How to Fix “RAVCpl64.exe System Error” on Windows?

RAVCpl64.exe system error generally refers to registry problems. However, RAVCpl64.exe is a genuine Realtek file and is available on the computer which specifies you are having a RealTek sound device is installed but the majority of errors associated with it occur due to corrupted or infected executable files. This error pops with a small message on your screen referring to “The program can’t start because RAVCpl64.exe is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem” accompanied by troubleshooting solutions that won’t seem effective in solving the error.

RAVCpl64.exe System Error
RAVCpl64.exe System Error

The RAVCpl64.exe error is commonly seen when starting the Realtek ALC3861 audio driver. This file is the process which resembles the audio control components of RealTek’s sound card drivers, just like the Rthdcpl.exe. Furthermore, this procedure permits the user for configuring, altering and modifying the sound card settings by utilizing the HD audio control panel and this is an important file. But recently many users reported they are seeing the RAVCpl64.exe system error. Therefore, we have done our research and listed the effective fixes which worked for several users to solve the error. However, before starting with the solutions it is important to understand the common causes responsible for the error.

What Causes “RAVCpl64.exe System Error”?

  • Invalid Registry Key – Invalid Registry key is considered to be the main culprit of this error. So, in order to fix the system error, you need to re-register the RAVCpl64.exe. However, you can also try fixing the registry error by clearing those junk entries and repairing those corrupted registries. 
  • Corrupted Audio Driver Software – The corrupted audio driver is the main reason responsible for the exe system error. So, if your audio software got corrupted or faulty then it may also show the error. Therefore, try fixing using by uninstalling the sound driver and then re-installing it again.
  • Corrupted or Infected File – If your system file somehow got corrupted or infected then it might cause this error to occur. Moreover, missing files can also be the reason for this error. So here it is suggested to repair the file by performing an SFC scan or restoring the missing file from Recycle bin.
  • Overlay App Confliction– Most of the time, it has been noticed that unnecessary background running tasks overload your system and start conflicting with other apps thereby causing such problems to your system. So, try quitting or closing all the unnecessary background running tasks to fix the error
  • Virus or malware infection – If your system gets in contact with malware or virus in some way then it might be possible that it results in the deletion of your files by other affected applications. So, if this case is applicable to your situation, then try running an Antivirus scan and see if this works for you to fix the problem.
  • Outdated Windows Version– It has been reported in many forums by the majority of users that running an outdated Windows version might cause this error to arise. Therefore, it is advised to update your Windows version to tackle such issues.

Now as you know the causes of this error, you can now potential solutions among various mentioned below to get past the problem in no time.

Register Again for RAVCpl64.exe 

As said above the corrupted or missing registry files might also cause the error. The RAVCpl64.exe file is related to the registry and if the files get corrupted or missing it start showing the error. So check the registry key are performing properly. Try re-registering the RAVCpl64.exe file as this will help you to fix the problem. Follow the simple steps below:

  1. Launch Run by pressing Win+R keys altogether.
  2. Now type cmd on the run box and hit Enter to open Command Prompt.
  3. On Command prompt panel type the command regsvr32 ravcpl64.exe and hit Enter.
Type regsvr32 ravcpl64.exe

It will re-register the component in the registry and this would probably help you to fix the RAVCpl64.exe error. If not then go for the next fix.

Perform SFC or DISM Scan 

As we have already discussed above corrupted or missing system files are another possible culprit responsible for the error. So, it’s necessary to repair and find the missing files to get past such a problem. In this case, it is best to use the inbuilt System File checker command, this scans, detects and repairs as well as restores the missing files.

Follow the steps given to run the SFC scan:

  1. Go to the start search box or press Win+R and in the Run box type cmd to run Command Prompt.
  2. Then on the cmd panel execute System File Checker by typing the sfc/scannow command and hitting Enter.
    Command Prompt window, type “sfc/scannow”
    Command Prompt-sfc/scannow
  3. SFC scan will now automatically search for the corrupted files and repair them.
  4. Wait for the scanning process to get complete. (It will take approx. 15 min.)

Now reboot your system and check if the error is resolved.  However, if still seeing the error try running the inbuilt DISM command on your Windows. This is another effective tool, to repair the corrupted app files using DISM, follow the below guide:

  1. Go to the start search box or press the Win+R key and in the Run box type cmd to run Command Prompt.
  2. Then on the cmd panel execute DISM by typing DISM.exe/Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command and hit Enter.
    Repair the System Files using DISM Tool
    Repair the System Files using DISM Tool
  3. Wait for the scanning process to get complete. (It will take approx. 30 min.)

Once the DISM scanning and repairing process is finished, restart your PC and look for whether the error is fixed or not.

Update your Windows Version

As said above running the outdated Windows version is responsible for the error. Many users reported that updating the Windows version worked for them to solve the error RAVCpl64.exe. So, if you are using an outdated Windows version then it might be possible that you encounter such an error. Here it is suggested to update your Windows version to the latest available update to tackle such errors.

However, updating the Windows version was found to be a proven solution to fix such kind of error. Follow the below-guided instructions to update Windows:

  1. Press Windows +I key to launch Settings
  2. Then click on the Windows Update settings.
    Accessing the Windows Update menu
  3. Select the option Check for updates, and then wait for Windows to download and install the latest version automatically.
    Check for updates
  4. Once done restart your system and launch the program to check if the error is fixed, if still seeing the error then follow the next solution. 

Update Realtek Drivers 

The RAVCpl64.exe file is related to the sound driver, and if the sound driver gets corrupted it starts causing the error. In this case, if the audio drivers are outdated, corrupted, or incompatible then it starts showing various issues and errors. So, try updating your drivers to the latest version to get past such problems. To do so follow the steps below:

  1. Press the Windows + X key and go to Device Manager.
  2. Now in the Device Manager window, right-click on the Display Adapter
    Disabling the Adapter
  3. Right-click on the Realtek driver and choose Update Driver
  4. Now select the option Search automatically for updated drivers.
    Search automatically for updated GPU drivers
  5. After that follow the on-screen guide to update the drivers.

And reboot your system, to check if the error is fixed or not.

Re-install Realtek Audio Drivers

If updating the driver won’t work for you then try reinstalling the Realtek audio driver. Sometimes due to an interrupted installation process, you might get troubled with this error. So, on finding your audio drivers corrupted or faulty, try uninstalling them and re-installing them back again.

Follow the guide below to uninstall the audio driver:

  1. Go to Start and look for Device manager.
    Open Device Manager Through the Quick Access Menu
  2. Expand the option of Sound, video and game controllers.
  3. Navigate for Realtek High Definition Audio driver.
    Uninstalling Realtek HD Audio Driver from Control Panel
  4. Once found right-click on it and then choose Uninstall device option from the drop-down menu.
  5. Now restart your system, and Windows will install the updated drivers automatically.

Perform System Restore

Some errors are almost impossible to fix at times and in this situation using System Restore, you can restore the Windows installation to the previous working state, in this case, will help your PC to get back to the time when there was no mark of such error problem. So, you can try restoring your system to the latest restore point.

Here are the steps you can follow to do so:

  1. Go to Windows Start.
  2. Type “System Restore” in the search box and hit Enter.
  3. Now from the appeared result go for the System Restore option.
    Using System Restore
  4. After that select, the option “Choose a different restore point” and go for Next.
    Choosing a specific system restore point
  5. Then select a restore date when there was no such error.
    Select the Restore point and click on the scan for affected programs then press next
  6. If prompted enter your password and follow the on-screen guide to select a restore location.
  7. Lastly, restore your system to see if the error in question is solved

Launch a Malware Scan

Viruses or malware can be pervasive as they spread quickly over your system thereby corrupting your system files and applications. Nowadays hackers prefer to disguise their malicious folders via legitimate processes.

Therefore, coming in contact with such malicious or virus attacks by hackers, you may encounter this error. So, in this situation, you can run a full system scan using the inbuilt Windows Defender security program or install the third-party antivirus software on your PC to conduct a full scan and check if the error is fixed.

Terminating Overlay App Confliction

Many times the startup programs running in the background start conflicting with the system processes and other programs. And if applying the above methods won’t fix this error then try terminating background running apps. As sometimes overlay app conflict might be responsible for such error occurrence thereby shutting off the program abnormally.

Therefore, you can simply disable the background tasks by following the simple steps below:

  1. Launch Task Manager by pressing Win+X together.
    Click on the task manager
  2. Now view under the Processes tab, the list of Background running tasks.
  3. Select the tasks you want to terminate from running by clicking the End Task button at the right bottom.
    End the application

Now your system is free from all background tasks. So, the next step is to execute the program again and check for the issue still persists or not.

I hope after following the above mentioned verified fixes will help you to resolve the RAVCpl64.exe system error on your Windows system. 


Hardeep Kaur

Hardeep is a passionate technical writer with more than 7 years of experience. She has a keen interest in PC games, Windows OS and everything surrounding it. She is a technology enthusiast and fascinated with technology since her childhood days.