How Do I Get Sound Back on My Computer After I Have Deleted My Audio?

By Ticara Gailliard

From time to time, you may discover that your computer's audio no longer works because a driver has been deleted. The driver may have been deleted when trying to combat a virus, because of a system rebooting, or a hardware or software compatibility problem. When your audio drivers go missing, there is a way to restore them. Once you replace your computer's audio drivers, sound should be restored to your system.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet connection
  • Driver installation disc
  • Audio driver download

Missing Drivers

Step 1

Run Windows Device Manager. Click on your Start menu, then right-click on "Computer." On computers running Windows XP or earlier, the link will say "My Computer" instead. In the menu that pops up, select "Manage."

Step 2

Click "Device Manager" in the left-hand pane of the Computer Management window. Click the expand arrow beside the category "Sound, video and game controllers" to view the audio devices installed on your computer.

Step 3

Right-click your audio device and select "Update driver software." Choose whether you want to update your driver's software through an Internet search for the driver or a manual browsing for the software. If you have access to your computer's driver installation disc, or if you can access a driver download, select "Browse my computer for driver software." If you do not have the disc or can't find driver software online, select "Search automatically for updated driver software." Allow your computer to install the proper driver, then restart your computer.

Corrupted Drivers

Step 1

Download your sound card's driver. Find the name of your sound card manufacturer and search for the driver online. You can also check your computer manufacturer's website for the driver downloads for your computer.

Step 2

Uninstall the corrupted drivers. Use "Add or Remove Programs" and find your driver listed, then remove the driver and restart your computer.

Step 3

Open your downloaded sound card driver. This should install the driver automatically. You may need to restart your computer after this in order to apply the changes. After restarting, test the speakers to make sure the installation worked.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the problem isn't fixed by these means, try performing a system restore. System restore rolls your computer back to an earlier point in time. Pick a point in time in which your audio drivers hadn't been deleted, then let the system restore itself.