Fix: No Audio after Windows Update

Has your computer sound stopped working after you upgraded to Windows 11 or the latest release of Windows 10? Then read on. No audio after Windows 11/10 update is one of the common problems faced by many. But thankfully, fixing the issue is not as complicated as it might seem.

This issue usually occurs because of unsupported audio drivers, and by reinstalling it, you would be able to fix it. However, in this article, I will discuss a few troubleshooting methods that will help you get rid of the error.

No Audio After Windows Update

Fix: No Audio after Windows Update

There are a couple of ways to fix no audio after a Windows update error. However, in this article, I will be talking about the following methods only:

  1. Switch Audio Output Devices
  2. Enable Audio Device
  3. Check cables.
  4. Update audio driver.
  5. Rollback audio driver.

Make sure to check each of them specially, to find out if the Windows Update was the problem.

1] Switch Audio Output Device

Change Audio Output Device Windows

At first, make sure you have selected the correct audio output device. If you have chosen something else, then there is a chance that the Audio is working correctly, but it is not coming out of the speakers. So follow the below steps to choose the suitable audio output device:

  • At first, click on the volume icon from the Taskbar.
  • Now, click on the arrow icon next to the volume slider.
  • Finally, choose a suitable output device and see if it has solved the issue for you.

2] Enable Audio Device

Allow Enable Disabled Device

There is also a chance that your audio device is disabled. Hence, it is not working. To enable your audio device, follow the below steps:

  • Open Windows Settings using Win + I
  • Navigate to System Sound All Sound devices > select the audio device which is not working.
  • If the button next to Audio says Allow, then click on it. It will enable the Audio device to be used by other apps.

You can also use the control panel to reach the same place, but it will be through the classic menu, which you should avoid.

3] Check Cables

Before you go to any other troubleshooting methods, it would be a good idea to check your speaker cables and make sure they are in their place.

  • You need to check if your output device is plugged in or not.
  • Check if your speakers are connected to your computer.
  • Make sure your speakers are not on mute, which many make a common mistake.
  • Try connecting your speakers to a different USB port.
  • Make sure your speakers are working.
  • If everything is working fine, move to the other fixes mentioned below.

4] Update Audio Driver

You can also try updating the audio driver. Because maybe, your computer no longer supports the existing audio drivers, and you need to install the latest one.

The right way to update the driver is not through the Device Manager but the OEM website. If you are using any special audio hardware, you need to look up the company’s website. The devices are usually listed, and drivers are available through an installer.

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.

5] 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 Sound, video, and game controllers option.
  • Right-click on the audio driver and select properties.
  • Go to the Driver tab and select Roll Back Driver.

How Do I Reinstall My Audio Driver on My HP Laptop?

Go to Device Manager > Expand your Sound devices > Right-click on the audio output device and select uninstall the device. Once uninstalled, go to HP’s website, download the audio driver for your laptop using the model number and install it.

How Do You Check if My Audio Drivers Are up to Date?

Right-click on the Start menu and select Device Manager. Then expand the Sound, video, and game controllers option. Now right-click on the audio driver and select update driver. Now Windows will let you know if the driver is up to date or not. If not, then Windows will search and install a driver for you.

Does Windows Update Drivers Automatically?

No, Windows doesn’t download the driver and update automatically. The feature was removed in one of the previous versions of Windows 10. They are now offered as an optional update. They are available under Settings > Update > Advanced options > Optional Updates.

So that was all the fixes for no audio after Windows 11/10 update. Now try out the steps by yourself and see if they did fix the error or not. Also, for any other questions, do drop a comment below.

Nayan Roy
Nayan is a crypto and gadget enthusiast who likes to cover topics related to Tech, Startups, Crypto, Gaming, Windows, and other interesting areas. But when he is not working, you can find him playing games or watch random videos on YouTube.


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