Windows Could Not Start Windows Audio Service on Local Computer [Fix]

Try giving full permission to Windows Audio service

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Not getting sound out of your PC is one of the annoying issues that you would come across. Users have reported seeing a red cross mark on the Volume icon on the Taskbar, and an error message that reads Windows could not start the Windows Audio service on Local Computer Error 0x80070005. Access is denied.

Moreover, turning on the Windows Audio service also hasn’t helped users in fixing this problem. So, how can you fix this error? Well, that’s exactly what we are going to show you in this guide.

Why am I getting Windows could not start the Windows Audio service on Local Computer error?

Here are a few common reasons that could trigger the Windows Audio service on Local Computer Error 0x80070005. Access is denied problem:

What to do if Windows could not start the Windows Audio service on the local computer?

Before going with the advanced solutions, you can check and apply the preliminary fixes mentioned below.

  • Perform a simple restart and check if this fixes the sound issue on your PC.  Here’s what to do if the computer remains stuck on restarting.
  • Make sure that the audio driver is installed on your PC for your device. If it is missing then it could result in this error.
  • Check the volume levels and see if your speakers aren’t set to mute.

Now that you have tried the above fixes and are still not able to resolve the problem, then you can jump to the below-advanced troubleshooting solutions.

1. Run the sound troubleshooter

  1. Press the Win + I buttons to open Settings.
  2. Click on Troubleshoot.
  3. Select Other troubleshooters.
  4. Hit the Run button next to Playing Audio.
  5. Let the system detect any issues with your sound hardware.
  6. Follow the system prompts if it detects any issue and check if this fixes the problem or not.

2. Tweak Windows Audio service log-on settings

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type services and open it.
  3. Locate Windows Audio.
  4. Double-click on the Windows Audio service.
  5. Switch to the Log on tab.
  6. Select the Local System account option and check the box for Allow service to interact with desktop option.
  7. Hit Apply and OK.
  8. Restart your PC and check if this resolves the issue or not.

When you perform the above steps, this ensures the system whose user account is to be used by the Windows Audio service when the system boots up.

3. Give complete permissions

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Right-click on the problematic drive and select Properties.
  3. Switch to the Security tab.
  4. Click on Advanced.
  5. Click on Change in front of owner.
  6. Hit Advanced.
  7. Select Find now.
  8. Choose Everyone and click on OK.
  9. Under Permissions for Administrators check the Allow box for Full Control.
  10. Hit Apple, and OK.
  11. Restart your PC.
  12. Open the Start menu.
  13. Type services and open it.
  14. Locate Windows Audio.
  15. Double-click on the Windows Audio service.
  16. Start the service and check if this resolves the problem or not.

4. Run SFC and DISM scans

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search for Command Prompt and run it as an administrator.
  3. Type the below command and press Enter. sfc /scannowrun sfc scannow
  4. After the scanning completes, enter the below command and press Enter after each one. Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealthdism

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The issue can also pop up because of corrupt or missing system files. In such a case, you can make use of the built-in SFC Scan or DISM tool to resolve the issue.

You can also opt for a third-party recommended tool called Restoro. Restoro is a repair tool that helps you resolve BSOD errors, and fix damaged DLLs, system files, remove spyware or malware, improve PC stability, and much more.

5. Update the Audio driver

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Open Device Manager.
  3. Expand the Audio input and output option.
  4. Right-click on your audio device and select Update driver.
  5. Select Search automatically for drivers option.
  6. Restart your PC and check if this fixes the issue or not.

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That is it from us in this guide. We have a guide that will help you resolve the audio issues with the Realtek sound driver.

Let us know in the comments below which one of the above solutions helped you resolve the audio issue on your Windows PC.

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