Have you encountered the error "no audio output device is installed" and cannot play audio on the Windows 10 operating system? This error can be displayed due to several reasons. Most of the reasons are software-related.
However, it might be caused by a hardware-related problem due to which this error is displayed. Now, you need not worry much as you will learn how to resolve this error in this article. So, read on to find out. You should try applying each method discussed here to resolve the error.
Run the audio troubleshooter
Windows 10 provides a pre-installed audio troubleshooter that, most of the time, can identify on its own what is causing an error without much input from the user. This should be the first thing you try to figure out to fix the error regarding the audio you are getting.
To use this option to resolve the error, you need to open the settings app of the Windows 10 operating system. Once you have the settings app open, you need to type in 'troubleshoot' in the search bar of this app and click to open the 'troubleshoot settings' option from the search results displayed. Now, under the heading "get up and running," you will find the "playing audio" option. Click on it to expand this option. Click to open the "run the troubleshooter" option in this expanded option. The troubleshooter will open up, and you need to follow the instructions and perform troubleshooting to fix the error of "no audio output device is installed."
Check for Audio driver updates.
There could be issues due to old audio drivers used in your system. If that is the case, this can be resolved by updating the audio drivers. To do this, you need to open the device manager first. You can either open it by searching it in the start menu or by using the shortcut of pressing the Windows key and 'r' button together on the keyboard and choosing to open the device manager from the menu opened. Here, in the device manager, click to open the "sound, video, and game controllers" option. This will show all the audio devices connected to the system. You need to update each of these audio devices by right-clicking on one of them, clicking on the 'update driver' option, and then searching for automatically updated software. Once you are done with the process for each audio device, you might get the error resolved.
Contact support from the PC manufacturer
If the above options do not work for you, then it is likely that the issue can be better resolved by the customer care support provided by your PC manufacturer. You should contact them to get the issue resolved. However, remember that you have only checked for software-related problems so far, and a hardware-related issue may be causing the error.
If the above options did not work, you might be experiencing a hardware-related issue, i.e., your system's sound card might have developed some problem. It can happen due to general wear-and-tear over the years, or it could be due to some accidents with the system. It is best to check the system's sound card's health. An expert in electronics hardware should do this. If the sound card is beyond repair, you might need to replace it.