While Intel has made significant improvements to it’s High Definition Audio codecs, most of the Windows PCs still comes preloaded with Realtek HD Audio Manager and its related drivers. Further, the built-in sound cards on Windows PCs are generally produced by Realtek so it bodes well to utilize the first-party utility for better audio output. Recently, some of the Windows 10 users have raised issues about missing Realtek HD Audio Manager icon from Windows 10 tray. Besides system tray, Realtek HD Audio Manager icon doesn’t show up in Control Panel either.
Many users have noticed this issue after Windows 10 update and this might be true because Windows updates sometimes break some functionalities. So, in this article, we are going to discuss two simple ways on how to fix the Realtek HD Audio Manager missing issue from Windows 10. We will use these two methods to bring back the Realtek HD Audio Manager on Windows 10. Let’s do it now.
Fix Realtek HD Audio Manager Missing from Windows 10
First of all, we will try to update the sound driver to fix the Realtek HD Audio Manager missing issue from Windows 10 automatically. And if that does not work out then we will download and install the latest Realtek codecs from its official website manually. Follow these steps:
1. Update the Sound Driver
Right-click on the start menu and open Device Manager.
Now, scroll down and expand the Sound, video and game controllers menu. After that, right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio and select Update driver.
On the next screen, click on Search automatically for drivers. This process will need an active internet connection.
After finding and installing the latest Realtek driver, it might ask you to restart your Windows 10 PC. Following that, check if Realtek HD Audio Manager is available under the system tray or inside Control Panel. If that is not the case then move to the next step.
In this step, we will re-install the Realtek driver manually. Select Update driver and choose Browse my computer for drivers option this time.
After that, click on Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
Here, make sure to choose Realtek High Definition Audio and click on Next. After the installation, restart your computer. This should “fix missing Realtek HD Audio Manager issue on your Windows 10”.
2. Download Realtek HD Audio Manager
If the method explained above didn’t solve the Realtek HD Audio Manager missing issue from Windows 10 then try this second method. In this section, we will download the latest version of Realtek HD Audio Manager directly from Realtek’s official website and then install it. Follow these steps.
Open Realtek’s Website and download either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Realtek HD Audio Manager depending upon the type of the system you are using. To find your computer’s architecture, right-click on This PC, select Properties and check System Type. Here, you will find if your computer has 64-bit architecture or 32-bit. Depending upon this architecture, download relevant version of Realtek HD Audio Manager.
After downloading, install it on your Windows 10 PC and restart your computer. Next, open the “C” Drive and go to Program Files > Realtek > Audio > HDA folder.
Here, you will find multiple files related to Realtek. Double-click on RtkNGUI64.exe and Realtek HD Audio Manager will be back on Windows 10. Please note that on some laptops/computers, it might show DTS or Dolby based on the manufacturer’s partnership with audio enhancement companies.
That was one way of opening the Realtek HD Audio Manager manually. If you want to make it appear in the system tray, run the RtkAudioService64.exe and RAVCpl64.exe files.
If Realtek HD Audio Manager is still missing from the system tray then right-click on RtkNGUI64.exe and select Send to. Here, choose Desktop (create shortcut) option to create shortcut of RtkNGUI64.exe on your desktop. You can access Realtek HD Audio Manager straight from the desktop using that shortcut, anytime you want.
How to Bring Back Realtek HD Audio Manager on Windows 10
Above tutorial was about how you can resolve the Realtek HD Audio Manager missing issue from Windows 10. The two methods explained above are quite straightforward and easy to follow. Firstly, updating the driver to the latest version is the best solution. However, if that doesn’t work, you can simply download the latest Realtek HD Audio Manager from the Realtek’s official website.
Hope this tutorial helped you solve missing Realtek HD Audio Manager issue in Windows 10. If you are still facing issues, let us know in the comment section below. Mean while you can check more Windows tutorials here.