How to fix "no audio output device installed" error

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How to fix the “No audio output device installed” error?

On some occasions the operating system cannot identify the audio device we have connected and, for this reason, an error message is issued so that we can proceed to find a feasible solution.

What is an audio device?

An audio device is an essential component for computer audio output. The sound card often functions as an audio device as well allows the computer to play audio.



Why am I getting the “No audio output device installed” message?

If you get this error on your computer, it is likely that the audio device is disabled. In this case, it's a good idea check the status of the audio driver to confirm whether activation should actually be performed.

Also, the device may not work properly. This error usually also appears when the computer requires some additional requirements to produce the audio output (a sound card driver) or when the sound configuration has some problem related to a bad connection or a hardware failure.

Solution to "No audio output device installed" error in Windows 10

We recommend that you use the automatic troubleshooting mode for Windows; this way you may find the error and fix the error automatically. In the notification area of ​​the taskbar you will see the icon " Speakers ", right click on it and then on the option "Fix audio problems".

Next, select the device and the “Next” button to perform the repair. If the operating system provides a recommended action, the option " Apply this correction ". Next, check if the problem can be corrected with the tool.


Check the audio driver

If you know what drivers are and how they work, you will surely understand their importance to the operation of a device. For this reason, the lack of a suitable audio driver can prevent it from being detected.


If the error persists, check the status of the device as an outdated audio driver can cause system errors. To do this, go to the start menu and type “Device Manager”. There, select the option " Controller audio Video e games".

Next, choose your audio device and select "Update Driver". Click "Search automatically for updated driver software". In this way the system will take care of the search and installation of the driver if available in Windows 10.

You can also consult our guide to update your PC's drivers, so that you have all the drivers working perfectly, including the audio one.

Reinstall the existing driver

If the system does not find an available driver, right click on the audio device and choose the “Uninstall” option. A window will open to select " Remove the driver software for this device " and then click "Uninstall".

Sound proof

With the sound test you will know if the audio problem can be corrected. Right-click on the "Speakers" icon and select the " Playback devices ". If your audio device (speakers) doesn't appear, plug them back in and look for the "Sounds" tab. Choose one of the 'System Events' and press the' Test’.


If the system does not detect the audio device or the error message persists, check the settings of the playback device.

Check your playback device settings

Icon " Speakers ", right click and select "Playback Devices". Then check that the audio device is in the list. If so, right click on it and select the “Set as default device” option. Then check if the audio is working properly.


Finally, if the audio output problem persists, we recommend restore system to so that the equipment returns to its previous state when the sound was not yet defective

It is very likely that in order to complete the action and restore your system to an earlier state, you will need to activate the Windows 10 recovery environment. By performing this action you can bring your computer to an earlier state, where the sound was working fine .

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