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Services Utility: Windows Audio Service

Display Name (?): Windows Audio
Short Name (?): AudioSrv
Executable (?): svchost.exe
Library (?): audiosrv.dll
Depends On (?): Plug and Play, Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Supports (?): None.
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.
OS (?): NT4 Server, 2000 Server, Server 2003, Vista Server
Startup (?):

Explanation (?):

The windows audio service is simply a toggle switch for any audio device in your computer. If this service exists then you will need to have the service start in order for applications to detect that there's a valid audio device, even if the device exists in the device profile. To disable this service set it to disabled. Once disabled it will take a restart to terminate this service as you cannot terminate it during a Windows session. In some Windows servers this service will be disabled by default as they don't expect a server to be playing sound effects (for good reason). It is highly recommended you leave this set to automatic unless you will never need sound.

Please visit /tools/services/ for the complete Services utility.