How To Fix Audio Services Not Responding in Windows 10 Issue

When you can’t hear anything at all from your computer speakers then it’s possible that you might be experiencing the audio services not responding in Windows 10 issue. This problem usually occurs when the sound device is unresponsive. This is quite a common issue with several known troubleshooting steps that are effective in fixing the problem.

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How To Fix Audio Services Not Responding in Windows 10 Issue

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

Try restarting the audio services

The first thing that you should do in this case is to restart the audio service. This procedure will refresh the audio service and usually fix the problem.

  • Press Windows + R, type “services.msc”, and press Enter.
  • In Services, find “Windows Audio”. Right-click on it and select “Restart”.
  • Now right-click the entry again and select “Properties”. Set the startup type as “Automatic”. Press Apply to save changes and exit.
  • Go back to Services and look for “Windows Audio Endpoint Builder”. Right-click it and select “Restart”. If it isn’t started yet, click on “Start”.
  • After starting the process, open its properties and select the startup type as “Automatic”. Press Apply to save changes and exit.
  • Restart your computer.

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Check the audio components

You should make sure that all of the audio components of Windows 10 are running since if one component is not running it could cause this problem.

  • Press Windows + R, type “services.msc” and press Enter.
  • Make sure that the following services are in the running state. If they are not, right-click on them and click “Start”:  RPC Endpoint Mapper, Remote Procedure Call (RPC), DCOM Server Process Launcher.
  • You should also make sure that all these services are set to start as “Automatic”.
  • Restart the computer.

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Install the default sound drivers

There are instances when the problem can be caused by corrupted sound drivers. If this is  the case then you will need to reinstall this.

  • Press Windows + S to launch the search menu of your start bar. Type “system” in the dialogue box and select the first item which returns in the result.
  • In the system, click on “Advanced system settings” present at the left side of the screen.
  • Go to the Hardware tab and click on “Device installation Settings”.
  • Select the option of “No (your device might not work as expected)”. Press Save changes and exit. This will disable the Windows update from updating your audio drivers automatically.
  • Press Windows + X to launch the quick start menu and select “Device Manager” from the list of options available.
  • In the Device Manager, expand “Sound, video and game controllers” category. Right-click on your sound device and select “Uninstall device”.
  • Check the uninstall driver checkbox to uninstall the driver as well and proceed with the uninstallation.
  • Once the device is uninstalled, right click on any empty space on the Device Manager and select “Scan for hardware changes”. Your computer will now detect the audio hardware on your computer and automatically install the default drivers present on your computer.
  • Restart your computer.

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Install the High Definition Audio Device Driver

Several users who have experienced this issue have fixed it by simply installing the high definition audio device driver on their system.

  • Press Windows + X to launch the quick start menu and select “Device Manager” from the list of options available.
  • Once in the Device Manager, expand “Sound, video and game controllers” category.
  • Right-click on your sound device and select “Update Driver”. Now an option will come forth whether to install the drivers automatically or manually. Select “Browse my computer for driver software”.
  • Select “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer”.
  • Uncheck the option “show compatible hardware” to ensure that all the results are listed in your drivers list. Navigate through all the drivers until you find “High Definition Audio Device”. Select it and press Next.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. 
  • Restart your computer

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Perform System Restore rollback

If the above steps fails to fix the problem then you should rollback Windows 10 to a previous system restore setting where the issue did not occur.

  • Press Windows + S to launch the start menu’s search bar. Type “restore” in the dialogue box and select the first program which comes in the result.
  • Press System Restore present at the beginning of the window under the tab of System Protection.
  • A wizard will open navigating you through all the steps to restore your system. Press Next and proceed with all the further instructions.
  • Select the restore point from the list of options available.
  • Windows will confirm your actions for the last time before it starts the system restore process. Make sure to save all your work before proceeding.

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