How to Troubleshoot Enhancements Tab Missing on Windows Computers

If the Enhancements tab is missing from the audio settings or speaker properties for Realtek Audio or Conexant SmartAudio users on your Windows 11/10 device after upgrading from a previous version of Windows, this article will help you successfully fix the problem.

The “Enhancement” tab allows you to make various settings such as Bass Boost, Virtual Surround, Room Correction, etc.

What are the reasons why the “Extensions” tab is inaccessible?

  • Incompatible drivers
  • Outdated operating system
  • Third-party antivirus program malfunction.

How to restore the missing “Extensions” tab?

Check your hardware

  1. Add a device.
  2. Run “Run” by pressing Win + R.
  3. Type Control.exe.
  4. After you press Enter, the Control Panel should open.
  5. Now go to Add Device and select Hardware and Sound.
  6. Select the audio device and click Next.
  7. Restart your computer.

Uninstalling Realtek audio drivers

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box, then type devmgmt.MSC in the box and press Enter to open this program.
  2. In the Device Manager window, expand the Sound, Video, and Game Controllers category, right-click the Realtek Audio or Realtek High Definition Audio driver and select Uninstall Device.
  3. Select the Uninstall driver software for this device checkbox and click the Uninstall button.
  4. Then follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.
  5. After uninstalling, you can try using the official Microsoft driver.
  6. If the problem of missing sound extensions in Windows 10 persists, you can try updating the Realtek audio drivers.
  7. Go back to the Device Manager window, right-click on the Realtek audio driver, and select Update Driver.
  8. Then select Search for driver software on the computer and click Select from a list of available drivers on the computer in the popup window.
  9. After a while, select the Show compatible hardware checkbox, select High Definition Audio Device from the list and click Next.
  10. Then wait until the Realtek driver update is complete.
  11. Then restart your computer.

Turn on sound-related services in Windows 10

  1. Open Windows services.
  2. Go to the Windows Audio section.
  3. Double-click the service and go to the General tab.
  4. Click Startup Type and select Automatic from the drop-down menu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Locate Conexant SmartAudio in the "All Programs" list, right-click it and select "Uninstall". Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. Reboot your computer. The "Extensions" tab should now be where it was before the update.

The Extensions tab is part of the audio driver package. If it's missing, you can assume that the audio drivers are corrupt. To fix the problem, you can reinstall the audio driver and see if the problem resolves.

Open Settings by clicking on the gear icon in the Start menu or using the Win + I shortcut. From there, go to System -> Sound.