January 3, 2015

How to Restore Deleted Sound Driver after Failed Update

With the Windows update, the updater will automatically find newer device/driver for your computer, surely including sound driver. However, not all of new drivers work better than the old one or adapt to computer. So sometimes when we probably encounter problems, such as audio plays wrongly or you can’t hear music or any sound, restoring sound driver to original state will be an easy and effective way to this problem.

The following steps will introduce how to restore sound driver to original state after failed updating sound driver. (Eg. Windows 7 computer)

Step 1: Click Start in Windows 7 computer and type "Device Manager" in Windows search box.

Step 2: Press Enter to run Device Manager.

There is another way to open Device Manager.

1. Click Start and open Control Panel.

2. Choose "System and Security".

3. Under "System" option, choose "Device Manager" and open it.

open Device Manager to manage sound driver

Step 3: Look for "Sound, video and game controllers", and expand its device list by clicking on the arrow next to it.

Or double-click "Sound, video and game controllers" to expand its device list. Then you can see the sound card your computer is using.

choose sound card in Device Manager

Step 4: Double-click the sound card to open its "Properties" window.

Or right click sound card, and select "Properties" option.

Step 5: Choose "Driver" and select "Roll Back Driver".

restore sound driver to previous state

Remember to agree that restore back to previously installed driver when prompted.

Tips: Updating driver is the general way to solve problem when sound driver doesn’t work properly. No matter updating sound driver if there is no sound in Windows, or roll back to early state after failed update, they are intended to solve sound driver problem. 

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