[SOLVED] No Sound after Resetting Windows 10. Easily!

After a factory reset on Windows 10, your computer’s sound stops working. That can be frustrating, but don’t worry. There are possible solutions to fix this no sound problem.

Resetting Windows 10 will remove apps, drivers and settings you’ve made. The no sound issue likely occurs due to an outdated/corrupted audio driver or faulty sound settings. To fix the issue, you can try the seven methods below that will help fix audio driver issues and setting issues.

Method 1: Run audio troubleshooter
Method 2: Enable the audio device
Method 3: Update the audio driver
Method 4: Try an older version audio driver
Method 5: Try Windows generic audio driver
Method 6: Set your audio device as the default audio device
Method 7: Disable audio enhancements

Method 1: Run audio troubleshooter

To fix no sound after resetting Windows 10 issues, you can try running the built-in audio troubleshooter. The troubleshooter will perform a diagnostic process on your system that will check and resolve issues related to the audio.

In most cases, the troubleshooter will fix the issues automatically. Or it will give you some instructions that you can follow to fix the issues.

Here’s how to run the audio troubleshooter:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key. Type “audio troubleshooter” and then select Find and fix problems with playing sound from the result.

2) Click on Next. Then Windows will start detecting problems.

run audio troubleshooter

3) Select a device that you want to troubleshoot. For example, if you’re encountering no sound issues with your speakers, select Speakers. The click on Next. After that, Windows will fix the issues for you or show you the instructions to fix the issues.

If Method 1 doesn’t work for you, you can try Method 2.

Method 2: Enable the audio device

The no sound problem can occur due to a disabled audio device. In that case, enabling the audio device can fix the problem. This method will possibly work if you encounter “no audio output devices are installed” after resetting Windows 10. Here’s how:

1) Open Device Manager.

2) Locate the category “Sound, video and game controllers”.

If you don’t see the category “Sound, video and game controllers” show up, you can try following these steps to add it manually.

2a) Click Action at the top menu and select Add legacy hardware.

2b) Click Next.

2c) Select Search for and install the hardware automatically (Recommended), and then click Next.

2d) If the wizard tells you that it can’t add any new hardware, click Next.

2e) Select Sound, video and game controllers and click Next.

2f) Select the manufacturer and model of your sound card, then click Next to install the device.

For example, if you’re using a Realtek sound card, select Realtek from the Manufacturer list, then select the latest driver version from the Model list. Not sure what sound card you have?

3) Under the category “Sound, video and game controllers”, right-click on your audio device, then select Enable device.

If your audio device has been already enabled, try re-enabling it. Disable the audio device and enable the audio device again.

4) Restart your computer and check to see if the problem is resolved.

Method 3: Update the audio driver

The sound problem can be caused by an outdated audio driver. To fix the problem, you can try updating the audio driver.

If you don’t have the time and computer skills to update the audio driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

With Driver Easy, to download the correct drivers, you don’t need to verify your computer model and your Windows version. You can update drivers with a few clicks even if you don’t have too much computer skills.

1) Download and install Driver Easy Free on your computer.

2) Launch the application and click on Scan Now to detect any problem drivers on your computer, then you’ll see a list of drivers that can be updated.

3) Click the Update button next to the sound driver, then the driver will be downloaded automatically. Once download is done, you can install the driver with the step-by-step guide from Driver Easy.

4) After updating the driver, restart your computer to check to see if your computer has sound.

If Method 3 doesn’t work for you, continue to try Method 4.

Method 4: Try an older version audio driver

If a newer driver doesn’t help, you can try an older version audio driver. To do that, you can follow these steps:

1) Open Device Manager again.

2) Right-click on the audio driver and select Update driver.

3) Select Browse my computer for drivers.

4) Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

5) Select an older version audio driver.

6) Click Next to install the driver.

7) After installing the driver, restart your computer and check to see if the problem is resolved.

If the problem still persists, you can try installing the Windows generic audio driver. See Method 5.

Method 5: Try Windows generic audio driver

Method 3 and Method 4 allow you to update the audio driver from PC/device manufacturers. If the audio driver from manufacturers doesn’t work, you can try installing the Windows generic audio driver. To do so:

1) Open Device Manager again.

2) Right-click on the audio driver and select Update driver.

3) Select Browse my computer for drivers.

4) Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

5) Select High Definition Audio Device.

6) Click Next to install the driver.

7) Reboot your computer to check to see if the problem is resolved.

If Method 5 doesn’t work for you, try Method 6.

Method 6: Set your audio device as the default audio device

If your audio device isn’t set as the default audio device, you can’t hear sound from that device. So check and ensure your audio device is set as the default audio device. To do so:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type in “mmsys.cpl” into the run box and click OK to open the Sound window.

3) Check if your audio device is set as the default audio device. If not, select it and click the Set Default button, then click Apply -> OK to save the changes.

Method 7: Disable audio enhancements

Disabling audio enhancements can help fix sound issues and improve sound quality. You can try disabling audio enhancements on your computer and see if it works for you. Here’s how:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type in “mmsys.cpl” into the run box and click OK to open the Sound window.

3) Right-click on your audio device (something like Speakers), which should have a green tick on it, then click Properties.

4) Select the Enhancements tab, and check Disable all enhancements box. Click Apply -> OK to save the changes. If you don’t see an Enhancements tab, then your device doesn’t have any enhancements. In that case, this method doesn’t work for you.

5) Check to see if the no sound problem is resolved.

Hopefully you find this article helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below. I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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