How to Install Audio Drivers

If you install audio drivers for your system and it does not bring back sound, you may think that the audio driver is ‘faulty’. Actually, this is not always the case. Oftentimes, it’s simply a matter of uninstalling the old audio driver and installing the new one that does the trick.

It’s the same thing as upgrading your system. Sometimes, upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 does not work. Instead, you should wipe out Windows 7 from your system completely and do a fresh install of Windows 10. Make sure to backup your drivers on the before you do this!

First, Uninstall Old Audio Drivers

  1. From your Windows Start menu, go to Control Panel -> System -> Hardware tab (steps may vary depending on your Windows version).
  2. Click Device Manager.
  3. Scroll down to the Sound, video and game controllers category.
    Install Audio Drivers in Device Manager
  4. Select your audio device based on the audio device chipset manufacturer (e.g., Realtek, C-Media, Creative, Turtle Beach, Yamaha, etc.).
    Note: If you cannot find your audio device, scroll down further to the Other devices category.
    Other Devices
  5. Right-click the audio device (or unknown device) in the Device Manager and then click Uninstall.
  6. Restart your PC.

And Then… Install New Audio Drivers

We recommend using DriverFinder to automatically find the correct, and latest audio drivers for your Windows PC.

  1. Run a DriverFinder scan.
  2. Download the updated audio driver recommended.
  3. Install the new audio driver by clicking the Open or Install button next to it in DriverFinder.
  4. Restart your PC.

Now check to see if your sound is working as expected.