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A USB telephony device that is installed on a Windows XP-based computer is unexpectedly set as the default audio device

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

SYMPTOMS
After you install a univeral serial bus (USB) telephony device on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, this device is unexpectedly set as the default audio device. The USB telephony device can be a USB telephone, a USB handset, or a USB headset. This behavior occurs even though other audio devices are already installed on the computer.

In this situation, the computer cannot correctly play media or record media.
CAUSE
This problem occurs because the system does not check the device type of the newly installed audio device.
RESOLUTION

Update information

The following files are available for download from the MicrosoftDownload Center:

Windows XP with SP2, x86-based versions

DownloadDownload the 935708 package now.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed on the computer. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this update.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace any other updates.

File information

The English version of this update has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

Windows XP with SP2, x86-based versions

File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Usbaudio.sys5.1.2600.311560,03210-Apr-200710:08x86
WORKAROUND
To work around this problem, reset the default audio device to the device that you want. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, double-click Sounds and Audio Devices.
  3. On the Audio tab, click the audio device that you want in the Default device list that is under Sound playback.
  4. On the Audio tab, click the audio device that you want in the Default device list that is under Sound recording.
  5. Click OK.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
MORE INFORMATION
For more information about the same problem in Windows Vista, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
936004 A USB telephony device that is installed on a Windows Vista-based computer is unexpectedly set as the default audio device
For more information about how to determine an audio device type, visit the following Microsoft Web site:For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Properties

Article ID: 935708 - Last Review: 10/08/2011 18:40:00 - Revision: 4.0

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