Realtek Audio driver, the most commonly used audio driver has some incredible features. It comes with a six-channel Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), 16.20.24-bit Pulse Code Modulation and 5.1 audio channel. No points for guessing why it is the most preferred sound driver.
On the Windows desktop, the sound manager eases up the sound control. You can use it to change the settings of your sound for the better experience. Also, the audio card uses it to delivers high-quality sound and combined with your device, it adds to your sound experience.
But many users have reported problems with accessing the sound manager. The Realtek audio manager disappears due to the corrupt audio driver. But that’s not much of an issue. You can get back the Audio manager easily simply by reinstalling the audio driver.
As I have established above, audio manager depends on the sound driver. Hence, if you are facing any issue with it, you must repair the driver. So, to have the Audio manager back, you must download and install the Sound driver.
Before you download and install a new Realtek driver, you must delete the old one. This is necessary to avoid the conflict between the two versions. To uninstall the previous driver,
Go to the device manager from the start menu.
Find the Sound, video and game controllers option and expand it.
Find the Realtek HD driver.
Right-click on the driver’s name and select uninstall.
Confirm your action by selecting Uninstall from the pop-up window.
Now, click on the view option and select show hidden devices.
Check for the duplicate audio driver and uninstall if there is any.
Restart the system.
Usually, when you restart the system, it searches for the missing drivers and re-installs the same automatically. However, if it doesn’t, you need to download it manually. For manually downloading the sound driver,
Visit the Realtek’s website and select HD audio codecs option.
To start the download, agree to the terms and conditions and click next.
You will be taken to its download page.
Select the proper driver for your Windows version.
Click on Global and the download will be started.
After the download is finished, you must install the driver.
To install the driver, double-click on the downloaded file and it will auto install itself.
To automatically install the driver, download a tool that will search for the missing and outdated drivers and update and install them with just a click. There are many such tools available online.
If you still can’t find the audio manager even after installing the driver, we have some more ideas for you to help you in resolving the issue.
You can also rectify the issue by repairing the Audio Manager via the control panel. To do that-
Launch the run command by simultaneously pressing the Windows and R keys.
In the run box, type appwiz.cpl and click on OK.
You will be directly taken to the program and features option of the control panel.
Find and select Realtek audio manager and click on repair.
If you don’t see the option to repair, uninstall it.
Follow the instructions that appear and once the repair is complete, you will be able to locate the manager.
Microsoft offers some great tools for fixing small issues. You can use these tools for troubleshooting the sound manager issue as well.
Launch the run command and type control.exe /name Microsoft troubleshooting.
Hit enter to execute the command and open the troubleshooting window.
Select the option of hardware and sound
Then move to hardware and devices.
Go to the advanced option and check on Apply repairs automatically.
Select Next and then follow the instructions that follow on your screen.
You should be able to see the icon now.
If the issue with Audio manager started after you have updated the driver, try rolling back the driver updates.
Launch the run command and type devmgmt.msc in it.
When you hit enter, you will be taken to the device manager.
Double-click on the Sound, video, and game controllers option.
Now double-click on the sound card driver.
Go to the driver tab and there you will find the option to roll-back the updates.
Now you should be able to see the Realtek HD audio manager.
Often, you don’t identify the Realtek audio manager icon and presume it missing. Before you get into the elaborated troubleshooting, make sure, the icon is indeed missing. One of these solutions will surely resolve the issue for you. If not, use a combination of the solutions, mentioned above and you will definitely find the missing sound manager.