Windows updates have been a crucial feature to improve, update or fix bugs in Windows PC. However, it’s not the same case always. The recent Windows 10 updates have been causing havoc for users. With many reporting “No Audio Output Device Is Installed” error showing in their PC while trying to turn on or increase the volume.

You can not even wait for a new update hoping for an automatic fix as it is very crucial if AUDIO is not working on your PC.

While there is no official solution to the problem. I kept looking for the solution online and after trying several solutions. I found one perfectly working. A Reddit user “DaveArnold78” has found a solution to ‘No Audio Output Device Is Installed’ that might work for many.

How to fix No Audio Output Device Is Installed Error In Windows 10


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Step 1-

How to fix No Audio Output Device Is Installed error In Windows 10- step 1

In order to fix No Audio Output Drivers Installed error in your Windows 10 PC search for device manager in your windows PC.

Step 2-

How to fix No Audio Output Device Is Installed error In Windows 10- step 2

Click on system devices

Step 3-

How to fix No Audio Output Device Is Installed error In Windows 10- STEP 3

Look for an audio driver that has SST in it. Right click on it and click update driver.

Step 4-

How to fix No Audio Output Device Is Installed error In Windows 10- step 4
In the next screen, you will be asked for how do you want to search for drivers?
Select the second option stating Browse my computer for driver software and click next.

Step 5-

How to fix No Audio Output Device Is Installed error In Windows 10- step 5
On the next screen, select let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

Step 6-

How to fix No Audio Output Device Is Installed error In Windows 10- step 6

Select High Definition Audio Controller and click next.

You are all done and this should solve the problem.

Method 2

Microsoft has acknowledged the audio problems on Windows 10 and has offered an official fix to the above-mentioned issue.

device manager

  1. Type Device Manager in the search box

2. Find and expand Sound, video, and game controllers

3. Look for a Realtek device or a device that has a yellow triangle with an exclamation point

4. Click on the device to select it

5. From the View menu, choose Devices by connection

6. Look at the parent device – this will be called something like “Intel SST Audio Controller” (Intel Smart Sound Technology driver version

7. Right-click the controller device

8. Choose Properties

9. You should get a dialog like below. Click on the Driver tab as shown.

How to fix No Audio Output Device Is Installed error In Windows 10

10. If the driver version is, you have the driver that was sent to you incorrectly.

11.Click Uninstall Device. You will get a popup asking if you want to remove the driver too, as shown.

How to fix No Audio Output Device Is Installed error In Windows 10

12. Check the checkbox as shown, so the driver will be removed.

13. Click Uninstall.

14. When the driver is uninstalled, reboot your system.

You are all done now!

This should solve the error, No Audio Output Device Is Installed on your Windows 10 PC.

This method has been found working for several PC manufacturers including different models of HP, Dell, Asus, Acer, Lenovo and others (Tested by our team and the survey were taken from readers)

For readers who have 2 SST Intel audio choices at step 3 can follow MikeJ’s fix as in comments here

Method 3

Since this issue was widespread Microsoft released an official fix for Intel Audio Driver “No Sound” issue. The issue caused by a Windows update was later fixed by another Windows update.

No Audio Output Device Is Installed In Windows 10- FIX 2019

The Windows update KB4468550, for Windows 10 version 1809, 1803 and 1709 fixes the above-mentioned issue. You can either update your Windows 10 computer automatically or do it manually.

This update is meant to address the issue:

“This update addresses an issue where after installing the Intel Smart Sound Technology driver (version via Windows Update or manually, computer audio may stop working.”

Users are advised not to try something that they are not aware of. The Internet is full of solutions to every problem. many of which will not work and moreover may create new problems.

Some of the Users are also facing BSOD problem after the Windows 10 October update here’s how to Fix Blue screen windows 10 WDF_VIOLATION error 

Also Read- How to fix Windows 10 taskbar not working?

If you still have any queries or any other solution of your own do let us know in the comments below.


  1. ‘System devices’ does not have a drop down expand arrow, only a sideways arrow,,, it does not offer additional drop down,

  2. Thanks for being on top of this, all the other search results for “no audio output device is installed” were irrelevant. Easiest fix ever, most baffling Windows update bug ever. Especially since I installed the update YESTERDAY and only about 30 minutes ago did Windows suddenly decide that I had no audio device installed.

      • Greetings I looked through the Device Manager and didn’t find the SST audio controller, found High Def Audio Controller in the Device Manager went through all the motions indicated and no change. Tried updating the driver for the IDT High Definition Audio Codec and got the yellow triangle with ! indicating a problem with device not functioning. Do you have any other paths for a solution. Also tried downloading the patch from Windows you mention in at the end of the article and it won’t finalize. Thanks for your time and help.

    • You don’t have to select it in docs.
      Go through step 5 again.
      You need to select- let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

      Try again and let me know if it worked 🙂

  3. Thanks!! I had tried a few other approaches for the “No Audio Output Device Is Installed” message and they did not work. This procedure worked exactly as shown on my October release for Windows 10 PC…I had no audio problems until the October release was installed on my PC.

  4. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! after 4 HOURS of trying EVERYTHING I stumbled onto this and it worked!! this website is going into my favorites!!

  5. YUP None of this worked. I’ve literally tried everything short of throwing the computer out the window. It had audio one minute, and then the next it just stopped. Now I can’t get it back through any method, drivers in computer, online, through Driver Easy, NOTHING works. Im pretty damn pissed off about it too.

  6. I just had a problem with my audio speakers and was led to your post. It worked liked a charm. Thank you so much! You are a godsend! 🙂

  7. ‘The best drivers for your advice are already installed’ this is the message I have after step 5…………so I cannot fix the problem. Any ideas?

    • You need to correctly follow step 4. You will have to select the option 2 in step 4. which is browse my computer for driver software.
      Try it again and let us know.

  8. Thank you so much, can’t contain how much gratitude I have for your help
    I believe many others are the same as I am and once again thank you very much!

  9. This sort of thing should be selective, having updates just remove an existing piece of software is diabolical, bit like ford changing the way your doors work after youve bought your car!

    Glad I could help and thanks for the credit OP!

  10. It worked. Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you so much!!!! You’ve no idea how long I’ve been looking for a solution.

  11. I wasted hours searching web for ‘no audio output device’ problem solutions. I this just worked like a miracle!!! It took less than 2 mins.

  12. Your step by step instructions were seamless for even a tech challenged old person like me. My sincere gratitude for posting this fix.

  13. was about to go technical guy , lucky me found your article first !!
    bunch of thanks , very helpful and quick way to solve the problem.

  14. and the world is saved. Thank you so much. I wasted the whole day searching for drivers solutions and what not and finally it took a second. Thanks a lot

  15. THANK YOU!!
    I tried so many other things today from other sites and forums which all failed. An entire day of working was lost and I was about to give up for the night until finding your page.
    This fix only took a couple of minutes. I wish I found your information 12 hours ago.

    Thanks again and I wish you a great day.

  16. Omg when I started my Omen Laptop (it updated windows night before) I was like wtf where is my audio went to youtube found your comment and cant thank you enough I saw a lot of people have this problem that the audio wasn’t installed. Again I wouldn’t have sound rn if it weren’t for you

  17. Thanks so much Abhishek – I have spent a few hours trying to find a solution and your article solved the problem on my Dell XPS 13 in 30 seconds. Well done!

  18. I have 2 SST Intel audio choices, 1 I can update, the other, that has OED in the description comes back with The device cannot start (code 10)… Under properties it says if failed its initialization call…Help please!!

  19. When the driver finished installing I got a pop-up that said “Windows found drivers for your device but encountered an error while attempting to install them.”

  20. Thank you so much. You would think that MS would be able to get a solution out after 2 days of causing havoc…. Not so much. Nothing else that made sense worked. Your solution worked!

  21. Thank you so much sir! I thought I was going to have to take my Laptop in but this worked perfectly. Much love from Miami.

  22. I have tried a lot of methods in the two days and your method is simple and really fix the problem!
    Thank you !!!!!!
    Stupid Microsoft

  23. Thank ypu friend…this fix worked for me….i was thinking to perform a recovery on my system since nothing else worked so far….but this trick did it…thanx again….

  24. For which of the following do I apply these steps:
    Intel (R) SmartSound Technology (Inter(R) SST) Audio Controller
    Intel (R) SmartSound Technology (Inter(R) SST) (OED)- This one has an exclamation mark inside of a yellow triangle beside it
    Thank you!


  26. Thank you thank you thank you. I cannot survive without some form of audio access as i dont have a tv just my laptop. Most other solutions didnt work, even the ones on youtube since i couldnt hear what they were saying. But this quick fixed has brought meaning back into my worthless life. F microsoft man if it aint broken dont fix it. Or well if it aint broken dont break it! Ruined my whole night.

  27. Thank you very much 🙂 i took my issue to IT and they fixed the issue but then it re appeared months later hopefullly this solution sticks !

  28. Thank you so much Abhishek ji. I was struggling with this problem for the past 4 hours. Finally your suggestion has worked. Many many thanks Mr.Abhishek.

  29. Thanks for the clear, simple instructions. It worked perfectly on my ASUS laptop. I don’t know whether my laptop has received the infamous October 2018 update, but something bad happened to cause the audio to suddenly stop working.

  30. I want to add my confirmation that it worked for me too! Thanks for addressing the problem promptly and with such clarity. It was nice to learn I was not alone!

  31. Thank you so much! I followed instructions from a few different websites, but nothing worked until I came here. You solved a very frustrating issue in just a few minutes, and I am very grateful!! Thanks!!

  32. Thank you so much, thought I was about to have a bad day because of this error, but your instructions took a few seconds to fix the issue. Thank you!!!

  33. I’ve followed it all the way down to step 5, but apparently I don’t have the ”High definition audio controller”. Has anyone else ran into this problem, and is there any way to fix it?

  34. Thank you so much! Great instructions, easy to follow, and it worked! You totally made my day! I’ve been so frustrated not having sound and how no idea how to fix it. Thanks again!

  35. I have a new HP Slimline Desktop 270-p013wb. I have no sound. I hover over the sound icon with red x and the message is: “No speakers or headphones are plugged in”. Does this mean that the computer does NOT have a built-in speaker? The HP virtual assistant says that these days many new desktops do NOT come equipped with a speaker. I was on the phone today with HP support for 3 hours and was told over and over that the sound should work once the driver problem(s) is corrected. Whatever they did was not successful. It seems to me I cannot have sound unless I have external device such as speaker or headphone attached. I am a novice. WHAT AM I MISSING!!!!

    BTW: This solution did not work for me. Can someone tell me what the heck is going on!!

  36. You are amazing!!! Yesterday I was in struggle, could not fix and just now I found this article and fixed less than 5 min! Thank you so much for putting step by step guide with screen image, it was really easy to follow! I admire you! (My family was like “Wow! Did you fixed it? How!!??” Lol

  37. Thank you! I couldn’t figure out why my Spotify wasn’t working and then Netflix had no sound. So i knew my problem was larger than I originally thought. I googled my issue and found your post and followed your steps and PROBLEM SOLVED! Easy to follow steps and screen shots.
    Thank you.

  38. You are a genius. After two days of struggling with this. God bless you. Wow. U are a life saver. U are a divine blessing from God. God bless you

  39. Awesome! Tried to fix for 2 days following the Microsoft and HP fixes. Took less than a minute using your step by step instructions to fix. You rock!

  40. I’ve been trying to fix this since 10 am, it’s 8:52 pm and I finally got my audio back. THANK YOU SO MUCH, I have homework due Monday but need my audio to complete it. Once again THANK YOU!!!!

  41. Thank you very very much!!!
    I’m desperately figured out how to fix this issue for the last 3 days, and found this article. I jumped to the last part, just directly proceed to your windows update, let it automatically download the latest updates from microsoft and you’re good to go.

  42. This is a great fix, but my computer doesn’t even show that there is a driver installed on my Asus. So I downloaded the driver from Asus and did the install, but a driver still does not appear in my device manager. Someone help, please!!

  43. I tried to follow step 6 but I do not have “Intel SST Audio Controller” listed, what should I do? I have a HP Pavilion x360.

  44. Happened to me too. Tried many ways. Helped uninstalling driver then instaling “NVIDIA Virrtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM). It doesn’t worked either.
    Then choosed a system drivers to install Realtek(R) Audio fixed issue, but scared me for a while when blue screen appeared saying that changes must be reversed as it case system to stop working. After restart sound is back!

  45. Hey Bro! I cannot find the Intel Smart sound technology(SST) Audio Controller in the System Devices Drop-down list.. What shall I do now?
    Please help me out soon!

  46. I was all over the internet trying to figure it out since the Aug. 2019 windows update. I spent an hour of my business day and was getting very frustrated. Thank GOD I found this!!!! Thank You!!!!!!!!!!

  47. tried the first method it worked!!! so happy!!! have spent hours going through so many different methods suggested online. Can not express how happy I am to have my sound back. Thank you !!

  48. So I am having this issue though when I go into my device manager I am not finding the Intel SST what should I do then?

  49. Spent 4 plus hours this afternoon trying to follow HP troubleshooting, got nowhere, went away for a while, just came back, had a few minutes to try this fix and had it done in a couple minutes, great work, great fix, thanks!

  50. Thank you so much – spent 2 hours on this last night on various HP solutions and nothing. Found your site this evening and fixed in 3 mins …

  51. Hiiii, none of the solutions above worked for me :
    I don’t have the option of Intel SST
    I tried to desintalled and restart my computer and it didn’t help
    It’s the last version of windows so I doesn’t help me either
    I’m getting desesperated I’d really really appreciate some help

  52. Much need attention, I’ve been through IT classes and still could not figure this out. Thanks for your help, the only sound that would come out was through my Beats headphones that I Bluetoothed. I can’t believe my computer speakers are back….YYEEESSS!

  53. None of these fixes worked for my HP Pavilion laptop. My Windows version is 1909 and my audio problem began after an optional update. I tried to reset to an earlier time but it did not work, and then I couldn’t find the optional update to uninstall it. I have tried many fixes, including HP and elsewhere, to no avail. Today I tried Resetting Windows and it failed twice. Maybe I should just do a clean install of Windows?

  54. Hi my dell precision M4800 no audio device installed, no sound video and game controller.
    No intel SST I do have High Definition Audio Controller.. speakers work in diagnostic. But no sound elsewhere. Driving me nuts, spent hours on this. I’ve tried countless options no luck.
    AnY help would be greatly appreciated.


  55. For me nothing of this worked but to deinstall every intel audio driver and the realtek audio driver (hidden) in the device manager. Then after a reboot everything is functioning

  56. I swear to god. I have been trying to solve this issue for 25 days now. I had given up hope and was going to give my laptop in for servicing. I followed every step to the letter from other sites and other articles but nothing worked. Today for some reason I decided to change my keywords in the search and it gave me this article. It worked on the first try! Bless up!

  57. WOWEE!!! Thank you, thank you. Method 1 worked perfectly. Although a warning did appear stating that the last step would make my computer unstable. I’m hoping that won’t be the case.

  58. I have the same issue. I have a Lenovo Yoga 910 and this is driving me nuts. Read a ton of articles tried everything and nothing seem s to work… Will someone please help Both Lenovo and Microshite are useless!


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