A. To play sound from your Windows 2003 system, ensure that the Windows Audio service is running. To do so, open a command session, then type
and verify that Windows Audio is listed. If Windows Audio doesn't appear in the list, start the service either from the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Computer Management snap-in or from the command line by typing
net start "windows audio"
net start audiosrv
If you want to hear sound every time you start the machine, navigate to the Services branch of the Computer Management snap-in and set the service mode to Automatic start-up.