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Windows Audio (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: AudioSrv

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Windows Audio service provides support for sound and related Windows Audio event functions. This service manages Plug and Play events for audio devices such as sound cards and global audio effects (GFX) for Windows audio application program interfaces. Examples of GFXs are equalization (EQ), bass enhancement, and speaker correction. The service handles the loading, unloading, and state save/restore of the GFXs on a per-session basis.

Through the Multimedia item under Components in System Information, the user can do the following:

  • Enable or disable a GFX.

  • Select among several GFX filters if more than one GFX is available that is designed for the audio hardware in question. A GFX driver’s INF file specifies the target hardware for the GFX.

This service cannot be stopped after it has started. If this service is disabled, audio functionality might be unable to provide sound or process GFXs.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Automatic on Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition

Disabled on Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition; and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components:

Plug and Play

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

The following system components depend on this service:


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