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Enable Sound on Windows Server 2012

December 11, 2015 | Article | No Comments

By default, Windows Server 2012 disables audio. This of course has a reason. Most servers won’t need it. However, you can always enable manually or make it enable by default.

In this article we will discuss about how to enable sound on Windows Server 2012.

The Idea

Sound is a service. Like any other service, it can be manually started or we can set it enabled automatically on every boot time.

How to Enable

Go to Services window. There are two ways to do that. First: Open the “Start” screen, click “Administrative Tools” and open the “Services” shortcut. Second: press CTRL+R (opening Run dialog) and type “services.msc“.

You will see a window for Services.


Search for “Windows Audio” service and double click it (or press enter button on it). We will be presented by another window.

If we want it to enable for only this time, click on “Start” button. If you want it to run automatically, set its “Startup type” to “Automatic“. Repeate this process for “Windows Audio Endpoint Builder” service. If you want to use audio immediately, also click the Start button in the Properties window of both services in addition to changing the Startup type.


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