In case if you are facing audio service problem stating ‘Audio Service cannot start Error 0x80070005 Access is denied‘ error message when you are trying to play some audio on your computer, there is no need to worry. Simply, follow the fixes of this article and the problem will be solved very quickly. But before going ahead for the main solutions, try these simpler workarounds-
1. If this is the first time you are having this kind of problem, a fresh restart may do the trick for you.
2. Unplug your audio device and then plug it to your computer again. Check if you are still facing the problem.
If any of these workarounds didn’t work out for you, check out these solutions-
Fix-1 Change Log On settings-
Changing the Log On settings of the problematic service will solve this problem on your computer.
1. Press Windows key + R to launch Run window, type “services.msc” and then hit Enter. Services window will be opened.
2. In Services window, scroll down and double click on “Windows Audio“. Windows Audio Properties will be opened.
3. In Windows Audio Properties window, go to “Log on” tab and then click on “Local System account” to select it.
4. Now, check the option “Allow service to interact with desktop“.
5. Finally, click on “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes on your computer.
Finally close Services window on your computer.
Try to check if you can use the audio device on your computer or not.
Fix-2 Modify Permission from Registry Editor-
This problem may happen if your account doesn’t have full control over the audio service. To change the permission follow these steps-
1. Press Windows key+R to launch Run window. Type “regedit” in Run window and then hit Enter to launch Registry Editor on your computer. Simply click on “Yes” if you are prompted for permission by User Account Control.
2. In Registry Editor window, click on “File” and then click on “Export” to create a backup of registry on your computer.
3. In Export Registry File window, choose a favorable location to store the backup on your computer. Then, name the backup as “Original Registry“.
4. Set the ‘Export Range‘ to “All” and then click on “Save” to save the registry backup on your computer.
If anything goes wrong, you can simply recover your registry.
5. In Registry Editor window, on the left pane, navigate to this location-
6. Now, right click on the “Audiosrv” key and then click on “Permissions…“.
7. In Permissions for Audiosrv window, click on “Add…” .
8. Click on the “Advanced“.
9. In Select Users Or Groups window, click on “Find Now” and then select “SYSTEM” from the ‘Search Results:‘ tab.
Finally, click on “OK“.
10. Next, check if “SYSTEM” appears in the ‘Enter the object names to select (examples);‘ section. Click on “OK” to save the changes.
11. Coming back to Permissions for Audiosrv window, click on “System” in the ‘Group or user names:‘, check the box under “Allow” beside “Full Control” to allow full control of the key on your computer.
12. In Permissions for Audiosrv window, again click on “Add…” .
13. Click on the “Advanced“.
14. Now, in Select Users or Groups window, click on “Find Now” and select your username from the ‘Search results‘ box. Now, click on “OK“.
[Example– The username for this device is “Sambit“. So, we have selected it.]
15. Now, you will be able to see your selected username in the ‘Enter the object name to select‘ box. Click on “OK“.
16. In Permissions for Audiosrv window, click on the username you have just added ( For us, it will be “Sambit_Main(MYPC\Sambit)” ) in the ‘Group or user names:‘,
17. Check the box under “Allow” beside “Full Control” to allow full control of the key on your computer.
18. Finally, click on “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes on your computer.
Close Registry Editor window.
You may need to reboot your computer to witness the changes.
Once rebooted, audio services should be working perfect again on your computer. Your problem should be solved.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.