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Troubleshoot Sound Problems in Windows 11

Windows 11, the next release of Microsoft Windows is set to release. After the upgrade, the users may have issues with playing Audio. This article discusses how to troubleshoot Sound problems in Windows 11.

Troubleshoot Audio problems in Windows 11

Use the following troubleshooting steps to fix Sound or Audio issues in Windows 11, if you believe the cable connections are correct.

  1. Run the Audio Troubleshooter from Settings>Troubleshoot>Playing Audio.
  2. Reinstall the sound drivers from the motherboard manufacturer.
  3. Restart the Audio services from the Services console.
  4. Try turning off Audio enhancements from Audio settings.

Applies to: Windows 11

Method 1: Check if the Audio device is installed or not

The first and foremost step is to check if the Audio device is missing or has issues. To confirm this, do the following steps:

Speaker Settings in Windows 11

Try running the Audio Troubleshooter

Windows has some built-in tools called Troubleshooters, which can automatically fix Sound Problems. To invoke them, use the following steps:

Audio troubleshooter in Windows 11
  1. Open Settings app and go to System>Troubleshoot.
  2. Click other Troubleshooters.
  3. After that, on that page, Open Audio Troubleshooter and follow the steps.
  4. It would try to fix the problem automatically.

Uninstall and Reinstall the Audio driver.

The next step you can try is to remove the Audio driver. For that, the following steps need to be done.

Change Audio enhancements and Hardware acceleration

The next step you can try is to change some settings and see if the sound works correctly.

Control Panel mmsys.cpl Applet in Windows 11

Restart Audio Services

Services in Windows are a crucial part of running critical Windows components, including sound. Above all, if those are not running, Sounds and Audio may not work. To make sure Audio services are running correctly, do the steps below:

  1. Press Win+R keys, and type services.msc. Press Enter to open the services console.
  2. Right-click Each of the services below, and select Restart.
    • Windows Audio
    • Windows Audio endpoint Builder
    • Remote Procedure Call.
  3. In addition, Restart your computer and see if the Audio is working again.


Given below are the various steps you can try if everything else has not helped:

  1. If you have issues playing Audio from a specific application only, for that, open the volume mixer from Settings>Sounds and increase the app-specific volume.
  2. If you have an IDT High definition Codec, try using a generic driver in the device manager manually. Right-click the Audio device, click Update Driver, then select  Browse my computer for driver software Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer. Select High definition Audio device and click Next.
  3. Check for Windows updates.
  4. In the Control panel Applet called mmsys.cpl, make sure your playback device isn’t disabled. You would have to enable it by right-clicking the device. If it shows disconnected, check the cable output.

To conclude, these steps can help you troubleshoot Sound problems in Windows 11.

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