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Audio Services Not Responding Windows 10. How To Fix?

Microsoft Windows is one of the best operating systems out there, which is easy to use, user-friendly, and age-old that people rely on it blindly. Every few years, Microsoft launches a new update of windows. The last update, Windows 10, had brought many new features and made the lives of millions of people easy.

Currently, the techies are waiting for the release of Windows 11, which was announced a few days back. However, talking about Windows 10, this successful Microsoft operating system is loved by all, as it is stable and enduring; however, like all other technologies, users can face some or other glitch like audio services could not be working. But not to worry, everything is easily fixable.

In this guide, I’ll tell you a few ways of how you can fix audio services not responding in Windows 10. 

Audio Services Not Responding Error

This is a common error that many users come across in Windows 10. This generally happens when users upgrade their windows using the windows update. Audio services not responding in Windows 10 is an error message generated by Windows whenever a sound device is facing problems. If these services are not running properly, it becomes a crucial step to first identify the problem, only after which it can be rectified. After identifying the problem, troubleshooting can begin.

What Does Audio Services Not Responding Mean?

Many users come across this problem where they cannot play music or audio files on their devices. This could be due to an infinite number of reasons. It might also be because the sound device is outdated or faulty. 

However, if the sound device is perfectly fine, and the problem is with windows 10, this guide will be beneficial for you. 

Possible Reasons For Audio Services Not Responding In Windows 10

The reasons why audio services are not being supported by our windows 10 can be many. As mentioned earlier, it is important to find out why this is happening before you can go ahead and rectify it. Let’s look at some of the reasons. 

  1. There could be a malfunction in the audio application.
  2. A bug or malware has infected the audio components of the device.
  3. The audio drivers of the device could be old and obsolete.
  4. Running unsupported drivers could also report the same errors.
  5. A faulty audio device could also be one of the reasons.
  6. Sound setting could have been toggled with.
  7. The physical audio units or the speakers could be wrecked or damaged from within.

How To Fix The Error ‘Audio Services Not Responding In Windows 10’

If you are facing this error, there are tons of possible solutions to this problem. Few of the possible ways to resolve this error are:

Solution 1- Restarting Audio Services

Before moving on to more extensive solutions, let’s try the most basic one. Chances are often the main cause of why you are coming across the error – ‘audio services not responding in windows 10’.

A simple restart might fix the error and solve the issue:

  • Press Windows + R, type “services.msc”, and press Enter.
  • In service, scroll and click on “Windows Audio”. Right-click on it and select “Restart”.


  • Now right-click this again and select “Properties”. By clicking “Automatic” here, simple save changes and exit.

  • Go back to services and look for “Windows Audio Endpoint Builder”. Right-click it and select “Restart”. If it isn’t started yet, click on “Start”.

  • Restart your computer to be on the safer side, so that all the programs shut down and restart again.

Solution 2 – Check the Sound Settings and Hardware Issues

Beginning from the basics always works. The issue might not be much, and you doing drastic measures can mess up the problem even more. Hence, start from the basic solutions, which includes this one. If you face this error ‘audio services not responding in windows 10’, you can perform this preliminary check. 

  • Open system’s taskbar, and go to sound settings and make sure it is enabled.
  • Make sure that your system is connected to speakers or any audio device and the volume is turned on. You can even use headphones, etc.

Solution 3 – Run the Windows Audio Troubleshooter

This is one of the complex solutions, which can be used when none of the simpler ones seem to be working.

  • Open Windows Settings by pressing Windows + I.
  • Scroll down to select Update & Security.
  • Choose Troubleshoot from the left sidebar.
  • Click Additional troubleshooters. 
  • Select Playing Audio.
  • Click Run the troubleshooter.

Solution 4 – Use Command Prompt

  • Type cmd into the search box on taskbar.
  • Right click on Command Prompt to choose Run as administrator.
  • Type net localgroup Administrators /add networkservice and press Enter.
  • Type net localgroup Administrators /add localservice and hit Enter.
  • Wait for the completion of the commands.
  • Restart your PC 

Solution 5: Install Default Drivers

If your Audio services not responding in windows 10, then you try to install default drivers. Basically, for your clarity, devices save a default driver whenever they recognize a new piece of hardware, audio hardware in this case. This driver keeps getting updated along with windows. If you uninstall your driver, the device will still recognize the hardware and reinstall the driver again. Trying this method to fix your problem could be the way to go for you.

  • Type “system settings” in the Search bar, and click on View advanced system settings.

  • Under the Hardware tab, click on Device installation settings.


  • Here, choose No, then click Save changes.

  • Press Windows + X and open Device Manager from the quick start list.

  • Go to the Sound, video, and game controllers category. Right-click on your device, then choose Uninstall.

  • This will uninstall the driver. Once the process to uninstall is complete, the computer will scan for new hardware devices. The computer will find your audio device without a driver and proceed to install the default driver.
  • To complete the process, you must Restart your computer.

Audio services not responding in Windows 10 is an annoying error, but with a few clicks here and there, it can be fixed like magic. I hope these tips and tricks were useful to you, and your audio device is finally working on your computer.

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