Fix “Windows 11 Could Not Start the Windows Audio Service on Local Computer”

When turning on the PC and booting to the Windows 11/10 desktop, the user may encounter the error “Windows Could Not Start the Windows Audio Service on Local Computer”, which leads to the loss of sound throughout the operating system. In addition, the error can appear with different codes like 0x80070005, 1067, 1740 or 1079 when the user manually tries to start the Audio service. The error when the Windows Audio service could not begin can appear due to corrupted system files, incorrect startup type, or account access rights.

 Windows Audio Service fix

How to Fix the error when Windows 11 cannot start the Audio service?

1. Run Sound Troubleshooter

Right-click the sound (speaker) icon in the taskbar and select ” Troubleshoot “. The Audio Diagnostic Wizard starts and tries to fix problems with the Audio service.

2. Checking the integrity of the system

Let’s run the built-in SFC and DISM tools, which will check and fix corrupted system files, if any. To do this, run a command prompt as administrator and enter the following commands in order, pressing Enter after each:

sfc /scannow
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

3. Full Audiosrv Access

If the Audiosrv process does not have full rights to perform its tasks, then the Windows Audio service will not start according to the rules of various programs that may use this service.

Press Win + R and type Regedit to open the Registry Editor. In the registry, go to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ Audiosrv
  • Right-click on Audiosrv and select ” Permissions … “
  • Select in turn “SYSTEM”, “Users”, and “Administrators”, and make sure that complete access is allowed.

4. Login with a system account

Press Win + R and enter services.msc to open services. Find the Windows Audio service, double-click on it, and then go to the Log on tab. Set the login to the system ” With a system account,” check the box ” Allow interaction with the desktop “, and click OK.

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