Windows Audio Endpoint Builder (AudioEndpointBuilder) Service Defaults in Windows 8

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
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 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. Then the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder service runs as LocalSystem in a process of svchost.exe, sharing it with other services. If Windows Audio Endpoint Builder fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the AudioEndpointBuilder service hasn't been started.


If Windows Audio Endpoint Builder is disabled, the Windows Audio service will not be started and initialized.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

1. Select your Windows 8 edition and update pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win8_AudioEndpointBuilder_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The AudioEndpointBuilder service is using the AudioEndpointBuilder.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.