How to Reinstall My Sound Driver After I Deleted It

By Naoma Serna

When you inadvertently delete a sound driver, don't panic. You can reinstall the driver. Sound drivers can often be mistaken for an unnecessary driver and uninstalled. The sound card driver is used by the computer to project the sounds made in video, conversations or recorded audio. Fortunately, a sound driver is software and this software is either still on your computer, on a CD in your home or can be downloaded from the Internet.

Computer Restore Point

Step 1

Navigate to the "Start" menu and select "Programs." Choose "Accessories" and select "System Tools."

Step 2

Select "System Restore" and choose a restore point from the list of available restore points and dates. Be sure to choose a point before you deleted the sound drivers. Wait for the wizard to turn off the computer, restart it and look for the restore point. This can take approximately 30 minutes to an hour.

Step 3

Play a music or video file to see if the sound driver was restored.

Device Driver Wizard

Step 1

Go to "Start" and select "Control Panel." Choose "System and Maintenance" and "Device Manager."

Step 2

Look for the sound driver and look to see if there is a yellow triangle precaution icon next to the sound driver. Select the deleted sound driver.

Step 3

Right-click on this driver and select "Update Driver" from the list of options that appears. Wait for the wizard to connect to the Internet and locate a good version of the driver. Follow any instructions it gives you to do this and allow the program to finish. This process may take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

New Driver

Step 1

Visit the computer manufacturer's website and click on the "Support" tab. Locate and click on the "Device Drivers" or the "Drivers and Downloads" option. Enter the computer model and select "Sound Driver." Wait for a list of sound drivers to appear for your machine. There will usually only be one or two options.

Step 2

Select the driver that best fits your computer and click "Download." Choose to save the driver to a folder on your computer. Unzip the file into a folder, if the downloaded file is zipped.

Step 3

Navigate to "Start" and "Control Panel." Select "System and Maintenance" and "Device Manager." Right-click on the sound driver and check the option that says "Have Disk." Click "Next" and choose the location where you saved the sound driver. Wait for the installation wizard to install the new sound driver.