Windows Audio Service shuts off every time I restart my machine and I have to manually turn it on

Posted on 2008-10-16
Last Modified: 2012-06-27

I was having some problems with the sound on my machine so I went and bought a SoundBlaster sound card and installed.  I didn't have any luck with it.  I was able to hear windows sounds such as mouse clicks and error sounds when they occur.  I went into the services and notice the Windows Audio Service was not started so I started it and the sound worked as it was supposed to.  I was able to hear everything like it should.  The problem is now if I restart my machine, the Windows Audio service won't start and I have to start it manually.  Is there somethign I can do here?
Question by:Jscott82305

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Go to Services, find Windows Audio Service .. and right click it and then click properties

Change startup type to Automatic.


ONLY, If this does NOT help install new drivers for your sound card.


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Already tried, and it is listed as automatic, but does not start.

Also, the driver is the most current.

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do you have errors in the event log?

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nothing related to audio.. I am stumped.
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ok, go to Device manager and uninstall your sound card completely. Then install a fresh pair of drivers.


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mirzas earned 500 total points
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assuming of course you did not catch any viruses or do not have some incompatible software or added some new hardware.

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Had a similar problem at our office once:

Is the Plug and Play service set to Automatic as well?  If not, change it to automatic and reboot.
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What errors do you have in your System section of your event viewer?

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It seems to have been compatibility issues with the soundblaster card and the onboard card.  I did an msconfig and disabled several startup items.  Problem fixed

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