Recently, some Windows 10 users have reported the Windows Audio service access denied error. If you’re also experiencing this issue, not to worry. You can fix it easily with one of the methods below.
The full error message is:
Windows could not start the Windows Audio service on Local Computer.
Error 0x80070005: Access is denied.
To fix the problem, you can try the methods below one by one until you find the one that works for you.
Method 1: Change the logon settings
To fix the problem, you can try to change the logon settings. Many users have resolved their problem with this method. So you can have a try. Follow these steps:
1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.
2) Type ‘services.msc‘ into the Run box and click OK to open the Services window.
3) Locate and double-click on the Windows Audio service.
4) On the pop-up Properties window, select the Log On tab. Then select Local System account and check the Allow service to interact with desktop checkbox.
5) Click Apply -> OK to save the changes.
6) Start the Windows Audio service again and check to see if the problem is resolved.
If the problem persists, try other methods.
Method 2: Modify the audio related registry
When the problem occurs, it’s possible that your account doesn’t have the permission to access audio registry. In this case, you can add Everyone Full Control to the audio registry by modifying the registry.
Note: If the registry is modified incorrectly, serious system problems can occur. So it’s recommended you back up the registry before you modify the registry. Then you can restore it if necessary. Regarding how to back up the registry, you can follow the steps in How to Back Up Windows Registy.
Follow the steps below to modify the registry.
1) Open the Run box.
2) Type ‘regedit‘ into the Run box and click OK to open the Registry Editor. If you get a UAC (User Account Control) prompt, just click Yes.
3) Once the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following registry.
4) Right-click on the MMDevices and select Permissions… from the menu.
5) Select Everyone from the ‘Group or user names’ list, then check Full Control in the Allow column.
If you don’t see an Everyone user in the ‘Group or user names’ list, you need to add it manually. Then follow the steps below to create the user:
5a) Select Add… to open the Select Users or Groups window.
5b) In the ‘Enter the object name to select’ field, type Everyone. Select OK.
6) After adding Everyone Full Control to the registry, click OK -> Apply to apply the changes.
7) Check to see if you can start the Windows Audio service.
Method 3: Perform an in-place upgrade
The last method you can try is to perform an in-place upgrade in Windows, which will reset the Windows settings, the registry settings, etc.
If you’re not sure how to perform an in-place upgrade, you can follow the steps in this article. After that, the problem should be resolved.
Hopefully you find this article helpful. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.