In this article, we will discuss the simple fixes for the problem “Windows couldn’t start the Windows Audio service on the local computer”.
Audio service is one of the crucial components on Windows computers that should run perfectly when you need it. Many users have reported the problem that their Windows computer could not start the Windows audio service on the local computer. This means your PC will not be able to produce any sound.
There could be many reasons behind Windows’ inability to start audio service, the most common of them are-
- Wrong Registry Entry
- Antivirus Program
- Outdated Drivers
Here we are going to discuss solutions to fix the error on your Windows computer.
Ways to Fix Windows Could Not Start The Windows Audio Service on Local Computer
1. Fix through Registry Editor
In this option, you need to take the help of another computer. This method is based on the logic of copying the registry settings of another computer that is running fine. To get the registry settings of the fine-running PC you need to follow these steps-
Step 1: Go to the start button and type “Regedit”
Step 2: Now on the left panel click on the following options one by one-
Step 3: Now click on Audiosrv and click on the “File” option from the top bar, here you will find the option to export.
Step 4: Now you have the correct registry settings. You can transfer this file to your computer via USB or any other method.
Step 5: After transferring the file need to right-click on that file and click merge.
Step 6: The last step is to restart your PC.
Now, you have fixed the error “Windows could not start the Windows audio service on local computer”.
2. Fix through “System File Checker”
Using this feature you can easily repair the corrupted system files. To do this you need to follow these steps:
Step 1: Run the Command Prompt as administrator.
Step 2: Now type sfc/scannow and press the enter key.
Now you will see the verifying message. Keep the command line open until you see the 100% verified message.
After this, you will have to restart your computer. Now your Windows computer should start the audio service on the local computer.
3. Make The Right Settings in Your Antivirus Program
If you are using an antivirus program on your PC. Then it is possible that your antivirus has quarantined the audio service file on your system.
But most antivirus programs have a white-listing option. Using this option you can convince the antivirus program to not consider some particular files as threats so, the program won’t quarantine those files.
To do this you need to open your antivirus program and search audio service-related files and white list them.
After this, you need to restart your computer. This should fix Windows could not start the Windows audio service on the local computer.
4. Stop and Start Audio Service
Step 1: Go to the start button and search “services”.
Step 2: Now search “Windows Audio” and right-click on it.
Step 3: Now click on “Properties“.
Step 4: Click on “Stop”
Now Restart your computer.
Now again follow all the steps as above and this time click on the “Start” button at the final step.
5. System Restore
System restore is a very nice option that will restore your computer settings to the point when your computer was running fine. To do this just search “System Restore” and click on it.
Now keep clicking on “next” and choose the time when your computer was running fine. It will restore all the settings when your computer was running fine.
This should fix the issue- “Windows could not start the audio service on the local computer”.
6. Uninstall and Install the Audio Device
Follow these steps-
Step 1: Search “device manager” from the start button.
Step 2: Now go to “sound, video, game controller”
Step 3: Right-click on an audio device and uninstall this. Repeat this for other audio devices.
Step 4: Now your audio devices are uninstalled.
Step 5: Now restart your PC and the audio devices will be re-installed automatically.
These were the methods to solve Windows not being able to start the audio service. If you have any questions or suggestions in your mind then please mention them in the comment section.
How do I restart Windows Audio?
Answer: Follow method number 4 to restart Windows audio.
How do I fix Windows could not start the Windows Audio service on my local computer?
Answer: Here I have described 6 methods to solve this issue but the “system restore” method is my favorite.
Why is my sound driver not working?
Answer: It is because your sound driver is corrupted or outdated.
Why is there no audio output on my computer?
Answer: Because of wrong settings or missing/corrupted audio drivers.
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