How to fix common audio problems in Windows 8 and Windows 7

It’s not uncommon to experience problems related to audio these days, probably due to ever increasing multimedia applications that are installed in the computer. The most common audio problem is of course no audio output, the reasons are several, including disabled drivers, updated driver not compatible with the hardware, registry problems, accidental windows audio services shutdown, so on and so forth.


Here are the first few steps that could help you fix general audio problems on Windows 8 and Windows 7. Solutions for complicated ones usually are case-to-case basis. For example check out the taskbar below, the audio icon is showing cross sign, which means it’s not functional. At the end of the process, you will see this icon active.

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Right-click on the desktop and select “New Folder”. Rename the folder as GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

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It converts into GodMode.

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Open the GodMode folder. In the GodMode folder, scroll to the Troubleshooting section, and click on “Find and fix audio playback problems”

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Click “Next”.

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Windows will now scan for the installed audio devices and problems.

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If you have multiple audio devices on your PC, Windows will list them down in the following step. Select the audio that is not functional. For example, for test PC, it’s “Speakers”. Click “Next”.

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Windows will now scan and fix the basic audio problems.

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Our test PC speaker’s audio is now operational.

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.