Playback Devices Not Showing in Windows 10 (Solved)

If you have just upgraded your PC to Windows 10 October Update, and you found that the Playback and Recording devices options are no longer in where they usually were, here’s how to open them.

Right-click the speaker icon from your taskbar. Select Sound. This will bring up the Sound setting window. From there, you can go to Playback tab for all your playback audio devices, or the Recording tab for your mics or other recording devices.

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If the Playback devices won’t open when you click on it, it’s a known bug prior to the update. Run Windows Update now to get it fixed.

Playback devices showing “No audio output device is installed” in Windows 10

If there is no audio device listed in the Playback tab, it means that Windows has not detected a connected speaker, or the driver for your speaker is not installed or has corrupted. Here’s how to fix it.

If you have a driver CD for your speaker, install it now and the problem should then be fixed. If you don’t have the driver, follow the solution below to re-install your audio driver.

  1. Go to Start menu. Search for device manager and then open device manager windows 10
  2. Expand Sound, video and game controllers.
  3. Right click your audio device. In the screenshot below, I have multiple audio devices in my computer, you might see a different device on yours.
  4. Click on Update driver.playback devices update audio driver
  5. Click Search automatically for updated driver software.
  6. When it’s done installing, restart your computer. Your audio should work now.

If you don’t see any device listed under “Sound, video and game controllers”, look under Other devices to see if there is any audio device with an exclamation mark.

If there is any, it means that the driver for the connected audio device is not installed. Right click it and then select Update driver. For now, click search automatically to try letting it to find the driver automatically.

Related issue: Audio Not Working on Windows 10 After Update.

If it fails to find a suitable driver, right click it again and select Update driver. This time, select Browse my computer for driver software. In the next screen, click on Let me pick a list of available drivers on my computer.

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You may see different models in the list. For now, we will try with the Realtek High Definition Audio driver. Select it and then click Next. Windows will now install the driver automatically. When it’s done installing the driver, restart your PC. Your audio should work in the next restart.

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Uninstall and reinstall audio device in Windows 10

If nothing from the above works for you and the Playback devices tab is still not showing anything at all, another workaround you can try is to uninstall and reinstall your audio device.

  1. Open device manager.
  2. Expand Sound, video and game controllers.
  3. Right-click your audio device, then select Uninstall.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Next time your Windows is started, it will automatically attempt to install the best matched driver from the Windows Update database for your audio device. This should also fix the problem.

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Published by Nyau Wai Hoe - Updated on

Categories: Windows 10