Windows 10 No Sound

We often begin to appreciate the banalest things when we lose them. Most will agree, that we take it for granted to have some sort of sound system in our laptop or PC and scarcely notice it unless some issue occurs. Then we start appreciating that calls, watching films, listening to music, will not be possible till we fix the device’s system sound. The problem with a laptop or PC audio can happen for a variety of reasons, starting from mere lack of an audio card driver, to some technical issue with the speakers, reinstalling Windows, etc. Further in this article we will go through the most common possible problems and offer the simplest ways how to fix sound on Windows 10 devices. You will find detailed instructions on how to:

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Check the sound settings.
  3. Update your audio driver.
  4. Sound troubleshooting.
Windows 10 No Sound
Windows 10 No Sound

Windows 10 sound problem fix. Tip 1 – restart your computer.

If your laptop’s (PC) audio port is not working, it could be due to something as trivial as Windows not loading correctly. When you try to boot the system but it doesn’t boot properly, resulting in a Windows system temporary (or not so temporary) error.

Sometimes the problem may not be the startup but the process of shutting down Windows, which is causing your sound problem. If or when your Windows 10 laptop was forced to shut down or crashed for whatever reason, then the next time you turn it on, some programs and applications may not load properly. So, the simplest solution one can try to fix the sound on a computer (laptop) is to restart Windows via the Restart button or Cntr+Alt+Del and press Restart.

Fix the audio on Windows 10. Tip 2 – check the sound settings.

Sometimes the problem with audio on a laptop or computer is caused by a system bug due to misconfigured settings. Here are several ways to test if that’s the case and to fix the audio problem.

1. Check the volume configurations.

Navigate to the volume icon on your laptop’s taskbar and see if the problem is caused by setting the volume too low. Try switching between different volume levels. Try pressing the Silent and Normal modes one after the other, to see if this helps fix the sound issue.

Volume settings
Volume settings

2. Check what audio device (if any) is set as the default.

If the sound device on your device is not set by default, it may cause errors since not working properly. What you can do is navigate to the volume icon on the taskbar and right-click on it. In the pop-up menu select “Playback Devices”. Now the system will redirect you to the “Sound” mini-window, where you will click on the “Playback” tab. Then, if you see that no sound ‘output’ on your device is set as default, please select one (as a rule there will be just one, pre-installed, device to pick) and click on the “Set as default” option and then click on “OK”. In case there are 2 or more ‘outputs’ in the list, you should try the first one to see if picking it resolves the issue. If it does not, then try the second one. In the end, you should be able to fix audio on a computer or laptop.

Audio device
Audio device

How to fix the sound on my computer? Tip 3 – update the audio driver on your device.

Outdated Windows audio drivers can be causing trouble with the sound on a laptop or PC. Here is how one can update the drivers.

  • Step 1. In the search bar of your device (by default located in the bottom left corner) type in ‘Device Manager’. Click on “Device Manager” in the search results to open the corresponding list.
  • Step 2. In the Device Manager window, go to the Sound Controller, then double click to expand.
Device Manager
Device Manager
  • Step 3. In the sound device list click on your audio device (as a rule there will be just one) and select the “Update Driver Software” option. In case you see several, just press update on each of them. You will be prompted to choose between “View updated drivers from your system manually” or “Search and automatically download”. Select any option and Windows will do the update.

Fix audio Windows 10. Tip 4 – sound troubleshooting.

Finally, if none of the above methods worked, the reason for the lack of sound could be hardware issues. In the event of a hardware problem, the best thing you can do is fix it with an audio troubleshooter for Windows 10.

Sound troubleshooting
Sound troubleshooting
  • Step 1. Open the System Settings’. To do that just navigate to the Launch menu (as a rule left bottom corner) and click on the “Settings” icon.
  • Step 2. In System Preferences, navigate to ‘Updates & Security’. There, go to the Troubleshoot tab.
  • Step 3. Now, select Playing Sound (under Troubleshooting). Below it, you will see the option “Run the troubleshooter”. Click on it and Windows will automatically complete the troubleshooting process. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.