How to Fix Windows 10 Sound Problems

No operating system is perfect, and Windows 10 is no different. Even if things are working just fine at the beginning, your Windows 10 computer is going to give you problems sooner or later. Some problems are easier to fix than others, but hopefully, the sound problems you’re having are not hardware-related.

Sound problems can mean quite a few things. For example, your definition of sound problems could be that you’re getting no sound, your microphone is not working, or you’re experiencing poor audio quality. Don’t get used to these problems; discover how you can get rid of them.

If you’re not getting any sound, then the drivers are probably to blame. Go to the manufacturer’s website and search for update drivers. Don’t forget to open Windows Update and search for driver updates.

If you’re using an external device such as a USB device or headphones, unplug and then re-plug in the device. You can also try a different port as well.

If the problem doesn’t go away, you can always try uninstalling the audio driver, and when you turn your computer back on, wait for Windows to reinstall it automatically. There is also the option of uninstalling the audio driver and using the inbox HDAudio driver.

You can also try this last method if the built-in speakers work fine, but as soon as you plug in your wired headphone you either get no sound or the audio continues to come out of the speakers.

Trouble with audio playback or recording can be blamed on the audio software in Windows and incompatibility with drivers. With this in mind, it’s important to check if the culprit for your sound issues has to do with audio format.


  • Switch to Control Panel and click on the Sound link and run mmsys.cpl in the command prompt or search box
  • In the system tray right-click on the sound icon and choose “Playback Devices”
  • Right-click on the “Default Device” and select “Properties”
  • Go to the Advanced tab and give changing the “Default Format” a try. Do this a few times.

You click play on a video, and it works fine, but it just has no sound. The first thing you should do is check your sound settings. Even if you think you’ve done that, it’s a good idea to do it again (just in case). You never know when the person who used the computer before you (if you share your computer) turned the volume down.

While you’re at it, also check speaker connections, check the cables, check headphone connections and anything else that relates to the audio issue output.

If you’re still having issues, update “IDT High Definition Audio CODEC.” Quite a few systems could encounter this problem with the IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. The good news is that it can be fixed with a manual driver update that lets you select the sound driver you want to use.


  • Right-click the Start menu and choose Device Manager.
  • Expand the Sound, Controllers and video games section.
  • If you see “IDT High Definition Audio CODEC,” right-click and choose Update Driver Software.
  • In the adjacent panel, select “Browse my computer” for driver software.
  • Click “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.” Thanks to this option you can choose from any of the pre-installed drivers on your computer.
  • Under Model choose “High Definition Audio Device -> Next -> Yes.”

Instead of using your mouse, you want to say the magic words, “Hey Cortana,” but when you do nothing happens, why? There’s a good chance it’s because it’s not enabled in your Settings.


To turn it on, click the search area in the taskbar and click on the notebook button. Choose Settings and toggle on the option that says Let Cortana respond to “Hey Cortana.” It’s that simple.

Unfortunately, sound problems on Windows 10 is something you’re going to come across sooner or later. The important thing is knowing how to deal with them before they happen. That way when it happens to you, you already know what to do. How have you tried to deal with your Windows 10 sound problems? Drop a comment and let us know.

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