Windows Audio Endpoint Builder (AudioEndpointBuilder) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Manages audio devices for the Windows Audio service. If this service is stopped, audio devices and effects will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
Service name:AudioEndpointBuilder
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted -p
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AudioEndpointBuilder
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Default Behavior

Windows Audio Endpoint Builder is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting automatically when the operating system starts. Then the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Windows Audio Endpoint Builder fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the AudioEndpointBuilder service has failed to start due to the error.


While Windows Audio Endpoint Builder is stopped, the Windows Audio service cannot be launched.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config AudioEndpointBuilder start= auto
sc start AudioEndpointBuilder

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The AudioEndpointBuilder service is using the AudioEndpointBuilder.dll file that is located in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.