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Fix: Windows 10 Buzzing Sound

Windows 10 has become quite well-known for all the problems and issues that it has brought to computers upon them upgrading to the latest and greatest version of the Windows Operating System. While most of the problems that Windows 10 is known to bring pertain to software, there are a few issues that are hardware-related. One of the most common – and also extremely aggravating – hardware issues that a computer may be affected by upon upgrading to Windows 10 is loud buzzing noises.

Many Windows 10 users have reported that their computers started making weird, loud buzzing noises right after they upgraded to Windows 10. All of the Windows 10 users who have been affected by this problem in the past have clarified that the problem did not exist on the version of Windows that they upgraded to Windows 10 from. In such cases, affected computers’ speakers either started making loud buzzing noises upon startup and would only stop making those noises if an audio setting such as volume was changed or simply made loud buzzing noises when the audio was being played, making the audio extremely garbled and, in some cases, completely inaudible.

The culprit behind a computer that has recently been updated to Windows 10 making loud buzzing noises can be anything from corrupted or incorrect audio drivers to incorrect audio settings or anything in between. Thankfully, as long as the cause of this problem in the case of your computer is not related to the hardware (the computer’s speakers), you should be able to fix the issue on your own. The following are some of the most effective solutions that can be used to fix a Windows 10 computer that makes loud buzzing noises:

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Solution 1: Update your audio driver

Right-click on the Start Menu button to open the WinX Menu. In the WinX Menu, click on Device Manager to open it. In the Device Manager, double-click on the Sound, video and game controllers section to expand it. Double-click on your audio device (Realtek High Definition Audio, for example).  Navigate to the Driver. Click on Update Driver…

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Click on Search automatically for updated driver software. Allow your computer to search the internet for the latest version of your audio driver and, if one is available, install it.

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Solution 2: Uninstall your audio device

If updating your audio driver does not fix this issue, you should certainly try uninstalling your audio device altogether. Do not fear, as uninstalling your audio device will not be permanent – your audio device will be detected by your computer and then reinstalled as soon as you restart your computer. To uninstall your audio device, you need to:

Right-click on the Start Menu button to open the WinX Menu. In the WinX Menu, click on Device Manager to open it. In the Device Manager, double-click on the Sound, video and game controllers section to expand it. Right-click on your audio device (Realtek High Definition Audio, for example). Click on Uninstall. Confirm the action. This will completely uninstall your computer’s audio device.

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Restart your computer. As soon as your computer reboots, it should detect and then reinstall your audio device, and this should consequently get rid of the loud and agitating buzzing noises that your computer has been making.

Solution 3: Switch to the generic Windows audio driver

All computers that run on the Windows Operating System come with two audio drivers – the default audio driver from the manufacturer that the computer usually uses, and a generic audio driver from Microsoft. If you face any kinds of problems with the manufacturer’s audio driver, you can easily switch to the generic Windows audio driver. To do so, you will need to:

Right-click on the Start Menu button to open the WinX Menu. In the WinX Menu, click on Device Manager to open it. In the Device Manager, double-click on the Sound, video and game controllers section to expand it. Right-click on your audio device (Realtek High Definition Audio, for example) and click on Update Driver Software .

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Click on Browse my computer for driver software. Click on Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer. Select High Definition Audio Device and click on Next.

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Follow the onscreen instructions to replace their computer’s default audio driver with the general Windows High Definition Audio Device.

Solution 4: Disable any and all audio enhancements

Windows offers a wide range of different audio enhancements that can be turned on in order to improve the quality of the audio that your computer treats you to. However, if your computer’s speakers are not compatible to or don’t agree with the audio enhancements that you turn on, the result may be your computer making loud buzzing noises while playing audio. If your Windows 10 computer only makes buzzing noises when you play audio on it, this solution is definitely worth trying out. To disable audio enhancements for your computer’s speakers, you need to:

Open the Start Menu. Type Sound into the Search. Click on the search result titled Sound that appears under Control Panel. In the Playback tab, right-click on the playback device that you are using (your computer’s speakers, for example) and click on Properties.

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Navigate to the Enhancements. Check the Disable all enhancements check box by clicking on it. This will effectively disable any and all audio enhancements that have been applied to your computer’s speakers. Click on Apply. Click on OK.

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No try and play some audio, and there should no longer be any loud buzzing noises.

Solution 5: Reinitializing Default Audio Device

As suggested by many of our reports this issue is isolated to a software glitch within Windows 10. In some cases, it was reported that a mere reinitialization of the Default Audio Device fixes the issue. Therefore, in this step, we will be reinitializing the Default Audio Device. For that:

  1. Rightclick on the “Speaker” icon in the lower right side of the system tray.
  2. SelectSound” and click on the “Playback” tab.
    Right-clicking on the Speaker icon and selecting “Sounds”
  3. Rightclick on the device that has “Default Device” written below it and selectDisable“.
    Right-clicking on the Default Device and selecting “Disable”
  4. Rightclick on the device again and selectEnable“.
  5. This will reinitialize the device, check to see if the issue persists.

User Suggested Method

What I managed to do was that: lowing the Subwoofer slider on the Sound Properties > Levels (Right click on the sound icon in the task bar). My subwoofer slider was at 100. I put it on 75 and the buzz is basically gone. The lower it is, the les buzz it is, but so is the quality of the subwoofer. I balanced it and the buzz is gone.

30 Comments

  1. I’ve tried all these methods and nothing works for me either.
    I am loosing the will to live with the audio issue as I do dj recordings and this constant buzzing/lagging makes it impossible to do anything properly.

  2. Mind If I piggyback on this one? I’ve also tried all these methods and have had no luck! The issue only started when i upgraded to Windows 10 and I’ve been trying to fix it ever since.

  3. Try updating your wireless driver to a newer one. If it’s realtek (most likely) google “realtek wireless driver windows 10” and tell me if it worked.

  4. I did the search, and am not certain if the drivers I found are compatible.

    My driver: Realtek RTL8188CE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC

    Adapters Supported
    ——————
    Realtek RTL8188EE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter
    Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
    Realtek 8812AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
    Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
    2×2 11b/g/n Wireless LAN M.2 Adapter

  5. Nothing worked for me from this list. What I managed to do was that: lowing the Subwoofer slider on the Sound Properties > Levels (Right click on the sound icon in the task bar). My subwoofer slider was at 100. I put it on 75 and the buzz is basically gone. The lower it is, the les buzz it is, but so is the quality of the subwoofer. I balanced it and the buzz is gone.

    Hope it helps!

  6. I solved my issue as this: i have windows 10, and along 3 days, i had this ”USB connected” sound continuing ringing about 15 times everytime i connect my laptop, i made some search on web, didn’t get any where, meanwhile i remember some years ago i got this trouble, those days i solved by uninstalling Daemon tools,
    So i discover by myself, its the annoying daemon tools that keeps adding 15 virtual drives everytime i restart windows.
    Sorry for my bad english.

  7. Ok i youst solved my problem i have AMD Ryzen 5 1600 16gb ram nvidia gtc 1050ti and youst today buzzing noise started when i come in windows.

    I tryed everything above updating removing nothing, i am at end with nerves, hope that is windows 10 error.
    So i sad i will reformat on older win maybe 7 when i am reading this forum i see worlds USB and like in flash i got thought what if that s problem so i disconnect yostick still buzzing noise then i disconnect camera and buzzing noise stop’s 🙂 so i reconnect back everything and still sweet silence 🙂

    So my conclusion never leave usb devices in computer again if you turn off computer unplug unnecessary USB devices(Usb keybord and mouse are fine devices which need more power)

  8. Nothing works. Win 10 STILL giving audio issues. Might just go back to Vista. At least it worked.

  9. I never recommend upgrading from Vista to 10 due to driver incompatiability, windows 10 has support for most win 7 drivers, and least for vista,.

  10. For me:

    Last time it worked was when I had Windows 7, before upgrading to Windows 10.

    Windows 7. No buzz.
    Windows 10, intermittent buzz during audio playback.

    Just did a clean install after adding an SSD in the last few days. Still a problem. (Even when no Realtek driver installed and just using default Windows High Definition Audio.)

    Tried installing the Realtek Win10 x64 driver. Still buzzing.
    Tried disabling enhancements. Still buzzing.
    Tried setting to 24-bit audio with various frequencies. Still buzzing.
    Tried running audio troubleshooter. Still buzzing.

    I really wish they’d get this sh!t sorted… A long time ago, they said it was a “known issue” and they were working on a solution. Never seems to have happened, as far as I’m concerned. Audio has ALWAYS been a problem under Win10 that it decidedly was NOT under Win7.

    Gateway DX4350-UR20P, if it matters.
    Phenom II x6 1045T
    16GB DDR3 RAM
    Formerly WD 2TB SATA
    Now Samsung 1TB 860 EVO SSD as primary, with WD as backup / storage drive. (Will wipe it once I’m sure I’ve gotten everything I need off the old install…)

    This audio issue has bugged me ever since the upgrade. Slightly less irritating/frequent than it used to be. Things got slightly better than theywere right after the initial upgrade. But never fully resolved… : The Realtek High Def Audio chipset support just seems to be kind of abysmal under Win10. 🙁

  11. So, for me, I think another guide nailed it, slightly… One way or the other. And I think I FINALLY have respite from the buzz / stuttering / glitch.

    And, it’s pretty much the opposite of most of the advice to update drivers.

    So, I’m running the aforementioned Gateway DX4350-UR20P Phenom II x6 1045T system. With a stupid Realtek audio chipset. Ever since upgrading to Win10, it’ll intermittently stutter / buzz when playing back video / audio. Very annoying.

    Everyone seems to say “update to the Realtek Win10 drivers on their site.” Didn’t do squat for me. “Change sound properties to lower frequency.” Nope. Get rid of Realtek drivers and use Windows High Quality Audio generics. Nope.

    So, ran across a page and took a cue from them. I’d tried most of the other things, except I ran across Solution 4, which I’d not heard of before. “Uninstall Conflic[ing] Network Driver” (sic). Huh?

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    Long and short of it, after hacking around a bit through the underbrush of my minty fresh Win10 install, a couple hard freezes and reboots later, and a few uninstalls / reinstalls of drivers later, *I think* I’ve got my sound back fully under control, using the old original Win7 x64 drivers for Audio (Realtek), LAN (Realtek) & Wireless (Ralink), which probably got nixed in favor of either updated / incompatible / generic drivers picked up by Windows during the Win7 –> Win10 update and/or the fresh Win10 reinstall (after upgrading to an SSD, which I’m starting to like).

    So, basically, what I ended up doing was going to Gateway’s site and re-downloading the “Windows 7” drivers for the audio / LAN / Wireless chipsets (Zip files that unzipped with both installers and .inf files, etc.).

    Wen in to the Device Manager and uninstalled the “Network Adapters” –> “802.11n Wireless LAN Card,” & “Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller” drivers, as well as uninstalling the “Sound, Video & Game Controllers” –> “Realtek High Definition Audio.” driver. I had to fiddle with it over multiple iterations to get the right combination of uninstall / reinstall to work. Often when I’d uninstall the drivers it would either immediately or after a reboot pick back up the “generic” or “newest” drivers and reinstall them. Occasionally, when I’d uninstall the “PCIe GBE…” and then the “Wireless” driver, the system would completely freeze and I’d have to hard/ugly reboot the system. After a couple times of that, Start Menu stopped working (rut roh!) had to “SFC /scannow” and let it fix some corruptions. : Thankfully that only happened once before I found the right combination of uninstalls (newer driver) / reinstalls (older drivers). Sometimes when it uninstalled, I’d immediately reinstall the older driver via the setup file. and windows would re-find one or more of the drivers, but they were all basically named the same so it was hard ot figure out which driver it was picking up, old or new… In a few instances, I’d just right-click the driverit found and say “update driver” and them manually point it to the path to the older driver’s .inf file, and it’d reinstall it, one assumes from that version.

    Anyway, super long story short, for whatever reason, uninstalling the newer drivers that Win10, in its infinite wisdom, decided were correct, and reinstalling the older drivers (as I recall, Win10 wouldn’t even let me run the installer for the “LAN” driver [said something about system administrator had forbidden it or something; I didn’t! I’m guessing it was a safety feature to protect against an “older” driver or an “unsigned” driver or something?], I could basically ONLY point it at the unzipped x64 ‘.inf’ file / folder).

    But, long and short of it, I’ve got the old-ass-looking Realtek audio manager icon in my task tray, and it loads fine. Internet works fine as far as I can tell, and so far I don’t think I’ve heard a single buzz or stutter in the last day or so, since punching my drivers ni he nuts a few times to get them to cooperate.

    So, thus far, score one for “Solution 4: Uninstall the Conflict Network Driver” (sic) and “reinstall the officially supported/released driver [even if it’s older, and Windows basically tells you “no!” on the driver installer, but you’ve got .inf files and other driver materials that came with it, which you can point ‘update driver’ at manually. 😛 ]”.

    —–

    tl;dr

    Uninstalling shiny “new” Win10 LAN/Wireless drivers and Realtek High Definition Audio, and reinstalling the ancient Win7 drivers that originally were released with the Gateway seemed to do the trick. Buzz is gone. For me at least, for now. I’ll take whatever respite I can get from that stupid stutter/buzz.

    Not 100% sure if it was reinstalling the ORIGINAL Win7 Realtek driver on its own that di the trick, or the concurrent uninstall / reinstall of ancient LAN / WLAN drivers that also sealed the deal. The other site says it’s maybe both. So, I’m sticking with both.

    I guess I could try uninstalling the ancient Realtek drivers and installing the modern Win10 version and see if the buzz remains gone, in which case it’s the shiny new LAN / WLAN drivers needing a rollback to the original ancient ones. But, right now, I don’t want to much with it or upset the Schwartz, and I’m just happy the buzz is gone. So, FWIW, another possible solution. Nix shiny new widgets. Go back to ancient unsupported widgets [that apparently work; for me, anyway; YMMV]…

  12. Tips:
    1. Lower the line-in volume (or remove any line-in cables).
    2. Buy a cheap USB sound adapter.

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