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Windows 7: Windows Update causes error code 52 for audio driver in Device Manager

22 Jan 2014   #1
radeon6970

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 
Windows Update causes error code 52 for audio driver in Device Manager

Hello. I installed a few recommended Windows Updates on 1/15. After the update, install, and computer refresh though, my audio stopped working. I went to Control Panel and tried opening up my audio driver, HT Omega Claro Halo, but the driver wouldn't open. I then checked my Device Manager and found the oh so fun error code 52 associated with my Claro Halo audio driver. You know, the one that says,

"Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. (Code 52)"

I then rolled back my C drive to a previous restore point I made a few days ago and it was working again which means that something in the update was messing up my audio driver. I re-downloaded the Updates and uninstalled the drivers. I downloaded the latest driver but that didn't work and I am still getting the same error code 52. I know the F8 trick on start-up that disregards the digital signature of drivers but that is only a temporary fix and definitely NOT what I am looking for. I'm looking for a permanent solution. I would appreciate it if someone could help me out here. Thanks.


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23 Jan 2014   #2
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

Have you contacted HT Omega about the problem? I used to have an HT Omega "Striker 7.1" sound card and ran into a couple of problems that they straightened out for me (even sent me a special driver to fix a problem).
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23 Jan 2014   #3
radeon6970

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

I haven't contacted them directly yet but I suppose that that is the next best plan. Thanks for the advice.
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