[SOLVED] Audio Service Not Responding Windows 10 (2024)

Written By Steven Arends

Are you seeing the Error message Audio services not responding on your Windows 10 PC?

It might be possible that your Audio device is completely out of sync with your windows OS.


It might be possible that your Audio device is completely out of sync with your windows OS.

In this post, I will show you how to fix audio services not responding issue for windows 10.

Why am I Seeing Audio Services Not Responding Error?

The troubleshooting error message Audio services not responding is an error generated through Windows sound troubleshooter.

What you mean by this error message is that your sound device is unresponsive to your computer’s command.

The cause behind this error could be-

  • Outdated Audio Driver
  • Hardware problem
  • Windows Update failure
  • System crash
  • Audio component issue

How to Fix Audio Service Not Responding Error on Windows 10

Before we head towards the fixes, let me tell you that, this error message is very commonly seen.

And fixing this issue is very easy.

You just have to follow the steps carefully to get rid of this message.

As for now, let’s head towards the fixes.

Here are the steps to fix audio service won’t respond error:

1. Execute Command Prompt

Executing some elevated administrator command prompt instructions will be the first method to fix this problem.

To do so, you have to follow the steps given below:

  • Press Win+S key at the same time.
  • Type command prompt and select Run as administrator by right-clicking on the application.
  • Now, type the following commands and then press Enter.net localgroup Administrators /add networkservice
  • Again type the commands as shown and press Enter.net localgroup Administrators /add localaccount
  • After both the commands are executed properly type exit and press Enter.
  • Now restart your computer to apply the changes and see if the issue disappears or not.

2. Check Audio Components

Before going to the farther fixes, do make sure that all the audio components are running. If any of them isn’t running properly then, there is a chance that this error message might pop up.


  • Press Win+ R key at the same time and type services.msc and press Enter to open a dialog box.
  • Now you have to make sure that the following mentioned services are running. If they are not running then, right-click on them and click “Start” to return it to running state.RPC Endpoint MapperRemote Procedure Call (RPC)DCOM Server Process Launcher
  • Set all the services to Automatic.
  • Restart PC to see if the error message disappeared or not.

3. Restart Audio Services 

Now, we will try restarting the audio service.

You might know that, alongside hardware drives, there is an audio service present which is responsible for managing the audio.

Try restarting the audio services instead. To do so-

  • Press Win+ R key at the same time and type services.msc and press Enter to open a dialog box.
  • Now navigate to Windows Audio and select restart by right-clicking on it.
  • Set the startup to Automatic by selecting Properties of that entry again.
  • Go back to services and navigate to Windows Audio Endpoint Builder. Select Restart by Right-clicking it.
  • Restart your computer to save the changes and see if your problem disappeared or not.

4. Install Default Sound Drivers

Try installing the default drivers on your system as your operating system keeps upgrading over time.

  • In the search menu of your taskbar, type system in the dialog box and select the first item.
  • Click on Advanced system settings.
  • Click on Device Installation Settings navigating to the Hardware tab.
  • Disable the Windows update from updating your audio drivers automatically by selecting No.
  • Now open Device Manager.
  • Expand Sound, video and game controller category and uninstall the device by right-clicking on it.
  • On the Device Manager, select Scan for hardware changes. Your computer will now automatically install the default drivers present on your computer.
  • Reboot your machine after the installation of default drivers to check if it works for you or not.

5. Install Realtek or High Definition Audio Device 

Installing High Definition Audio Device driver instead of IDT High Definition Audio CODEC might solve Audio services not responding issue. This last solution can come in handy. To do so-

  • Open Device Manager.
  • Expand Sound, video, and game controller category and Update the device by right-clicking on it
  • Select Browse my computer for driver software.
  • Uncheck the option show compatible hardware and navigate through all the drivers until you find High Definition Audio Device.
  • Restart your computer and check if the error message disappeared or not.

Final Thoughts

Audio issues on PC are really problematic.

As for the Audio services not responding issue, it mainly occurs when your Audio is out of sync with your windows OS.

Mainly, Audio services not responding issue is seen in Windows 10 but, this error can be seen in other OS too.

Lucky to hear that, this error has working solutions.

About The Author
Steven Arends is a computer science graduate and tech enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has a vast collection of computer hardware and loves exploring the latest advancements. As a contributing author to 10Scopes, Steven shares his expertise to make the world of technology more accessible and easier to understand for all readers.


  1. Hey,
    It worked!
    However, this audio problem keeps recurring and has happened 8-10 times over the past 5-6 months! And each time I have had to try at least 3-4 different methods before actually getting it back working properly! Therefore I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it happens again within the next 2-3 weeks!?
    Hence, is there any way of ensuring it can’t happen again because it is becoming very tedious? Any advice would be gratefully received!
    Many Thanks



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