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  1.    11 May 2015 #1
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046

    Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version


    Latest Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs

    Microsoft Update Catalog Realtek download page

    Note   Note
    Last Updated: November 14th 2017
    DRIVER VERSION: 6.0.1.8302

    (32-bit and 64-bit Windows 10)

    Download at: Microsoft Update Catalog

    For how to install: How to Install a CAB File in Windows 10



    Note   Note
    RELEASE DATE: July 26th 2017
    DRIVER VERSION: R 2.82
    Driver Version in Device Manager: 6.0.1.8186

    Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

    High Definition Audio Codecs: Driver Download Site


    Update Add/Fix History:

    • Customizations
    • Bug Fix



    Tip   Tip

    • You will need to have cookies enabled, check the accept box, click Next, and click on the High Definition Audio Codecs (Software) link before it will take you to the actual Realtek HD audio driver download page.
    • You can download a ZIP version or the EXE version of the driver.
    • When the driver installation is complete, you will need to set your audio settings again in the Realtek HD Audio Manager in the Control Panel (Classic View).
    • Some OEM computers will have a custom version of the Realtek HD Audio Manager with the OEM manufacturer's name included instead. For example it may be named "Acer [Realtek] HD Audio Manager" instead for the OEM Acer.

    Last edited by Brink; 15 Hours Ago at 12:51.
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  2.    03 Jan 2017 #2
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Stockport UK
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    Wndows 10 x64 Home version 1709

    Quote Originally Posted by asturias7 View Post
    Thanks DooGie.
    Someone let me know if it's worth updating.
    Someone else will jhave to let you know asturias7 as I'm off for six weeks holiday in an hour
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  3.    03 Jan 2017 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Maine
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    Windows10Pro 64Bit

    Quote Originally Posted by DooGie View Post
    Someone else will jhave to let you know asturias7 as I'm off for six weeks holiday in an hour
    6 WEEKS OFF!!!!! Holy Smokes you got a lot of vacation time!!!! Congrats
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  4.    03 Jan 2017 #4
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    Arnold, MD
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by DooGie View Post
    Someone else will jhave to let you know asturias7 as I'm off for six weeks holiday in an hour
    Long flight to New Zealand! What's your route and time?
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  5.    03 Jan 2017 #5
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by DooGie View Post
    Version 6.0.1.8023 is now available on the Microsoft Update Catalog. Windows 64-bit only at the moment.

    Microsoft Update Catalog
    Thank you. First post updated.
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  6.    03 Jan 2017 #6
    Join Date : Sep 2016
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    Windows 10 64-bit

    Quote Originally Posted by DooGie View Post
    Someone else will jhave to let you know asturias7 as I'm off for six weeks holiday in an hour
    OK.
    Enjoy! 6 weeks, wow! I'll be 3 weeks in Florida.
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  7.    03 Jan 2017 #7
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    Windows 10 x64 v1703

    Quote Originally Posted by ComputerGeek View Post
    Will post sometime later as have to run out now.
    OK. Created new thread to continue discussion elsewhere

    Trying to Analyze a Realtek Audio driver install

    Quote Originally Posted by spapakons View Post
    There is no need to go to command prompt. You can use a utility such as Aida64 to see all details in GUI. <snip>
    The advantage of Devcon wasn't hightlighted in my original post but have a look at the Devcon output shown in that post. Devcon shows ALL hardware ids for a devcie. Aida64 only shows one. Devcon also shows all Compatible IDs.
    Last edited by ComputerGeek; 03 Jan 2017 at 22:17.
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  8.    03 Jan 2017 #8
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    Windows 10 x64 v1703

    Quote Originally Posted by wiggly1uk2000 View Post
    I have noticed that the INF file (applicable to my motherboard audio codec) in the 8023 driver package has this comment written at the top:

    ; X-Fi MB3 Hardware ID locking

    X-Fi obviously refers to Creative hardware but what's Hardware ID locking all about? I realise the official recommendation for this problem would be to only install drivers supplied by the motherboard maker but this is the first time I've had compatibility issues with a new Realtek driver. I'd love to get to the bottom of these recent driver changes. Anyone with any insight or ideas?
    I found 7 INFs commented with Hardware ID Locking including (not the complete list)
    Code:
    Creative MB2 Hardware ID locking
    D-company X-Fi MB3 Hardware ID locking
    SoundBlaster Cinema 3 Hardware ID locking (M-company ESS case)
    I also found this from thread Unlocked Realtek HD Audio Drivers Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 (With Dolby Digital Live and DTS Interactive)
    Unlocked options you will get:
    - Dolby Digital Live
    - DTS Interactive
    - Dolby Home Theater (Dolby Virtual Speaker for 2 speakers, Dolby Pro Logic II for >2 speakers)
    - DTS Neo: PC
    Sounds like some Realtek drivers include licensed features that only run on specific h/w (maybe locked based on audio chip h/w id?). Do you have any of the licensed features? Sounds like the bundled the driver files together into a single INF but licensed features only available from specific h/w ids.
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  9.    04 Jan 2017 #9
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2,359
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.674)

    Quote Originally Posted by ComputerGeek View Post
    I found 7 INFs commented with Hardware ID Locking including (not the complete list)
    Code:
    Creative MB2 Hardware ID lockingD-company X-Fi MB3 Hardware ID lockingSoundBlaster Cinema 3 Hardware ID locking (M-company ESS case)
    I also found this from thread Unlocked Realtek HD Audio Drivers Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 (With Dolby Digital Live and DTS Interactive)Sounds like some Realtek drivers include licensed features that only run on specific h/w (maybe locked based on audio chip h/w id?). Do you have any of the licensed features? Sounds like the bundled the driver files together into a single INF but licensed features only available from specific h/w ids.
    Most likely some Creative sound card models (probably USB) use Realtek chipsets instead of Creative's proprietary. This is a more convincing explanation than telling Realtek uses Creative's technology.
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  10.    04 Jan 2017 #10
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    Serbia
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    W10 Insider + Linux

    Well, Creative started all sound card trend with first Sound Blaster. I had me one of those first ones, it included connector for proprietary CD player. Sound was lousy and noisy as hell but it worked. Couple of interesting programs came with it, Dr Sbaitsu and Parrot.
    In those early PCs AT keyboard controller was actually a sound chip, there was a driver for Windows 3.1 to use it as default sound device thru speaker connected to MB and used as POST sound device.
    Only after few years came out outrageously priced Turtle Beach and others.
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