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

Posted on 2008-10-16
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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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Expert Comment

ID: 22731036
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.


Author Comment

ID: 22731184
Already tried, and it is listed as automatic, but does not start.

Also, the driver is the most current.

Expert Comment

ID: 22731355
do you have errors in the event log?
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Author Comment

ID: 22731376
nothing related to audio.. I am stumped.

Expert Comment

ID: 22731409
ok, go to Device manager and uninstall your sound card completely. Then install a fresh pair of drivers.


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mirzas earned 1500 total points
ID: 22731419
assuming of course you did not catch any viruses or do not have some incompatible software or added some new hardware.

Expert Comment

ID: 22731700
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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Expert Comment

ID: 22737212
What errors do you have in your System section of your event viewer?

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31506740
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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