Disable Audio Enhancements in Windows 10

Microsoft and third-party vendors have shipped audio enhancement packages designed to make your system’s specific hardware sound absolutely perfect. These are referred to as Audio Enhancements in Windows 10. But sometimes, these very ‘enhancements’ can cause problems with audio and sound. If you face issues with your audio in Windows 10, you may want to disable Audio Enhancements and see if it helps.

If you’re sure that your audio driver is up to date and you still experiencing the problem, and no audio works on your machine or you can’t play music, hear system sounds, or play any audio from the internet, try disabling the audio enhancement.

Turn Off Audio Enhancements in Windows 10

In the taskbar search, type ‘Sound’ and select Sound Control Panel item from the list of results.

Audio enhancement

The Sound properties box will open. Under the Playback tab, right-click the Default Device – Speakers/Headphones and select Properties.

Audio enhancement properties

In the Speakers Properties box which opens, switch to the Enhancements tab, select the Disable all enhancements check box.

Turn off Audio Enhancements in Windows 10

Now try to play your audio device. Does it work? If so great!

If the method fails, select Cancel to go back to the Sound Properties box again. Now on the Playback tab, select another default device (if you have one), select the Disable all enhancements check box, and try to play audio again.

Do this for each default device.

This is how you can completely disable or turn off Audio Enhancements in Windows 10.

Remember, you can always enable any enhancements disabled earlier if you feel the sound quality is not up to the mark. The enhancements enabled under the “Enhancements” tab are artificial software enhancements. If you prefer to use enhancements, you should select those that are included with your sound card software instead, as they provide more settings to adjust the sound quality.

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