Issue: Attempting to install Realtek Audio Drivers for Windows 10 lead to an endless uninstall/install loop. This happens with Realtek audio drivers from manufacturers like Lenovo, Dell, HP, & Asus and with drivers directly from Realtek. I would be fine with Windows generic drivers for audio – if they worked! In my case and many others the generic drivers provided terrible sound quality. The Audio Enhancements feature was broken for me – no matter how many times I re-installed or tried to adjust audio settings or Audio enhancements the sound quality never improved and that is not why I have these nice Mackie CR3 speakers.
- The Realtek installer removes the existing generic drivers installed by Windows Update and requests a reboot before proceeding.
- Upon reboot Windows re-installs the generic driver from the local Driver Store before the Realtek install process launches (you can probably see where this is going…).
- Once the Realtek process initiates after reboot it detects the generic Driver again, uninstalls again and asks for a reboot again!
- You can do the dance above all day long or hit the solution below!
- Right-click the Windows Start button and choose Device Manager.
- Expand the Sound, video and game controllers node in Device Manager.
- Right-click Realtek High Definition Audio, and click Uninstall.
- On the Confirm Device Removal dialog box:
- Click the Delete the driver software for this device option to delete the generic Windows driver.
- Click OK to start the uninstall process
- Do not reboot!
- Run your Realtek Audio installer and now reboot.
- Sound, sound, oh so glorious sound!!
If you still have Sound Problems
- Try the Microsoft Audio troubleshooter via download or manually
- Manually: select the Start button, type Troubleshooting, and then select Troubleshooting from the list of results. Under Hardware and Sound, select Troubleshoot audio playback.
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