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Having trouble accessing the Realtek HD audio manager on your Windows 10 PC? In this post, we’ll be discussing the common issues with Realtek HD audio manager and how to download, reinstall the Realtek tool to fix the issues.

Realtek HD Audio Manager is one or the most popular sound drivers in Windows PC. It basically offers different sound customization settings for your Windows machine.

Some of the main features of Realtek Audio Driver include — total support to 16/20/24-bit Pulse Code Modulation format for 5.1 channel audio and a six-channel Digital to Analog Converter (DAC).

The Realtek HD Audio Manager comes with the Realtek sound driver that facilitate the sound customizations to take effect. You’ll see a small speaker icon on the system tray area when you install the Realtek HD audio manager on your PC.

Sometimes users experience problems with the Realtek HD audio manager on Windows 10. Most of the issues with Realtek audio manager can be solved by just reinstalling the driver and the tool.

Users have also reported that the Realtek driver icon goes missing from the taskbar or even the notification section without any warning. At times, it becomes difficult to access the Realtek HD audio manager.

Common issues in the Realtek HD Audio Manager

As we discussed above, there are some problems Windows users are facing with the Realtek audio drivers. We have listed some additional common issues with Realtek audio driver below:

  • Realtek HD Audio Manager Button Missing
  • Realtek HD Audio Manager is Not Opening in your Windows PC
  • The Whole Software of Realtek HD Audio Manager is Missing

Users are facing many problems with the new Realtek HD Audio Manager after upgrading to Windows 10.  These issues might lead you to reinstall the Audio Manager, and in this post, we’ll guide you with the step by step method to do so.

How to Download and Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager?

You might want to create a system restore point before getting to the reinstalling process as you have to uninstall all the existing drivers to avoid any clashes between duplicate drivers.

So, first make sure you completely uninstall the existing Realtek HD audio manager from your PC. Here’s how to do that:

  • Press Windows + R keys on the keyboard to open Run dialog box
  • Type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter to open Device Manager

Run Device Manager Command

  • Click and expand the Sound, video and game controllers from the device manager list
  • Right-click on the Realtek High Definition Audio

Device manager sound driver uninstallation

  • Select Uninstall device option to remove the Realtek sound driver from your PC

Uninstall Realtek HD Audio

  • Tick on the Delete the driver software for this device and click on the Uninstall icon

Unistalling ReakTek HD audio driver

  • Once done that, click on the Views tab in the Device Manager window and hit on Show hidden devices
  • Find for any duplicate audio drivers
  • Right-click on the duplicate audio driver/s and click on the Uninstall button
  • Reboot your PC

You have now successfully uninstalled Realtek audio drivers entirely from your Windows PC.

How to Download and Reinstall Realtek HD audio driver?

Now, download the audio driver by heading to the Realtek’s official website which is and hit on the High Definition Audio Codecs (software). Complete the process by accepting the terms and conditions and click on the “I Accept the above” option.

Hit on the Next icon to download the correct drivers with the blue font. Once done that, double-click on the downloaded file and install the driver by following some basic instructions on your screen.

Now, you can see your Realtek HD Audio on your system. However, if the Realtek Audio driver icon is still missing or you can’t access it, we have some fixes for you.

Realtek HD Audio Manager Troubleshooting Tips

Many users reported that in spite of downloading and reinstalling Realtek Hd Audio Manager it still doesn’t show up on your taskbar or it fails to access through the notification area. Here are a few fixes that can get your Realtek HD audio manager back on the taskbar and solve the audio manager problems.

Realtek HD Audio Manager Troubleshooting Tips

Go through all the fixes below to make your Realtek Audio Manager work on the taskbar.

1. Enable Realtek HD Audio Manager Startup in Task Manager

Enable the startup in Task Manager and restore the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon in the system tray. Here’s how:

  • To open Task Manager, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys together
  • Choose the Startup tab
  • Right-click on the status of Realtek HD Audio Manager and choose the Enable option if it is on Disable

Choose the Startup tab Right-click on the status of Realtek HD Audio Manager and choose the Enable option if it is on Disable

Now, reboot your PC and log in to your Windows 10 Fall Creator Update. You can see the Realtek icon showing up on your Taskbar.

2. Update your Sound Drivers

Realtek HD Audio manager fails to show up or access due to the faulty or outdated sound driver software. You might need to update the sound driver, follow the steps listed below to do so:

  • Open the Device Manager
  • Now, expand Sound, video and game controllers
  • Right-click on the Realtek HD Audio option and from the drop-down list, hit on Update driver icon

Updating Realtek HD audio driver

  • Select “Browse my computer for driver software” menu believing that you have the latest driver file on your system

Update your Sound Drivers

  • Once done that, choose “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.”
  • Find and select the latest driver as per date and hit on Next button to update your driver

You have successfully updated your Sound driver software and is most likely to solve your missing Realtek Audio Manager issue.

3. Use the Control Panel to Get Your Realtek HD Audio Manager back

You can quickly launch your Realtek HD Audio Manager on Windows 10 through the Control Manager. To do so,

  • Type ‘control panel’ in the search bar, next to the Start menu to open Control Panel
  • Switch the View to large icons

Control panel large icon view setting

  • Click on the Realtek Audio Manager from the list

Realtek HD audio manager in control panel

  • Hit on the information icon “i” (to the bottom right corner) above the OK icon

Realtek HD audio manager information

  • Tick on the Display icon in notification area menu

Realtek HD audio manager notification

  • Now, click on OK to confirm

Done! Realtek HD Audio Manager Icon occurs on the taskbar, and you can also set the sound settings as per your choice.

Good Job! Realtek is an efficient sound management tool, and you are now familiar to all the functions and fixes to your Realtek HD Audio Manager software. If you still face any issues or queries related to your Windows 10 software do let us know in the comments section below.

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