[Solved] Audio services not responding on Windows 10

April Cai, in Common error Tags: audioWindows 10



As many users reported, when troubleshooting sound problems on Windows 10, they got the message: Audio services not responding. Moreover, such issue should be fixed manually. If you also encounter such problem, no worry! Let’s fix it now!
This article is going to tell you some effective ways to fix audio services not responding on Windows 10. Please take a few minutes to read on it. 

1. Scan your system files to repair missing or corrupted files 

2. Reinstall your audio driver

3. Check the status and startup type of audio services 

4. Make sure Windows Audio components are running

Fix 1. Scan your system files to repair missing or corrupted files

 

First, we recommend you scan your system files. The missing or corrupted related files man cause audio services not responding. In such case, we can run the System File Checker tool to check and repair.


1)
Press Windows key + key together to open Quick-access menu.
Then click Command Prompt(Admin) to open Command Prompt.
Click Yes when prompted by User Account Control.



2)
Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter on command prompt window.
Then System File Checker tool will scan your system files and repair missing or corrupted files automatically.
Note: Please do not close the window until Verification 100% complete.



3)
After it’s done, check if the error has been solved.

Fix 2. Reinstall your audio driver


If there were any issue with your audio driver, audio services may not responding either.  In this case, reinstall your audio driver.

1)
Open Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + key together.
Then type devmgmt.msc in the box and hit Enter to open Device Manager.

2)
Find and right-click on your audio device under sound or audio related dialog.
Then click Uninstall.
Click Yes when asked to confirm the uninstalling.

3)
Now you can download the latest sound driver from your sound card manufacturer’s website and install it on your computer, like Realtek. If you’re not confident playing around with drivers manually, or if you want to save much more time, you can use Driver Easy  to do it automatically. 

Ⅰ.
 Download and install Driver Easy.

Ⅱ.
Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. You  sound driver is no exception.

Ⅲ.
With Free version: Click the 
Update button next to a flagged sound driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver.

With Pro version: Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee)

After updating your sound card drivers, please restart your computer to make the new driver take effect. 

Fix 3. Check the status and startup type of audio services


1)
Press Windows key + key together to open Run dialog box.
Then type services.msc and hit Enter to open Services window.

 

2)
Scroll down on Services window.
Locate Windows Audio and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder services.
Then check if their Status are Running and Startup type is Automatic.



If not, follow the following steps to set it be.

a)
Right-click on above service that needs to set, then click Start.



b)
When the service is running, right-click on it again.
This time please click Properties and choose the startup type to be Automatic from the dropdown menu.
Click OK to save setting.



3)
Enter msconfig.exe in the search box from Start.
Then click System Configuration on the top to open it.



4)
Scroll down on Services pane of System configuration window.
Locate Windows Audio and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder services.
Make sure they are running.



Last, reboot your Windows 10 to apply changes. Then check if the issue still exists.


Fix 4. Make sure Windows Audio components are running

1)
Follow step 1) in Fix Two to open Services window.

2)
On Services window, scroll down to find and right-click on Windows Audio service.
Click Properties.
Then under Dependencies pane, check all the components.



3)
Back on Services window, make sure all the components above are running.



4)
If some or all of them are not running, just right-click on them and choose Start.
Reboot your Windows 10 to apply changes and check if the issue still exists.




That’s all there is to it. Fully hope the error on your Windows 10 is solved with the fixes above. 
Please feel free to leave your comment below for any confusions, thanks.

 

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  • Ji Hyo

    Hi I did all the steps but still no positive result.Help

  • Rhaenyra Targaryen

    THANK YOU so much! I’ve done everything possible for the past 4 days. I fixed the error with the Fix 4, step 3. RPC was running manually, I changed to automatic, reboot my computer and the audio is back. Yaaaaaaay!!! I would never find it by myself, such a small simple thing, enough to stop my audio. And most of website just talk about updating drivers. Thank God I found you. Thanks thanks!!!

    • April Cai

      Hi, Rhaenyra~ Glad we could help!:)

  • Jacques Mienie

    Do windows 10 updates and then try again. Seems like windows 10 require you to do updates before any other software is allowed to be installed especially if you have a fresh installation of Windows 10

  • Eugene Tapley

    all mine is running did all this step by step still same issue, now what .???

    • Sid

      I have the same problem and I tried all those… what can I do now? Please help…