If audio is not working on your Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and sound icon displays 'No Audio Output Device is installed', here's how to fix.
NOTE: Users facing this audio loss issue after Windows Update on 11 October 2018, should check this fix instead.

If suddenly you discovered that your system has no audio, this is one of the most common issue faced by users. The audio may be lost after some Windows Update, feature upgrade or due to use third-party software, which broke audio integrity.

When audio is not available on your system, sound icon in taskbar has a red cross on it. Hovering the cursor over this icon displays ‘No Audio Output Device is installed‘ statement. You can clearly realize this in below shown screenshot.

FIX No Audio Output Device Is Installed For Windows 10

Users facing this problem may try below mentioned suggestions to fix.

FIX: ‘No Audio Output Device Is Installed’ For Windows 10/8/7

FIX 1 – General Suggestions

1. First thing you should try after getting into this problem is – reboot the device.

2. If rebooting doesn’t helps, right click sound icon and select Troubleshoot sound problems. Run the Audio troubleshooter and see if it helps.

3. Try additional suggestions mentioned here to troubleshoot the issue.

4. Try to update sound drivers, if sound device(s) available in Device Manager. If you can’t locate sound device(s) in Device Manager, follow FIX 2.

FIX 2 – Add Legacy Hardware/Sound Driver

1. Open Device Manager by running devmgmt.msc command.

2. In the Device Manager window, click Action > Add legacy hardware.

FIX No Audio Output Device Is Installed For Windows 10

3. Then in Welcome to the Add Hardware Wizard screen, click Next.

FIX No Audio Output Device Is Installed For Windows 10

4. Moving on, select Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced) option. Click Next.

FIX No Audio Output Device Is Installed For Windows 10

5. Now in the list, scroll down and select Sound, video and game controllers. Click Next.

FIX No Audio Output Device Is Installed For Windows 10

6. Then select the sound device driver from your device manufacturer. Click Next.

FIX No Audio Output Device Is Installed For Windows 10

7. Finally, click Next to begin installation of selected device.

FIX No Audio Output Device Is Installed For Windows 10

Once this installation is completed, go back to Device Manager. Under Sound, video and game controllers, right click your installed device and select Enable.

Reboot the machine and after restart, sound should be back on your device.

See following video to illustrate this fix:

Hope this helps!

Share this post on Facebook · Twitter.

11 Comments

  • After apply this method a blue screen come with an error code…..

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ What’s the error code?

  • Installing didn’t complete and it give me that the parameter is incorrect

  • @Bassant i am getting the same error… parameter incorrect

  • Even after doing all this, I still have the same error. In Device Manager, for Audio, the Error is 10: Cannot Start. It installed the High Def Audio Driver, but was unable to start.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ For error code 10, refer: https://www.kapilarya.com/fix-this-device-cannot-start-code-10-in-windows-10

  • I’ve tried all the recommendations on how to fix my audio, I still cannot get my audio to work! everytime I try the update it says the perimeter is no good. I’ve only had this new acer desktop for a few months and after updating windows 10 my audio quit working. I cant unistall all the updates for windows and this is my 4th or 5th day trying everything and anything get the problem fixed. i’m frustrated and just a waste of 1000+ on this new computer.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please perform repair upgrade: https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-repair-windows-10-using-in-place-upgrade

  • Thanks it worked immediately after the update and restart

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad to help!

  • i used the metod with legacy hardware and she didn’t work :(

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recent Comments

    • R.Tan : I have a windows 7 running quite well on HP probook 4540s w/ 8 GB RAM....

      5 hours ago

    • polzmacher : Same for my, if you use HP u can disable HP LAN/WAN/WWAN Switching UWP...

      11 hours ago

    • Kapil Arya : ^^ Glad to help, Tin!...

      12 hours ago

    • Tin : Thanks a lot - eveything back as it should be with Defender (Win 10 19...

      13 hours ago

    • Kapil Arya : ^^ Thanks for confirming this, David!...

      1 day ago