Easy to Fix “The Audio Service is not running” on Windows 10

Since you’re reading this, you must be experiencing “The Audio Service is not running” issue on Windows 10, and cannot find a solution yet. Not to worry as you’re not the only one who encounters this issue. Many Windows 10 users have reported this issue. To fix the problem, you can use one of the methods below.

Try these methods

Method 1: Start Windows Audio service and its dependencies
Method 2: Update the audio driver
Method 3: Run audio troubleshooter
Method 4: Modify the registry


Method 1: Start Windows Audio service and its dependencies

When you get the “The audio service is not running” error, the first thing you should check is the status of the audio service and the related audio services. They’re probably stopped. To fix the problem, you need to start the services. To do so:

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 General tab. Then set the Startup type to Automatic and click Start.

5) Click Apply -> OK to save the changes.

6) Repeat the step 2) to step 5) to start the following three services:

  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
  • Multimedia Class Scheduler (Ignore this service if you can’t find it on your computer, as some Windows 10 versions haven’t this service.)

Tip: If you cannot start the audio services due to the access denied error, you can change the logon settings, then start the services again. To do so:

1) On the Windows Audio Service Properties window, select the Log On tab. Then select Local System account.

2) Click Apply -> OK to save the changes.

Method 1 should work in most cases. But if it doesn’t work for you, move on to try other methods.


Method 2: Update the audio driver

The problem can be caused by faulty or outdated audio drivers. To fix the problem, you can try to update the audio driver.

You can go to the PC manufacturer’s website to download the latest audio driver. Before getting started, you need to find out what Windows 10 version you have (32-bit or 64-bit) and what audio card you have.

Manually updating drivers can take forever if you have little driver knowledge. To save more time, you can use a third-party driver update utility to help you. Many driver update utilities allow you to update drivers with a few clicks. You just need to find a trustworthy one.

If you’re not sure which driver update utility is good to use, you can use Driver Booster.

After updating the audio driver, check to see if the audio service error is resolved.


Method 3: Run audio troubleshooter

Windows 10 built-in audio troubleshooter allows you to troubleshoot any audio issues. To fix the Windows audio service not running issue, you can follow the steps below to run the audio troubleshooter.

1) On your keyboard, press Win+S (the Windows logo key and the S key) to open search.

2) Type “troubleshoot settings” into the search box and select Troubleshooter setting from the result list.

3) Click on Additional troubleshooters.

4) Click on Playing Audio -> Run the Troubleshooter.

5) Follow the wizard to finish the troubleshoot.


Method 4: Modify the registry

If none of the methods above works for you, the last method you can try is to modify the registry. By default a service starts within 30 seconds, but some performance issues and some configurations may cause the service to require more time to start.

If the service doesn’t start within the required timeout, Windows will kill the service and give you an error message like “The audio service is not running”. To fix the problem, you modify the registry to increase the service startup timeout.

Note: Modifying registry incorrectly can cause serious system issues, which might require you to reinstall the system. Before you get started, you should back up the registry first so you can restore it if necessary. If you’re not comfortable modifying the registry on your own, then don’t do it. Take your computer to a repair shop to have a further check.

Here’s how to modify the registry to increase the service startup timeout.

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) Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control

4) Right-click on Control, and click New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.

5) In the New Value #1 box, type ServicesPipeTimeout, and then press ENTER.

6) Right-click on ServicesPipeTimeout, and then click Modify.

7) Click Decimal, type 60000 as the value of the timeout period and then click OK.

8) Restart your computer and check to see if the problem is resolved.

Hopefully you can fix the Windows audio service not running issue with the methods above. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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