QWAVE driver (QWAVEdrv) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Quality Windows Audio/Video Experience component driver.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:QWAVE driver
Service name:QWAVEdrv
Service type:kernel
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\QWAVEdrv

Default Behavior

QWAVE driver is a kernel device driver. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. If QWAVE driver fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the QWAVEdrv service has failed to start due to the error.


While QWAVE driver is stopped, the Quality Windows Audio Video Experience service cannot be launched.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of QWAVE driver

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

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

sc config QWAVEdrv start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The QWAVEdrv service is using the qwavedrv.sys file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32\drivers directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.