Realtek Audio Driver install loop Windows 10

Issue: Attempting to install Realtek Audio Drivers for Windows 10 leads to an endless uninstall/install loop. This happens with Realtek audio drivers from manufacturers like Lenovo, Dell, HP,  Asus and the drivers directly from Realtek. The install loop happens due to the new Windows Driver Updates from Microsoft. I would be fine with the generic Windows drivers for audio if they worked. 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 generic drivers were broken and provided terrible sound quality. This is not why I have these Mackie CR3 speakers.

How it happens:

  1. The Realtek installer removes the existing generic drivers installed by Windows Update and requests a reboot before proceeding.
  2. 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…).
  3. Once the Realtek process initiates after reboot it detects the generic Driver again, uninstalls again and asks for a reboot again!
  4. You can do the dance above all day long or hit the solution below!


  1. Right-click the Windows Start button and choose Device Manager.
  2. Expand the Sound, video and game controllers node in Device Manager.
  3. Right-click Realtek High Definition Audio, and click Uninstall.
  4. On the Confirm Device Removal dialog box:
    1. Click the Delete the driver software for this device option to delete the generic Windows driver.
    2. Click OK to start the uninstall process
    3. Do not reboot!
  5. Run your Realtek Audio installer and now reboot.
  6. Sound, sound, oh so glorious sound!!

Drivers: Download the latest Realtek Audio driver – here  or get the latest drivers from your computer/motherboard manufacturer’s website.

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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One thought on “Realtek Audio Driver install loop Windows 10

  1. Realtek High Definition Audio is not listed in Device Manager so I cannot follow your instructions.

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