Dolby Atmos is one of the most sought-after features for people shopping for a new soundbar or home theater system – but it’s different from Dolby Audio. In this post, we will show you how to install Dolby Audio on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC.
What is Dolby?
Before we get right to it, a bit of background. Essentially, Dolby is an audio compression technology – it makes sound like movie soundtracks, which is designed for vast rooms and huge, cinema-style speakers – and compresses it for our viewing pleasure at home. All this is done without compromising on sound quality.
What’s the difference between Dolby Audio and Dolby Atmos?
Dolby Audio is a 2D audio technology that makes subtle enhancements to whatever you’re watching — be it a sporting event, streamed movie or even a DVD or Blu-ray — so that it sounds generally better.
On the other hand, Dolby Atmos is a 3D immersive technology that allows a speaker or speaker system to ‘trick’ your brain into thinking that you’re ‘surrounded’ by sound – it essentially gives you the watching a movie in the cinema experience, where it seems like you’re surrounded by speakers, even when you’re not.
Install Dolby Audio on Windows 11/10
You can download and install Dolby Audio on Windows 10/11 device in either of two ways. We’ll explore this topic under the methods outlined below in this section as follows.
Download and install Dolby Audio from Microsoft Store
To download and install Dolby Audio on your Windows 10/11 device from Microsoft Store, do the following:
- Open Microsoft Store. If you’re having issues opening Microsoft Store, this guide can help you.
- Search for dolby audio.
- Alternatively, you can access this Dolby Audio page link on Microsoft Store.
- Now, click the Get button to download and install Dolby Audio on your device.
Download and install Dolby Audio as Desktop app
This is a two-step process that includes:
- Install the Dolby Digital Plus AA Driver
- Run the Setup File for Dolby Digital Plus AA
Let’s see the process in detail.
1] Install the Dolby Digital Plus AA Driver
To download and install the Dolby Digital Plus AA Driver on your Windows 10/11 device, do the following:
- Search for and download the Dolby Digital Plus Advance Audio archive package from dolby.com.
- Unzip the archive package.
- Next, disable driver signature enforcement.
- Now that you have driver signature enforcement disabled, open Device Manager.
- In Device Manager, scroll down through the list of installed devices and expand the Sound, video and game controllers section.
- Right-click Realtek(R) Audio and select Update driver.
- Click Browse my computer for driver software.
- Click Let me pick from a list of available drivers.
- Click Have Disk.
- Click Browse.
- In the Locate File window, double-click the Dolby Digital Plus Advance Audio folder.
- In the folder, double-click the folder for your system architecture.
- Now, double-click the Drivers folder.
- In the Drivers folder, double-click the Digital Plus AA file.
- Click OK on the Install From Disk prompt.
- Now, select Dolby Digital Plus Advance Audio.
- Click Next.
- Click Yes on Update Driver Warning prompt.
- Restart your computer to complete the update process.
Now, proceed with Step 2 below.
2] Run the Setup File for Dolby Digital Plus AA
After your PC has completed boot, to run the setup file for Dolby Digital Plus AA on your Windows 10/11 device, do the following:
- Open File Explorer.
- Navigate to the location where you extracted the zip file in step 1 above.
- At the location, double-click the Dolby Digital Plus Advanced Audio folder.
- In the folder, double-click the folder for your system architecture (x64).
- Now, double-click the Setup folder.
- Double-click the DolbyDigitalPlusAAx64 file to run the setup on your Windows 10/11 computer.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to install Dolby Digital Plus on your PC.
That’s it on how to install Dolby Audio on Windows 11/10!