Windows could not start the Windows Audio service on Local Computer

As far as Windows Services are concerned, some of them are set on Automatic, while some are Manual type. Some may even be set at Delayed. Windows Audio Service is set on Automatic. This means that, whenever you start your computer, Windows will start this service by itself. But what if Windows is not able to start this service automatically? The result is, no sound at all from your system. Now suppose, you open Services window by running services.msc command, and try to start this service. What if you receive the following error?

Windows could not start the Windows Audio service on Local Computer. Error 0x8000706: The endpoint is a duplicate.

Windows could not start the Windows Audio service

Generally, such type of errors can be solved easily be executing SFC /SCANNOW command with an administrative Command Prompt. The reason behind this kind of errors is many times due to the usage of third-party antivirus on the system. Usually, the antivirus program marks the file as a virus and put them into the quarantined items list, and thus the associated services with these files get affected. Well, here is how you can rid of this issue, suggests a post at Answers.

Further steps will involve registry manipulation and making mistakes while editing registry may cause serious instabilities to the system. We recommend here to create a System Restore point first, before proceeding.

Windows could not start the Windows Audio service on Local Computer

1. If the Audio Service is not running, go to another computer that is running the same edition as on issued system. Also, both the system should have the same architecture like 32-bit on both the machine. On another computer, press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate here:



3. Now you’d be able to see this dialog. Save the registry entry at a USB drive so that you can easily move it to the affected computer.


4. Moving on, now plug the same USB drive to the affected computer, and copy the registry to file to Desktop. Right-click over the file and select Merge. Click OK/Yes if any confirmation dialog appears.


Finally, reboot the machine and re-try to start the Windows Audio Service, you should now be able to do so without any problem.

Add Windows Audio service or Audiosrv to antivirus Safe list

To solve this issue, another way to fix it goes via the antivirus program you’re using. Go to quarantined items list, and look if you can find Windows Audio Service related file and add it to the safe list. In this way, the original file is restored to the machine, which should fix your problem on the go.

Hope this helps! If it does not, have a look at these posts too:

  1. No Sound on Windows computer
  2. Troubleshoot, repair sound & audio problems
  3. No Sound in Windows Store apps.
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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.