If Windows 10 sound stops out of the blue, there is a good chance that the audio driver is outdated and you should update it. Additionally, you may want to check out Windows Audio service, set default playback device, switch between audio formats, take a look at the device, … You don’t know your way around Windows 10 and could use some help carrying out the solutions? In that case, you have come to the right place.
A List Of Possibilities
All in all, it’s not uncommon for Windows 10 to run into issues in the course of operation. Still, if you notice that Windows 10 sound stops, it’s wise to keep these suspects in mind:
- Audio driver.
- Windows Audio.
- Default playback device configuration.
- Audio formats.
- Playback device.
Bringing Back The Sound: Troubleshooting
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
- Step 2: In Device Manager, expand Audio inputs and outputs, right-click your audio driver then pick Update driver.
- Step 3: Hit Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Step 4: Allow the process to go all the way and restart your computer.
- Step 5: See how things turn out.
Note: Sometimes, it’s a good idea to uninstall and reinstall the driver.
- Step 1: Open Device Manager, right-click your audio driver in Audio inputs and outputs then pick Uninstall device.
- Step 2: Check the checkbox next to Delete the driver software for this device before hitting OK.
- Step 3: Restart your computer and witness the result.
Check Out Windows Audio Service
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type service.msc then press Enter.
- Step 2: In Services, locate Windows Audio, right-click it and pick Properties.
- Step 3: If Service status says Stopped, hit Start. On the other hand, Service status says Running, hit Stop, wait for a minute and hit Start. Also, you should use the opportunity to change Startup type of Windows Audio to Automatic. After you finish, choose Apply, select OK and restart your computer.
Note: Windows Audio won’t stay on regardless of the changes? Then it’s suggested that you give the dependencies of Windows Audio some thought. Open Services, right-click Windows Audio, pick Properties and go to Dependencies tab. Next, note down all services that Windows Audio requires to run, back out to Services and search for noted services. Depending on the citation, you must apply changes to the Service status and Startup type of the dependencies.
Set Default Playback Device
- Step 1: Look to the right side of the taskbar, right-click the speaker icon and pick Sounds.
- Step 2: In Sound, go to Playback tab, right-click your device and pick Properties.
- Step 3: Click the dropdown menu next to Device usage in General tab then choose Use this device (enable).
- Step 4: Select Apply then choose OK to save the change.
- Step 5: Back to Playback tab, click your device and pick Set default. Last but not least, select Apply, choose OK and determine whether the issue persists.
Switch Between Audio Formats
- Step 1: Open Sound, right-click your device in Playback tab and pick Properties.
- Step 2: Go to Advanced tab then use the dropdown menu in Default Format to switch between audio formats. Remember to hit Test each time you change the format you know which one works.
- Step 3: The moment you find a format that works, select Apply then choose OK
Note: For good measure, you should consider disabling enhancements if Windows 10 sound stops from time to time. To do so, open Sound, right-click your device in Playback tab and pick Properties. Afterward, go to Enhancements tab, check the checkbox next to Disable all enhancements, select Apply and choose OK to save the changes.
Take A Look At The Device
In the case that none of the above works, your playback device is the root of the problem. Over time, playback devices could run into a couple of issues that result in disrupted operation. For instance, the cable that connects the playback device to the computer may be compromised which necessitates replacement. Thus, it’s widely advised that you check out your playback device.
Windows 10 Sounds Questions And Answers
How come I keep hearing odd noises when I turn on my Windows 10 PC?
The presence of odd noises at startup is not a new issue for Windows 10 PC and Windows computers in general. The noises usually originate from components attached to the computer like hard disk, cooling fans, .. so there is no need to worry. However, noises from your PC should only be heard if you stay near your device. If you hear the noises from a distance, it’s possible that components have been damaged and you must take the situation seriously.
Do enhancements improve audio quality?
If you care about audio quality, you won’t regret enabling enhancements. Once enabled, the enhancements tweak aspects of audio and provide a superior experience.
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