How to Fix Windows Could Not Start the Windows Audio Service on Local Computer - Windows Basics


Monday, February 14, 2022

How to Fix Windows Could Not Start the Windows Audio Service on Local Computer

Want to know how to fix the error "Windows could not start the Windows Audio service on the Local Computer"?

Most of us like to have a little sound in the background while working to stimulate the senses and spark creativity. And this isn't just when we do less intensive work - Dr. Strange can do the entire surgery while listening to music.

Imagine you're 'in the mood' when the Windows Audio service fails to start, leaving you unable to listen to anything on your computer. It would be very disappointing and frustrating, wouldn't it?

Recently, some users have reported that when starting up, they find a red cross on the volume mixer located on the taskbar. When they try to start the Audio service via Windows Services, their screen shows an error code. This usually happens when the Audio service doesn't have enough permissions to run on your device.

If you are facing a similar problem, you are at the right place because, in this guide, we will walk you through the relevant troubleshooting steps in detail.

A. Change the Windows Audio Service Logon Settings.

You may encounter this problem because the related service is not configured to use the local system account. If you have multiple user accounts, chances are Windows Audio Service is using a different account to operate.

The solution is very simple. You just need to configure the service to log in as a local system account to solve the problem.

1. Press the Windows Keys+ R on your keyboard simultaneously to launch the Run dialog box. type services.msc and press Enter.

2. In the Services window, find the Windows Audio service and right-click it.

3. Select Properties from the list of available options and in the Properties window navigate to the Log on tab.

4. Now click on the Local System account to enable it.

5. Finally, click Apply and then OK.

6. Close the Properties window and in the Services window click the Start button to start the service as shown below.

If the problem is caused by the service's configuration, following the steps mentioned above should resolve the issue. However, if the service is already configured to log in with a local system account, then move on to the next troubleshooting method below.

B. Modify the Windows Registry.

It's also possible that the user account you're using doesn't have the proper audio permissions from the Windows Registry.

The Windows Registry is a low-level information database about Windows programs and processes. Your operating system refers to this information when performing the relevant operations.

Registry Editor is also used by administrators to customize the operations of their operating systems. The information here is stored as Registry keys, and by modifying the relevant keys, you can control your operating system however you like.

In this method, we will give the user account full permissions to the audio, which will hopefully solve the problem at hand. However, before we continue, we would like to note that you must perform the steps below carefully, as even a small mistake can cause serious problems in Registry Editor.

1. Press the Windows Keys + R on your keyboard simultaneously to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit and press Enter to launch the Windows Registry on your PC.

2. Navigate to


3. Right click on the MMDevices folder and select Permissions.

4. Now click the Add button and then the Advanced button.

5. Next, click the Find Now button.

6. Select Everyone from the list of available options.

7. Click OK and in the Permissions window, select Everyone

8. Checkmark the box against Full Control and hit Apply.

9. Finally, click OK and close the Windows Registry.


Hopefully, this will resolve the error shortly.

This section summarizes our guide on how to fix the "Windows could not start the Windows Audio service on the Local Computer" error. We hope that one of the methods mentioned in this guide helped you. If you have any questions regarding the methods listed above, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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