Fixing Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation high CPU usage

Windows Audio Device Error

One of the significant issues that slow down your computer is the “Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation High CPU usage.” It slows your computer down and can turn out to be harmful later on for your setup.

Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation High CPU usage can damage your processor. This can mainly be tracked down by keeping a check in the Task Manager. There, you will see what percentage of CPU is getting used by Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation.

Here are a few quick fixes you can do if your CPU usage is high due to Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation.

What is Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation?

It is a part of Windows Audio Engine, often shown as AudioDG.exe. It makes sure that the third-party applications can run sound on your computer.

This Windows Audio Engine allows the third-parties to create audios with special effects without messing around with the Windows Audio. Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation is also known as digital signal processing.

Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation
Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation

Having Windows Audio Engine enables sound-cards makers to install more features in their products to offer a dynamic range of sound effects.

The users of Windows are given the liberty to customize their computers’ output sound based upon what they want to hear and how they want to listen to it.

Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation is a part of Windows Operating System as an import part.

Why does Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation show high CPU usage?

Several factors can be based upon which Why does Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation show high CPU usage?

  1. Disable Sound effects
  2. Fixing of Audio Driver
  3. Scan for Viruses and Malware
  4. Skype solution

1. Disable Sound Effects

The Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation involvement in the Windows Audio Engine is heavily invested in the unique sound effects. This can be a reason for the high CPU usage, and thus, by disabling the sound effects, your problem might get resolved.

  1. Open your Control Panel.

    Control Panel
    Control Panel
  2. Locate Sound and Click on it. A new smaller window will open.

    Sound
    Sound
  3. Drag your cursor on Speakers/Headphones and right-click on it.
  4. Select properties from the newly opened menu.

    Select Properties
    Select Properties
  5. Another new window will open.
  6. Click on the Enhancements tab.

    Enhancement Tab
    Enhancement Tab
  7. Check to mark the “Disable all sound effects” check box. Click “Apply.”

    Disable all sound effects
    Disable all sound effects
  8. Now apply the same process on all the playback devices you have attached to your computer one-by-one.
  9. Afterward, when you are done with everything, restart your computer.

Another direction that many Windows Users go for when applying the “Disable Sound Effects” solution for Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation causing high CPU usage is:

  1. Locate the speaker icon on your Taskbar.

    Speaker icon on your Taskbar
    Speaker icon on your Taskbar
  2. Hover your cursor over it and right-click on it.

    Speaker icon on your Taskbar
    Speaker icon on your Taskbar
  3. Select the “open sound settings” option.
  4. One the top-right corner, locate the “sound control panel” option in the list and click on it.

    Sound control panel
    Sound control panel
  5. Go to the “sounds” tab.

    Sounds Tab
    Sounds Tab
  6. Select the sound scheme from “Windows default” to “No sound.”

    No Sound Option
    No Sound Option
  7. Click on “Apply.”

This fix of Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation will bring back your CPU usage to regular, low, or in some cases to very low.

2. Fixing of Audio Drivers

Outdated Audio Drivers can cause a mess in your Windows Audio Engine’s operating system. These drivers must be regularly updated, and every Windows user should keep an eye on it if the CPU usage by Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation gets higher.

Under normal circumstances, the CPU usage of Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation should show almost or near to 2% of CPU usage. If that percentage varies and goes higher, then maybe your Audio Drivers are Outdated or have gone Corrupt.

Checking if your Audio Drivers are Corrupted or Outdated

To check whether your Audio Drivers are Corrupted or Out of date, follow the below-mentioned guidelines:

  1. Hold down the Windows Start Button and press ‘x’ with it.

    Windows Device Manager
    Windows Device Manager
  2. Locate ‘Device Manager’ and click on it.
  3. Now find the Sound, video, and game controllers section and expand it by clicking on the side arrow.

    Expand Sound, Video and Game Controllers
    Expand Sound, Video and Game Controllers
  4. Check if you see any Yellow Triangle Signs next to your Audio Drivers.

    Locate Yellow Triangle
    Locate Yellow Triangle
  5. If they show any Yellow Triangle Signs, then you need to update them.

Updating Audio Drivers

You can update your Windows Audio Drivers in two ways:

  • Fix 1: Update Audio Drivers from within Windows
  • Fix 2: Update Audio Drivers via Third-Party Application

Fix 1: Update Audio Drivers from within Windows

You can use Integrated Device Manager to search for a new and updated driver. To do this, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Open the Run application by pressing and holding down the Windows Key + R
  2. Open up the Device Manager by typing devmgmt.msc and hitting OK.

    devmgmt
    devmgmt
  3. Locate the Sound, video, and game controllers section and expand it by clicking on the arrow icon next to it. This will show you all the Audio Drivers.

    Expand Sound. Video, and Game Controller
    Expand Sound. Video, and Game Controller
  4. Right-click on your Audio Driver and select Update Driver.

    Update Driver
    Update Driver
  5. A new window will open. Click on Search automatically for updated driver software.

    Update Driver Software
    Update Driver Software
  6. Windows will find an updated driver and will automatically download it.
  7. Install the updated Audio Driver on your computer.
  8. Restart your computer, and hopefully, your issue will get fixed.

Fix 2: Update Audio Drivers via Third-Party Application

There are many third-party updater tools available in the market for updating your Drivers. One of the most downloaded and used ones are:

  • DriverHub
  • DriverPack Solution
  • Driver Booster

This fix may come with some strings attached to it. Some of this driver updating software contains malware, viruses, spyware, or adware. This will cause and add problems to your PC instead of fixing it. So, be careful before you download a third-party application for the issue of Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation high CPU usage.

3. Scan for Viruses and Malware

In some cases, Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation with high CPU usage can dominate and weigh upon your computer’s processor very heavily.

When this happens, there is a possibility that your computer may be infected with malware. In this case, instead of taking the troubleshooting road, you should administer a full scan of your operating system.

Third-Party Antivirus Tools

Third-Party Antivirus Tools
Third-Party Antivirus Tools

To scan for viruses or malware, you can take the services of any third-party antivirus tool. We recommend using Avira Free Security for Windows: this tool is free and can detect dangerous threats and have the ability to eliminate them quickly and effectively.

This tool also can work (as a partner) with your already installed security solution, adding an extra layer of protection.

Windows Defender

Windows Defender is the built-in Windows Security Suite that you can also use. It can defend your PC’s processor from external threats and malware.

Here is how you can use it:

Windows 10:

  1. From the start menu, click on the settings gear, and the settings window will open.
  2. Type Update and Security in the search bar.
  3. Locate the Windows Defender. Click & open it.
  4. Find the Windows Defender Security Centre Window, locate the shield icon (it is in the left pane).
  5. Find Advanced Scan and click on it.
  6. Select Full Scan.

Windows 8 or 8.1:

  1. Open the start menu and type Windows Defender in the search bar.
  2. Click on Update in the Windows Defender Home Window.
  3. Go to Home and then Go to the Scan option.
  4. Check the Full option and Scan now.

Windows 7:

  1. Give the command of Windows Logo + S
  2. Type Defender in the search box
  3. Locate the Windows Defender from the list results
  4. The Windows Defender home window will open. Go to Scan
  5. Navigate to the arrow next to Scan and click on the icon
  6. Select Full Scan.

If the threat shown shows that Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation is a cover-up for some malware activity and danger, then you can eliminate the threat later on.

Skype Solution

As Skype is used daily by some users online, it has access to your computer’s mic and speakers/headphones, so Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation high memory issues may be caused by Skype.

Uninstalling and reinstalling Skype may be able to fix the issue.

Uninstall Skype

Firstly backup your files on Skype, so you don’t lose any of your precious chats, data, and files. Afterward, follow the below steps:

  1. Open up the Settings App on your PC (press Windows Logo Key + i)

    Settings App
    Settings App
  2. Locate Apps and click on it.
  3. Locate the Skype application and click on it

    Skype Application
    Skype Application
  4. Click on Uninstall and remove the Skype app

    Uninstall Skype
    Uninstall Skype

Reinstall Skype

  1. Go to the Skype download page here
  2. Browse and select the version compatible with your Windows
  3. After downloading has been done, go to your Downloads folder and double-click on Skype Installer
  4. Click on the install button
  5. The application will launch itself automatically, and you can now login

Restart your computer and check if Windows Audio Service stopping has been resolved or not. Also, check whether the Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation is still using high CPU usage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation may cause the CPU usage or the memory usage to go high but by default it is not a virus or a malware. It is a part of your Windows Operating System. Although it can be used as a disguise to inject the harmful malware, virus, or other malicious activities.

You cannot disable the Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation as it can only be disabled by disabling the main Windows Audio service as well. What will happen is there will be no sound on your computer. Hence, it cannot be disabled.

You can fix AudioDG.exe high CPU usage in Windows 10 by disabling the audio effects, updating the audio servers, updating your audio/video playing softwares, and running antivirus.


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