At times you might find that Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation is showing up as eating a lot of computer resources in the task manager window. While irritating for sure, this issue can be resolved easily, and we will show you how to go about it.
However, first learn what Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation actually is.
This process, which sometimes appears by the name of AudioDG.exe, is a legal process and officially a part of Windows. It is associated with Windows audio engine and has the responsibility of controlling sound enhancement process. Sound card manufacturers use it to add advanced sound features, as a result of which you get to enjoy fancy sound effects.
More often than not, Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation reports high CPU usage when sound enhancement effects are enabled. We’ve listed not one but four solutions to fix this issue once and for all. You can start with the first one, and if that doesn’t work, move on to the next resolution and so on.
Solution 1 – Update Your Audio Driver
A faulty or incorrect audio driver might cause this issue. Therefore, before you try any other solution, we recommend you update the audio driver.
While you can update drivers manually, the whole process can take several minutes. Also you need a little bit of technical knowledge for the manual process. On the other hand, updating drivers automatically is fast and simple. That said, we have listed both the methods; pick the one you like better.
Update Audio Driver Manually
Here are the steps to follow:
Steps to manually update the mouse driver
- Press Windows logo key + R together to bring up the Run command
- In Run command, type devmgmt.msc and click OK
- In the Device Manager, expand Sound, video and game controllers
- Select your sound card, right-click it and choose Update Driver Software
- In the next window, select Search automatically for updated driver software.
Windows will search the internet to find a driver update and install it. If it does not find a driver update, you have to manually download the mouse driver and install it.
- Note down the model and make of your sound card
- Open Internet browser
- Go to the Sound card manufacturer website
- Look for the latest driver for your sound card. Make sure the download file corresponds to your PC type. For instance, Windows 10 32-bit users need a download a file that’s meant for 32-bit Windows 10 PCs.
- Download the right driver file and save it on your computer
- Double-click on the driver setup file to install the driver
- Follow onscreen instructions and reboot Windows for changes to take effect
Update Audio Driver Automatically
If you think the manual update process is not your cup of tea, try a reliable driver update software such as DriverDownloader.
It can update your drivers in a minute or two, and the best part is that you don’t have to do anything more than click a button. Of course, to use the software, you’ll need to install and register it. Though you can install—and even run—the software for free, you will not be able to get automatic driver updates without registering. Since all registered users get 30-day money-back guarantee, as well as full customer support, there’s little reason to not try DriverDownloader.
Click the button below to download the software.
Solution 2 – Run a Virus Scan
Sometimes this issue can occur if your PC is infected with a virus. Therefore, if the above solution didn’t work, we recommend you run a complete virus scan. Before you run a scan, make sure your antivirus software is up to date. Then, disconnect your laptop or PC from the internet and run a full virus scan.
Solution 3 – Disable Sound Effects
Here are the steps to follow:
- Right-click the Speaker icon in the system tray (present in the right corner of your taskbar) and choose Playback devices
- Click the Properties button under Playback (the first tab in the Sound dialog box)
- In the Speakers/Headphones properties dialog box, tick the box before Disable all sound effects
- Click OK
Solution 4 – Uninstall and then Reinstall Skype
In case you encounter this issue while Skype is in use, uninstall Skype and then reinstall it. Since some users have said that this solution worked for them, we think you should give it a go if nothing else has worked.