How to Restart Windows Audio Service on Windows 11, 10

You were playing audio or video on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC. You pause it for a moment, then you played it again, and guess what the sound is gone. You wonder what just happened. You try to plug in the headphone or remove them but nothing happens. You even close the audio or video player and start it again but nothing happens.

In this scenario restarting your audio device will solve the issue. In this guide, I will show you how you can restart windows Audio service on your Windows 11 and Windows 10 PC to solve the no audio issue, even though every component of your PC is working fine.

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How to Restart Windows Audio services in Windows 10 and Windows 11

You can restart Windows Audio services in Windows 10 and Windows 11 using two tools:

  1. By using the Services console.
  2. By using Command Prompt.

Note: Before using these features, close any open media player applications like Windows Media Player, VLC, etc.

1. Using Services Console

It’s very easy to Restart Windows Audio Services using the Services console. It also provides users with a graphical interface so it has become much easier to start and stop a service.

Follow the steps given below to restart Windows Audio Service using the Service Console:

1. Search for Services in the search bar of Windows 11 & Windows 10 and click on Run as Administrator. As administrator rights are required to run the service restart.

2. When the Services console opens up look for “Windows Audio” right-click on it and then click on Restart.

You can also right-click on the Windows Audio Service and select stop to stop the service first, and then right-click on it again to select Start so that it can be restarted manually.

After following these steps Restart your PC (although you do not need to restart your PC) and start using your Audio or Video player.

2. Using Command Prompt

This procedure is most effective in restarting the Windows Audio service if it is not working correctly. Although you need to run some commands which some users find difficult to learn.

Worry not we will be providing you with all the commands in the correct sequence. Follow the given below steps to restart windows update services:

1. Search for Command Prompt in the search bar of the Start Menu and click on Run as Administrator. As mentioned above, administrator rights are required to run the service restart command.

Search Command Prompt

2. When the Elevated Command Prompt opens up type the following commands in the given sequence:

net stop audiosrv (to Stop the Audio Service first)
net start audiosrv (to Start the Audio Service again)

After following the above-mentioned steps restart the PC (although it is not required) and start using your Audio or Video player.

Bottom Line

Windows Audio is an essential component that allows the PC to play sound especially when it comes to playing games or watching movies. Unfortunately, sometimes no audio issue may occur from nowhere. In that case, you can restart this Audio service to make it work fine.

In this guide, we tried to address this issue so that Windows Audio runs smoothly. Do tell us in the comment section below if you faced any kind of problem in executing these steps.

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