Sometimes, this will happen that the sound services of the system stop working and a warning message appears on your screen of the system which indicates that the service which is responsible for the sound is not working properly and it is not able to start automatically.

Many times, Windows users face the same problems and have experience continuously affected by this error of the sound. There is a Sound icon which is available at the right bottom of the screen in the taskbar.


When someone clicked on that to change the volume number, it gets Red X on its bottom right side. And this will happen when someone points the mouse over it (that pointer is kept over the icon which is depicted as a speaker) available at the taskbar. And a message will appear on the screen that states that ” The Audio Service is not running”.

This issue is most visible in the users of Windows 7, which is considered as one of the most successful iterations of the WOS i.e. Windows Operating System.

The main reason behind this issue, problem, or error in most of the cases is the Windows Audio Service or because of their dependencies.

Dependencies are usually those services that are required for the processing of the system and Windows Audio Service has three dependencies. Either these stop working or maybe they are not able to start automatically because of some failing issues when you boot your system initially.

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How To Solve The Audio  Service  Is Not Running  Windows 10?

So, few methods will help users to get rid of these volume issues and can fix them well. Try every method until you get the best one for your computer.

Method 1: Simply increase or decrease your computer’s

Many issues are occurring so many times and it affects the users which can resolve by a simple fix that is by adjusting the volume of the computer. This problem occurs many times earlier also and many, many users are already affected by the same.

They are successful in resolving this issue just by increasing and decreasing the volume of the computer. To fix this issue by this method, so you need to follow a few steps that are:

Step 1: Open your system, there is an icon of sound on the right bottom of the screen on the taskbar (the one has a red X on it due to the error in the system).

Step 2: Click on that icon and a volume slider will appear on your screen that you can adjust as per your need.

Step 3: With the help of the volume slider, increase, and decrease the volume constantly.

Step 4: If you do this, then you get rid of the red X that appears on your screen continuously on the sound icon.

You are not able to see the message stated that “The Audio Service is not running” when you move your mouse pointer over the sound icon on the taskbar.

Method 2: Restart the Windows Audio service and all of its dependencies

The next solution that we are mentioning is very useful for users. In this, you need to restart the Windows Audio Services and all its dependencies.

You have to clear that there are three dependencies and when you boot up your computer, all of them should be set at automatically start. To implement these methods, you need to follow few steps that are:

Step 1: The first step is to click on the Windows Key and Click on the R button on the keyword.

Step 2: Run the app will appear on your screen. Open the app and you have to type “services.msc” in the dialogue box appears on the screen.

Step 3: Next step is to double click on the following services and then click on the Startup type and set it to the Automatic under the General.

Step 4: Next step is to Right-click on the following services.

Step 5: Click on the restart option and 3 statement will appear

When all three services restarted, the Red X appears on your screen on the sound icon in the taskbar will disappear and you will not be able to see the message stated that “The Audio Service is not running” when you take your mouse pointer over it.

Method 3: Changing Log-On Settings

Sometimes, this will happen that your system allows only one particular account to be logged on in your system but, there is an issue that maybe it doesn’t configure to logging with your particular account.

So, in these types of issues, your need to change the log-on settings, and the steps for the same are mentioned below:

Step 1: Open your system and use hotkeys for easiness i.e. “Windows + R” (you need to press the windows button and R alphabet from your keyboard at the same time)

Step 2: Run Prompt will open on your screen. You need to type “Services.msc”.

Step 3: Click on the “Enter” button when you are done with your typing.

Step 4: Scroll down and there is an option of “Windows Audio Service”. Right-click on that.

Step 5: A “Log on” tab will appear on your screen. Click on that.

Step 6: Next step is that there is two option on your screen: “Local System Account” and “This Account”. You have to click on the “Local System Account” option and not on the other one.

Step 7: Check whether this error is still there or not.

Step 8: In case, if this issue doesn’t resolve, then you need to check the “This account” option.

Step 9: The next step you need to follow is to type in the “Local Service” option that will appear to you in the text box.

Step 10: Afterwards, type a new password in the area given for the password and confirm that new password in the next column.

Step 11: Final step is to select the “Apply” option and then click “OK”. Finally, you need to check that the issue will be resolved from your system or not.

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So, these are some of the ways that one can use to resolve the issues of their system that are related to the sound problem or in case if Red X will appear on the sound icon in the taskbar available at the bottom of the desktop screen. Go for these solutions and try until you get the best one.