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How to Fix "No Audio Output Device is Installed" Windows 11

Updated by Tracy King on Sep 22, 2022
Written by Daisy

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Solution 1. Update Sound Drivers Step 1: Press the Windows + X key...Full steps
Solution 2. Uninstall and Reinstall Sound Drivers  Step 1: Press the Windows + X key...Full steps
Solution 3. Run Device Manager to Fix Problem Step 1: Search and select Device Manager from the Search box on the task bar...Full steps
Solution 4. Reboot Your PC  Step 1: Hold the power button for 5 seconds...Full steps
Solution 5. Undo System Changes  Step 1: Reboot your Windows 11 PC into the Advanced Startup...Full steps

Many Windows users come across an error that says, "No Audio Output Device is Installed”. This means you can't play music, attend video calls, or perform other sound-related functions on your laptop or computer

The error mostly shows as a red cross symbol over the audio control in the system tray. There are many triggers behind the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error, such as:

  • You have recently updated your system to Windows 11 that has changed some system settings for you.
  • Sound drivers are damaged or haven't been updated in a long time.
  • You have enabled the playback device that you are trying to play.
  • You failed to connect the playback device to the right port.
  • Wireless audio devices aren't properly paired with your Windows 11 computer, etc.

The reason behind your "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error could be anything. Fortunately, it is easy to fix this error on Windows 11.

Today, in this post, you will learn all the right solutions to fixes for the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error on your Windows 11. So, let's get started!

Solution 1. Update Sound Drivers

If you have installed Windows 11 on your old computer, there's a high chance that your sound driver is still old. Obviously, an outdated or old sound driver can't work on the robust Windows 11 environment, raising audio errors.

So, the simplest way to fix the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error is to update your audio driver. For this, you can visit your sound driver manufacturer's website and search for the Windows 11 compatible driver.

Also, you can follow these steps to update the audio driver on Windows 11:

Step 1: Press the Windows + X key and click open the Device Manager from the menu.

open the Device Manager

Step 2: Expand the Sound, video, and game controllers menu.

Expand the Sound, video, and game controllers menu

Step 3: Right-click on your audio device and select the Update Driver.

select the update driver

Step 4: Now you'll find two options; first, Search automatically for drivers and second, Browse my computer for drivers.

faced with two options

If you click the first option, then the Windows will search for the updates automatically and helps you update drivers. If you click the second option, then first you need to download the driver file from the device manufacturer's website. Once you've downloaded the up to date device driver file on your system, you browse that file to update sound drivers.

Solution 2. Uninstall and Reinstall Sound Drivers

If you can't fix the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error by updating your drivers, you can try the uninstall and reinstall technique. This method is helpful when your sound driver is corrupted or damaged in any way.

By uninstalling and reinstalling sound drivers, you can fix all the broken sound items on your computer. To do so, just follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the Windows + X key together on your keyboard and open the Device Manager.

Step 2: Click on the arrow next to the Sound, video, and game controllers menu to expand it.

Step 3: Right-click on the audio device that you want to fix and select the Uninstall device option.

select uninstall device option

Step 4: Now, all you have to do is restart your computer, and it will automatically download the latest version of your audio driver on your computer. If the automatic download isn't initiated, you can head over to the driver manufacturer's site and install the right sound driver version on your own.

Solution 3. Run Device Manager to Fix Problem

If the driver updates or uninstall solutions didn't work for you, you can run Device Manager to fix the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error. This solution works something like this:

Step 1: Search and select Device Manager from the Search box on the task bar.  You can also press the Windows + X and then select the Device Manager from the menu.

Step 2: Navigate for the Sound, video, and game controllers menu.

Step 3: Click on the Action located on the top-left menu and select the Add legacy hardware option.

select the add legacy hardware option

Step 4: Click Next on the popup wizard. Choose the Search for and install hardware automatically option, and then select the Next.

search for and install hardware automatically

Step 5: Go to the Sound, video, and game controllers tab and click Next.

click next

Step 6: Select your exact sound card and then click on the Next button. Also, download the suitable sound driver and click Finish.

download the suitable sound driver

Step 7: Again, go to the Device Manager, right-click on your sound device and select the Enable.

right-click on the sound device

Solution 4. Reboot Your PC

The "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error is often caused when hardware configuration changes while loading Windows. To prevent this, you should not remove or attach any devices or peripherals while your PC is booting up.

Sometimes, this error can be resolved with a simple PC reboot. You can reboot your Windows 11 PC as:

Step 1: Hold the power button for 5 seconds or until your computer turns off.

Step 2: Wait for a few seconds before turning back on your system.

Step 3: Press the power button to start your computer and note if any error message appears while booting up.

Step 4: Once your system is fully loaded after the manual reboot, restart it and check if the audio problem is resolved now.

Solution 5. Undo System Changes

System restore or undo is a great feature in Windows that allows you to undo system changes that you have made. If the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error has appeared after you have made some system changes, so here, undoing changes will restore your previous settings for you.

To undo system changes in Windows 11, follow these steps:

Step 1: Reboot your Windows 11 PC into the Advanced Startup and click on Troubleshoot.

reboot Windows 11

Step 2: Select the Advanced options > System Restore.

go to system restore

Step 3: Click open the Administrator Account and enter your password; click Continue.

enter password

Step 4: On the System Restore window, choose the restore point up to which your audio system was working fine. Click on the Undo under the Type column and click Next.

choose the restore point and undo system changes

Step 5: Click on the Finish and then Yes to restart and restore your system. Just click Restart, and your audio error will be fixed by now.

restart and restore system

Solution 6. Buy New Sound Card

If your "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error isn't fixed even after restoring system changes, there's a good chance that your sound card is damaged.

Be it a power problem or simple wear and tear; sound cards can stop working due to many reasons. In this case, your only option is to buy a new sound card.

Today, you can easily order sound cards online at a vivid price range suiting your budget - from less than $50 to above $200.

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If you don't ever want to deal with the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error or any other disk error, you can optimize your Windows 11 hard disk with EaseUS Partition Master.

This free Windows partition software can reduce your requirements to restart your PC. The software can fully manage your disks and partitions with ease. Further, it can:

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  • Clone your hard drive for system restoration
  • Easily resize partitions by sliding the bar
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  • Merge or delete partitions
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Concluding Thoughts

It's common to get the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error on Windows 11. Whether it's an outdated drive, system changes, or a damaged sound card, audio device errors can occur anytime.

Although, it is very easy to fix the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" error as discussed above. But fixing it can waste your time a lot.

Therefore, the best solution is to optimize your Windows 11 hard disk with EaseUS Partition Master and never worry about disk errors ever again. This software can manage all your disk operations for you so you can better focus on your work rather than fixing Windows 11 errors.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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Written by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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