It is yet another weekday, you are scrolling through the Instagram feed going bonkers over the cute dogs and cat pictures and suddenly a YouTube notification alerting you about a new upload from your favorite creator arrives. To enjoy the freshly-uploaded masterpiece in its highest glory, you hop over to your desktop computer, load YouTube in your preferred browser, and click on the video thumbnail. But instead of the video, you are greeted by the ‘Audio Renderer Error. Please restart your computer’ message. How depressing, right? You switch to another web browser only to find the same error message tailing you. As it turns out, the Audio Renderer Error is often encountered by Windows users, irrespective of their Windows version and on all web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge) alike.

BIOS causes the Audio Renderer problem in most Dell computers. The error is also frequently encountered when using Cubase, a music production program. Depending on your system and the situation in which the error is encountered, the solution varies for each and every one. In this article, we have explained all the solutions known to resolve the Audio Renderer error on Windows 10.

Fix: ‘Audio Renderer Error: Please Restart Your Computer’

Before we move to any advanced/lengthy solutions, let us comply with the error message and restart our computers. Yes, it may seem trivial but restarting the system helps fix any temporary glitches with the drivers and background processes. Although, this is just a temporary solution. It may fix the issue for a few lucky ones while others would only be able to enjoy the audio for a couple of seconds before the error comes back to haunt them. Another temporary solution is to simply unplug and plug back in the headphones. Unlike restarting the computer which only works for a couple of seconds, unplugging the headphones is likely to get you through an entire session before the renderer error appears again. 

After a couple of tries, you are likely to get fed up with executing the temporary solutions. So once you have more time at your disposal try running the native audio troubleshooter and fixing the drivers. Dell computer users can permanently resolve the renderer error by updating their BIOS while Cubase users need to change the audio sample rate and bit depth.

5 Ways To Fix Audio Renderer Error on Windows 10

Method 1: Run the Audio Troubleshooter

Windows has built-in troubleshooters to fix a plethora of issues. The troubleshooters are quite useful if an issue is caused by something that developers are already aware of and have, therefore, programmed the repair strategies in the troubleshooters. Microsoft also programs in repair procedures for most commonly encountered errors. To run the Audio troubleshooter – 


in the Run Command box by pressing Windows key + R.


button to start the troubleshooting process.

to continue.

6. The troubleshooting process may take a couple of minutes. If the troubleshooter indeed finds any problems with the device, simply follow the on-screen prompts to fix them

7. Once the troubleshooter has detected and fixed all issues with the audio device, restart your computer and check if the renderer error prevails. 

Method 2: Disable and Enable the Audio Device

Similar to restarting the computer, users have also resolved the issue by simplifying restarting their audio adapter. Again, restarting fixes any temporary glitches with the device drivers and refreshes a faulty instance. 

from it.

from the ensuing options.

3. Repeat the above step for all the listed audio devices. 


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Method 3: Uninstall Audio Drivers

The most common culprit for the Audio renderer error is corrupt drivers. Using the Device Manager, we can rollback to a previous version of the audio drivers and check if that resolves the issue. If that doesn’t work, corrupt drivers can be uninstalled altogether and be replaced by the latest bug-free version. Also, updating audio drivers should fix the renderer error for most users.  

(see steps 1 & 2 of the previous method).

on your audio card to open the Properties Window.

tab and click on Roll Back driver to go back to a previous driver version (if available) or Uninstall Device to remove them altogether (Try rolling back first and then uninstalling). Confirm any pop-up messages you receive.

can also be used.  

Method 4: Change Audio Sample Rate and Bit Depth 

ASIO drivers . Different audio sample rates cause a conflict while playback and prompt the renderer error. 

from the ensuing options menu. The Speaker icon may be hidden and can be seen by clicking on the upward-facing ‘Show hidden icons‘ arrow.


(or any desirable sample rate) from the drop-down menu.

to save the changes and then on Ok to exit.


(or the value set in Step 3). Restart the computer to bring the changes into effect.

Method 5: Update BIOS (For Dell Users)

Note: Before you initiate the process of updating BIOS, make sure to backup all important data, charge the laptop battery to at least 50%, disconnect external devices such as hard disk, USB drive, printers, etc. to avoid permanently damaging the system.


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As always, let us know which one of the above solutions helped you resolve the annoying Audio Renderer error and for any more assistance on the matter, connect with us in the comments section below.