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Realtek HD Audio Driver R2.73 Now Available

By November 20, 2013

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Realtek LogoRealtek high definition (HD) audio drivers version R2.73 is now available, adding some unspecified "driver customizations" and supporting a number of new Realtek chips.

You can download this latest Realtek HD audio driver for Windows 8 (including Windows 8.1), Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and more here:

Download Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs v2.73

Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the R2.73 driver are available.

Tip: Not sure if you should download the 64-bit or 32-bit driver? See Am I Running a 32-bit or 64-bit Version of Windows? for help.

Note: As is typical with Realtek audio driver updates, there are no listed feature additions or fixes. This update was only released to improve compatibility with newer hardware that contains the Realtek audio chipset. Because you're likely not to gain much by updating, I don't recommend you install the R2.73 update unless you were asked to do so by your hardware manufacturer's technical support or you're trying to solve an issue with your Realtek-based sound card/chipset and reinstalling the drivers is a wise troubleshooting step.

More Information About R2.73:

This Realtek HD audio driver supports the following chipsets in Windows 8 & 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Vista:

ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VD, ALC867, ALC900, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC668, ALC670, ALC671, ALC672, ALC676, ALC680, ALC221, ALC231, ALC233, ALC235, ALC255, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276, ALC280, ALC282, ALC283, ALC284, ALC286, ALC290, ALC292, and ALC383.

These chipsets are supported in Windows XP and Windows 2000:

ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC886, ALC887, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC899, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC867, ALC900, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC668, ALC670, ALC671, ALC672, ALC676, ALC680, ALC221, ALC231, ALC233, ALC235, ALC255, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC275, ALC276, ALC280, ALC282, ALC283, ALC284, ALC286, ALC290, ALC292, and ALC383.

Having Trouble With These Realtek Drivers?

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Be sure to let me know what version of Realtek drivers you installed (or are trying to install), your version of Windows, any errors you're receiving, what steps you've already taken to try to fix the problem, etc.

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