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Windows 7: Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version

3 Weeks Ago   #1281

Windows 7 Home Premium

Edit: I actually did this on Windows 10 - 1709, and only realized afterwards that I was posting on the Windows 7 Forum. I'm leaving the post up as it may help some people.

What worked for me was going to the Microsoft Update Catalog and doing a search for "Realtek Sound Driver", here's the link: Microsoft Update Catalog

Then I sorted the results by clicking on the "Last Updated" column, which put the most recent drivers at the top. The second item listed [this will change over time] was version, size 134.3 MB. I downloaded the .cab file and used 7zip to extract it to a folder.

Then I installed it manually using Device Manager, i.e.: Under "Sound, video & game controllers", I right-clicked on "Realtek High Definition Audio" and clicked on "Update drivers", then -> "Browse my computer..." and navigated to the folder with the unpacked driver files. Be sure you have check-marked "Include subfolders".

The driver installed with no problems. I am now running the latest driver, AND the Realtek Audio Manager has returned.

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3 Days Ago   #1282

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64bit [x64]

it looks like the Realtek R2.82 (8186) drivers cause the Realtek HD Audio Manager control panel app not to show up as I have just tested these drivers on an old Intel motherboard using Realtek ALC861 audio chip and the driver was installed either thru the HDART.INF file (when using 32bit Win7) or the HDXRT.INF file (when using 64bit Win7). possible realtek audio driver bug/problem with R2.82 and not a problem with the R2.81 release.

The newer Realtek audio drivers from MS (like the build 8300s) seem to have working Realtek HD Audio Manager control panel apps again when driver is installed either thru HDART.INF or HDXRT.INF.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version

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