output device you’re using isn’t muted.
  • Again if you are using an external audio device check and make sure the sound output device is correctly plugged into your PC its cable connection isn’t loose.

Select the Right Audio Output Device

Windows 11 automatically uses the system audio as output device, if you have multiple audio devices connected to your laptop ensure the right audio device is selected.

To change the default audio output device in Windows 11

  • Open the settings app using the Windows key + I
  • In the system tab click on sound, then under the output section select your default audio device.

Also, you can quickly change the default audio output device from the Action Center.

To do this click on the speaker icon on the taskbar, then click on manage audio devices beside the volume slider,

It will display all the audio equipment connected to your system, select the audio output device you want to set as default.

Restart the audio service

There are changes, the audio service not started or stuck running that led to the No sound problem on Windows 11 PC. Let’s try restarting the audio service to see if this helps.

  • Press Windows key + R, type services.msc and click ok to open the Windows service console,
  • scroll down to locate Windows audio service, right-click on it select restart from the context menu,

Restart windows audio service

  • In addition, double-click on Audio service to open its properties and change its startup type automatic.
  • Repeat the above process to restart the Windows audio endpoint builder and remote procedure call service as well.
  • Now reboot your computer and check the audio status of your laptop or PC.

Run the Windows Audio Troubleshooter

Let’s run the built-in Windows audio troubleshooter that is quite effective in finding and fixing common audio problems.

  • Press Windows key + I to open settings,
  • Click on troubleshoot than other troubleshooters,
  • Click on the Run button next to Playing Audio and follow the on-screen instructions to finish troubleshooting.
  • This will run the audio troubleshooter, will detect any problem with the audio device or driver, and fix it for you.

Playing audio troubleshooter

Disable Audio Enhancement

Windows 11 PC comes with a few audio enhancement packages that you can use to achieve the best sound output. Hence you are causing audio issues, we recommend turn them off entirely and check the audio status.

  • Open settings using windows key + I and go to sound,
  • Scroll down to the advanced section and click on all sound devices,
  • Select the output device that causing the issue, now under output settings toggle off the switch next to enhance audio.

Update windows 11

Windows 11 is still new, there might be a bug hitting Windows audio. Microsoft regularly releases Windows updates with security enhancements and various bug fixes. There are chances the company has already released an update that resolves the current sound issues you’re facing. Let’s check and install any pending updates for your Windows 11 PC.

  • Press Windows key + I to open settings,
  • Click on Windows update then hit the check for updates button.
  • This will start downloading and installing the latest Windows updates on your device
  • Once done, reboot your PC to apply the changes.

windows 11 checking for updates

Update audio driver

There are chances the current Windows 11 version no longer supports the existing audio driver and you need to install the latest one.

If you are using a generic driver, go to Windows Update > Advanced options > Optional Update and check if there is an update to the audio driver available.

If you are using any special audio hardware, then you need to look up the companies website. The devices are usually listed, and drivers are available through an installer.

To Reinstall the audio driver:

  • Press Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc and click ok to open the device manager,
  •  expand the Audio inputs and outputs section
  • Right-click on your audio device and select Update Driver.
  • Select Search automatically for drivers. Windows will download and install the latest available version (if available).
  • Once installed, restart your PC and check for any improvements.

Update audio driver

Roll Back Audio Driver

There is also a chance that the latest version you have installed is unsupported by your PC. In this case, you can roll back the audio driver.

  • Go to Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start menu.
  • Expand the Sound, video, and game controller options.
  • Right-click on the audio driver and select properties.
  • Go to the Driver tab and select Roll Back Driver.
  • And follow on-screen instructions to revert back to the previous driver version.
  • Reboot your computer and check if the problem is resolved.

Did the above solutions help fix The audio problem on Windows 11? Let us know in the comments below.

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Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.