Realtek High Definition Audio Manager comes with Realtek’s High Definition (HD) audio driver on almost every Windows computer. Sometimes, due to some absurd and unknown reasons, it cannot be opened/working normally. To make matters worse, the audio manager is missing, especially after Windows updates or the malware that caused the problem.
With Realtek HD Audio Manager, your PC can easily identify, configure, and control audio devices such as headphones, speakers, and microphones. Realtek HD Audio Manager is installed together with the driver and located in the taskbar, taskbar or general notification area of the PC.
If the Audio Manager cannot be found or it is missing, there are two ways to solve the problem.
RECOVER MISSING REALTEK HD AUDIO MANAGER
Realtek HD Audio Manager works well in earlier versions of Windows operating systems (Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1). Sound problems with Windows 10 Build 1903 are more common than ever.
Realtek HD audio driver supports Dolby audio, Dolby Digital Cinema System (DTS), surround sound, six-channel digital-to-analog converter (DAC), etc. to further enhance the audio performance of the PC.
In the process of finding a solution, I found that many Windows 10 users have encountered the same dilemma. Digging deeper, it turns out that there is a problem with the latest version (v2.82) of the Realtek HD Audio Driver on the Windows 10 platform. This will hide HD Audio Manager from the system tray. On some PCs, the HD Audio Manager cannot even be started/opened.
The trick to solve the missing Realtek HD Audio Manager is to uninstall the latest version (v 2.82). After that, you have two options-reinstall the lower version or reinstall the latest version by obtaining it from the Realtek website.
Here are the steps to be taken.
Uninstall Buggy Driver
The first step is to uninstall the audio driver with buggy audio manager.
Step 1: Tap Windows key + X shortcut to launch the Quick Access Menu at the bottom-left corner of the display.
Step 2: Tap Device Manager on the Quick Access Menu.
Step 3: On the Device Manager menu, expand the Sound, video, and game controllers section.
Step 4: Right-click on the Realtek High Definition Audio and select Uninstall.
Step 5: Check the ‘Delete the driver for this software’ option and tap the Ok button to proceed with the installation.
Reinstall Realtek HD Audio Driver
The next step is to install the healthy version (v2.81) of the Realtek HD audio driver that comes with the working Audio Manager. This version is no longer available on Realtek’s official website, but I can download the settings from the trusted software download site Filehippo.
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Download the setup from the link and follow the steps below.
Step 1: Right-click on the downloaded setup and select Run as administrator.
Step 2: After installing the Realtek HD Audio driver, restart the computer following the installation instructions.
Next, you need to install Realtek HD Audio Manager on your PC so that you will not lose it again.
Step 3: Run your File Explorer and go to this location — C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA.
Alternatively, you can hit the Windows + R keys to run the RUN window and paste this location — C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA. Then, tap the Enter button on your keyboard.
This will immediately open the folder where the Audio Manager application is located in the File Explorer.
Step 4: Right-click on RAVCpl64, tap Send to, and select Desktop (create shortcut).
That creates a shortcut for it on your desktop.
Step 5: On your desktop, right-click on the RAVCpl64 shortcut and tap the Pin to taskbar option.
After that, it will be fixed on your system tray. It will also appear in your system tray and notification area.
That’s it. Audio Manager is now back on your PC. You can start the application by clicking the mouse on the taskbar and the taskbar.
If you want to try to reinstall the latest Realtek HD Audio driver (v2.82), you can download a copy directly from the Realtek website.
We strongly recommend that you check the computer motherboard manufacturer’s website to obtain the latest audio driver for your motherboard model. The same is true for laptop models.
EFFECTIVELY MANAGE YOUR PC’S AUDIO
After restoring Realtek HD Audio Manager to your PC, you can effectively manage the sound output and audio equipment of your PC. You can also use the application to configure your computer’s microphone and use specialized tools such as noise cancellation, speaker filling, echo cancellation, etc.