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How to fix Audio problems in Windows 8 Consumer Preview?


Posted Date: 01-Mar-2012  Last Updated:   Category: Windows 8    
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Are you facing an audio problem in Windows 8 Consumer Preview? Read this article to know how you can fix these audio issues.



Did you download Windows 8 Consumer Preview? Many users are complaining that there is no audio in the new Operating System. If you too are facing this problem, follow the steps given below to troubleshoot the sound driver in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Users must download new drivers after installation. Check the official website and see if there is a relevant driver for Windows Update. If you are unable to find a driver, try installing one from the disc that came with hardware. If you are unable to install a driver, try installing it in compatibility mode.

A) Un-install the existing driver. Then install it. Make a right click (or press and hold) on the driver and select Troubleshoot Compatibility mode.

B) Click on ‘Try Recommended Settings’. In a different window, click ‘Start the Program’.

C) Make sure it is properly installed.

If you have installed audio drivers but there is no sound, try following the steps given below.

Are the speakers properly connected with PC?

Check if the speakers are properly connected with PC. Check if the speakers need power. Check if the speakers are plugged in and turned on.

Is the sound device disabled?

1. Make a right-click (or press and hold) on the desktop. Display the speaker icon on taskbar and select ‘Playback Devices’.

2. Make a right-click (or press and hold) on the white empty space and select both ‘Show Disconnected Devices’ and ‘Show Disabled Devices’.

3. If you find speaker and headphone icons on screen, make a right-click (or press and hold) on the correct sound device and select ‘Set as default device’.

Have you started the audio service?

1. Search for services.msc

2. Scroll down the list of services. Make a right-click (or press and hold) on Windows Audio and select Start option.

Have you started the dependencies?

A• Multimedia Class Scheduler

B• Remote Procedure Call

C• Windows Audio Endpoint Builder




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Responses to "How to fix Audio problems in Windows 8 Consumer Preview?"
Guest Author: Piere Abanto     01 Mar 2012
Nothing is working for me, I tried everything that is explained in your post but my audio devices is still not being recognized. I mean, the main problem is that the driver is installed and I know it its the correct one, but it says I cant work because no audio device is plugged. I have an Asus Eee Pc 1005ha from 2009, and I updated all drivers, including the chipset that is a mobile intel 945 gse. Im really concern about this problem, because im use no work with Skype and other programs that use audio, I will really appreaciate you to help me. Thank you in advance.


Guest Author: Tom Brotherton     26 Mar 2012
There simply are no audio drivers for Windows 8. Not yet anyway. All these hot dogs giving advice are repeating old solutions for previous operating systems. These old fixes do not work in Windows 8. I respectfully request that if you are not running Windows 8 that you keep your advice to yourself.


Guest Author: David     03 Jun 2012
I had working sound on a laptop running Analog Devices onboard audio using WIN8 CP for almost 2 weeks and then an update killed my sound. No amount of disabling drivers, uninstalling and re-installing sound drivers have fixed this. Playing with permissions also was dead end. I am currently running WIN8 RP and still no sound. Today MS pushed out a new(er) ADI sound driver , I installed it and still no sound.


Guest Author: Nitrox7     23 Aug 2012
The problem I had was that W8 was using headphones as the main audio device and I couldn't get it to use laptop's speakers as the default audio device. So I disabled the headphones profile in the audio mixer and it worked!! Now I'm getting sound through the speakers.

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