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DPers1
New Contributor III
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Getting Rid of Realtek Audio

Uninstalling Realtek Audio only works until windows update decides to update it.........

This is a method that I found on the Net that works, Windows update does not show Realtek Audio anymore.

I'm not sure if this affects the sd card reader since I dont use it?

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Here's how to permanently get rid of the Realtek driver:

① disable, disconnect or unplug any internet connection to prevent Windows from reinstalling the driver,

② uninstall "Realtek High Definition Audio Driver" and restart to make sure it's gone,

③ go to C:\Program Files and create a new folder called "Realtek",

④ open the properties dialog, go to the "Security" tab and click on "Advanced",

⑤ click on "Change Permissions", then "Disable inheritance", and in the new dialog select "Remove all inherited permission from this object",

⑥ click on "OK" and "Yes" etc. to apply the changes.

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n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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What a waste of time and effort. Just go into the BIOS and disable the device. Disabled devices are not visible to Windows and no driver will be necessary nor will any be installed.

Just saying,

...S

AlHill
Super User
335 Views

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Doc

DPers1
New Contributor III
335 Views

Scott,

I saw your post to me in the other thread and I can for the life of me not find Realtek audio anywhere in Bios and I maen anywhere because I looked everywhere.

So That's when I went looking for and found the "HAMMER"

And it worked....

Please show where to do it in Bios.

LeonWaksman
Super User
335 Views

You could disable Realtek device from Device Manager (see attached image).

Leon

DPers1
New Contributor III
335 Views

Yes i did that but it still gets reinstalled by windows

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
334 Views

What platform do you have?

In the NUC BIOSs, you click on Advanced then Devices and then Onboard Devices. You should then see an Audio entry in the Onboard Device Configuration window (on the left). Uncheck this entry.

I noticed, however, that the DN NUC does not have an entry for disabling Audio...

...S

DPers1
New Contributor III
334 Views

Scott,

My NUC is a NUC7i5BNHXF

I tried all kind of combos on the panel you are talking about.

The problem with UN-ticking Audio in Onboard Device Configuration is that You Loose HDMI and DSP Audio if you do that......

HDMI is my preferred audio device. That's why I went for the "Hammer".......

BTW, I have had no loss of audio Devices since Removing Realtek and disabling 2381 Display Port Audio.

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