Have you recently noticed sound problems on your Windows 10 PC? The reason could be the KB5016616 update available since August 9. | TechBuzz

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Recently, Windows 10 does not receive as many updates as Windows 11, but their smaller number still does not guarantee that the download will go without accompanying errors and bugs. KB5016616 update was published on August 9 as part of the so-called 2022 August Patch Tuesday cycle, and you can find it here. Unfortunately, after downloading it, users literally after a few minutes noticed certain problems that can also affect older versions of the operating system, including version 2004 and 20H2.

Some users have noticed a bug due to which the installation of the KB5016616 update cannot be completed and a download error occurs. The second problem is still more significant and it is about the fact that the functionality of the sound on the computer is interrupted and there are disturbances.

It soon became clear that Microsoft is also aware of the problems pointed out by users and confirmed that “affected devices may not have sound”, but the situation varies from device to device. In the following, Microsoft stated that problems with sound can be reflected in a different way “with certain ports, certain audio devices and with some applications”.

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A bug causing audio issues affects devices with a feature called “Audio Enhancements“.

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How to fix sound problems on Windows 10 caused by KB5016616 update?

If you haven’t downloaded the KB5016616 update yet, you can prevent audio problems in advance by doing the following:

  • Update all audio drivers on your computer from the optional settings in the Windows Update menu. You can also visit the official websites of the manufacturers of the audio devices you use, download old or new drivers and install them. This may prevent future problems after downloading the cumulative update.
  • You should backup the settings of applications such as, for example, Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). In some cases, you’ll need to do your own testing by installing updates and verifying if you want the audio enhancement app you’re using to still work as expected.
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In case you have downloaded and installed the KB5016616 update, you are left with the following option:

  • Run the Windows Audio/Sound Troubleshooter and let it run its processes. This could solve the problems caused in some cases.

If you’re still having audio problems after changing the settings, you’ll need to disable the Audio Enhancements feature as follows:

  • Within the “Settings” application, open “System” and then click on “Sound” in the menu on the left.
  • Select the audio device you are using from the drop-down menu. This can be done under Input>Device Properties>Additional device properties.
  • In the new window, you will see the “audio enhancements” section within the “Enhancements” tab or the “Advanced” tab.
  • Select the option “Disable all enhancements” or “Disable all sound effects” and click “Ok”.

Finally, it’s important to mention that Microsoft has already started working on an emergency update that will fix the issues with the KB5016616 update affecting audio devices. It is not yet known how soon we can expect it to be downloaded.

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Written by: Ervin Mičetić



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