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Enable Windows Audio on a Windows Server Instance

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 12, 2022
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Introduction

Vultr's Windows Servers do not enable the Windows Audio service. If you need to enable it, follow these steps.

PowerShell Procedure

Follow these steps to enable the audio service from PowerShell.

  1. Connect to your server with Remote Desktop (RDP).
  2. Open PowerShell as a Administrator.

    PS> Start-Process -FilePath "powershell" -Verb RunAs
    
  3. Configure the Audiosrv service to start automatically.

    PS> sc config Audiosrv start=auto
    
  4. Start the service.

    PS> net start Audiosrv 
    

GUI Procedure

Follow these steps to enable the audio service from the graphical user interface.

  1. Connect to your server with Remote Desktop (RDP).
  2. Press WIN R keys to open the Run window.
  3. Type services.msc and the Run window and type ENTER.
  4. Double-click the Windows Audio service to open the properties dialog.
  5. Change the Startup type to Automatic.
  6. Click Start to start the service now.

Conclusion

After changing this setting, Windows Audio will start each time the server reboots.

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