Realtek HD Audio Manager is a driver software that is installed on pretty much every computer with Realtek’s audio hardware. This interface allows people to easily connect and configure new audio devices connected to the computer. Sometimes the Realtek HD Audio Manager will go missing on Windows 10 and after which users won’t be able to change the configurations.
If you have the Realtek Audio driver installed on your computer then you can access the software by clicking on the Realtek audio icon on the system tray or to the right side of the taskbar. Whenever you connect a new audio device to your computer, a pop up will appear asking you to configure it. At times, even after connecting the audio device, no popup will appear and when you try to manually open it, the Realtek audio driver software icon won’t present in the system tray.
Here in this article, you will find how to fix the Realtek HD Audio Manager missing in Windows issue. It most probably happens in Windows 10, but the method mentioned in the article will work with every version of Windows including Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
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Solution for Realtek HD Audio Manager Missing in Windows
In most of the cases, the issue is caused because of compatibility issues. In certain cases, the audio driver won’t support your system or might be buggy. For example, if you are having an outdated computer and you try to install the latest version of the driver, it sometimes does not work. Similarly, even if you have a new computer, the newer Realtek HD Audio Driver might be buggy and you might want to give the older version a shot and see if it is working.
Try Reinstalling the Same Version Again
If the issue has something to do with the installation of the Audio driver then it will be good to see if the problem persists even after reinstalling the driver again.
For this, all you have to do is just go to Device Manager and see if the Realtek HD Audio Manager driver is present or not. If it is there then uninstall it (See how to uninstall Realtek HD Audio Driver from the section below). After uninstalling it, go to the official website and download the installer package again. Do the installation and see if things are working now. If this solved your problem, the issue was something with the mode of installation or problem with the installer itself.
If it does not solve your problem then it might be something related to the version of the driver you are trying to install. In this case, you will have to uninstall the existing driver and then install a lower version.
Uninstall Existing Realtek Audio Driver
Follow the easy steps to quickly uninstall Realtek HD Audio Manager or Realtek Sound Manager from your computer.
Step 1: Open Windows search and type “Device Manager” and open it up
Step 2: After opening the Device Manager, expand the option called “Sound, video and game controllers”. Here, you will find the existing Realtek Audio driver installed on your computer.
Step 3: Right click on the Realtek Audio option and then click Uninstall
Step 4: Now a new popup will appear asking you to confirm. Tick on the option “Delete the driver software for this device” and then click Uninstall
In a couple of seconds, the driver will get uninstalled from your computer.
Install Realtek HD Audio Manager
In the last step, we uninstalled the existing version of the Realtek audio driver which was not working for us. The next step is to find a new version of the Realtek audio driver that works on our computer.
Step 1: Search for the lower version of the driver. The latest version as of now is 2.82 so we will have to download version 2.81.
For this, you can use the official website or from any reputed sources online. In this case, I was not able to find version 2.81 on the official website so I started searching for it. Finally found a couple of reputed sites having the same. You could use Softpedia or FileHippo to download the driver.
Step 2: Download and save the installed file of Realtek HD Audio Manager from the link given above.
Step 3: Once downloaded, open the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to get it installed. After the installation, it will ask you to restart the computer.
Step 4: Once restarted, you sometimes find it already running on the system tray. If you can’t find that there then we need to manually open it for the first time and then create a shortcut for it on the system tray.
Step 5: Go to the below-given directory where the Realtek HD Audio Manager is installed and find the file named “RAVCpl64”. This is the file used to open Realtek HD Audio Manager
Step 6: Right click on it and click on the Send to button and then on “Desktop (create shortcut)”
It will create a shortcut in the desktop.
Step 7: Right-click on the newly created shortcut on the desktop and click on the option called “Send to the taskbar.
Step 8: Once done, it will be back to the system tray in the taskbar. Next time onwards, you can use the icon in the system tray to configure audio devices or anything of that sort.
This is how we easily fix Realtek HD Audio Manager missing issue on our Windows computer. There is nothing to worry about it. It is some sort of misconfiguration or version conflict that is causing the issue. Following this will definitely help you in fixing the same.