How To Fix Windows Audio Service – Error 1068

Windows 7

Windows Audio Error

This problem is my own on my Acer Desktop with Windows 7 64-bit. I wrote once before that when I start up my computer there is always a red mark on my speaker icon. I have to click on it to open the volume bar, then click on the blue volume symbol to mute the sound, and then click on it again.

Yesterday, it didn’t work. Instead, a Windows troubleshooter popped up and when finished, it displayed an error message:


Search Is Your Friend

A bit of searching online and I found that I had to make sure four services were running:

  • Multimedia Class Scheduler
  • Plug and Play
  • Windows Audio
  • Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

How To Fix It

To Open the Services Applet:

Click Start, then type Services.msc in the Search box.

Once in the Services Applet:

Scroll down the list of services, find each of the services listed above, and Double-Click on it.

Set it’s Startup Type to Automatic, if not already. If it is not running, click on the Start Button, or use the Start Link in the left column.

Note: If it has not started and is not set to Automatic, set it to Automatic, then click on the Apply button and you should then be able to click on the Start button that otherwise might be greyed out.


That should clear it up.

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Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.


  1. I too had a sound problem when using Windows 10, after an update. Tried to uninstall several of the updated files, but with no success. With no solution, and the hardware being several years old, opted to replace the motherboard, processor and ram. Also degraded to Windows 8.1 and problem vanished, Mindblower!

  2. I have this problem with windows 10 also after and update but have Restore turned off lol. So I just plug external speakers in now.

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