Realtek HD audio manager missing after windows 10 update? (Solved)

If you are unable to locate the Realtek Audio HD Manager on your computer or it is not opening or not functioning properly, apply the solutions listed below.


The Realtek HD Audio Manager comes pre-installed with Realtek’s High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver on almost every Windows computer. It helps windows computers to detect audio devices when connected to the system like headphones, speakers and microphones etc, manages their configuration, and gives their control to the PC. Sometimes you may experience Realtek HD Audio Manager is missing from Control Panel or taskbar, system tray, and notification section. few users report Realtek Audio Manager won’t Open or Cannot find Realtek Audio Manager after windows update.

Realtek HD Audio Manager is missing after windows update, It does not show up either in the system tray or in Control Panel.

Realtek audio manager missing

If you find Realtek HD Audio Manager missing on your computer, don’t worry here how to fix the Realtek HD Audio Manager missing issue and get it back in Windows 10.

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Press Windows key + R, type C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA and click ok, Double-click on RtkNGUI64.exe, did you get the Realtek HD Audio Manager?

Open Realtek HD audio manager

Update Realtek HD Audio driver

Installing the latest windows updates not only bring security improvements and bug fixes but also install the latest version of driver software as well. Let’s first check for windows updates that may have the bug fix for the Realtek HD Audio Manager is missing or won’t Open problem

Install latest windows update

  • Press Windows key + I to open settings,
  • Select Update & security then click check for updates button to allow download windows updates from Microsoft server.
  • Once done restart your PC to apply the changes.

Update audio driver on device manager

  • Right-click on win 10 start menu, select device manager,
  • locate and Expand Sound, video and game controllers
  • Right-click on audio driver Realtek High Definition Audio and select update driver,
  • Click on “Search automatically for drivers” this will install the latest Realtek driver from Microsoft server.

Change default sound format

  • Once done it might ask you to restart your PC, check if this helps get back Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows 10.

Install audio Driver from the available drivers

  • Open device manager, right click on the audio driver
  • Select “Update driver” and choose “Browse my computer for drivers“.
  • After that, click on “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer”.

Pick driver from list of available drivers

  • Here, make sure to choose “Realtek High Definition Audio” and click on “Next”. After the installation, restart your computer

install realtek audio driver

Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows 10

If still Realtek HD Audio Manager Missing in Windows 10 then it probably the audio driver problem. Let’s Reinstall the Realtek HD Audio Manager

Uninstall the buggy Audio driver

  • First, remove the older audio driver following the steps below.
  • Press Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc and click ok
  • Or you can right click on Windows 10 Start menu select Device manager.
  • This will display all installed device driver list,
  • locate and Expand Sound, video and game controllers
  • Now right-click on audio driver Realtek High Definition Audio and select on Uninstall device from the drop-down menu.
  • Checkmark on Delete the driver software for this device and hit the uninstall button

uninstall and Delete Audio Device

And restart windows to completely remove the audio driver from your device.

Now again open device manager using devmgmt.msc, Go to the Views tab and click on Show hidden devices from the drop-down menu. This will install a basic audio driver on your device.

Download Realtek HD audio driver for windows 10

  • Now download the latest Realtek HD Audio Drivers 2.82 from Realtek official site here.
  • Once the downloading process is complete, right click on the setup file select run as administrator and follow the instructions to complete the installation.
  • Once done restart your computer, now navigate “C” Drive and move to Program Files -> Realtek -> Audio -> HDA folder.
  • Locate the “RtkNGUI64.exe” double click on it, and Realtek HD Audio Manager will be back on Windows 10.

Did this help resolve the Realtek HD Audio Manager missing issue on Windows 10? Let us know on the comments below.

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Steve Ballmer
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.

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