How To Enable Sound Card In Windows 10

Windows 10 Sound Card

Are you experiencing problems with your sound card on your Windows 10 computer? If so, don’t worry, it’s a common issue, and there is a solution. In this article, we will guide you on how to enable your sound card in Windows 10.

Check Your Connections and Volume

Windows 10 Volume

Before proceeding with the technical solution, make sure that your speakers or headphones are properly connected to your computer. Also, ensure that the volume is turned up and not muted.

Check Device Manager

Windows 10 Device Manager

The next step is to check your device manager. Click on the Windows Start button and type “Device Manager” in the search box. In the Device Manager window, click on “Sound, video and game controllers.” If you see a yellow exclamation mark, it means there is a problem with the device driver.

Update Sound Card Driver

Windows 10 Update Driver

To update your sound card driver, right-click on the device with the exclamation mark and select “Update Driver.” Then choose “Search automatically for updated driver software.” Windows will search for the latest driver and install it automatically.

Uninstall and Reinstall Sound Card Driver

Windows 10 Uninstall Driver

If updating the driver did not solve the issue, try uninstalling the sound card driver and reinstalling it. Right-click on the device with the exclamation mark and select “Uninstall device.” Then restart your computer, and Windows will reinstall the driver automatically.

Check Windows Audio Service

Windows 10 Audio Service

If you still can’t hear any sound, check if the Windows Audio service is running. Press Windows + R keys and type “services.msc” in the Run dialog box. In the Services window, look for “Windows Audio” and check if it’s running. If not, right-click on it and select “Start.”

Check Audio Enhancements

Windows 10 Audio Enhancements

If you still have sound problems, try disabling audio enhancements. Right-click on the volume icon in the taskbar and select “Playback devices.” Then right-click on your default playback device and select “Properties.” In the Properties window, click on the “Enhancements” tab, and check “Disable all enhancements.”

Check Third-Party Audio Software

Windows 10 Third Party Audio Software

If you have third-party audio software installed, it might conflict with the sound card driver. Try disabling or uninstalling the software and check if the sound works.

Check Sound Card Compatibility

Windows 10 Sound Card Compatibility

Finally, check if your sound card is compatible with Windows 10. Some older sound cards might not work with the latest Windows version. Check the manufacturer’s website for driver updates or compatibility information.


If you follow the above steps, you should be able to enable your sound card in Windows 10. However, if you still can’t hear any sound, it might be a hardware issue, and you should seek professional help.

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