“Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected”: Fixed

Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected

A bad icon or pin name is often the result of a “bad audio driver installation detected” error or a previous bad de-installation process. This error message will almost always appear when you run VoiceMeeter. To fix this problem, start the Windows sound control panel, go to Device, Properties, and Change Icon to fix this problem.

If that doesn’t work, you may consider reinstalling virtual desktops. First, uninstall both and then install VM Banana. Afterward, restart and install the virtual cable. The error should disappear when you restart the system after this order. You can also remove the virtual cable drives at the same time.

I know it’s a pain to deal with crashing issues. I thought the audio driver issues weren’t a problem until my VoiceMeeter Potato (version 3.0.1.8) started crashing.

For context, the voice meter crashes when I open an audio program, such as Windows Media Player or After Effects. When I relaunched it, I got the error message, “Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected!”

I resolved the issue by changing the name and icon of VB-Cable A. However, there are a few exceptions. As a result, I conducted additional research to narrow down the potential fixes for the six troubleshooting attempts listed below, which you should consider if you find yourself in a similar situation.

6 Solutions to the “Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected” Error Message

Method 1: Inspect your audio service status.

The error message “Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected” may come up when the audio services are disabled. Indeed, the information does not align, but the situation could be a simple glitch. So the first thing I recommend you do before taking any further aggressive action is inspect the audio services’ status. Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Open the Run dialogue box by pressing Windows Key + R.

Step 2: Type in “services.msc.” Click on “ok.”

Step 3: Navigate to the bottom of the page that pops up and check for the “running” status in “Windows Audio” and “Windows Audio Endpoint Builder” (if they are not running, right-click on each one of them and “Start”).

Step 4: Ensure the startup type of these two programs is “Automatic.”

Step 5: Click “OK,” close the services window, and observe the result. If the audio services are not working after this, try the following approach.

Method 2: Uninstall VB-Cable

Suppose you are running Voicemeeter and come across this error message. In that case, you can fix it by uninstalling VB-Cable (A and B included) because it checks the name and icon for VB-Audio virtual audio devices at startup before giving the “Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected” message.

After uninstalling the VB-Cable, restart Windows and install it again. By doing this, you’ve reset the names and icons to their default values, and the message will disappear, and the audio devices will be able to work.

Method 3: Change the name and icon for VB-Cable A manually.

Another way I have discovered that the “Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected” error message could be solved is when you change the name and icon for VB-Cable A.

To do this, you must first open the Windows Sound Control Panel and select the Playback tab.

There, you navigate to Speakers (VB-Audio Cable A) > Properties >  General tab. Here, change the name from “Speakers” to “CABLE-A Input.”

P.S. Make sure you use capital letters with no whitespaces at the end or beginning.

Then, in the same tab, use the Change Icon button to select the file “C:Program FilesVBCABLE-Apin_in.ico” and restart to see the result.

Method 4: Install the software

This solution isn’t supposed to be part of this list, but I have decided to include it because it works for people with problems with their audio drivers. 

For example, a Logitech user has reported the “Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected” error message while reinstalling the G430 audio drivers and restarting their computer.

Installing, restarting, and then uninstalling the Logitech software can fix the issue, especially when you suspect it to be a glitch problem. You should consider this fix before attempting any further technical approach.

Method 5: Recover your audio drivers.

The reason why you get the “Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected” error message each time you run a program that requires audio devices could be that you have deleted your audio drivers. In this case, you can solve the problem by getting it back.

To do this, navigate Control Panel  > System > System Properties > System Protection > Restore.

I always tell people to create a restore point before making critical system changes that can delete programs like the audio drivers. If there is a recent restore point, you can go back to it before the driver was deleted.

If you try this and still have no luck, consider rebooting and seeing if Windows 10 can search for and install drivers. You can even start the Windows search by enabling Windows 10 to find and install drivers.  To do this, go to Settings > Advanced System Settings > System Properties Box > Hardware > Device Installation Settings. Click “YES.”

In a situation where Windows fails to find and install drivers, you can resort to downloading them from the website of your device’s manufacturer.

How Do I Reinstall My Audio Drivers (Windows 10)?

When the “Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected” error occurs, the drivers get to work again after users reinstall the drivers (Realtek, for example). So, it is worth trying. The first step is to be sure of the required drivers since different systems have varying audio configurations for their drivers.

After you have confirmed, Go to your system’s manufacturer’s website and type in your computer’s model or serial number to find the correct drivers.

You can use third-party apps like Dr. Driver to search for missing and outdated drivers and install them.

Wrapping up 

You will likely get the “Bad Audio Driver Installation Detected” message when your computer has sound or audio system issues, courtesy of the Windows Troubleshooter.

This error comes up when you even try troubleshooting Windows audio errors, making diagnosing it frustrating.

In the above article, we have explored some of the breezy solutions you can try to fix this and other sound issues with your computer, some of which include inspecting your Audio Services Status, changing the name and icon for VB-Cable A, and recovering your audio drivers if you’ve deleted them during critical system changes.

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