Windows users have been frequently reporting issues where their audio services stop responding. Windows Audio Service deals with the sound output coming out of your computer. It controls the communication between any speakers, headphones, or any audio device and your PC. Whenever this service stops responding, your computer fails to communicate with audio hardware.
There could be many reasons why this occurs, such as driver issues or disabled service status. Whatever the reason may be, this guide will demonstrate several quick fixes that’ll help you resolve the “audio services not responding” message.
How To Fix “Audio Services Not Responding”?
After you’ve realized you’re no longer getting any sound out of your computer, Windows will recommend that you run its Troubleshooter. However, after running the troubleshooter you’ll be notified with the message “Audio services not responding”. Moreover, its status will be displayed as “not fixed”. Below, we’ve listed the most common solutions that helped people bypass this error.
Also, before you experiment with these methods, just reboot your PC and see if the issue has been resolved. Most of the time, Windows will detect any disabled services and start it up again on the next boot. Once you’ve done that, let’s get started!
Method 1: Restart Windows Audio Services
To do this you’ll need to open “Services”, which is essentially an application that lets you manage all of the services running on Windows. Be sure not to fiddle with any services other than the ones mentioned in the steps below or you could potentially crash Windows.
- To open Services, search for it in the start menu and click the application. If you’re on Windows 7 or 8, you’ll need to open the run dialog box by holding down the Windows Key + R, and then enter “services.msc” before clicking OK.
- Once, the Services application has opened you’ll see that all of the services are listed in alphabetical order, so navigate your way down to “Windows Audio”.
- Right-click it and select Restart.
Now it’s quite possible that the Windows Audio Service has its startup-type set as manual. We’ll need to change this automatic to ensure that the audio service starts up automatically every time your reboot Windows. In order to do this, right-click the Windows Audio service again and this time select Properties. Change the “Startup type:” to Automatic, click Apply, then click OK.
Method 2: Re-install Audio Drivers
If incorrect or faulty audio driver files are installed, then your PC will display the “Audio services not responding message”. To fix this, we’ll simply have to uninstall and reinstall the audio drivers on your PC. Thankfully, with the built-in application known as “Device Manager,” this is a painless process. Just follow the simple steps below:
- Open Device Manager by searching for it in the start menu. You can also open it from the Run dialog box by entering “devmgmt.msc”.
- Expand the arrow next to “Audio inputs and outputs”. Right-click your audio device and select Uninstall. When it asks you to, enable the check “Delete the driver software for this device” and then select uninstall.
- To re-install, in the top menu bar, click “Action” and then select “Scan for hardware changes” to reinstall the device.
That’s all there is to it. If your audio services are still not responding after reinstalling the drivers, you’ll want to check for any driver updates. To do this, right-click on your audio device in Device Manager again and select “Update Driver”. When the option appears, select “Search automatically for updated driver software”. Windows will now search the internet for any updated driver files.
If there is an update, it will automatically be downloaded and installed onto your PC. Moreover, we recommend you restart your PC after any driver updates to ensure the proper functioning of your audio device.
Method 3: Check Your Sound Settings
If the above two methods haven’t solved your issue you’ll want to check your sound settings and device properties to ensure that you haven’t mistakenly muted or disabled any audio devices. To do this, follow the basic steps listed below:
- On the left corner of your taskbar, right-click on the Speakers icon, then click on “Open Volume Mixer”.
- Here, you’ll see a set of volume controls for all the audio devices connected to your PC. Make sure none of them are muted. If any of them are muted, you’ll see a red circle with a line through it next to the volume control icon. To unmute, simply click on the volume control button and it will unmute.
- Next, you’ll want to check you audio device properties. Naviage to Start>Settings>System>Sound.
- Now, select your audio device and click on its “Device Properties”.
- Now ensure that the Disable checbox is left empty for both your input and output devices.
You also have the option of running the troubleshooter from here, but you’ve probably done that already considering you’ve received the “Audio services not responding” message.
We hope the three methods listed above have helped resolved the “audio services not responding” error. This usually occurs due to faulty or outdated driver files. Hence, if you’ve had any pending Windows updates, we recommend you restart your PC so Windows can complete installing those files.
Moreover, if you’ve recently started using any newer audio devices such as Bluetooth headsets, make sure you have the drivers for those devices updated as well. Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments below. We’ll gladly assist you!