How to fix Windows audio device graph isolation 

Windows audio device graph isolation

If you regularly visit windows task manager, you might be noticed a process that is always running “Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation”. The only reason to remember, this annoying process is continuously running in your system background and it is consuming high CPU.

However, after seeing this, you might have a question on your mind that your PC is running good condition or not. So, the file name does not describe the file purpose and why it is always running and using the CPU power. Read this article and you will get the answer.

What is Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation?

Windows device graph isolation is an essential process that makes your PC audible. It works as the audio engine of your device and helps third party applications run sound. You might think to disable to save a lot of CPU resources. But it would be a terrible idea as disabling that, will make you Windows go mute. 

Is it a Virus?

The possibility is it’s not a virus. In some cases, certain viruses can hack this process anytime. If you want to get ensured about its true nature, you need to check the location of the file. To check follow three simple steps.

  1. Right-click on “Windows audio device graph isolation” in the task manager and click on ‘open file location’ tab.
  2. The location of the file is C:\Windows\System 32, and stored as AudioDG.
  3. What is AudioDG? It’s Microsoft’s official application for audio graph isolator.
  4. If you could find the application named AudioDG, then it is ensured that Windows audio device graph isolation process is not affected by the virus and it is drawing its quota of CPU power.

Then why it is pulling high CPU resources?

Windows audio device graph isolation high CPU usage can be caused by poorly phased out audio enhancer by any third-party application. The whole process will consume a high percentage of memory. Still, in some cases, the audio output will not be available, and the program will crash frequently. In this scenario, here is a number of ways to get rid of this situation

Fix your PC’s Audio Drivers

If disabling sound effects don’t help you, you could try another trick that is reinstalling your machine’s audio drivers. Corrupted or out of date audio drivers can sometimes pull out resources from your CPU in order to work properly. In this scenario, you have to reinstall all your audio drivers. Here’s how to update your audio drivers.

  • Open Control Panel
  • Go to device manager option in control panel and click on “Sound, Video and Games Controller”
  • Right-click on sound driver’s device name, and it will open a menu
  • Select Uninstall in the pop-up menu and click ok
  • After Uninstalling restart your PC and check whether it is still taking CPU juice or not.

Alternatively, you could use any 3rd party audio driver updater. They will do the job for you but check thoroughly before choosing one.

Uninstall & Reinstall Skype

In the past, many users have expressed their issues of high CPU usage by audio drivers during a video call on the famous video calling platform Skype. So if you are an avid Skype user, I would suggest you uninstall Skype and reinstall the latest version of it. If the newer version still bothers you, you should stop using it and move to alternative platforms like Google Duo.

Troubleshoot Windows audio device graph isolation, high CPU consumption

Disable sound effects

Sound effects from 3rd party apps make Windows audio device graph isolation process active, and then it pulls juice from your CPU. Disabling those sound effects may resolve this matter. Here’s how to do it

  • Right-click on the speaker icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
  • Select the option “Playback Device,” and a new window will pop up.
  • In this new window named Sound, go to playback tab, Right-click on speakers and click on properties
  • In the upcoming Windows go to enhancement tab and tick the box beside “disable sound effects” and press ok. 

Now that all your sound effects have been disabled check the task manager to see whether your issue has been resolved or not.

Wrapping up

Now the troubleshooters mentioned above must resolve your issue, and you can utilize your CPU power for other applications. If you have further query, drop it in the comment box below.

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