How to Fix Audio Services Not Responding Issue on Windows 11

In the digital age, people maximize various computer programs to aid them in accomplishing their daily tasks. Aside from that, we can also use our computers for entertainment, thus the need for the audio services feature.

If you’re using your computer and you want to play songs on Spotify, watch vlogs on Youtube, or binge-watch films on Netflix, you’ll realize the need for the Windows 11 audio services.

But what do we do if, in the middle of our enjoyment, we encounter an “Audio Services Not Responding” error message on Windows 11? It is, for sure, a hassle, but you might want to check out this article to help you with the different troubleshooting techniques.

Check Your Computer’s Volume Level

Though this is an obvious technique, it wouldn’t hurt to still double-check your computer’s volume level. Take note that there are two audio sources for your computer: speaker and headphones.

If you are using your computer’s speakers or headphones, first, check the taskbar and locate the icon of the speaker.

Take note that the speaker icon should look like the one below and not with the “X” mark on it. 

speaker icon not on mute

After that, select the “Speakers” icon to check the volume level.

You’ll know that the audio is working if you can adjust the volume to your desired level just like the image shown below.

audio volume

Go to Sound Settings

Another way to fix the “Audio Services Not Responding” error message is by going to the sound settings of your computer.

To do that, start by locating the sound icon on your taskbar.

After that, right-click the sound icon, and then, select “Open Sound Settings”.

Once the program opens, check if the output device and master volume are running properly and not on mute.

After that, check to see if the “Audio Services Not Responding” error message will disappear.

Check for Any Loose Cables

This is another easy yet vital solution to execute.

If you are using a speaker or headphones, it’s recommended to double-check the cables to ensure that it’s properly connected to the port. There is a big possibility that your computer’s audio services aren’t working because of this.

It’s also recommended to plug and unplug the cables, and then, after that, check if the audio services of your computer are now functioning.

Related: How to Fix Connections to Wireless Displays on Windows 11

Use Service Manager

Service Manager is a Windows application that lets users access and modify the essential services of the computer’s system.

You can access the Service Manager to be able to fix the “Audio Services Not Responding” error message on Windows 11.

To start, press the “Windows key + R” to open the Run window.

Once the window prompts, type in “services.msc”.

Click “OK”.

run service manager window to fix audio services not responding issue

Now, scroll down to locate the Windows Audio program in the list.

Right-click “Windows Audio”.

Choose “Properties”.

windows audio properties

After that, look for the Startup Type and Service Status.

Ensure that what’s indicated is “Automatic” and “Running”, respectively.

Lastly, refresh the Windows Audio program by right-clicking and selecting “Refresh”.

refresh windows audio

After refreshing the program, check if the audio services not responding issue has been resolved.

Run Audio Troubleshooter

The Audio Troubleshooter program can be accessed, whether you’re a Windows 10 or 11 user.

To fix the audio services not responding, start by typing “find and fix problems with playing sound” on the search button of your taskbar.

The Playing Audio window will pop up.

Just click “Next” to proceed with the troubleshooting.

Wait for the program to prompt as it detects the audio services issues.

Once done, the Playing Audio window will reappear.

The list of audio devices will be displayed.

Make sure to tick the circle corresponding to the audio device you want to troubleshoot.

list of devices to troubleshoot the audio services not responding issue

Take note that the troubleshooting process may take up to a few minutes, depending on the issue at hand.

Related: How to Fix Bluetooth Audio Delay in Windows 11

Use Command Prompt

Command Prompt is a Windows program used to execute and perform various administrative functions.

How can Command Prompt help in fixing the “Audio Services Not Responding” error message?

Start by searching “command prompt” on your taskbar.

On the right side, select “Run as Administrator”.

run command prompt for audio services not responding issue

Once the Command Prompt window opens, type in these commands indicated below:

  • net localgroup Administrators /add networkservice
  • net localgroup Administrators /add localservice

After typing these commands, close Command Prompt, and then, restart your computer.

Related: The Command Prompt: What It Is and How to Use It on a Dell System

Check Microphone Access

Another way to fix the audio services not responding issue is through the microphone settings of your computer. 

To check the microphone access, start by typing “microphone privacy settings” on the search button of your taskbar.

After that, ensure that the settings for the “Microphone access for this device” is enabled.

Also, ensure that the toggle is on for the “Allow apps to access your microphone” setting.

microphone access to fix audio services not responding issue

Restart Your Computer

Just like any other bugs that a computer encounters, the audio services not responding issue can also be fixed by restarting your computer.

To restart your computer, just click the “Start” button.

Locate the power button, and then, select “Restart”.

restart to fix audio services not responding issue

Take note that restarting your computer will take a few minutes.


Aside from reading from our computer screens and typing using our keyboards, we’ll realize that the audio services of our computers really do play a vital role, whether for accomplishing tasks or just indulging ourselves with entertainment. Hopefully, with these various fixes, you could resolve the issue. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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