Restart Audio Driver after Remote Desktop Use

I use my computer as a Media Player and NAS storage, if i log on remotely the Intel Display Audio does not work (Red cross on icon in task bar).  I have to manually Disable / Enable it in the device manager to get audio back.

To get round this I have added a Task that restarts the audio device when I log on, which i have to do manually after I have logged on with RDP elsewhere.

You need to obtain DevCon.exe for x86/x64 from the WDK kit, and place it in C:\Windows for this to work. You can obtain DevCon.exe by downloading 2 files, explained in the section  For Windows 7/8/8.1/10 + Windows Server 2008(R2)/2012(R2)/2016,  in the blog How to obtain Device Console Utility (DevCon.exe) without downloading and installing the entire Windows Driver Kit

Find the DeviceID

To find the DeviceID of Intel Display Audio, open a cmd prompt, and type:

devcon listclass media

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look for ‘Intel Display Audio’ and note down the value in the string that starts with &DEV_ and end with &, ie in the example it is &DEV_280A&, you need the value between the &’s

So the restart command for this device would be:

devcon restart =media *DEV_280A*

Create a new task in the Task Scheduler

Open the Task Scheduler (either search for it, or go to Start > Windows Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler)

Select ‘Create Basic Task’ and the task a name like ‘Reset Audio on Logon’

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Give task the name ‘Reset Audio on Logon’
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Select ‘When I Log On’
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Select ‘Start a program’, click next >
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Browser to c:\Windows\Devcon.exe, and the restart command you obtained from the device list command
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Tick the the ‘Open Properties Dialog’ and click finish.
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Tick ‘Run with highest Privileges’, click Ok.  You can right click the task you have just created and click run now to test it work, you should result of (0x0)

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