Can’t Find Enhancement Tab in Windows 10 / 11 ? Here’s How to Fix

The Enhancements tab in the sound control panel in Windows 10 is quite a useful feature, using which you can adjust the volume and other audio controls (Bass Boost, Virtual Corrections, etc.). However, sometimes you may not find the enhancements tab in the sound control panel. This error may arise after a Windows update. This can lead to issues like microphone failure, no sound, etc. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways that can help you fix the issue when you can’t fond the Enhancement tab in Windows 10. Let’s see how.


Method 1: Uninstall and Reinstall the Drivers

Case 1: For Those Using Realtek Audio Driver


Step 1: Right-click on Start and select Device Manager.


Start Right Click Device Manager


Step 2: In the Device Manager window, go to the Sound, video and game controllers and expand the section.

Now, right-click on the audio driver and click on Update driver.


Device Manager Sound, Video And Game Controllers Audio Driver Right Click Update Driver


Step 3: In the Update Drivers pop up, select Browse my computer for drivers.


Update Drivers Realtek Audio Browse My Computer For Drivers


Step 4: Next, click on Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.


Browse For Drivers On Your Computer Let Me Pick From A List Of Device Drivers On My Computer


Step 5: Windows will now display a list of drivers from which you can choose “High Definition audio device” and press Next.

*Note – Check the box next to Show compatible hardware to display all supported hardware in the list.


Show Compatible Hardware Check High Definition Audio Device Next


Step 6: Click Yes in the prompt to confirm the action and a confirmation window pops up saying that the process is complete.

Say Yes to reboot and once your PC has restarted, you should now see the Enhancement tab in the sound control panel.

Case 2: For Those Using Conexant SmartAudio


If you are using Conexant SmartAudio driver that you must uninstall the m using the Control Panel. Let’s see how.


Step 1: Press the Win + X hotkey on your keyboard and select Run from the Run command.


Win + X Run Run Command


Step 2: In the Run command search field, type appwiz.cpl and press OK to open the Programs and Features window in the Control Panel.


Run Command Search Appwiz.cpl Ok


Step 3: In the Programs and Features window, go to the right side of the pane. Under the Uninstall and change a program section, right-click on the Conexant SmartAudio program in the list and select Uninstall.


Programs And Features Uninstall Or Change A Program Select Program Right Click Uninstall


Now, follow the instructions to complete the uninstallation. Reboot your PC and go to the sound control panel and the Enhancement tab should be back.




Method 3: Check your Hardware


Step 1: Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard to launch the Run command.

Step 2: In the Run command search box, type Control Panel and press Enter.


Win + R Run Command Search Control Panel Ok


Step 3: In the Control Panel window, set the View by field to Category.

Under Hardware and Sound in the list, click on Add a device.


Control Panel View By Category Hardware And Sound Add A Device


Step 4: Now, choose your audio device and press Next.


Power-cycle your PC and now when you go to the sound control panel, you should see the Enhancement tab in the sound settings window.


Method 4: Enable Windows Audio Service


Step 1: Press the Win + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run command window

Step 2: In the Run command, type services.msc and press OK to open the Service manager.


Run Command Search Services.msc Ok


Step 3: In the Services window, go to the right side of the pane and under Names, look for Windows Audio service.

Right-click on it and select Properties.


Services Names Windows Audio Right Click Properties


Step 4: In the Windows Audio Properties dialogue box, under the General tab, go to the Startup type section and select Automatic from the drop-down.

Press Apply and then OK.


Wiindows Audio Properties General Startup Type Automatic Apply Ok


Exit Services window and restart your PC. You should now be able to see the Enhancement tab in the sound settings window.


Method 5: Make Changes to your Sound Card Vendor Settings


Step 1: Right-click on the Start menu and select Run to open the Run command.


Desktop Start Right Click Run


Step 2: Write Control.exe in the Run command search box and hit Enter.


Run Command Control.exe Ok


Step 3: It opens the Control Panel window. Go to the View by field and set it to Small icons.

Click on Sound in the list.


Control Panel View By Small Icons Sound


Step 4: It will open the Sound settings window.

Go to the Recording tab and select Microphone.

Then, click on the Properties button at the bottom.


Sound Settings Recording Tab Microphone Properties


Step 5: In the Properties dialogue box, go to the Levels tab and adjust the levels according to your choice.

Hit Apply and then OK to save the changes and exit.


Microphone Properties Levels Adjust Levels Apply Ok


Now, go back to the recording device and the Enhancement tab should be back.


Alternatively, you can also repair the corrupt and missing files using a reliable 3rd party software.

1 thought on “Can’t Find Enhancement Tab in Windows 10 / 11 ? Here’s How to Fix”

  1. When using method 2 (Realtek audio device), I cannot find “High Definition Audio Device”. The only option available is “Realtek High Definition Audio (SST)” which is the one that I am already using. Can anyone help me, please?

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