Realtek HD Audio Manager

Realtek HD Audio Manager is a very popular available audio driver applications, developed for users with the sound chips on their motherboard with the best sound quality, access to all the function of the onboard hardware, It also resolve their compatibility issues that may be present with basic Windows drivers, fix various errors that may appear during the throughout its usage, and add support for new operating systems.

This driver package comes with the support for all the major sound codecs, giving your PC support to process audio, playback multimedia, record audio, manage speakers and more.

Realtek audio manager software

What is the audio driver?

Audio drivers are those drivers that are required to connect with specific bits of PC Sound equipment. It is a lot of little projects which are significant for its chipset. Also, you know, each Sound card who needs physically introduced drivers to work, primarily accompanies a drivers CD or DVD when you purchase another card for your PC.

How to install the Realtek HD Audio Manager?

It comes in a single installation package that can be easily installed on any supported Windows OS (Windows XP, 7, Vista, 8, 8.1, and 10) by simply following on-screen instructions.

In addition to automatic install, you can also install the Realtek sound driver via the Update Driver Software feature found in Device Manager. Use “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” and “Have Disk” buttons and point the update tool toward the folder where you have extracted the .cab file from the Realtek driver package. After either automatic or manual installation, make sure to restart your PC. Follow the below steps to install the driver updater.

Step 1: Right-click on the downloaded setup and select Run as administrator.


Step 2: Follow the installation prompts and restart your computer after installing the Audio Driver.

The next thing to do now is to put this Audio Manager in place sight on your PC so it doesn’t ever go missing again.

Step 3: Launch your File Explorer and navigate to this location — C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA.

Alternatively, you can press the Windows + R keys to launch the RUN window and paste this location — C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA. Then, tap the Enter button on your keyboard.

open file location

This will immediately open the folder where the Audio Manager app is located in your File Explorer.

Step 4: Right-click on RAVCpl64, tap Send to, and select Desktop (create shortcut).

create shortcut on desktop

NOTE: ‘RAVCpl64’ is the Audio Manager app.

That creates a shortcut for this software on your desktop.

Step 5: On your desktop, right-click on the RAVCpl64 shortcut and tap the Pin to taskbar option.

pin to taskbar

After that, the Realtek HD Audio Manager will be pinned to your taskbar. Also, it will appear on your system tray and notification area.

allocated in taskbar

And that’s it. This software is now back to your PC. You can launch the app from the taskbar, system tray with a single mouse click.


In case you want to try reinstalling the latest Realtek HD Audio Manager (v2.82) then you can grab a copy from the Realtek’s website directly.

The main interface of this software can be accessed via icon in the Windows taskbar. The user interface of the app features two tabs (for management of Speakers or Microphone), with in-depth mixing for both Left/Side ratio and Volume, Speaker configuration, surround sound tweaking, and audio jack source re-tasking.  Sound Effect tab can be used for choosing the emulated sound environment, equalizer presets or tweaking of mic sound for Karaoke.

sound effects

Realtek HD Audio Manager Features

In addition to providing deep driver support, the tool features an excellent user-accessible utility for managing your sound card capabilities. Its streamlined UI can be used to manage sound inputs, re-assign audio ports to any of the preferred inputs/outputs, flexible mixing, fine grain coordinating functions and setting up of the sound stage (headphones, stereo, surround, with dB gain and distance settings). This software can also be used to set up 3D sound rendering and speech synthesis.

Options for audio input (microphone) are also fully featured, including an equalizer, noise suppression, beam formation, and Acoustic Echo Cancellation.

Users on laptops can also take advantage of the Power Management feature that can be accessed via a little battery icon in the bottom corner of the HD Audio software window. In it, you can disable various power-draining audio features when your laptop is running on battery power.

Pros And Cons

Pros Con
It comes with an Audio Manager menu Limited compatibility
This software can set up different audio devices Bland-looking menu
It improves sound quality

System Requirements

Operating System Windows XP/ Windows 7 / Windows 8/ Windows 10.
Memory 512 MB RAM.
Storage Space 200 MB Free disk space.
Processor Pentium 4 and higher.

Technical Specification

Software Name Realtek Software For Windows V R2.82
File Size 251 MB
Languages English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese
License Free
Developer Realtek

The program finishes a scanning operation in a reasonable time while using a low-to-moderate amount of CPU and system memory. We have not come across any errors during our evaluation. Unfortunately, the demo version of Realtek Drivers Update Utility is limited and doesn’t allow driver downloads or backup creation. Nevertheless, the app’s features are easy to figure out, thanks to its user-friendly layout.

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