Audio Icon on my task tray marked with red X

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Audio Icon on my task tray marked with red X.

I have installed a new Microsoft Windows 7 Home Edition Operating system. I installed everything including my motherboard drivers. All hardware works fine but after updating the operating system through the Microsoft Windows Update, my Audio device doesn’t work anymore.
 
It shows a red X on the task tray Icon. And if you mouse over it, a tool-tip shows “No Audio Output Device is installed”. No System Restore point because I disabled it. I re-install the driver but no luck. I am pretty sure that I got a solution from you.
 
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Answered By 0 points N/A #102510

Audio Icon on my task tray marked with red X

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Hello,

In a period of heavy disk activity this behavior can occur sometimes, when you boot the windows desktop. In most cases it will be possible that if even after the Windows Audio service is already started, the icon status in the speaker notifies that it does not indicate a functional audio playback.
 
In these cases the behavior is just temporary and the red x will disappear when the Windows 7 finished booting and the hard drive activity has decreased. When the user clicks for the first time on the speaker icon it will change the audio playback volume level.
 
In this behavior it does not affect Windows performance.
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Audio Icon on my task tray marked with red X

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This happened because the audio drivers you have installed before belongs to Microsoft Windows XP or lower than Microsoft Windows 7. As the Microsoft Windows 7 updates the driver to make it compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, the old driver was removed and replaced with a new one.

Solution for this is to restore from the restore point, since your restore point is not enabled, you need to un-install the driver and install the old drive. And on your updates be sure that updating drivers is not included in your option or just ignore if Windows 7 wants to update your audio driver.
 
Last option is to reformat your computer and reinstall a new clean operating system and install the driver and disable the automatic update of your windows operating system.

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