Fix: Realtek Audio Manager won't Open or Cannot find Realtek Audio Manager (2023)

If you have Realtek Audio drivers installed on your system then you will also have Realtek Audio Manager on your device as well. Realtek Audio Manager provides different options for changing the sound settings. However, there are cases where you won’t be able to open the Realtek Audio Manager. This can happen to anyone and you don’t have to make a specific change to cause this. Users who bought a new computer or installed the Windows (and installed Realtek Drivers) are usually the victim of this problem but it isn’t specific to that set of users. In this issue, you won’t be able to find the Realtek Audio Manager. It won’t appear on the system tray or in the Control Panel or in the Task Manager. For some, it might appear in one of these places but they won’t be able to open it. Even if you go to the location where the Realtek Audio Manager executable file is located, double-clicking the file will not open anything. So, the bottom line is that you won’t see the Realtek Audio Manager anywhere on the system and, if you do see the Realtek Audio Manager, opening it (double-clicking) will not do anything.

The most common culprit behind this is the drivers. If your drivers didn’t install properly or your drivers got corrupted then your Realtek Audio Manager can behave like this. In some cases, a driver update or a Windows update might have caused this issue.

Tips

  • Sometimes, the issue might be with the Windows and Microsoft releases new updates every month with various little fixes. So, make sure you have installed all the Windows updates. Once your system has installed all the Windows Updates, reboot and check if the problem is fixed or not
  • If you simply cannot locate the Realtek Audio Manager and wondering how to open it then do the following
    1. Hold Windows key and press R
    2. Type C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\ and press Enter
    3. Locate and double click the file .exe
    4. This should open the Realtek Audio Manager for you. If this works for you then simply right click the exe file and select Create shortcut. Move this shortcut to the desktop. This will make it easier for you to run it.

Method 1: Uninstall and Reinstall the Drivers

This problem is usually related to faulty or corrupted drivers. So, uninstalling and letting Windows reinstall the drivers will resolve the issue.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

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  1. Locate and double click Sound, video and game controllers
  2. Right-click your Realtek high definition audio device
  3. Select Uninstall and confirm any additional prompts

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  1. Once the driver is uninstalled, click Action from the top menu bar
  2. Select Scan for hardware changes

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This should reinstall the drivers and fix the issue.

Note: If it doesn’t resolve the issue then repeat the steps given above and skip steps 6 and 7. Once you uninstall the driver, reboot the system and check if that fixes your problem.

Method 2: Repair Realtek Audio Manager

Repairing the Realtek Audio Manager from the Control Panel also rectifies this issue. Here are the steps for repairing Realtek Audio Manager

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  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
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  3. Locate and select Realtek Audio Manager
  4. Click Repair and follow the on-screen instructions. If you don’t see a Repair button then click Uninstall (or Uninstall/Change) button. A new window will open and you should see a Repair option in that window. Select Repair and click Next. Follow any additional on-screen instructions.

Once the manager is repaired, you should be good to go.

Method 3: Microsoft Troubleshooters

Microsoft provides its own troubleshooters that fix small issues. These aren’t the most efficient troubleshooters but it takes a couple of minutes to scan via these troubleshooters. So, try to run these audio and hardware related troubleshooters to see if they resolve the issue.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting and press Enter

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  1. Select Hardware and Sound

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  1. Select Hardware and Devices

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  1. Click Advanced

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  1. Check the option Apply repairs automatically
  2. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions

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Check if this resolves the issue.

Method 4: Update the Drivers

Downloading the drivers from the Realtek website has resolved the issue for a lot of users as well. So, download and install the latest drivers from the Realtek website.

Here are the steps for downloading and installing the Realtek drivers

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  1. Click here and select the High Definition Audio Codecs(Software) option

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  1. Check the option I accept to the above
  2. Click Next

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  1. Download the drivers suitable for your Windows version

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  1. Once the drivers are downloaded, double click to run the file and follow the on-screen instructions.

The problem should go away after the successful installation of drivers.

Method 5: Rollback Drivers

If you started experiencing this issue after you updated the drivers then the problem might be the latest version of the driver. A lot of the times the newer version has some kind of bug that causes these type of issues. There is an option in the device manager that lets you roll back to the previous version of the driver. The steps for rolling back your drivers are given below

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

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  1. Locate and double click Sound, video and game controllers
  2. Double click your sound card driver
  3. Select the Driver tab and keep it open.

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  1. Click the button Roll Back Driver… and follow the on-screen instructions. If this option is greyed out then there isn’t anything that you can do. The only option you have is to uninstall the drivers and let the Windows install the drivers automatically. For this, go to method 1.

Method 6: Install Drivers from Microsoft Update Catalog

If you started to experience the problem after installing the Windows update then this method will fix the issue. There are so many cases where a Windows Update introduces a bug that causes an issue with drivers or other apps. So, installing the drivers from the Microsoft Update Catalog will fix this problem.

Here are the steps for downloading and installing the drivers

  1. Click https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=6.0.1.8328 and download the version most suitable for you. Simply click the Download button in front of the option that is suited for you

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  1. A new window will open. Click on the link given in that window and save the file

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  1. Navigate to the location where you want to extract the contents of the file. Right-click anywhere on the empty space and select New then select Folder. Name this folder whatever you want and press Enter
  2. Right-click the downloaded file and select Extract files…
  3. Click Browse and select the location where you want to extract the contents of the file. This should be the folder that you created in step 3.
  4. Click Ok
  5. Now, you need to disconnect the internet. This is because we will uninstall the old drivers and we don’t want the Windows to reinstall the drivers for us. We want to install the drivers we downloaded manually.
  6. Hold Windows key and press R
  7. Type ncpa.cpl and press Enter

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  1. Right-click your internet connection and select Disable or Connect/Disconnect option

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  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open the Device Manager.

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  1. Locate and double click Sound, video and game controllers
  2. Right-click your Realtek high definition audio device
  3. Select Uninstall and confirm any additional prompts

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  1. Reboot
  2. Wait for the Windows to start up again. Hold Windows key and press R
  3. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

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  1. Locate and double click Sound, video and game controllers
  2. Right-click your Realtek high definition audio device
  3. Select Update Driver Software…

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  1. Select Browse my computer for driver software

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  1. Click Browse and navigate to the location of the folder that has the contents of the downloaded driver. Select this folder and click Open

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  1. Click Next and follow any additional on-screen instructions.

Once the drivers are installed, restart the system and you should be good to go. You can enable the internet and everything should be working normally.

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Method 7: Install the Driver from the available drivers

If nothing else worked for you then you might try this. There is an option in the device manager that lets you install the drivers from the list of drivers available on your machine. You will be able to see the Realtek Audio Drivers on this list. Installing the drivers this way has resolved the issue for some people. So, if nothing else worked then try this way of updating the drivers.

Here are the complete steps for updating the drivers from the list of available drivers

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

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  1. Locate and double click Sound, video and game controllers
  2. Right-click your Realtek high definition audio device
  3. Select Update Driver Software…

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  1. Select Browse my computer for driver software

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  1. Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer

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  1. Select Realtek High Definition Audio and click Next. Follow any additional on-screen instructions.
  2. Once done, reboot

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FAQs

Why can't I find Realtek HD Audio Manager? ›

Answer: The Realtek HD Audio Manager may not be present on the system. Therefore, to bring it back on the system, follow any one of the methods mentioned below: Update Sound Drivers present on the system. Download Realtek HD Audio Manager from the official website and install it on the system.

How do I fix Realtek not showing in Device Manager? ›

Click the Action menu then scan for hardware changes then check if it shows up in the device tree. I suggest you to run the Audio troubleshooter and check if it helps. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/f... If the issue persists, then try to uninstall and re-install the audio driver.

How do I reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager? ›

Manually Uninstall and Reinstall Audio Driver
  1. Open Device Manager. Use your Windows search icon on the taskbar and search for “device manager.” ...
  2. Find Your Sound, Video and Game Controllers Section. ...
  3. Uninstall the Realtek HD Audio Driver and Do a Full Restart. ...
  4. Open Device Manager to Scan for Changes.

Can I download Realtek Audio Manager? ›

Visit the Realtek website to find the drivers corresponding with your system version and then download the driver manually. Once you've downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

How do I fix Realtek on Windows 10? ›

How to Fix Realtek Audio Issues in Windows 11, 10
  1. Update Realtek High-Definition Audio. ...
  2. Disable Audio Enhancement. ...
  3. Enable/ Restart Windows Audio Service. ...
  4. Disable Microsoft UAA Bus Driver. ...
  5. Use a Generic high-definition Audio Device Driver. ...
  6. Change Default Sound Format. ...
  7. Reinstall Sound Driver. ...
  8. Select the Correct Output Device.
29 Apr 2021

How do I reinstall Realtek HD Audio driver Windows 10? ›

You'll find this easy to do on Windows 10 by simply clicking the Start Menu and going to Device Manager. Once you're there, you can navigate to “sound, video and game controllers,” find the device that needs to be updated, right click it and select “update driver.”

How do I get my Realtek back? ›

At the top of your Device Manager, select the Action menu option. Under Action, choose the option to Scan for hardware changes. Windows automatically scans and detects the uninstall of your Realtek HD Definition Audio driver and prompts you to reinstall. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the reinstallation.

How do I open Realtek HD Audio Manager in Windows 11? ›

How to Find and Open Realtek HD Audio Manager on Windows

How do I download and reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager in Windows 11 10? ›

You can download Realtek HD Audio Manager from Realtek official website. You can open Realtek HD Audio Manager download page and find the corresponding driver for your Windows 10/11 system. Click the Download icon to download Realtek HD Audio Driver for your computer.

Do you need Realtek HD Audio Manager? ›

You need this driver for your audio device to even work on the PC – so uninstalling it would create serious audio errors. To further customize your sound experience, you can download the Realtek High Definition Audio Manager, but it is not necessary just to plug in new speakers or use your system's sounds.

How do I reinstall all my audio drivers? ›

Replies (7) 
  1. Open Start Menu.
  2. Type Device Manager and Open it.
  3. Double-Click on the category "Audio inputs and outputs".
  4. Under this category, right-click on the driver of your audio output device and select "Properties".
  5. Click the "Driver" tab and look for "Roll Back Driver" button* below and click it.

How do I reinstall high definition audio device? ›

Reinstall audio driver from Control Panel
  1. Type Appwiz. ...
  2. Find audio driver entry and Right-click on the audio driver and then choose Uninstall option.
  3. Choose Yes to continue.
  4. Reboot your device when the driver is removed.
  5. Get the latest version of the audio driver and install it on your PC.
18 Jan 2021

What to do if Realtek is not working? ›

Alternatively, you can go to Device Manager > Sound, video, and game controllers > expand the category > right-click Realtek High Definition Audio > Update driver > Search automatically for driver > Windows 10 will automatically begin updating the latest driver available in the database > Restart the PC to apply ...

What if I Uninstall Realtek? ›

The only thing that can happen is your realtek soundcard will stop working (assuming you have it on-board) and you'd have to install them again to use it. It won't affect your other one.

How do I fix a corrupted audio driver? ›

How to Fix Install Realtek HD Audio Driver Failure
  1. Repair Corrupt Files.
  2. Method 2: Check for malfunctioning drivers and update manually.
  3. Method 3: Use the Add legacy hardware option in Device Manager.
  4. Method 4: Remove the drivers, and let Windows install its own.
25 Sept 2022

Can I replace Realtek HD Audio? ›

You'd need to have the driver stored locally, but go to Device Manager, open Audio devices, right-click the Realtek device, select Properties, go to the Driver tab, click Update Driver, point Windows to the locally stored driver, and keep your fingers crossed.

How do I install Realtek on Device Manager? ›

Open Device Manager. Expand Sound, video, and game controllers. Right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio and click on Update driver from the drop-down menu. Choose and select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

Does Windows 11 have Realtek HD Audio Manager? ›

The latest Realtek audio driver windows 11 for Intel was released on January 11, 2022. Its version is 6.0. 9285.1.

Why is my audio device not detected? ›

Hardware problems can be caused by outdated or malfunctioning drivers. Make sure your audio driver is up to date and update it if needed. If that doesn't work, try uninstalling the audio driver (it will reinstall automatically). If that doesn't work, try using the generic audio driver that comes with Windows.

What happens if I Uninstall my sound driver? ›

The only thing that happens when you don't have audio drivers, is that you don't have audio anymore.

Do I need to keep reinstalling sound drivers? ›

This issue of constantly reinstalling the audio driver might be due to software conflicts that have occurred when you updated Windows. We recommend performing a System File Check Scan and DISM to troubleshoot your concern.

How do I update my Realtek audio driver? ›

Follow these steps to update the drivers via Device Manager:
  1. From the search box on the taskbar, type “Device Manager.”
  2. Click on it from the menu.
  3. Expand the “Sound, video, and game controllers” option, then right-click on the “Realtek High Definition Audio” option.
  4. Choose “Update Driver.”
30 Aug 2022

Why do I not have Realtek high definition audio driver? ›

On some PC, it doesn't even launch/open the HD Audio Manager at all. The trick to solving the missing Realtek HD Audio Manager is to uninstall the latest version (v 2.82). After that, you have two choices — reinstall a lower version or the latest version by fetching it from Realtek's website.

Where is Realtek driver in Device Manager? ›

Step 1: Right-click on the Start button in the taskbar area and then click Device Manager to open the same. Step 2: In the Device Manager, expand Sound, video and game controllers tree. Step 3: You should now see your audio driver's name. Most likely you have Realtek High Definition Audio.

How do I open Realtek audio Manager? ›

The simple way to access Control Panel is to press Windows + R, type control panel, and press Enter to open it. Step 2. In Control Panel window, click Small icons next View by. Find Realtek HD Audio Manager and click it to open Realtek HD Audio Manager in Windows 10.

How do I fix no output devices found? ›

You can choose from the follow 3 options to fix the “No Audio Output Device Installed” error; Automatically update your audio device drivers. Manually uninstall device driver & Manually reinstall the drivers. Re-enable the device.

How do I reinstall high definition audio device? ›

Reinstall audio driver from Control Panel
  1. Type Appwiz. ...
  2. Find audio driver entry and Right-click on the audio driver and then choose Uninstall option.
  3. Choose Yes to continue.
  4. Reboot your device when the driver is removed.
  5. Get the latest version of the audio driver and install it on your PC.
18 Jan 2021

How do I fix a corrupted audio driver? ›

Here's how:
  1. Press and hold Windows + R keys to open the Run dialogue box. ...
  2. Check the drivers' list and expand the list if necessary. ...
  3. Once you find the corrupted driver, right-click on it and select Update driver from the context menu.
25 Nov 2021

Can I replace Realtek HD Audio? ›

You'd need to have the driver stored locally, but go to Device Manager, open Audio devices, right-click the Realtek device, select Properties, go to the Driver tab, click Update Driver, point Windows to the locally stored driver, and keep your fingers crossed.

Why my audio Manager is not working? ›

If the Realtek HD Audio Manager is not opening on your PC, the most likely cause is a variety of issues with your drivers. It might be that your drivers are outdated or faulty. Also, the problem might be that your current driver version is corrupt.

Does Windows 11 have Realtek HD Audio Manager? ›

The latest Realtek audio driver windows 11 for Intel was released on January 11, 2022. Its version is 6.0. 9285.1.

How do I install Realtek audio Manager on Windows 10 64 bit? ›

Way 1.

Click the Download icon to download Realtek HD Audio Driver for your computer. You can download Realtek HD Audio driver for Windows 10 64bit or 32bit based on your own needs. After downloading, you can click the downloaded exe file, and follow the instructions to install the Realtek HD Audio Driver.

Why is no audio output device installed? ›

This may be causing the “No Audio Output Device is Installed” error. Your playback device isn't connected to the right port. If the port you're using is damaged or not configured to be used on your system, the device you plugged in it won't function as intended. Your wireless device isn't paired with your computer.

How do I manually update my audio driver? ›

Update the device driver

In the search box on the taskbar, enter device manager, then select Device Manager. Select a category to see names of devices, then right-click (or press and hold) the one you'd like to update. Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Select Update Driver.

Why my laptop shows no audio output device installed Windows 11? ›

There are many triggers behind the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error, such as: You have recently updated your system to Windows 11 that has changed some system settings for you. Sound drivers are damaged or haven't been updated in a long time. You have enabled the playback device that you are trying to play.

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