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Windows Audio

 

General Information

None at this time.

Windows 8

Default Description

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.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): Audiosrv
Display Name: Windows Audio

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

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.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Professional Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): AudioSrv
Display Name: Windows Audio

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

What service Windows Audio needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Audio to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

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

Additional Information

The following list of services use about 14MB while hiding under the same svchost.exe process:

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): AudioSrv
Display Name: Windows Audio

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

What service Windows Audio needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Audio to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Manages audio devices 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.

Additional Information

This service is required if you wish to hear any audio at all. If your computer does not have a sound card, disable this service.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): AudioSrv
Display Name: Windows Audio

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Audio needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Audio to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Manages audio devices 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.

Additional Information

This service is required if you wish to hear any audio at all. If your computer does not have a sound card, disable this service.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Pro Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): AudioSrv
Display Name: Windows Audio

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Audio needs to function properly:

What other service require Windows Audio to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.