Audio Services Not Responding Error in Windows 10 often leaves PC users wondering as to what has gone wrong with their computers. You can find below the methods to fix this error.
Audio Services Not Responding Error in Windows 10
Audio Services Not responding error is generated by Windows Audio Troubleshooter which usually runs whenever Windows is unable to interact with Audio Devices on your computer.
This error can be caused by a variety of reasons, ranging from Windows Audio Services becoming unresponsive or being stopped to Audio Device Drivers becoming outdated or getting corrupted.
1. Check Windows Privacy Settings
Audio Services not responding error on your computer might be due to Apps being unable to access the Microphone on your computer.
Click on the Start button > Settings Icon > on the Settings screen, click on the Privacy tab.
On the privacy screen, click on Microphone in the side menu and make sure that Microphone has access to your computer. If not, click on Change and allow the Microphone to access your computer.
2. Start Windows Audio Service and Audio Components
As mentioned above, Windows Audio Service can sometimes become unresponsive or get disabled on a Windows computer.
Right-click on the Start button and click on Run in the menu that appears.
In the Run Command window, type services.msc and click on the OK button
On the Services screen, right-click on Windows Audio and click on Start option, in case you find that the service is not running.
Next, right-click on Windows Audio again and this time click on Properties. On the Windows Audio Properties screen, set the “Startup type” to Automatic.
On the same screen, make sure that Windows Audio Endpoint Builder, RPC EndPoint Mapper, Remote Procedure Call (RPC) and DCOM Service Process Launcher are running and the “Startup Type” for these services is set to Automatic.
Once you are done, Restart the Computer and see if Audio Service Not responding error is now fixed on your machine.
3. Reinstall Audio Drivers
The problem of Windows Audio Services not responding on a Windows 10 computer might be related to device drivers for the sound controller getting outdated or corrupted.
Right-click on the Start button and select Device Manager.
On the Device Manager screen, right-click on the device listed under “Sound, Video and Game controllers” and click on Uninstall device option.
Next, click on Action tab in the top menu bar and choose Scan for hardware changes option in the drop-down menu.
Also, it is better to Restart your computer and allow Windows to automatically install the right device driver.
4. Run Windows Troubleshooter
You can make use of the Troubleshooter available in Windows 10 to fix the problem of Audio Services not responding on your computer.
Click on the Start button > Settings Icon.
On the Settings screen, click on Update & Security.
On the next screen, click on Troubleshoot option in the left pane, click on Playing Audio in the right-pane and then click on Run the Troubleshooter option.
Next, follow the on-screen instructions as Windows Troubleshooter tries to find and fix Audio problems on your computer. In this case, it made sense to allow Windows to Reinstall the Audio Driver and try the Microsoft HD Audio driver (See image below)
On the next screen, click on the option that appears to be true in your case. In our case, there was no sound coming from the Headphones and we clicked on Try again using Microsoft HD Audio Driver.
Finally, Windows found a problem with the Audio Driver and Fixed the issue.