Well I worked it out and re-installed the audio drivers like recommended and the issue is partially resolved. I do have sound, but it still stops for whatever reason. Now, though, it allows me to start it again *most* of the time.
sound from streaming source, or disk playback, or music file?
All sound except the system beeps. I lose anything for music, games, streaming etc. It does not matter, the audio device stops in services.msc and will not restart with manual attempts.
That would be my guess, but I did run through the moderators cleaning post and that did fix a lot, but not all of my issues.