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Dolby Atmos not working in Windows 10

However, the problem is that there’s no option to do so or they’re unable to get Dolby Atmos (or Spatial sound in general which includes Windows Sonic as well) to work.

What’s Dolby Atmos and Spatial sound in Windows 10 and how it works? As you might already know, the sound is usually distributed through channels.

But this new technology focuses on 3D points and grants 360° sound output to improve listeners experience.

Even with the cheapest headphones, with the adapted-multimedia content (movies, games, and videos), you should enjoy a dramatically better surround sound.

For the time being, it supports only headphones, buds, and earphones in Windows 10, but you can use a Dolby home theater for the best results.

Nonetheless, we need to make it work in the first place. For the sole purpose of helping our readers in distress, we provided the best-suited solutions below.

Make sure to check them out and, hopefully, we’ll make Dolby Atmos and Spatial sound work as it’s intended.

How do I enable Dolby Atmos on Windows 10?

  1. Update sound drivers
  2. Rollback sound drivers
  3. Run the built-in sound troubleshooter
  4. Enable Exclusive mode options
  5. Run downloadable troubleshooter
  6. Reconfigure Dolby Atmos for your device or try Sonic
  7. Update Windows

1. Update sound drivers

  1. Right-click on the Start menu and open Device Manager.
  2. Expand the Sound, video, and game controllers section.
  3. Right-click both onboard sound device and third-party device and Update drivers.dolby atmos windows 10 not working spatial sound isn't working
  4. Restart your PC.
  5. Right-click on the Sound icon in the Notification area and select Spatial Sound (Dolby Atmos for Headphones). If you haven’t configured it already, follow the instructions to do so.dolby atmos windows 10 not working spatial sound isn't working
  6. Play supported content and look (listen) for changes.

Sound drivers are the primary reason why things go south. As you might’ve known, there are usually the 2 sound devices with their respective roles and supporting drivers.

The onboard sound device and the third-party device. Windows 10 is well-known for automatically administered driver updates and those are frequently making things worse.

Namely, it seems that some iterations of both the onboard sound device and the third-party device (Realtek, VIA, ATI) won’t work as intended with Dolby Atmos and Spatial Sound.

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