Windows 10: Windows 10 1803 | Sound distortions

Discus and support Windows 10 1803 | Sound distortions in Windows 10 BSOD Crashes and Debugging to solve the problem; Dear all, Since Windows 10 update 1803 my system generates huge sound distortions in several applications (e. g. foobar2000, ZSNES, ...). It's 100%... Discussion in 'Windows 10 BSOD Crashes and Debugging' started by SnakeSnoke, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Windows 10 1803 | Sound distortions

    Dear all,

    Since Windows 10 update 1803 my system generates huge sound distortions in several applications (e. g. foobar2000, ZSNES, ...). It's 100% reproducible. The problem was introduced with the 1803 release, and I am definitely not the only one. Many people, with different sound cards and systems, are reporting similar problems in different community boards.
    I am an IT Specialist and would like to address this issue here and help fixing/testing possible solutions. Together with different communities we already can provide more information (see below).

    My system setup:

    • I use a Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Fatality Pro sound card, with latest available driver.
    • I have already tried a clean reinstallation of Windows 10 1803. Same problem.
    • When I go back to Windows 10 1709 everything is ok.
    • e. g. The problem is present with foobar2000 1.3.19 and the newest ZSNES emulator, but when running a simple application that forces the system timer to run at higher accuracy, the sound is fine. In my case, it seems even enough to have VLC (VideoLAN) opened at the same moment; the sound distortion is immediately gone in those applications.


    In the forum of foobar2000 we already found out that the system timer frequency "behaviour" (hopefully you get an idea what is wrong) was changed with 1803. Please refer to this thread:,

    Thank you very much for your support. Please take this problem serious.

    I am very happy to provide any help needed. Something must have changed with 1803, which causes these strange sound distortions. Since I am able to reproduce the problem any time, I can immediately can check any new Windows update provided for this case.

    SnakeSnoke, Jul 12, 2018
  2. Opie540 Win User

    sound distorted after windows 10 anniversary upgrade

    This is where I'm at on my HP laptop with Windows 10 and the Anniversary update.

    I completed step #3 "hardware and sound" but that took me to an option for "sound, speakers." There was no "properties" as step #4 suggests. I selected "sound, speakers" and then found "properties." After selecting "properties" there was no "enhancements
    tab" as step #5 suggests.

    Regardless, I then uninstalled the realtek audio driver. I noticed that when I did this without restarting my laptop that the sound was now tinny, but not distorted as it was previously. After restarting, the sound was again full, yet distorted.

    Realtek still shows in my programs list, though it shows no memory is used.

    Thanks for your continued help.
    Opie540, Jul 12, 2018
  3. Sound distortion on Windows 10

    Since I have my new PC I am experiencing a really annoying issue with my audiosystem.

    When no sound is produced some distorted and static sound comes through my speaker (BOSE Soundlink Mini).

    However, when I am listening to music, play games or watch videos the distortion is gone. But in every pause of sound the distortion returns.

    I have tried this:

    I suggest you to disable all enhancements in Speakers properties and check. Refer the steps below:

    • Press Windows key + X.
    • Click on Control Panel.
    • Double-Click on the Sound Icon and click on Speakers.
    • Click on Properties.
    • Click on Enhancements Tab.
    • Now click "Disable All Sound Effects"
    • Click OK and check if issue persists.
    But that didn't work unfortunately

    If someone could help me, I would be very grateful

    My PC specs:

    MSI H1070M PRO-VDH

    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600 CPU @3.30 GHz

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC 6G

    Moved from Insider
    Gillianvan Leeuwen, Jul 12, 2018
  4. Ryan Fra Win User

    Windows 10 1803 | Sound distortions

    Distorted Sound

    Hi Zaki,

    Distorted sound can be be produces if there is an issue with the hardware or software. Please answer the following questions for us to narrow down this concern:

    • Is it affecting all music, videos, and online videos?
    • Which sound card is set to default? Realtek High Definition Audio or High Definition Audio Device? You will know it by typing
      "sound" on the search box and select Sound, under Playback, the default speaker should have a check.

    Please run Playing Audio Troubleshooter by following these steps:

    • Type "troubleshooting" on the search box.
    • Select Troubleshooting on the result.
    • Click View all.
    • Choose Playing Audio and follow the steps.

    Looking forward to your reply.
    Ryan Fra, Jul 12, 2018

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