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Using Server 2008 R2 as a Desktop OS: Sound (Part 3)

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Continuing our series on using Windows Server 2008 as a desktop OS, today we’ll talk about how to re-enable the sound features, which normally aren’t needed on a server, but would be useful if you are using it as a desktop.

Enabling the Sound Service

All it takes to get sound functionality out of Server 2008 R2 is to set the Windows Audio service to start up automatically. To do this we need to open the Services MMC, the quickest way to do this is to press the Win + R key combination to bring up a run box, type services.msc and hit enter.

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Once the Snap-In opens scroll down until you find the Windows Audio Service.

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Double-click on it to open its properties.

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Now you need to change the Startup drop-down box from Manual to Automatic.

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Click ok when you are done, and restart your computer.

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You should notice that your volume control icon went from looking like this

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To this

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You can now play music and movies through Windows Media Player which was installed in the first part of the series, or you could install a third party media player.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 12/26/11

Comments (3)

  1. Jon Beining

    Great!

    Now if someone could just figure how to get the sound to work when using remote desktop.

  2. Cranker

    Can we use Windows Server 2008 R2 to play some games?
    I’m planning to get my free copy of it from Microsoft Dreamspark and I was curious about using a server OS as a gaming OS.

  3. rangerevo8

    @Cranker

    I asked the same question as well in Part 1 (no answer yet).

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