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Windows 7: Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version

24 Feb 2018   #1281
seeker

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 6.0.1.8346, 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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20 Mar 2018   #1282
erpster4

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.
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03 Apr 2018   #1283
v1j4y

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Would like to take this opportunity and share my experience till date...

To be very honest the last perfect stable driver version which worked was R2.81(6.0.1.8036). The following next updates (official/unofficial) from various other sources are not working or maybe not compatible with the system. As mentioned by seeker from his above post, i actually followed the steps which were mentioned and only that version seemed to work but partially.
I don't know maybe i have missed few steps but the end point is, no newer versions seem to work.
The versions provided over windows update catalog, i believe, that they are only meant for Windows 10 and it ain't working perfectly for Windows 7.
Been trying from the past several days and after a lot of installations/un-installations i have to come back to the same old version i.e. 6.0.1.8036
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03 Apr 2018   #1284
erpster4

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64bit [x64]
 
 

Brink.

Microsoft has finally posted a new Realtek audio driver for Windows 7 - version 6.0.1.8397
https://www.catalog.update.microsoft...x?q=6.0.1.8397

supported hardware ID listed is the following:
Quote:
hdaudio\func_01&ven_10ec&dev_0867&subsys_1565824d
but does include the HDXRT.INF file (for 64bit Windows only) to install on many Realtek audio devices besides the listed hardware ID.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by v1j4y View Post
Would like to take this opportunity and share my experience till date...

To be very honest the last perfect stable driver version which worked was R2.81(6.0.1.8036). The following next updates (official/unofficial) from various other sources are not working or maybe not compatible with the system. As mentioned by seeker from his above post, i actually followed the steps which were mentioned and only that version seemed to work but partially.
I don't know maybe i have missed few steps but the end point is, no newer versions seem to work.
The versions provided over windows update catalog, i believe, that they are only meant for Windows 10 and it ain't working perfectly for Windows 7.
Been trying from the past several days and after a lot of installations/un-installations i have to come back to the same old version i.e. 6.0.1.8036
Can you tell me what hardware device ID your Realtek audio device is using, v1j4y? Use Device Manager to gather the hardware ID for the Realtek High Definition Audio device listed in the Sound, video and game controllers section of Device Manager.
example > My Hewlett-Packard Pavilion M8417C media center computer uses a Realtek ALC888S audio chip with hardware ID "HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0888&SUBSYS_103C2A6C&REV_1001" and the Realtek driver installs thru the HDXCPCOld.inf file because that INF file specifically mentions this ID. If a specific ID is not mentioned in certain INF files, then the driver installer defaults to using the HDXRT.INF file to setup the Realtek audio device.
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03 Apr 2018   #1285
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you erpster. First post updated. :)
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04 Apr 2018   #1286
v1j4y

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hey erpster,

I wasn't able to find the audio chip my system is using. Here's the Hardware ID
Quote:
HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0282&SUBSYS_10280597&REV_1000
Quote:
HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0282&SUBSYS_10280597
The latest version released is working flawlessly. Installed it couple of mins ago.

Thanks erpster... :)
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24 Apr 2018   #1287
erpster4

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64bit [x64]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by v1j4y View Post
Hey erpster,

I wasn't able to find the audio chip my system is using. Here's the Hardware ID


The latest version released is working flawlessly. Installed it couple of mins ago.

Thanks erpster... :)
SUBSYS IDs beginning with "1028" means the Vendor ID is Dell. "DEV_0282" could mean the Realtek audio device could be ALC282, used on certain laptops. v8397 should work under Windows 7 SP1 on many desktop & laptop PCs with Realtek audio devices.
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18 Jun 2018   #1288
erpster4

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64bit [x64]
 
 

Even though the 6.0.1.8459 X64 driver from Microsoft is listed for Win10 v1803, it not only installs & runs under Win7 SP1 but 8459 seemed to have produced a working Realtek HD Audio Manager control panel applet for old Sony VAIO laptops (and possibly old Sony VAIO desktop PCs)

Drivers v8454 and below never had a working Realtek HD Audio Manager for Sony brand machines and this was a problem for many years with Sony & older Realtek audio drivers until recently with v8459. Older drivers before 8459 had working Realtek audio control panel for nearly all OEMs except Sony.

Edit 6/20: nope it was not the 8459 driver from MS, BUT the special 8459 FF03 driver package I found that had an rtkhdaud.dat configuration file in the Config folder; that DAT config file when installed onto the \Windows\System32\drivers folder made the Realtek HD Audio Manager control panel program work on the Sony laptop. older rtkhdaud.dat files from older drivers won't make the Realtek audio control panel program work on the Sony computer but this new one did.

{attached is that config file if anyone needs it on their Sony computer using Realtek HD audio}

see attached picture below - 8459 x64 installed on my brother's Sony VPCEB44FX laptop running Win7 SP1


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Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version-realtek-hd-audio-manager-v8459-sony-vpceb44fx-win7.png  
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File Type: zip rtkhdaud-sonyfix.zip (198 Bytes, 1 views)
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