Update or Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager on Windows 10

Realtek HD Audio Manager is software comes with Realtek High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver in your Windows device. This software helps you to detect, configure and control audio devices like headphones, speakers, and microphones. This tool can easily be accessed by clicking “sound” icon related to Realtek HD Audio Manager in notification area in taskbar.

This driver package comes with the support for all major sound codecs, giving your System support to record audio, manage speakers, process audio, playback multimedia and more. It is easy-to-use and user-friendly interface for managing your sound card capabilities, its streamlined user interface (UI) can be used to manage sound inputs, re-assign audio ports to any of the preferred inputs/outputs, fin gaining coordinating functions, flexible mixing, and setting up of sound stage.

Realtek HD Audio Manager can also be used to set up 3D sound rendering and speech synthesis. It also features for audio inputs including noise suppression, beam formation, an equalizer, and Acoustic Echo Cancelation.

Realtek HD Audio Manager offers laptop’s users can take advantage of ‘Power Management’ feature that allows them to disable various power-draining audio when their laptop running on battery power. This option can easily be accessed via little ‘Battery’ icon in the bottom-corner of “HD Audio Software” window.

As mentioned above, this tool can be access by clicking ‘Realtek HD Audio Manager’ icon in notification area in taskbar. But in case if this icon is missing from this location or you can’t see this icon in System tray, then this issue might have probably triggered either after Windows upgrade or due to change in audio card driver. So, you need to update or reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager on your Windows device to fix.

How to fix Realtek HD Audio Manager missing issue on Windows 10?

Method 1: Uninstall problematic Realtek HD Audio driver

Step 1: Press “Windows + X” keys together from keyboard and select “Device Manager”

Step 2: In the opened “Device Manager”, locate and expand “Sound, video and game controllers” category

Step 3: Right-click on “Realtek High-Definition (HD) Audio” and select “Uninstall”

Step 4: Follow on-screen instructions to finish the uninstall process. Once done, restart your computer to save the changes.

Method 2: How to Download and Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Driver

Step 1: At first, you need to download the Realtek HD Audio driver from “Realtek Official website” according to your sound card model and Operating System architecture, and save the ‘setup file’ in your computer.

Step 2:  Double-click on “setup file” and follow on-screen instructions to finish installation. Once done, reboot your computer to save the changes

Step 3: Open “File Explorer” and navigate to “C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA” path. Or press “Windows + R” keys together and type this path in ‘Run Dialog Box’ and hit “Enter” key. This will open the folder where Realtek HD Audio Manager App is located

Step 4: Right-click on “RAVCpl64.exe” and click on “Send to > Desktop (Create Shortcut)”. Now Realtek HD Audio Manager icon on the desktop offers you to access this tool

Step 5: On the desktop, right-click on this icon (Shortcut) and select “Pin to Taskbar” option. Now, this tool can be accessed by clicking this in notification area in taskbar. Once done, please check if it works.

Method 3: Enable Realtek HD Audio Manager Process in Task Manager

Step 1: Press “CTRL + SHIFT + ESC” keys together from keyboard to open “Task Manager”

Step 2: In the opened “Task Manager” window, click on “Startup” tab and locate “Realtek HD Audio Manager” process

Step 3: If this process is disabled, right-click on it and click on “Enable” option from dropdown

Step 4: Restart your computer to save the changes and check if this problem is resolved.

Method 4: Update Realtek HD Audio driver

Sometimes, ‘Realtek HD Audio Manager missing’ or similar issue occurs due to outdated driver. In this case, you need to update the driver to fix.

Step 1: Open “Device Manager” and expand “Sound, video and game controllers” category

Step 2: Right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio and select “Update Driver”

Step 3: In next window, select “Browse my computer for driver software”

Step 4: Browse the latest driver software in your computer and follow on-screen to finish install

Step 5: After that, restart your computer to save the changes and check if Realtek HD Audio Manager missing problem is resolved.


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