If you are using a Windows 10 PC, you are probably using Realtek sound. If you’re not using a sound card or you’re not playing sound over HDMI with the best graphics cards, the Realtek HD Audio Codec driver is probably behind every sound produced by your computer.
Unfortunately, a hundred different things can damage your audio drivers. If this happens, you should first check the Device Manager to see if you can get a new driver through the Windows Update Center.
Unfortunately, these issues can range from audio driver problems to broken applications or devices. The most common problems are with this driver:
- Realtek HD Audio Manager is missing.
- The Realtek HD Audio Manager icon is missing.
- Realtek HD Audio Manager does not start.
- Realtek HD Audio Manager does not appear in Task Manager.
- It is silent.
You may receive a pop-up window with a specific error code or a message informing you of an installation error when Realtek HD Audio Manager causes problems on your computer. The software does not work properly for several reasons. The best solution is to reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager. Problems with the software are usually solved. However, you should also familiarize yourself with other solutions that we offer below.
Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager through Device Manager
- Press Windows + X and select Device Manager to open Device Manager in Windows 10.
- Expand Sound, Video, and Game Devices from the list. Right-click Realtek High Definition Audio and select Remove Device.
- Click Uninstall the driver software for this device, then click Uninstall.
- Then you can click the Action tab and then click Check for hardware changes. Windows will automatically analyze and download the Realtek HD Audio driver and reinstall the Realtek HD Audio Manager software.
Manually download Realtek HD Audio Manager for Windows 10.
- You can also go to the official Realtek download site, find a Realtek audio driver for your system and download it to your computer.
- Once the download process is complete, you can double-click the installation file and follow the installation instructions. The Realtek HD Audio Manager software is installed together.
You can also use the Windows Directory to find the right driver:
- Go to the official website of the Microsoft Update Center directory.
- Enter the keyword “Realtek” in the search box.
- Avoid search results by date.
- Find the latest driver version for your system and click “Download”.
- Continue the installation by following the on-screen instructions.
If reinstallation of Realtek HD Audio Manager did not help, you should use the following methods, trying to fix problems with this software.
Best settings for Realtek HD Audio Manager in Windows 10
Now that we’ve learned how to activate the Realtek HD Audio Manager and fix some related issues, let’s take a look at the best Realtek HD Audio Manager settings. In this section, you will learn more about the different sound configurations that can be applied to the Realtek HD Audio Manager.
First of all, let me make it clear that musical taste is a subjective thing. In addition, the sound quality is very different from speaker to headphone. Consequently, there is no single sound profile. The best way to find a sound profile that fits your ears is to adjust the equalizer and find the perfect balance. However, here are some general tips to help you get the best sound.
If you are using headphones with your computer, make sure that stereo sound is on. And if you are using speakers, preset rock or bass profiles will do a great job. You can also raise the treble one step higher, but make sure it’s comfortable for your ears. Also, if you are using a microphone for video calls or recording, make sure the noise reduction feature is enabled. Also, always set the frequency to 44100 Hz, as this is the most common sampling rate for all media types. In general, you should use Realtek HD Audio Manager more often and experiment with the EQ to get the most out of it.