[Fix] Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer error

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Issue: [Fix] Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer error

Hi. Today, I turned on my PC just as usual and found out I have no sound at all. I went to services because I thought that the audio service was off – and it was. I tried to turn it on, but I got an error “Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer.” How can I fix this?

Solved Answer

There are many services running in the background of Windows at any time when it is operational. While some are imported by third-party applications, others are pre-installed and are necessary for the operating system to function properly. Windows Audio Service is one such service – all the browsers, games, media players, and various other software rely on it to play the audio at any time.

If you look at the list of the services, you will notice that some of them are set to a manual, automatic, or disabled setting. This tells Windows whether a particular service should be launched as soon as the system boots. Audio service should be set to the automatic setting, as many programs depend on it when using audio on the system, according to a description:

Manages audio for Windows-based programs. If this service is stopped, audio devices and effects will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start

Some users claimed that they had found the service disabled, hence they had no audio. However, when trying to enable the service, they receive an error “Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer.” Additionally, it usually comes with an error code, which can vary – 0x80070005, 1067, 1740, 1079, etc.

[Fix] Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer error

This can be particularly troublesome, as users are unable to hear anything when watching videos or doing something else. The issue is likely to be caused by corrupted system files, although insufficient permissions might also be at fault. Below you will find several methods that should help you fix the “Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer” error.

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Fix 1. Run a sound troubleshooter

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Let's start from the basics and run a built-in troubleshooter

  • Type troubleshoot in Windows search and hit Enter
  • Select Additional troubleshooters [Fix] Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer error
  • Pick Playing Audio and click Run the troubleshooter
  • Wait till the scan is finished [Fix] Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer error
  • Apply the suggested fixes and restart your PC.

Fix 2. Eun SFC and DISM

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Corrupted[2] system files are one of the main reasons why you might experience the Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer error. Running SFC and DISM can help you resolve this issue.

  • Type cmd in Windows search
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
  • Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter
  • Wait for the scan to finish
  • As soon as the scan finishes, Windows will report whether integrity violations were found and if they could be fixed. If SFC says that it can't repair found errors, paste the following commands, pressing Enter after each:
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth [Fix] Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer error

Fix 3. Give the service full control via the Registry

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before you proceed, we strongly recommend you backup your registry.[3]

  • Type in regedit in Windows search and press Enter
  • When User Account Control shows up, click Yes
  • Click File > Export
  • Under Export range, select All
  • Name your backup and click Save. [Fix] Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer error

After this, go back to the registry editor and proceed with the following:

  • Navigate to the following location:
    Computer\\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\Audiosrv
  • Right-click on Audiosrv and click Permissions…
  • Select SYSTEM from the list
  • Tick the Full Control option
  • Now select Users from the list
  • Make sure Full Control checkbox is marked
  • Click Apply and OK. [Fix] Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer error

Fix 4. Change Log on Settings

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  • Type Services in Windows search and press Enter
  • Scroll down to Windows Audio and double-click it
  • In the new window, select the Log On tab
  • Mark the Local account option and then enable the Allow service to interact with desktop option [Fix] Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer error
  • Click Apply and OK.

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