Fix One or More Audio Services Not Running on Windows 10

Unleashing the Symphony: Troubleshooting Audio Services on Windows 10

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Check the audio services: Open the Services window by pressing Win + R, then typing “services.msc” and hitting Enter. Look for services like Windows Audio, Windows Audio Endpoint Builder, and Multimedia Class Scheduler. Ensure they are all set to “Running” and set to start automatically.

Understanding the “One or More Audio Service Isn’t Running” Error

When encountering the “One or More Audio Service Isn’t Running” error on Windows 10, it indicates that there is an issue with the audio services on your computer. This error message can be frustrating, but there are ways to fix it.

First, try running the built-in audio troubleshooter. Press the Windows key + R, type “ms-settings:troubleshoot” in the dialog box, and hit Enter. Locate the “Playing Audio” troubleshooter and run it. This can often identify and resolve the problem.

If that doesn’t work, you can manually check the status of the audio services. Press the Windows key + R, type “services.msc” in the dialog box, and hit Enter. Look for the “Windows Audio” and “Windows Audio Endpoint Builder” services. Ensure their Startup type is set to “Automatic” and that they are running.

If the services are not running, right-click on each one, select “Properties,” go to the “General” tab, and click “Start” to initiate them.

Restart your computer after making any changes, and the audio services should be running properly again.

No sound is more important than the sound of silence when your audio services are not running on Windows 10.

Troubleshooting Steps for the “One or More Audio Service Isn’t Running” Error

  1. Restart the Windows Audio Service.
    • Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box.
    • Type services.msc and press Enter to open the Services window.
    • Scroll down and locate the Windows Audio service.
      Type services.msc and press Enter to open the Services window.
Scroll down and locate the Windows Audio service.
    • Right-click on Windows Audio and select Restart.
  2. Make sure the audio services are set to start automatically.
    • Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
    • Click on the Services tab.
    • Locate the Windows Audio service.
    • Right-click on Windows Audio and select Open Services.
    • In the Services window, double-click on the Windows Audio service.
    • In the Startup type drop-down menu, select Automatic.
      In the Services window, double-click on the Windows Audio service.
In the Startup type drop-down menu, select Automatic.
    • Click Apply and then OK.
  3. Update the audio driver.
    • Press Windows Key + X and select Device Manager.
    • In the Device Manager window, expand the Sound, video, and game controllers section.
    • Right-click on your audio device and select Update driver.
    • Choose the option to Search automatically for updated driver software.
      Right-click on your audio device and select Update driver.
Choose the option to Search automatically for updated driver software.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the driver update process.
  4. Restart the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder service.
    • Open the Services window using the method mentioned in step 1.
    • Scroll down and locate the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder service.
    • Right-click on Windows Audio Endpoint Builder and select Restart.
  5. Check for Windows updates.
    • Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
    • Click on Update & Security.
      Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
Click on Update & Security.
    • Click on Check for updates.
    • If updates are available, click Install to install them.

Running the Playing Audio Troubleshooter

If you’re experiencing issues with audio services not running on your Windows 10 PC, you can try running the Playing Audio troubleshooter to help identify and fix the problem.

To run the Playing Audio troubleshooter:
1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
2. Go to Update & Security, then select Troubleshoot from the left-hand menu.
3. Scroll down and click on Playing Audio under the “Find and fix other problems” section.
4. Click on the “Run the troubleshooter” button and follow the on-screen instructions.

The troubleshooter will scan your system for any audio-related issues and attempt to fix them automatically. If any problems are detected, it will provide you with recommended fixes.

If the troubleshooter is unable to resolve the issue, you may need to try other troubleshooting steps or seek further assistance from Microsoft support or online forums.

Remember to check for any updated audio drivers and ensure that the audio services are enabled in the Services.msc console.

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The absence of audio services running on Windows 10 can make you feel like a silent movie character in a world full of noise.
Updated: June 2024

If you’re experiencing issues with one or more audio services not running on Windows 10, Fortect may be able to help. Fortect can address damaged system files and faulty settings that may be causing the problem.

It can also fix missing or corrupt DLL files, which are crucial for proper program functioning. Additionally, Fortect can identify and repair causes of the Blue Screen of Death, as well as compare the current operating system with a healthy version to restore vital system files for OS recovery.

powershell
$audioServices = Get-Service | Where-Object { $_.DisplayName -like '*Audio*' }
foreach ($service in $audioServices) {
Write-Host "Service Name: $($service.Name)"
Write-Host "Service Status: $($service.Status)"
Write-Host "-----------------------------"
}

This PowerShell code retrieves all services with “Audio” in their display names and displays their names and statuses. You can run this code in PowerShell or save it to a .ps1 file and execute it.

Please note that this code only provides information about the existing audio services and their statuses. It does not attempt to start or stop any services. Modifying services requires administrative privileges and should be done with caution.

If you encounter specific issues with audio services not running on your Windows 10 machine, it is recommended to consult official documentation or seek assistance from Microsoft support or relevant forums for more accurate guidance.

Checking and Updating Audio Services and Drivers

  • Restart the Audio Services
    • Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
    • Type services.msc and press Enter to open the Services window.
    • Scroll down and locate the Windows Audio service.
      Type services.msc and press Enter to open the Services window.
Scroll down and locate the Windows Audio service.
    • If the service is not running, right-click on it and select Start.
    • If the service is already running, right-click on it and select Restart.
      If the service is not running, right-click on it and select Start.
If the service is already running, right-click on it and select Restart.
    • Repeat the same steps for the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder service.
  • Update Audio Drivers
    • Press Windows key + X and select Device Manager from the menu.
    • Expand the Sound, video and game controllers category.
    • Right-click on your audio device and select Update driver.
    • Choose the option to Search automatically for updated driver software.
      Right-click on your audio device and select Update driver.
Choose the option to Search automatically for updated driver software.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the driver update process.
    • Restart your computer to apply the changes.
      Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the driver update process.
Restart your computer to apply the changes.

Using Device Manager to Fix Audio Service Issues

To fix audio service issues on Windows 10, you can use Device Manager. Follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem:

1. Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard and select Device Manager from the list.

2. In Device Manager, expand the “Sound, video, and game controllers” section.

3. Right-click on your audio device and select “Update driver.”

4. Choose “Search automatically for updated driver software” and let Windows search for the latest driver.

5. If Windows doesn’t find any updates, right-click on the audio device again and select “Uninstall device.”

6. Restart your PC, and Windows will automatically reinstall the audio driver.

7. If the issue persists, you can try the following additional steps:

a. Open Device Manager again and right-click on the audio device.

b. Select “Properties” and go to the “Driver” tab.

c. Click on “Roll Back Driver” to revert to the previous working version.

d. If the rollback option is greyed out, it means there is no previous driver version available.

These steps should help resolve audio service issues on Windows 10. If you’re still experiencing trouble, consider seeking further assistance from Microsoft support or referring to relevant forums or online tutorials for more specific fixes.

Fixing the Error with a Third-Party Driver Updater

If you’re experiencing an error with a third-party driver updater while trying to fix the “One or More Audio Services Not Running” error on Windows 10, follow these steps to resolve the issue.

1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
2. Type services.msc and hit Enter to open the Services window.
3. Scroll down and locate the Windows Audio service.
4. Right-click on it and select Properties.
5. In the Properties window, ensure that the Startup type is set to Automatic.
6. If the service is not running, click on the Start button to start it.
7. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
8. Restart your computer and check if the error is resolved.

These steps should help fix the error with the third-party driver updater and get your audio services running properly on Windows 10.

Reinstalling Audio Drivers to Resolve the Error

If you’re encountering the “One or More Audio Services Not Running” error on your Windows 10, reinstalling the audio drivers can help resolve the issue.

To reinstall the audio drivers, follow these steps:

1. Press the Windows key + X and select “Device Manager” from the list.
2. Locate and expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” category.
3. Right-click on your audio device and select “Uninstall device”.
4. Check the box that says “Delete the driver software for this device” and click “Uninstall”.
5. Restart your computer.
6. After the restart, Windows will automatically reinstall the audio drivers.

If Windows doesn’t reinstall the drivers automatically, you can manually install them by visiting the manufacturer’s website and downloading the latest drivers for your audio device.

Once the drivers are installed, check if the error is resolved and the audio services are running properly.

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