How to download and reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager in Windows 10

Realtek HD Audio Driver is the most commonly used sound drivers for managing the sound settings for Windows system. Realtek High Definition Audio Manager comes packed along with Realtek Audio driver.This basically is the most commonly used sound driver that is loaded with incredible features and supports a six-channel Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) with 16.20.24-bit Pulse Code Modulation in channel audio of 5.1.

Fundamentally, the sound driver eases the sound control play on the windows desktop and is known to offer a high-quality sound to your system through the audio card. It is tagged with your audio device to enhance the sound experience. Recently, Window users have reported about the difficulty in accessing the sound driver. The users have also had the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon being lost or gone astray from the taskbar, system tray, and notification section. The issue might have probably triggered either after the Windows update or due to change in audio card driver.

In this article, we discuss how to download and reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager. This post also includes suggestions for the following issues:

  • Realtek HD Audio Manager icon missing

  • Realtek HD Audio Manager missing

  • Realtek HD Audio Manager not opening.

You may want to create a system restore point before you begin.

Download & Reinstall  Realtek HD Audio Manager

Before downloading the new drivers, uninstall all the current drivers. In order to avoid duplicate conflicts among several drivers, one must uninstall the duplicate audio drivers as well.

To do this follow these steps-

Click on Start button and navigate to Device Manager.

Expand Sound, video and game controllers from the list in Device Manager.

Under this, locate the audio driver Realtek High Definition Audio.

Right-click on it and select on Uninstall device from the drop-down menu.

Download & Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager

Check the option with Delete the driver software for this device and hit the uninstall button.

Now go to Views tab and click on Show hidden devices from the drop-down menu.

Now search for duplicate audio drivers if any. Right-click on it and hit the Uninstall option.

Restart the system.

To manually download the audio driver, Navigate to the official website of Realtek here – Click on High Definition Audio Codecs (Software).

The download page will list the available audio drivers for download. Search for the one you want and download it.

realtek drivers

Once the downloading process is complete, double-click on the setup files and follow the instructions to complete an installation.

If in spite of reinstalling the Realtek HD Audio, if you still find the component missing or if you find difficulty opening it, follow these suggestions.

Resolve Realtek HD Audio Manager issues

1] Disable Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for HD Audio & fix driver conflicts

In the Device Manager, expand the System Devices

Search and locate Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio.

Right-click on it and click Disable from the drop-down.

Open Windows Settings and go to Apps & Features

Click on Realtek High Definition Audio Driver and hit the option with Uninstall the driver.


Now navigate to Device Manager and right-click on the disabled Microsoft driver.

Click on Uninstall from the drop-down menu.

Having done this, now reinstall the Realtek HD Audio Driver

2] Enable the startup in Task Manager

Go to Start and open the Task Manager.

Navigate to the Startup tab.

Search and locate Realtek HD Audio Manager.

If the status is Disabled, right-click on it and click on Enable option from the drop-down menu.

Restart the system.

3] Update the Sound driver software

If the Realtek HD Audio is still missing, then do the following.

Open Device Manager.

Expand Sound, video and game controllers.

Right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio and click on Update driver from the drop-down menu.

Assuming that you have the latest driver setup file on your computer, choose Browse my computer for driver software.

Choose and select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

Search and pick the latest driver by date and then click Next to update.

4] Add Legacy hardware

Go to Device Manager.

Search and click on the Sound, video and game controllers.

Click on the Action tab.

Search and click on Add legacy hardware from the drop-down menu.

Click on Next button and select the radio button for Search for and install the hardware automatically (Recommended).

Click on Next and manually install the driver again.

Hope something helps!

Read next: Where to download drivers for Windows 10.

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Pavithra is a Windows enthusiast, who loves keeping abreast with the latest in the world of technology.


  1. Jonas Moses

    Unfortunately, your instructions are incorrect, and I have no resolution. You provide a link to the Realtek website, wherein your screen shots and explanations indicate that Realtek will have the appropriate drivers for download. However, they do not. Currently (as of May 29th, 2018), when one folllows your instructions and follows the link to the Realtek website, checks off the “I accept the above” statement and clicks on “Next,”…nothings happens.The page refreshes to the same page…with no listing of downloadable drivers. Sorry. You really ought to update this article, and supply a new solution or remove your article, as it is functionally no longer valid. Indeed, I am in a real quandary, for I cannot locate the Realtek HD Audio Manager program, ANYWHERE! One website proffers trying their donwload software assist app, after which one can (supposedly) download the correct driver(s). However, we all know this for what it is: a scam…an opportunity for the unsuspecting consumer to receive a bulk dump onto their computers of unwanted software and adware.

    Again, please update this solution? Any help would be most welcome!

  2. Zozo

    Same happened to me too.After Windows update,Realtek ‘s gone.Realtek website is BS.I’m going back to Wseven.W10 is an out of control monster.

  3. Charles Hinkle

    I don’t see Microsoft UAA Bus Driver anywhere.

  4. Grand Paladin Tyrux

    Just navigate to the page on your own, the link on this article screwed up for some reason.

  5. lighthope

    I have to agree with the others. The information in the article is quite wrong.

    And the Realtek site is no help. The drivers are from 2017 and do not address the problems the April 2018 Windows 10 update caused.

    Support request to Realtek went unanswered. Windows community support forum had no answers, and Microsoft won’t even talk to you.

    As of right now, I get stereo sound, but no surround sound. I had to roll back the driver to get the microphone to record.

    Sound-wise, this latest Windows update was a disaster.

  6. Diego

    Not sure if you are a moron or a troll but if you go to Realtek website and click on Downloads, then High Definition Audio Codecs and click the accept tick box and next it takes you straight to the drivers… just did it myself.

  7. Zozo

    You are an idiot!

  8. Pavithra

    In the Realtek Home page, navigate to Downloads-> Computer Peripheral ICs-> PC Audio Codecs-> High Definition Audio Codecs -> Software . Check the accept option which will take you to the drivers

  9. Clayton Stern

    Arlextra and Pavithra,you are both missing the point: yes, reinstalling the 2017 Realtek driver will get your microphone and headset sound working, again. However, it doesn’t address the issues caused by the April 2018 “upgrade” to Windows 10, including the loss of Surround Sound. This is a major problem… reverting to an older driver will not fix any of the issues we are talking about, here.

  10. Revulet Oleg

    Windows 10,after last update (June 2018) realtek wasn’t worked, I couldn’t see anymore.
    Driver updatates wasn’t helpful

    SOLUTION: download Realtek 273 version, you can find it online, It works fine on my Windows 10 64.

  11. enzo Licona

    Can you help me? I assumed I was downloading and uninstalling the right Drivers. My headset microphone does not want to get picked up by anything I’ve uninstalled and installed every sound thing in my device manger it’s not a privacy problem 3.5 jack and the usb does not work I don’t understand have any idea?

  12. thulitha

    i really love this site thank u for my audio problem solvation….good work

  13. David Birdsell Jr.

    YES! 273 version fixed all my issues. Now I have excellent sound with no BSOD problems. Thank you very much.

  14. Piet de Geus

    With me the regular sound is not working, like Youtube, Mediaplayer, move-editors etc. Directly from some applications (like Flightsimming) there is sound, so no complete silence though. Also whern I use an USB headphone, there is sound, also from Youtube e.g.).
    I ran your complete re-install-procedure, but halfway at ‘Search and locate Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio.” that line was not found, so I continued. After some restarts and then looking in prooperties there was a message that Realtec HDA was not working (message 10)
    although in start-up it is enabled (was already)
    Also the Configuration Manager is not showing, (for e.g. the sound-effects like open air, room, wood etc).
    What are my options?
    Hoping to hear a solution,
    with kind regards,
    Piet de Geus

  15. john

    totally cant find realtek anywhere except to uninstall it is no where to be found in any of the locations.


    Thank you!! It worked perfectly 🙂

  17. Emdosis

    OMG!!!!!! For 5000 years I’ve been uninstalling/reinstalling this dung which some people call “Realtek” or sth, but to no avail. But now, thanks to you I’ve finally escaped this desert of complete darkness. I’m forever grateful oh great Sand Lord.

  18. ????????? ????????

    THANK YOU very VERY much!!! I finally can do it!!! I searced how to fix it about 4 month, i tried many versions, but working normal only R273!!!
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH again and again!!!

  19. How do you find said driver?

  20. Porst

    The Realtek website is no longer set up that way. You now have to go through sub-category after sub-category, it gives you no information which is the right one for you, and once you do get to the codecs it’s only the 2017 drivers, which as people have said, are broken with surround sound.

  21. DerAlbrecht

    Look at the Website of your Mainboard/Laptop manufacturer, im my case you can download the audio drivers from Gigabytes Website of my Mainboard.

  22. Tamir

    Thank you so much!!!!!! it worked.
    Just headsup- the Realtek site undergone a makeover. You really need to update your page (The site looks and works completely different than you described).

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