Stuttering sound as Windows 95 or Windows 98 loads

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

New logo for Windows 10.Before attempting any of the following solutions, it is important to remember that this issue is with programs loading at the time the computer is booting and causing the computer to stutter. If you are experiencing other sound issues see the sound card help page. Any of the below recommendations can resolve your issue or you may consider disabling the startup sound through the sounds icon in the Control Panel.

McAfee virus scanner

McAfee virus scanner in some cases has been found to cause the computer sound to stutter as the computer loads up. If you currently have McAfee virus scanner installed in the computer, temporarily uninstall the program to see if it is causing the computer sound to stutter. If this is not the cause, reinstall the program.

Sound drivers

Issues with the sound drivers are also a likely cause to the sound stuttering at the startup. See the sound card drivers section to see if the manufacturer of your sound provides any updated drivers.

DirectX 3.0 drivers

If you are currently running DirectX 3.0 or below, it is recommended that you update to the latest version of DirectX. Information on how to do this is on our DirectX page.

Other third-party software loading

If none of the above solutions resolve your issue, it may be that one of your installed programs is taxing the CPU and causing your audio to stutter. To resolve this, attempt to remove unnecessary programs or TSRs from loading automatically. Additional information on how to do this can be found on our TSR page.

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