Audio issues on Windows 10 computers is not a rare thing as you might think. Many Windows 10 users report various problems with sound playback. It may be related to software issues or hardware as well. And that is what you need to find out before getting into action. While it is rather easy to diagnose hardware issue, when it comes to faulty software, the job gets a bit more difficult. You will have to try a few different methods to find out what’s wrong. We will explain everything you should know in this article, so read on.

Fixing Audio Stutters in Windows 10

Noises of unknown nature, sound distortion, stutters, and cracking may indicate that one of the speakers or headphones drivers is living its last days. You can check whether the problem is really in your headphones/speakers by connecting them to another device. If nothing changes on another computer, then you should probably replace the broken device or try to repair at the service center. But with laptop speakers, this method does not work. So you need to be sure that audio issues are not software-related. The three methods below will help you with that.

Method #1: modify your sound configuration

In most cases, audio stuttering occurs due to the improper work of certain Windows 10 features. You can check and change them in a few clicks. Just pay attention to our recommendations and don’t mess with other settings you don’t know:

  • First of all, you need to get to the Sound settings menu. Find a small loudspeaker icon on your taskbar. Right-click it and select “Playback devices” from the context menu that will appear.
Modify your sound configuration in Windows 10
  • In the next window to appear, right-click on the default device and open its Properties.
Sound properties in windows 10
  • Go to the “Enhancements” tab where you need to disable all sound effects. Don’t forget to apply the changes before closing the window.
Sound Enhancements in windows 10
  • Start any track or oven a vide on your to computer to check the sound. If it is still broken, proceed to the next step.
  • Go to the “Advanced” tab. Change the sample rate and bit depth. Sometimes this helps to solve the problem with audio stuttering or random noises during playback. You can try different settings, but we recommend starting with the “24 bit, 48000 Hz (Studio Quality).” Select it from the list and click “Apply.”
Sound Quality in windows 10
  • In the same menu, you will also find a feature that allows applications “to take exclusive control of this device.” Uncheck it and save the changes made. Test sound playback.
  • Another setting you should try to change in order to fix audio stutters is in the “Communications” tab, which is in the Sound settings menu you opened on the first step.
  • In that tab, you will see four options. You need to select the last one – “Do Nothing” – and confirm the changes. It will not only block sound drops/sound canceling during calls but also neutralize audio stutters and noises while using your computer for all other tasks.
Sound communications in windows 10

These are all the changes you should make in your current sound configuration in order to fix audio stuttering issues on Windows 10. As you see, there are just eight simple steps that can solve the problem. However, this method is not guaranteed to work 100% of the time as you might have sound problems of different nature. So we also recommend checking alternative solutions.

Method #2: reduce system load

If you have noticed performance drops and other abnormal behavior on your computer, for instance, video playback seems jerky, new windows and apps open very slowly, the system periodically freezes – it might also affect sound playback. In this scenario, you need to boost your PC’s performance. Reduce overheating, scan the system for viruses, and uninstall unnecessary programs. More details on this topic you can find in another guide on your website.

Method #3: reinstall audio card drivers

Your sound card, just like the most computer components, requires proper drivers to be installed in order to do its job as intended. If those drivers are missing or installed with errors, you may have various audio issues with audio including stuttering. So, if two previous methods in this article didn’t help to fix the problem, you should try doing the following:

  • Open the Start menu and type “Control panel” in the search box.
  • Run the app.
  • Switch “View by” to Large icons and find Device Manager on the list.
  • In Device Manager, find the section “Sound, video and game controllers.”
Reinstall audio card drivers
  • Double-click on your sound card to open its properties.
  • Go to the “Driver” tab and click the “Uninstall” button.
  • Confirm that you want to remove the device from your system by clicking “OK.”

If you are using an external sound card, we recommend you to visit the manufacturer’s official website and download the latest version of needed drivers for your device from there. Or you can use any third-party programs for finding and installing drivers such as RocketFixer.

If you have an integrated sound card, the algorithm will be different. First, you need to find out the model of your motherboard. Then you will have to find and download drivers for it. Looking on the official website is always a good bet, or you can use driver packs that contain multiple drivers along with other useful (usually) software.

Audio stuttering issues in Windows 10 can be fixed rather quickly and easily – you just need to know, what to do and which method to use. We hope that our guide helped you to clear things out and eliminate your sound problem.