Update Audio Drivers for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7


An audio driver is the software that supports or synchronizes data from the hardware to fully maximize or unlock all of its features. While a PC’s motherboard may have had a built-in sound card, the features that are made available to the user would be very basic. On the other hand, if a specific sound card is fitted, a number of sound devices can be plugged into it and this is where the need for the right audio driver sets in.

Let us say that you are the boss of your own company and under your wings are subordinates. Being the boss, you are the one setting the rules and giving commands to them and they will only perform via the rules that you made. The audio drivers, in line with the sound card and operating system work the same way. The audio driver is the boss that sets the rules so that the employees, being the hardware, will act out accordingly.

Common Problems

The number of available devices and having the need to make each sound device work naturally presents certain problems. Simply because, all these devices, being so different, needs to interact with your PC’s operating system. Below is a list of common problems:

  • Poor sound quality
  • Malfunction or improperly working devices like speakers and earpieces
  • Inability to control speaker volumes
  • Outdated audio drivers

Be reminded though that installing an audio driver may not necessarily address all sound problems. It is important that you find the right driver; a program that matches your computer brand, sound card as well as your operating system, to make things really work.


There are a number of sound manufacturers out there that provide customers with reliable sound drivers. Some of the known brands are CreativeASUS and DELL. As for addressing audio problems, one way of doing it is by updating your sound drivers.

Installing a new driver is another alternative, as some users immediately associate sound problems to faulty drivers. Sometimes, such is not the case and the only requirement would be to uninstall the old driver and install an updated version of it.

To do this, simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Control Panel, and then click on System and Hardware tabs respectively. Keep in mind that these steps do vary depending on the operating system.
  2. Go to Device Manager and scroll down to Sound and Game controllers.
  3. Select the audio device then right click.
  4. Click Uninstall then restart your PC.

From here on, you can now install the new and updated version. Updating one’s audio driver is recommended and has to be done periodically. Audio manufacturers also provide customers with updated sound drivers to ensure that clients get the latest features and fully maximize the potential of their audio device or hardware.

Related problems may also reveal poor or improper installation of sound drivers, which is why it is imperative that you determine the real cause first. Using a driver tool that automatically updates drivers is also preferred. Click here to find the tool that could help you locate, install or automatically update system drivers.

  1. Norman alston
    May 17th, 2013 at 04:30 | #1

    Please advise as to why I lost my sound after updating and how can I repair it . My system is a Dell xps 410. Thank you

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