Sometimes, when I start my machine, the volume control is set to 100, but it plays relatively quiet. I can fix it by rebooting my machine. Is there a way to restart audio devices, without rebooting the computer?
2have you tried to go into the device manager, find audio file, click right mouse button on it and choose disable. After that once again and choose enable. Hope it works ;)– mnmncDec 20, 2012 at 11:15
Nice idea, device manager lists two "High Definition Audio Device"s under "Sound, video and game controllers". I am able to disable one of them but when I try to disable the second I get a prompt asking to reboot my machine.– xylarDec 20, 2012 at 11:35
Try updating your audio drivers too.– Bigbio2002Jan 3, 2013 at 20:18
I also had to stop AudioEndpointBuilder and restart it
net stop audiosrv net stop AudioEndpointBuilder net start audiosrv net start AudioEndpointBuilder
If you look at Windows' Task Manager's "services" tab, that might help you identify what services you have tied to audio.
35On my system,
net start audiosrvalso started
AudioEndpointBuilderso no need for the final line.– xylarFeb 18, 2013 at 11:11
This doesn't work for my case using Windows 7 32-bit on a HP Mini netbook. Sleeping and waking the computer usually fixes it but in some situations (such as partially buffered YouTube videos) this can have other annoying side effects besides fixing the sound. Feb 16, 2014 at 10:35
10Similar to @xylar comment: Windows Audio service is dependent on Windows Audio Endpoint Builder. Typically when you want to manually start/stop services that involve dependencies they should be nested in the form:
start A, where
B. Another option is to use
services.mscand Restart the lowest level service, which in this case is
Windows Audio Endpoint Builder. That automatically executes all the above in proper order.– mervJun 21, 2014 at 18:21
3SO glad I decided to Google this! -- put the above in a batch script, and BAM, my audio is working again! -- No more need to restart every time my audio craps out on me. -- Freaking awesome. :D Sep 30, 2014 at 17:22
7In Windows 10 it may help if you start cmd in Administrator mode. Mar 20, 2016 at 12:58
Open up a command prompt as administrator and run:
net stop audiosrv net start audiosrv
This restarts the Windows service responsible for handling audio.
Thanks god, stupid drivers crashing audio jack on log out.– WarpzitOct 3, 2014 at 9:03
For Windows 7, I used this and hope it will work for all Windows flavors:
- Right click on My Computer
- Chose Manage
- Select Device Manager in the left panel
- Expand Sound, video and game controllers
- Find your audio driver and right click on it.
- Chose Disable
- Right click on the audio driver again
- Chose Enable
It should start working now.
3Not for Windows 7 either, at least not if you care about the "without restarting" part of the question.– arothMar 6, 2016 at 12:32
1@kokbira You can access it using Windows Settings -> Hardware– tmightySep 7, 2018 at 20:18
This worked on Windows 10. I clicked on
View Devices by Connectionand then disabled/reenabled the root item
Intel...Audio Controllerinstead of the child
Speakers (Realtek(R) Audio). BOOM I got windows audio working again without restart. Mar 8, 2020 at 14:35
Check your device manager and go to audio in and outputs. Now check the box show hidden devices (in view) and delete all the devices other than the ones that you have when you didn't show the hidden devices. Reboot.
There must have been some leftover drivers that interfered.
Thanks for the answer, it helped me too. Something stuck in my sound card buffer and kept looping. I was not able to disable my card in Device Manager, (it wanted to restart Windows 7). But stopping the service helped, (though only that did not solve my problem alone).
So this is what I did:
net stop audiosrv net stop AudioEndpointBuilder
Then I was bale to disable the audio device in Device Manager. Then I re-enabled it, and
net start audiosrv
This reset my card and solved my issue.
This problem is intensely annoying. I have found a solution that works for me. It isn't permanent as you have to do it each time the speakers stop, but it is better than restarting all the time.
Go to Device Manager Right click on Sound video and game controllers and click "scan for hardware changes"
That works for me.
I came looking for a way to restart my Creative X-Fi Titanium driver w/out restarting. Sometimes when I change the Mode, I'll get a buzz out of the right channel that may force me to restart Win7 several times to get rid of.
This fix didn't work for me but as I was unable to Disable the X-Fi in the Device Mgr., which stated it would require a restart when I tried. I'd tried to kill all related software, but maybe there was something I missed, being the massive driver that it is.