[Solved] Disabled Sound Device Disappeared

If you notice that disabled sound device disappeared, it’s highly likely that the audio driver is outdated and you will have to update it. Depending on the situation, you have to update the driver as an administrator Additionally, you should consider running Playing Audio troubleshooter, checking out Windows Audio service, etc. Read to the end to get back your sound devices. 

Causes

Audio Driver

In layman’s terms, communication between the operating system and devices depends on device drivers. Unable to locate audio devices that you have disabled? Then it’s possible that your audio driver is obsolete. On the bright side, if the obsolescence of audio driver is what gives you a hard time, there is no need to do much. 

Bugs

Generally speaking, it’s not uncommon for Windows computers and devices connected to them to bug out all of a sudden. Depending on the situation, bugs could mess up device detection and disabled sound device disappeared is one of the consequences. 

Windows Audio 

As the name suggests, Windows Audio service is a service that manages sounds and sound devices on Windows computers. If the service runs into issues, it’s only natural that sound-related processes would go haywire. 

Solutions

Solution 1: Update Driver

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc then press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Audio Inputs and Outputs, right-click your audio drive and pick Update driver.
  • Step 3: Follow the onscreen instructions to update your audio driver. After you finish, restart your computer.

Alternatively, 

  • Step 1: Launch your web browser then visit your computer manufacturer’s website.
  • Step 2: Go to the Software downloads page, find the audio driver for your model and download it.
  • Step 3: Open Windows Explorer, right-click the setup file you downloaded and pick Properties.
  • Step 4: In Compatibility tab, check the checkbox next to Run this program as administrator.
  • Step 5: Select Apply then choose OK. Finally, run the setup file. 

Note: If you recently updated the audio driver, the new driver could be the cause and you have to roll back the previous version. 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc then press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Audio Inputs and Outputs, right-click your audio drive and pick Properties.
  • Step 3: Go to the Driver tab, hit Roll Back Driver and follow onscreen instructions.
  • Step 4: The moment the process wraps up, restart your computer. 

Solution 2: Run Playing Audio Troubleshooter

  • Step 1: Go to the Search bar, type Control Panel and press Enter. 
  • Step 2: In the Control Panel, change View by to Small icons, select Troubleshooting and choose click View all.
  • Step 3: Click Troubleshooting then pick Hardware and sound.
  • Step 4: Choose Playing audio and select Next to start running the troubleshooting.
  • Step 5: Assuming that the troubleshooter manages to identify the cause, click Apply this fix.

Solution 3: Think About Windows Audio Service

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Services and press Enter
  • Step 2: Locate Windows Audio Service, right-click it and pick Properties
  • Step 3: If Service status says stopped, hit Start. Also, for good measure, you should change Startup type to Automatic.
  • Step 4: Select Apply and choose OK.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if my Windows PC keeps losing sound?

If your Windows PC keeps losing sound, it’s a good idea to disable sound enhancements. To disable sound enhancements:

  • Step 1: Right-click the speaker icon on the taskbar then pick Sound. 
  • Step 2: Go to the Playback tab, right-click your playback device and pick Properties.
  • Step 3: Navigate to the Enhancements tab then check the Disable all sound effects checkbox.
  • Step 4: Select Apply and choose OK.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer.

Can Windows play audio from Bluetooth devices?

Most if not all devices for Windows nowadays support Bluetooth so you can connect your PC to Bluetooth audio devices at will. Once you have paired your computer to the device, you can stream audio to your liking. For audio devices that don’t support Bluetooth, you can use USB cable.

Can I have more than one audio driver on my computer?

You can have as many audio drivers on your computer as you want. Most audio drivers in Windows are installed automatically as you establish connection to audio devices. If you connect many audio devices to your computer either via audio cable, Bluetooth, or HDMI, you will see many devices and their drivers in the Device Manager.

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