How to Fix No Audio Output Device is Installed Issue

The sound in your Windows system will only work with an audio device plus the right audio drivers. Sometimes, users will encounter the “No Audio Output Device is Installed” error, and they’ll notice a red X on the sound icon in the task bar.

Just like that, your system produces no sound.

This error usually occurs when the audio drivers are corrupted or outdated. Many people are reporting that the error usually happens after a Windows update. This error can also occur due to a faulty audio jack.

Our “No Audio Output Device is Installed” guide should help solve this problem.

audio device not installed issue

1. Update Sound Drivers

As mentioned, the “no audio output device is installed in Windows 10” error happens due to a corrupted or outdated driver. Therefore, the best way to fix this error is to update your sound drivers.

You can update drivers manually, but it can be somewhat a daunting task. You’ll be required to find the driver source online and find the right version according to your audio device and OS version.

If you want a hassle-free way to update your audio drivers, you could use a professional driver update utility tool like Driver Support. This tool will scan your system and will automatically find the right drivers for it.

To update your audio drivers using DriverSupport, you can follow the quick steps below:

  1. Give Driver Support | ONE a try today! and install.
  2. Launch DriverSupport and perform a quick scan. If there’s something wrong with your audio driver, you should see it listed (i.e. Realtek High Definition Audio).
  3. Click the “Fix it!” button to download and install the required drivers. You will be prompted to sign up for a Premium account.
  4. Restart your PC or laptop when prompted.

2. Fix With Device Manager

This error can also be fixed via Windows’ Device Manager. Refer to the steps below:

1. Press Windows + R key to bring up the Run app.

2. Type devmgmt.mcs to open the Device Manager.

run windows device manager

3. Look for the section for “Sound, video and game controllers.”

sound device manager

4. Click Action located at the top-left part of the menu. Click “Add legacy hardware.”

legacy hardware add

5. A wizard will pop up and you can click Next. Select the “Search for and install hardware automatically” option, and then click Next.

6. Scroll down and find the “Sound, video and game controllers” tab. Click Next.

7. Choose your exact sound card (check the brand and model), and then click Next. Install the associated audio driver and click Finish.

8. Back in Device Manager, right-click on your audio device and choose Enable.

From here, you can check if the audio error is solved. If not, you can uninstall the audio driver update and perform a quick reboot. After restarting, Windows should automatically load the audio driver.

3. Reboot Your System

There are times when this audio device error is caused by changing hardware configurations while loading Windows.

To prevent this from happening, you need to refrain from removing or attaching any devices or peripherals while your PC is booting up.

Make sure that you only attach or remove devices after Windows has completely loaded. Sometimes, this error is easily fixed by simply rebooting your PC.

4. Replace Defective Sound Card

If the above solutions are still not working, there’s a good chance that you’re dealing with a defective sound card.

Whether it’s a power problem or just plain wear-and-tear, sound cards can just stop working altogether.

Fortunately, sound cards are easy to replace and not that expensive.

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  1. smc December 4, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    So cooollllllllllllllllllllll

  2. Bill Jones June 1, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Still does not work. No change.

  3. Adosh June 4, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Is saying that This software for this device is not installed but may not work correctly

    Dish TV cannot start (code10)

  4. angelica dadea July 13, 2020 at 7:47 am

    so happy na fixed ko sya , godbless

  5. Matt G July 16, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Sorry to hear you’ve been having issues – are you a current Driver Support customer? We have tech support available to try and help diagnose the issue. Just go in your portal to access tech support.

  6. john August 14, 2020 at 11:22 am

    These did not work still have the same issue

  7. Mark O September 7, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    A bit over a month ago my Samsung laptop computer started making weird sounds every once and a while randomly, such as whistles that would make me jump. I replaced the Realtek audio that came with it with the latest Realtek audio driver. It worked fine after that for weeks. Suddenly yesterday the computer BLUE-SCREEN’d on me in the middle of using Firefox, it creating only a Memory Dump file of Windows with absolutely nothing placed into the Event-log from the time of the crash. And I also easily noticed the red-X over the speaker. Plus, it no longer lists any sound devices at all of any type. When I then checked the Device Manager, EVERYTHING having anything whatsoever to do with audio had a yellow exclamation mark by it! Restarting the computer doesn’t make any difference. And I also frequently have used a Blue-Tooth external speaker as well as an HTML connection to my HDTV, both of which of course involve audio, and yet none of them work and none of them show up in the list of sound devices, even after ones that are plugged in through USB! And neither my internal speakers nor the earphone jack have any sound going to them at all any longer, which of course makes sense due to having no drivers loaded any longer. NOTHING whatsoever software-wise has changed from the time that all sound devices and drivers were all working to them no longer working, and the only thing that happened was the BLUE-SCREEN computer crash that changed things. So first of all, would I be right to assume it likely a PHYSICAL issue, particularly with even the internal speaker driver reporting the error “Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45)” ? And my biggest question is therefore that if–as it seems–the internal motherboard sound card has died, is there some way that I can nevertheless plug in some type of USB sound card and have it bring back a sound system to my computer, even though absolutely NO drivers are currently loading even down to the most-needed fundamental ones involving the audio right now?

  8. Siva September 10, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    in device manager audio option is not appearing

  9. Joemi Santos October 16, 2020 at 6:06 am

    I think i need to buy new Sounds Card :(

  10. Hadaza February 7, 2021 at 8:58 am

    This Lenovo laptop keep saying” no audio output installed device”, i’ve already tried things like troubleshooting,update etc. Still the icon in taskbar is in 🔈X .Anyway thank you for the info’s,although it does’nt work for me still,hoping that others out there can fix their devices.

  11. me April 20, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Just Microsoft f***ing us over!

  12. Richard May 4, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    I think I accidentally deleted my sound card. How do I get it back??? or can I download it again???

  13. RCja June 11, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    somebody help me :(( ginawa ko naman lahat ng steps hays may online class pako :((((((

  14. Nathan July 10, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    2 things i ran into on this.
    1. I dont have a sound option in my device manager. Mine was under System devices, then HD audio controller.

    2. I reset my driver and there was no change. I had to disable and re enable the device. under the HD audio controller properites menu.

  15. Oleg July 21, 2021 at 8:18 am

    On My Laptop it happened only on W10.
    Windows 7 on the same device loads just fine with all the Audio devices and drivers in place.

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