Registry Issues

Beginning with Windows 8 some games won't use IndirectSound even if the dsound.dll is in the correct location. To fix this the Windows registry must be changed. (Some Windows updates may also make it necessary to repeat these changes.)

Use caution when changing the registry! Making invalid changes can cause a computer to not function correctly.

What to Change

There are two locations where the relevant CLSID registry values are located. If you decide to change a registry value for a specific CLSID then it probably makes sense to change it in both of the following places:

There are two CLSIDs used to create DirectSound interfaces for playing sounds. If a game uses a CLSID explicitly it will likely be one of these two:

For each CLSID that you decide to change:

There are additional CLSIDs used to create other DirectSound interfaces. IndirectSound does not currently implement these interfaces, but they are listed here for completeness:

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