Installing Realtek HD on a Windows 10 computer

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Step 1: Remove the old driver

If the software has already been used in the operating system, it is recommended to uninstall the old driver first to avoid a conflict between Realtek HD software versions. If the operating system is "clean" and the sound driver has not yet been installed, you can skip this step and go directly to the next one.

  1. Open the built-in tool "Device administrator".. To do this, use the key combination "Win + X"and then select the corresponding item.
  2. Expand the menu "Sound, game and video devices" and find drivers for Realtek High Definition Audio. Right-click on the name and from the context menu select the device uninstall function.
  3. Confirm the action in the new window.

It is also recommended to search for duplicates of this device. To do this, in the tab "Watch". at the top of the interface "Device administrator" check the option «Show hidden devices». Uninstall the software in the same way.

After uninstalling the software, the operating system must be restarted for the changes to take effect.

Sound is likely to be lost after this, but once Realtek HD is installed, all components will automatically resume operation.

Step 2: Installation

First of all, you will need to download the Realtek HD utility, and you will need to determine the bit and version of your operating system when booting. The installation procedure is not complicated, as a step-by-step wizard is pre-installed. It is enough to follow the algorithm according to the instructions.

Also read: How to know the bit rate of your computer

Download Realtek HD

  1. Download and run the installation file. It will automatically start extracting the components you need for the installation.
  2. A step-by-step wizard will start. press the button "Next".to continue the installation.
  3. In the next window, a brief instruction will appear. Read them and continue with the installation.
  4. If you have skipped the first step with the manual removal, the installation wizard will automatically remove the old software detected. It will then start to install the necessary components. This may take some time.
  5. When everything is installed, the software will ask you to reboot the drive. It is recommended to do this to recover the sound. But it is also possible to postpone the reboot to a more convenient time. press the button "Done"..

This completes the Realtek HD installation. You can find an application for additional sound settings (called Realtek HD Manager) among the installed software, for example by searching "Start". searching "realtek". If you can't find this program, keep reading.

By the way, you can also install any drivers with the help of special helpers.

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Posible problems

If you encounter any problems during the installation, you can solve most of them yourself.

Realtek HD won't install

Often the cause is a software conflict or a driver version that is not compatible with your operating system. Sometimes Realtek HD installation fails due to malfunction of sound hardware or motherboard chip; Windows problems can also cause the installation to fail. Most of the problems and solutions are covered in our separate article.

Read More: Realtek HD won't install on Windows 10

No shortcut to start / Does not start with Windows / Automatically closes

The most common problem with a Realtek HD already installed is the absence of a dispatch icon in the tray or an icon on the desktop. Also, due to various malfunctions, this Manager may automatically close or not even start with the operating system. In the following material you can find how to solve the opening of this application.

More information: How to open Realtek HD Manager in Windows 10

Realtek HD Manager does not start

If the installed Realtek HD Manager does not start, the source of the problem must be found in the operating system. Our author has explained in another tutorial what to do in this situation, even if the audio hardware does not appear in "Device administrator"..

Read More: Realtek HD won't open in Windows 10

The dispatcher does not appear in the control panel

If you are used to running Realtek HD Manager via "Control Panel". Windows, but now its icon is not there, it can be shown via "Options". Windows 10. There are alternative startup methods, which you can find in a separate guide on our website.

Read more: No Realtek HD Manager icon in Control Panel