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Deleted Sound Device Mistake: Windows Uninstall Audio Driver

In a recent mishap, I accidentally uninstalled my Windows audio driver while attempting to delete a sound device. Let me share my experience and how I resolved this issue.

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If you accidentally deleted your sound device while trying to uninstall an audio driver in Windows, don’t panic. There are a few steps you can take to fix this issue.

First, try using the built-in audio troubleshooter in Windows. To do this, go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Playing Audio. Run the troubleshooter and follow the on-screen instructions to see if it can identify and fix the problem.

If the audio troubleshooter doesn’t work, you can try reinstalling the audio driver. To do this, press the Windows key + X and select Device Manager. Look for your audio device under “Sound, video and game controllers,” right-click on it, and select “Uninstall device.” Then, restart your computer and Windows should automatically reinstall the audio driver.

If Windows doesn’t automatically reinstall the audio driver, you can manually download and install the driver from the manufacturer’s website. Make sure to download the correct driver for your specific sound device.

If you’re still experiencing issues after reinstalling the audio driver, you may want to consider using professional tools to diagnose and fix the problem. Tools like Realtek HD Audio Manager can help you troubleshoot audio issues and adjust sound settings.

In some cases, the problem may not be with the audio driver itself, but with other system settings or configurations. Using professional tools or software can help you identify and fix these issues.

Remember to always be cautious when downloading and installing software from the internet. Make sure to only download from reputable sources to protect your computer and personal information.

Reinstall or Roll Back Drivers

Device manager window

If you have accidentally uninstalled your sound device driver in Windows, there are a few steps you can take to correct the mistake.

Reinstall Drivers: To reinstall the audio driver, you can visit the manufacturer’s website for your sound device and download the latest driver available. Once downloaded, simply run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Roll Back Drivers: If reinstalling the driver does not solve the issue, you can try rolling back to a previous version of the driver. To do this, go to Device Manager, locate your sound device under “Sound, video and game controllers,” right-click on it, and select “Properties.” Then, go to the “Driver” tab and click on “Roll Back Driver” if the option is available.

If neither of these options work, you may need to seek further assistance from a professional or contact Microsoft support for additional help in resolving the deleted sound device mistake.

System Restore or Recovery Options

Option Description
System Restore Allows you to revert your system back to a previous state before the sound device was deleted.
System Recovery Reinstalls the operating system and software to its original factory settings, which may restore the sound device.
Driver Update Downloading and installing the latest audio driver from the manufacturer’s website to fix the issue.

Updating Audio Drivers in Windows

  1. Open Device Manager by pressing Win+X and selecting it from the menu.
    • Locate the Sound, video and game controllers category.
    • Right-click on your audio device and select Update driver.
  2. Choose Search automatically for updated driver software and follow the on-screen instructions.


How do I restore my Sound system?

To restore your sound system, you should begin by checking your speaker output. Then, run the audio troubleshooter and make sure all Windows Updates are installed. Verify all cables, plugs, jacks, volume, speaker, and headphone connections are secure. Check your sound settings, fix audio drivers, and set your audio device as the default device.

How do I reinstall the Sound driver?

To reinstall the Sound driver, you can access the Device Manager by typing it into the Windows search bar, expanding the Sound, video and game controllers section, right-clicking on the audio card you wish to update, and selecting Update driver. From there, choose the option to Search automatically for drivers.

How do I Undisable a Sound device?

To undisable a sound device, you can simply right-click on the disabled device and select “enable.” This will reactivate the sound device.

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