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Windows Audio - Windows 8 Service

Manages audio for Windows-based programs. If this service is stopped, audio devices and effects will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7, Vista and XP.

Startup Type

Windows 8 edition Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1
Core Automatic Automatic Automatic
Pro Automatic Automatic Automatic
Enterprise Automatic Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

Display name:Windows Audio
Service name:Audiosrv
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
File:%WinDir%\System32\Audiosrv.dll
Error control:normal
Group:AudioGroup
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeIncreaseWorkingSetPrivilege

Default Behavior

The Windows Audio service runs as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services might run in the same process. If Windows Audio fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 8 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the Audiosrv service has failed to start.

Dependencies

Windows Audio won't start, if the following services are stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Type for Windows Audio

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 8 release and edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreWindowsAudioWindows8.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

Note. Make sure that the Audiosrv.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 8 installation media.