• February 17, 2021

Download and Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager in Windows 10

Realtek High Definition Audio Manager, also called as Realtek HD Audio Manager, comes packed along with the Realtek Audio driver. Realtek HD Audio Driver is the most commonly used sound driver for managing the audio settings on a Windows system. Realtek Driver is the most commonly used sound driver for Windows system and it comes with incredible features and supports a six-channel Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) with 16.20.24-bit Pulse Code Modulation in channel audio of 5.1.

Pretty much every single Windows machine I have ever owner has always came with Realtek Drivers for managing audio. The sound driver offers a high-quality sound to your system through the audio card. It is effective manages the audio device on your system to provide a richer sound output.

In the recent times, many Windows users have been reporting difficulty in accessing the Realtek sound driver. For some users, the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon has gone missing from the taskbar, system tray, and notification section. For most, the issue seems to have probably occurred either after the Windows update or due to a change in audio card driver.

In any case, to we will show you how to download the latest Realtek HD Audio Manager and reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager on Windows 10/8/7.

In this article, we have addressed the below issues:

  • Realtek HD Audio Manager not working
  • Realtek HD Audio Manager icon missing
  • Realtek HD Audio Manager missing
  • Realtek HD Audio Manager not opening.

We recommended to take a full backup of your data or to create a system restore point before proceeding.

Download & Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager

Before downloading/installing the new drivers, we shall first make sure to uninstall the current drivers. This will help to avoid any conflicts that might arise due to duplicate/multiple drivers.

Uninstall Existing/Old Driver (if any)

To do this:

Click on the Start button and search for Device Manager and open the first result.

Expand Sound, video and game controllers from the list in Device Manager.

Next, locate the audio driver Realtek High Definition Audio.

Right-click on the same and select on Uninstall device from the drop-down menu.

Check the option with Delete the driver software for this device and hit the uninstall button.

Next, go to Views tab and click on Show hidden devices from the drop-down menu.

Here, search for duplicate audio drivers and make sure there are none. If you find any duplicates, simply right-click on it and hit the Uninstall option.

Download and Install Realtek HD Audio Manager

You can get the latest version of the Realtek HD Audio Manager by visiting the official Realtek website here:

https://www.realtek.com/en/component/zoo/category/pc-audio-codecs-high-definition-audio-codecs-software

Download the latest version of the driver (make sure to download the Windows ones). Once downloaded, simply double click on the downloaded .exe file to begin the installation.

Even after reinstalling, if you continue to encounter issues with Realtek HD Audio Manager, below are a few suggestions you could try.

Resolve Realtek HD Audio Manager issues and Resolutions

Disable Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for HD Audio & fix driver conflicts

Click Windows Key + S and search for Device Manager and click on the first result.

In the Device Manager, expand the System Devices.

Look for Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio.

Once you find it, right-click and click Disable from the drop-down.

Next, go to Windows Settings and go to Apps & Features.

Click on Realtek High Definition Audio Driver and hit the option with Uninstall the driver.

Next, in the Device Manager and right-click on the disabled Microsoft driver.

Click on Uninstall from the drop-down menu.

Once you are done with the above steps, try to reinstall the Realtek HD Audio Driver again.

Enable Realtek HD Audio Manager in Startup

Open Windows Task Manager.

Click on the Startups tab.

Make sure it is not in Disabled state. If it is, simply right-click and select Enable.

Restart your Windows machine.

Update Realtek High Definition Audio Driver

Click on the Start button and search for Device Manager and open the first result.

Expand Sound, video and game controllers from the list in Device Manager.

Next, locate the audio driver Realtek High Definition Audio.

Right-click on the same and select on Update driver from the drop-down menu.

In the next screen choose Browse my computer for drivers option. Note: You need to download and have the driver ready.

After choosing the above option, you will be asked to choose the driver file. Navigate to the place where you have the driver and select it to install the update.

Add Legacy hardware in Device Manager

Click Windows Key + S and search for Device Manager and click on the first result.

In the device manager, look for and select on the Sound, video and game controllers.

Click on the Action tab.

Search and click on Add legacy hardware from the drop-down menu.

In the prompt that appears, click on Next and in the following screen, select Search for and install the hardware automatically (Recommended) option and click Next.

Now, manually install the driver again.

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