Windows 7 sound not working. How to fix without restarting computer.

Obviously this is not about health policy. But the time I have spent searching for a solution could have been spent on health policy. Here’s what happens:

  • I restart my Windows 7 computer before departing from work.
  • Once every month or two, when I log in the next morning, the sound doesn’t work.
  • Restarting the PC fixes the problem, but at the expense of taking several minutes.
  • Surely there must be a faster fix …

Well there is, but it’s darn hard to find just the right one on the internet. In fact, I found it once, kept it for a while, then lost it. Refinding it was not fun. So, I’m dumping it here, where I know I can find it easily later. The solution:

For Windows 7, I used this and hope it will work for all Windows flavors:

  1. Right click on My Computer
  2. Chose Manage
  3. Select Device Manager in the left panel
  4. Expand Sound, video and game controllers
  5. Find your audio driver and right click on it.
  6. Chose Disable
  7. Right click on the audio driver again
  8. Chose Enable

It should start working now.


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