Getting a major Windows 10 update such as version 1903 (2019) brings a lot of features on-board such as the light theme. However, this does mean there are some problems that the update brings with it as well. It is annoying how you get ready to binge-watch that favorite Netflix series on your laptop/PC or just starting your favorite game and realize there’s no sound. What could’ve gone wrong?
Although hardware issues can result in no sound issue as well, upgrading to the latest version of Windows OS can trigger it too. It is possible that the new update is interfering with the outdated audio driver or conflicting with the underlying software by speaker/headphone’s manufacturer’s software or driver, etc. No Sound Issue after Windows 10 Update 2019 has become common and that is why we didn’t to take it and use the various available methods, tips and techniques to fix it in the following guide that you can read to know more.
- How to Fix No Sound Issue After Windows 10 Update 2019 (1903)?
How to Fix No Sound Issue After Windows 10 Update 2019 (1903)?
Restart the PC
Now that’s not rocket science since I have you have already restarted the PC to complete the installation procedure. However, as you are reporting no sound issue, maybe there’s a temporary glitch or bug that might have triggered when you finished the installation process. Thus, there’s no harm in restarting the PC again to see if the problem is sorted or not. If not, you can always proceed with other methods listed in this troubleshooting guide.
Check the hardware first
Although the software is often the problem when the speakers suddenly stop working after updating the Windows 10 OS to version 1903. However, at times, hardware issues could be an issue as well. Here, you need to check whether the external speakers or headphones that you connect with the computer are properly plugged or not. Remove it and plug it again to verify if there’s an issue with it.
On the other hand, sometimes the volume level on your computer for the said headphone or speaker could be NIL which isn’t a no sound issue. You can simply use the built-in Volume Mixer or use the dedicated app that the earphone/speaker/headphone manufacturer ships it with to increase the volume. This sound probably resolves the no sound issue if it was induced due to a hardware issue.
Update Audio Driver
The entire Windows operating system runs on a plethora of drivers and processes and sound driver is one of them. When you install the latest update on Windows 10, it is possible that it might end up in some sort of bugs such as when its audio driver becomes obsolete or incompatible with the latest update. Thus, a quick update can resolve the issue. Here’s how you can do it on your computer or laptop.
Step 01: First of all, drag your pointer to the Start Menu and right-click on the Start button (now Microsoft’s logo on the extreme left of the Start Menu) and select ‘Device Manager’ from the overflow menu OR click Windows key plus X and select ‘Device Manager’ from the overflow menu.
Step 02: A list of all the devices/components connected to the computer will appear. Here, you need to find ‘Sound, video and game controllers’ and expand it.
Step 03: Next up, you need to right-click on the audio driver that might be faulty and select ‘Update Driver’ from the dropdown menu.
The system will automatically search and update the said driver and check if it made any difference or not.
Roll Back Driver
Did you know that updating the driver or app will probably work by fixing any glitch or bugs that have occurred on the system? However, if updating the driver doesn’t help, rolling back to the previous version can be of great help. Although somewhat outdated, you are resorting to a stable version of the driver which is compatible with the system and can help fix the no sound issue on Microsoft Windows 10 update at least until you find a permanent solution for the same. Here’s how you can perform a rollback procedure on the driver.
Step 01: Go to the Start Menu and right-click on Microsoft’s logo aka start button to get a menu and click on ‘Device Manager’ from the same.
Step 02: Next up, you need to scroll to find ‘Sound, video and game controllers’ and tap to expand it.
Step 03: Next up, you need to find the flawed driver or basically do a trial and error by repeating this method for the total number of audio drivers included in the list. You need to tap on ‘1st’ or ‘2nd’ driver and select ‘Properties’ from the given menu.
Step 04: Now that you are viewing properties of the said driver, go to the ‘Driver’ tab and click on ‘Roll Back Driver’.
Hope this method helps in your case fixing the no sound issue on your computer or laptop with the latest Windows 10 update (1903).
Uninstall the Driver
If rolling back to the previous version and updating to the latest didn’t work, you can do this method wherein you are basically uninstalling the driver from your PC. For this to work, you need to proceed to the Device Manager using the same procedure mentioned in both Update and Roll Back Driver. Once you right-click on the said driver, you need to select ‘Uninstall Device’ from the menu and let the system do its job.
After the procedure is done, you need to restart the PC and check if the problem is sorted or not. After the PC is rebooted, go to the Device Manager and check if the driver that you uninstall is available or not. If yes, the driver is working properly but if not, you either need to install it manually or stick to the next methods to fix the problem.
If there’s no sound on your Windows PC after you installed the latest Windows 10 update 1903, there are basically three ways you can troubleshoot the sound driver to ascertain what’s the problem and fix it accordingly. If no previous method fixed the issue, follow these methods to get the problem overthrown.
Option #1: From Sound Icon
This is one of the easiest ways to go into the troubleshooting interface as you literally have to point the mouse towards ‘Speaker/Headphone’ on the taskbar to the extreme right and right-click on it and select ‘Troubleshoot sound problems’.
Option #2: From Settings
You can access the same function as ‘Option #1’ using this method as well. For this to work, follow the said steps.
Step 01: First of all, click on the Windows key or tap on Microsoft’s logo and select ‘Settings’ or press Windows + I.
Step 02: You need to find Update & Security, click on it, and tap on ‘Troubleshoot’.
Step 03: On the right side of the screen, you’ll see the option ‘Playing Audio’, click on the ‘Run the troubleshooter’ button under this option.
Option #3: From Search
If you are too lazy to follow the aforementioned procedure, you can simply type ‘Troubleshoot’ under the search option on Windows PC. You’ll get the option to troubleshoot audio as well so click on ‘Run the troubleshooter’.
Restart the Windows Audio Service
Sometimes it is as simple as the Windows Audio Service has stopped working when you update the operating system. This can be resolved simply by restarting the service and changing its status to bid goodbye to the no sound issue for good. Here’s how you can do it about.
Step 01: First of all, you need to launch services on your PC which you can do simply by searching for ‘Run’ in the Start menu or press Windows + R and type “services.msc”, press ‘OK’ and search for it.
Step 02: Among the list of all the Services, you need to find ‘Windows Audio Service’ and check the status under ‘Startup Type’.
Step 03: If it is not automatic, click on the Service, select Properties, go to the Startup Type option under the General tab and set it to ‘Automatic’.
Step 04: Next up, right-click on the ‘Windows Audio Service’ that should give you a list of options to do, select ‘Restart’.
Step 05: Now repeat the same procedure from ‘Step 02 to Step 04’ only this time, you are doing it for ‘Windows Audio Endpoint Builder’.
Finally, Check Default Speaker
Windows defaults a built-in or external speaker as default. This is how the system plays sounds via the default device. However, when you are updating the OS such as to Windows 10 version 1903 in this case, it is possible that the update might have changed the settings a bit thereby making other speakers as default. This is probably one of the reasons why you are unable to hear sound from the speaker or headphone that you are trying to configure here. Follow this procedure to fix the problem.
Step 01: First of all, search for Control Panel in the Start menu at the taskbar.
Step 02: Once the Control Panel is open, click on Sound.
Step 03: This should give you a pop-up box featuring all the components and settings related to the sound. Here, you need to proceed to the Playback tab and check whether the speaker that you are trying to configure is set as default or not. You can spot it with a green checked mark on it if there is more than one device enabled on your computer.
Step 04: If a second speaker is set as default and you want to change it, select the speaker you want as default and press ‘Set Default’.
There you have it. This guide has almost all the methods and techniques you can use to fix the No Sound Issue after Windows 10 update to version 1903. Hopefully, you will be able to hear the sound from the speaker/headphone you want.