Realtek High Definition Audio Drivers for Windows 7


If you are having problems with the Realtek High Definition Audio driver on Windows 7, the sound will fail to play. Here you will learn How To Fix Realtek High Definition Audio driver problem on Windows 7.




When you meet Realtek HD Audio driver problem, you may see one of below common error messages in Windows.


“This device cannot start. Code 10″

“The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)”

“Audio Driver Error: The following driver(s) either do not support the current audio format, or are in use by another application.”

“Bad DirectSound driver. Error code 88780078.”


To fix the problem, just update the driver. There are four ways you can use to update the driver.


1.Use Windows Update


You can use Windows Update to check for the updates. It may help install the audio driver. Open Windows Update by clicking Start -> Control Panel (View by Small icons) -> Windows Update. If you have turned on automatic updates, skip this way.


2. Install the Driver from Device Manufacturer


Some devices might come with a disc which contains the driver. If you have one for your sound card, you can use it to update the driver.


3. Download and Install the Driver from Realtek


You can find and download the driver on Realtek website.

After you go to the website,  click on High Definition Audio Codes (Software), and follow the on-screen instructions to download the right driver. To download the right driver, you need to know your system version (Windows 7 32-bit or Windows 7 64-bit).


Usually, the realtek driver can be self-installing. After you download the driver, just double click on the file to install the driver. If you cannot install it in this way, you can try to install it manually, then follow steps below.

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1). Press Win+R (Windows key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog box will pop up.

2). Type devmgmt.msc in the run box and click OK button.



3). In Device Manager, expand category Sound, video and game controllers.

Under this category, right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio. Then click Update Driver Software…



4). Click Browse my Computer for driver software.



5). Click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.


6). Click Have Disk…

7). Click Browse button and navigate to the location of the downloaded driver. Windows will find the .inf file. Then follow the instructions to install the driver.


4. Update the Driver Automatically


If above ways don’t work for you, you can use Driver Easy to help you. Driver Easy will scan your computer to detect all problem drivers. Then downloads and installs the latest drivers. 

Driver Easy has Free version and PRO version. Both versions can be used to download drivers automatically. With Free version,  after downloading drivers, you need to install the driver manually.  And with PRO version, to update all drivers including Realtek audio driver, all you need to do is click your mouse 2 times. No further steps are needed.

1. Click Scan Now button. Driver Easy will scan your computer in a few seconds, then give you new drivers instantly.

2. Click Update All button. Then all drivers will be downloaded and installed quickly.

Realtek Audio Driver Windows 7

Driver Easy PRO version provides free expert tech support guarantee and 30-day money back guarantee. You can contact us for further assistance regarding the Realtek audio driver problem. Just click here to download it to update the Realtek High Definition Audio driver now.

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