Computer Screeching Sound on Windows 10 PC – How to Fix It

Fix Screeching Sound on Windows 10 PC
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Last Updated on September 12, 2020 by Thomas C. Bell

Many computer users have complained about a screeching sound or a high-pitched noise coming from their computer or laptop. It’s not a common problem that you might come across every now and then. You might hear this type of sound only when there is something wrong with your computer and there are many reasons this type of sound might generate.

Your computer can make a high-pitched sound if the heads scraping platters inside the drive or if there is a dead fan that is not rotating, something is broken, loose inside the CPU, and many more. However, it doesn’t mean that your hard drive is about to die, or there will be a major computer failure and you have to buy a new computer or laptop.

There are a few basic solutions available to this problem that you should try before thinking of changing the hard drive of your computer or buying a new computer. Sometimes a restart of your computer or updating the drivers can solve this problem. So be patient and keep reading the article to know details about these solutions.

How to Fix Computer Screeching Sound in Windows 10 PC

  • Run the Audio Troubleshooter
  • Perform a Clean Boot
  • Update Audio Drivers
  • Reinstall Audio Drivers
  • Use Generic Audio Driver
  • Run the Audio Troubleshooter
  • Replace the Hard Drive


Run the Audio Troubleshooter

First, right-click on the Start Menu of your computer, and a dialog box will open. Now locate the Control Panel and click on it.

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The Control Panel will open. Now Go to View by the option on the top right corner and click on it. A drop-down menu will appear. Now from the available options select Large Icons.

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Now you will see all the available options and settings of Control Panel. Locate the Troubleshooting and then click on it.

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Once the Troubleshooting window opens, Click “View all option” on the left panel. Now from the available options locate Playing Audio. Then run the Playing Audio troubleshooter. A new pop-up window will open. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

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Perform a Clean Boot

This is a great way to reduce conflicts related to software as well as remove the root causes of the computer screeching sound. Generally, the apps and software start and run in the background when Windows starts normally and if there is any conflict then your computer might produce a high-pitched noise. So perform a clean boot and see if the problem resolved. The process is very simple. Follow the below steps accordingly:

First; log in to your computer as Administrator. Now go to the Search box and type “msconfig.” Now select the System Configuration and the System Configuration dialog box will open.

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Here you will see a few options. Locate the Service Tab and click on it. Now select the “Hide all Microsoft services” box and finally click on the “Disable all” button. Then click on the ok button.

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Now, go to the startup tab and click on the Open Task Manager.

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A new window will open. Now from the available options click on the “Startup” tab.

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Now from the available options locate “Wondershare Studio” and select it. Then click on the Disable button.

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Then close the Task Manager and click on the Ok button. Finally, reboot your computer.

Update Audio Drivers

If your sound card driver becomes outdated then you may encounter this problem. So updating the sound card driver can fix this error. Now follow these instructions accordingly:

First, go to the search bar of your computer and type Device Manager. From the result click on the Device Manager

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Then from the available options find “Sound, Video, and Game Controller” and expand it

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Right-click your sound card driver and choose “Update Driver” option

Now from the appeared window click on the “Search automatically for updated driver software”

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Wait for few minutes until Windows find available updates and install them on your computer

If windows don’t find any available updates; you have to access the manufacturer’s website and install updated from their website manually

Reinstall Audio Drivers

If updating the audio drivers doesn’t solve the problem then you can uninstall and re-install the audio drivers and see if the problem solved. Follow the below steps:

First, go to the search bar of your computer and type Device Manager. From the result click on the Device Manager

Then from the available options find “Sound, Video, and Game Controller” and expand it

Right-click your sound card driver and choose the “Uninstall Device” option.

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It will take a few times to uninstall the audio drivers. Once the uninstall process is completed, restart your computer. The Windows will attempt to reinstall the audio driver again.

Use Generic Audio Driver

You can try using the generic audio driver and see if you hear any screeching sound from your computer or laptop. The process is very simple. Follow the steps accordingly:

First, go to the search bar of your computer and type Device Manager. From the result click on the Device Manager

Then from the available options find “Sound, Video, and Game Controller” and expand it

Right-click your sound card driver and choose “Update Driver” option

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Now from the available options select “Browse my computer for driver software”

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Then select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” option and click on the Next button.

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Finally, select an Audio driver from your computer and follow the on-screen instruction to install it.

Run the Audio Troubleshooter

First, press the Windows + R button together to open the Run dialog box

Now type “Troubleshooting” in the Run dialog box and from the result click on the Troubleshooting

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Once the Troubleshooting window opens, locate the “Troubleshooting Audio Playback” from the available options and clicks on it.

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In the next window click on the “Playing Audio” and then select the Next button. Finally, wait for Windows to detect possible issues and solve them automatically 

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Replace the Hard Drive

If you are still facing the screeching sound on your computer then it may be a problem with the Hard Drive. When the heads scrape the platters inside the hard drive it creates a sound. Sometimes the fan can create this type of sound so make sure you also check the fans. If there is no problem with the fans then the problem is really with your hard drive and you have to change it. Before changing the hard drive make sure you back up all your data from the hard drive as the damaging may cause data loss. If you hear clicking sounds, then total drive failure is imminent. So replace your hard drive as soon as possible and then restore it to your computer.

Final Thoughts

I hope the above information has helped you solve the “screeching sound or the high-pitched noise on Windows 10 PC” problem. If you have any questions or further suggestions, feel free to leave it in the comment section. We’ll love to hear from you and we appreciate every critic.

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