Audio service is not running

After an automatic update got an error message upon next start-up saying "Failed to connect to a window service". "Audio service is not running". Sometime boots up normally, but usually get this error message and Speaker Icon in tray has red X. Don't know who sent automatic update, but probably MS or could be Norton. What can I do to correct problem?

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Tried Making the Audio Service Start Autmatically?

Click Start, then type "services.msc" in the search line, press "Enter". When the Services window loads, scroll down to the "Windows Audio" service listing and double click on it. When that loads, click on the "Start" button in the "Service Status" section and wait for the service to start. Once that's done, (or if the service happens to be running at this time), in the "Startup Type" line, use the drop-down arrow to choose "Automatic". Click on Apply, then OK.

Hope this helps.


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reinstalling your audio drivers by using Device Manager

You can reinstalling your audio drivers by using Device Manager.

Go to My Computer and right-click the icon.
Select Manage and in the new window choose Device Manager
There go to Sound, video and game controllers and expand it.
Right-click Realtek High Definition Audio Driver and go to Properties.
In the window go to Driver tab and click Roll Back Driver

This will start reinstalling the proper drivers, and the method only works when you already have updated drivers but due to any reason they didn’t get a proper installation.

Once you have the updated drivers file, go to the same Properties of Realtek HD Audio Driver and click the last option Uninstall. It will take a few seconds and then you can install the drivers you just downloaded.

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Problem is still there.

I had same problem in my pc after reading your answer I follow all steps but nothing happen. Problem is still there.

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The thing about MS and this error.

Microsoft does not pretend to get drivers right yet. This area is still as it was in the 90's or Windows 1.0. So to fix a driver issue the usual method I use is to head to the maker's site to fetch the drivers then install them. A reboot or two would be needed to see if that's it.

As W7 is pretty old you also encounter failing boards. This is why I carry spare USB WiFi and Audio sticks.

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