Windows doesn’t recognize audio devices? Fix it

Among the different components that are part of our computer, audio is one of the main characteristics. And is that being able to listen to all kinds of content on the PC is one of the tasks that we most often perform in our day to day. Whether it’s playing music or video, making video calls, or even listening to Windows notifications, sound is essential. For this reason, nothing worse than encountering problems with the sound, such as the error “No audio device installed”. In this way today we are going to see what the causes may be and how to try to solve it.

It is likely that if we find the error message “No audio device installed” we do not know very well what is happening and what we can do to solve it. We only check that we cannot hear any sound on our computer, which is not only a nuisance to enjoy our leisure time, but can also negatively interfere with our work.

This error is easily noticeable, as it is represented by a red cross symbol together with the audio control found in the system tray. In the unequivocal sign that something is not going well so it will be necessary to try to remedy it in the most effective way possible.

Causes of the “No audio output device installed” error

The causes for which this error appears with the audio on our Windows 10 PC may be several, and there is not always a specific reason, so it is not always easy to detect or prevent it from happening. Even so, some of the most common reasons why it can happen are the following:

  • Windows 10 updates : Although it seems strange, it can be a cause of this error. And the main objective of Windows updates is to incorporate new features or establish security patches. But, sometimes, they may not be as polished as they should be, which ends up having an impact on possible system failures.
  • The playback device is deactivated : it may also happen that we have been able to deactivate the playback device that we use, so the audio will not be able to be on the device, since Windows 10 will not recognize it, giving rise to the appearance of this error .
  • The drivers are obsolete or damaged : the drivers are a fundamental part of the different components of our PC, as they make them work correctly. If the audio drivers are outdated or corrupted, we will get the error “No audio output device installed”.
  • Connection port damaged or not configured : if the port that we are using to emit the audio output, for example, to speakers or headphones is damaged, it is not configured, we will not be able to use it in our system

In summary, these may be the main causes for the error “No audio output device installed” appears, so now we must know the most important thing, how we can solve it.

Fix “No audio output device installed” error

If we have run into this error on our computer and we cannot reproduce audio, try these simple tricks that we tell you below with which we can try to solve it without having to go to a technician.

Check audio devices

The first thing we are going to do is verify that the audio devices are enabled, for which we must access the Windows “Control Panel”. To do this we write control panel in the search bar of the Start menu and select it. Once it appears, click on the “Hardware and sound” section.

Then we click on the “Sound” section and we will go to the “Playback” tab. Now we right-click and mark the options “Show disabled devices” and “Show disconnected devices.” In case our audio device appears, click on it with the right button and select “Enable device”.

Audio Troubleshooter

Windows 10 has a tool that can be useful in the event that an audio device has not been installed correctly, called the Audio Troubleshooter. To execute it we must access the Configuration menu using the keyboard shortcut «Windows + i». Here we click on the “Update and security” section.

In the new window we select the “Troubleshoot” tab, located in the left column. Then we click on “Additional troubleshooters” found in the lower right.

In the new screen we execute the option «Audio reproduction» and apply all the corrections indicated by the wizard.

Once finished, we restart the system and check if the error has been solved.

Install or update the audio drivers

As we have commented, one of the most common causes regarding audio is due to drivers. So it is important that we have them installed or, failing that, that they are updated. To do this, from the search bar of the Start menu we write “Device Manager” and select it.

In the list that we find, we must locate the section “Sound and video controllers and game devices” and we display them. Later we will click with the right button on our sound card and we will select «Uninstall the device». Once finished we restart the computer. Upon startup, the audio drivers should install automatically.

If not, or to be safe, we return to the “Device Manager”, click on the “Action” tab at the top and click the “Search for hardware changes” button. Now Windows 10 will take care of detecting and installing the drivers for our audio devices again.

This option should completely fix the “No audio output device installed” error. If not, we can try other options that can help us in this regard.

Run Windows audio services

Generally, the audio should work automatically and imminently in Windows 10, although for this it depends on some services to work. In the event that these services have not been executed automatically, we must start them manually.

To do this we will press the keyboard shortcut “Windows + r” to open the “Run” function. Here we must write “services.msc ” and press “Enter”. Once the «Services» window appears, we must locate the «Windows Audio» section in the list and click on it with the right button and click on «Start», or if it appears enabled, click on “Restart”.

Restart the application that has problems with the audio

In the event that Windows 10 is not able to find our audio device when trying to use a specific application, the problem may be caused by the application itself. Therefore it is important that we try to reproduce sound with a different application to make sure. We must also make sure to connect the device before opening the application with which we are going to play the audio. Finally, it is advisable to remove any virtual audio device that we have been able to add, as well as its drivers.

Update Windows 10 to the latest version available

Finally, the cause of the problem may be due to a Windows 10 error for which Microsoft has received the appropriate instructions and has been in charge of solving it through a new update. This is something that we must verify and install the new update as soon as possible. To do this we must open the “Settings” section by pressing the keyboard shortcut “Windows + i” and click on the “Update and security” section.

Then we select the “Windows Update” tab and click “Check for updates.” In the event that new updates are found, they will be installed. Once the computer is finished it will restart and we will check if the problem has been solved.

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