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Windows is a great and versatile desktop operating system, depending on how you make use of its features. That said, Windows-or any other OS-isn't exactly perfect. It has its fair share of flaws, but humans made it after all.
The latest major version of Windows, Windows 10 was launched last year and surely has a fair share of flaws and errors. One of the most popular issues are of audio input and output. Here are the top 7 tricks to fix audio issues on the new Windows 10.
Check the system settings
The most obvious tip for correcting any issue is checking whether it has been enabled or disabled on the desktop, before judging the reliability of software or hardware. Just check your Windows 10 system settings to eliminate the possibility of having muted the audio by accident.
Reinstall the audio drivers
With Windows 10 bringing in massive updates to old operating systems, a lot of PC users reported substantial changes to the way they operated their computers. Drivers, one such issue, are the software aspect of all hardware units. These are sensitive apps and require being compatible with certain parts of the OS. Try to delete and then reinstall all drivers for your audio output.
Update the Audio CODEC
Audio CODEC is the primary software that decides what and how audio connectivity on your PC is to be operated. You can update the CODEC by going into the Start menu, selecting Device Manager and clicking on the ‘Sound, video games and controllers' tab. Under this tab, just click on the Update button next to' IDT High Definition Audio CODEC'.
Restart to give audio a push
Sometimes, a restart is all it takes to get things going, when there seems to be no other solution. Windows 10 has been known to have bugs that are resolved with a system reboot. In the Search bar, just type ‘Services' and press Enter to open the menu. Go to ‘Windows Audio' and restart the service by double clicking on it.
Disable all audio enhancements
Audio enhancements are certain types of software on Windows 10 that allow audio to work finely on any system. These might turn back on the system sometimes, and might be the ONLY thing causing audio to function improperly. You can disable them by clicking on the ‘Sound' option in the ‘Control Panel' and disabling enhancements in the Properties tab.
Correct RealTek drivers
RealTek is a default audio hardware unit for all Windows 10 devices. You can either disable the RealTek drivers by going into ‘Device Manager' and browsing down to RealTek Wireless Drivers or you can simply disable the front jack detection from RealTek's system.
Troubleshoot the issue
If all else fails, turn to the operating system to possibly give you an issue and solution, one that you might have missed in the above processes. It helps scan for all errors and give you the final picture. You can access the troubleshooting menu by opening ‘Control Panel' and clicking on the ‘Troubleshoot Audio Playback' in the ‘Troubleshooting' menu.