Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version for Windows 8

The R2.75 driver, on the Realtek site, is not a zip file. Download and click on the icon to run. It will first uninstall the existing RealTek drivers, require a PC restart and after restart install the new driver.
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I'm using this driver on both of my desktops (one with an ASRock Z77 motherboard and the other with an ASUS Z77 motherboard) and a Lenovo ideapad laptop. The desktops have dual boot Win 7 and Win 8.1. I'm also using this with the Pre-release (Beta) Win 10.

Hmmmm.... now I'm even more confused.... the link I speak of is at the beginning of this sticky thread by Brink and the driver version is the same format as the one I have showing in my Device manager->Sound-> Realtek HD Audio->properties->Driver

View attachment 60401

No mention of R2.75.

I have a Samsung laptop
v 2.75 shows as 6.0.1.7246 from 14-May-2014
 

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I went ahead and downloaded the 64 bit R2.75.... ran the execution file and installed without a hitch.... now it shows I have an OLDER driver installed than previously.... 6.0.1.7246 (date: 14/05/2014).... how could that happen...? Surely driver installers that do the 'uninstall current driver first' would check to make sure...? And why would Realtek have an older driver available as the latest...?

This is all very confusing
 

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If you have downloaded 6.0.1.7460, it is in cab, you have to unpack it and update via device manager.
There is no setup, which you can run. Select the folder, and the Windows will find the driver itself.
 

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Version 6.0.1.7443 dated 2/03/2015 posted at Microsoft Update Catalog this April 2015.
For x64 / 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, 7, 8 & 8.1 [yup, the digital signature CAT files for 7443 have OSAttr of 2:6.0,2:6.1,2:6.2,2:6.3 (WHQL for these OSes) unlike the 7460 driver, which was WHQL for Win8.1 & higher only and had OSAttr of 2:6.3]

Note: Because the download from Microsoft Update Catalog is a CAB archive file, you need archiving tools like 7zip, WinRAR, Winzip, etc. to unpack the files inside and use Device Manager to manually install the 7443 driver. No automated setup.exe file is included in any of the CAB downloads from Microsoft Update Catalog. I hope I made that clear to Win8 users who are trying to obtain Realtek HD audio driver downloads from the Microsoft Update Catalog site.
 

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as of this morning R2.75.exe is up on the Realtek web site
just an FYI

hope everyone is doing great
Updated but still with same number ? First one was from May last year.
 

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This is one of the reasons I don't download drivers from the RealTek site anymore.

The so-called R2.75 file from the RealTek site has the following:
File RTKVHD64.sys, dated 5/14/14, version 6.0.1.7246

In contrast, the version 2.7x drivers I downloaded from Station_drivers, have the following:
File RTKVHD64.sys, dated 4/19/15, version 6.0.1.7484

Also, I downloaded an older version of the drivers from the RealTek site last fall, with the following:
File RTKVHD64.sys, dated 11/14/14, version 6.0.1.7385

So, in reality, these so-called "new" drivers from RealTek are actually over a year older than drivers available elsewhere!
 

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Surely driver installers that do the 'uninstall current driver first' would check to make sure...?

Not my experience. The driver installer just checks to see if a version is already installed, and if so, uninstalls it. After reboot, it then installs the drivers you selected. I know this because I've been able to restore an older version of the drivers this way, when a newer version I got elsewhere didn't work well.
 

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This is one of the reasons I don't download drivers from the RealTek site anymore.

The so-called R2.75 file from the RealTek site has the following:
File RTKVHD64.sys, dated 5/14/14, version 6.0.1.7246

In contrast, the version 2.7x drivers I downloaded from Station_drivers, have the following:
File RTKVHD64.sys, dated 4/19/15, version 6.0.1.7484

So, in reality, these so-called "new" drivers from RealTek are actually over a year older than drivers available elsewhere!
What really counts is the version number, because the dates are sometimes just the date the site put it up for download. I've seen old version numbers with dates newer than the newer version. example version 9.xxx.xxx Jan 2015 in one place and version 11.xxx.xxx Dec 2014
 

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What really counts is the version number,
Agree -- and you'll notice the version numbers on this "new" R2.75 are lower than version numbers on previous driver downloads. Also, I checked my "backups" drive where I keep older versions of drivers and found an old "R2.75" file I downloaded from RealTek last year that had a 5/21/14 date on it, and version number of 6.0.1.7246 -- which, according to folks that have installed this "new" R2.75 driver package, matches the version number they now have.

So, it looks like what RealTek did is simply repost last May's driver package.
 

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Maybe just HD Audio manager got updated, can't find which version it is. Or just added support for some new CODEC chips.
 

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And also on the Realtek web site (but not yet posted on Filehippo; that will soon change by the next day or two). Driver version included in R2.76 package is 6.0.1.7487. One codec chip I know of that's being added is the hardware device ID beginning with HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0293. DEV 0293 [aka. ALC293] is new (found on a Dell Latitude E5450 laptop).

Personally I'll install that one on my custom built PC with an old Intel motherboard using Realtek ALC861 audio chips. The other machines I have, I'll just obtain Realtek driver updates from PC manufacturers when the driver version reaches 7500 or higher and skip installing the R2.76 package on those machines.
 

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    AMD Quad-Core A6-5200M Accelerated Processor
    Memory
    4 GB
Ever since I updated my Realtek drivers I've lost HDMI as a digital output in HD Manager. Would anyone know why this has happened? I've read that it may be due to the Nvidia drivers taking over the HDMI audio control. If that's the case would a complete uninstall of the Nvidia and Realtek drivers followed by an re-install of the Realtek HD audio drivers before the Nvidia drivers cure the problem?

Many thanks for any advice.
 

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Ever since I updated my Realtek drivers I've lost HDMI as a digital output in HD Manager. Would anyone know why this has happened? I've read that it may be due to the Nvidia drivers taking over the HDMI audio control. If that's the case would a complete uninstall of the Nvidia and Realtek drivers followed by an re-install of the Realtek HD audio drivers before the Nvidia drivers cure the problem?

Many thanks for any advice.
Windows lets you use only one sound device at a time. You are probably right, HDMI is digital output and Windows favors digital out. HDMI sound driver is installed with GPU drivers.
You can go to Control Panel > Sound and set Speakers as default sound device.
 

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    Asus Prime x470 Pro
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Where do you take your HDMI from, the motherboard or the GPU? Makes a difference which driver is providing the audio, the CPU or GPU.

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    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
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    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
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    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
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    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
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    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
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