[FIXED 2021] Audio device graph isolation (New)

Having a slow computer can be very frustrating and sometimes even dangerous. You should always pay attention to CPU usage: running at high percentages will eventually damage your processor. Many applications and processes consume your CPU usage. Windows audio device graph isolation high memory Windows 10is one of them. 

You can determine if this process is causing you problems by checking the task manager and identifying the process. Are you sure that your CPU usage is abnormally high due to this Windows process?

There are other ways too to marginally increase the Windows speed. Learn more about Prefetch and Superfetch and how to use them properly to get 1.4x speed!

Keep reading this article to learn what this process is, whether it is dangerous or not, and stop the high usage problem.

What is Windows audio device graph isolation?

The Windows audio device graph isolation (which is also shown as AudioDG.exe) is part of the Windows audio engine.

It acts as an audio engine in the operating system, allowing third-party applications to play sounds on your computer. This is also called digital signal processing. 

Windows users can apply special effects to audio. Adding reverb, boosting bass, or simulated echo all fall into this category. It is also helpful for third parties because it allows them to add their special effects to the audio without changing the Windows audio.

Thanks to this feature, sound card suppliers can provide customers with more and better results.

Is this process malware or a virus?

is audio graph islocation a virus

Windows audio device graph isolation isn’t malware or virus by default.

This process is part of your Windows operating system. Still, malicious people often try to disguise their harmful tools as such processes. Therefore, when you feel that a process on your PC is causing harm, you should always check whether it is genuine.

How to ensure that the Windows audio device graph isolation is safe?

You can determine whether you are dealing with a virus by verifying the location of the process. 

As long as theWindows Audio Device Graph Isolation crash doesn’t occur andruns smoothly, this can be done directly from your Task Manager. 

  1. Open the task manager. You can do this by right-clicking on a blank area on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager.
  2. Next, locate and right-click the Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation.
  3. Select the “Open File Location” option.
  4. Next, check the location of the file in the address bar. This file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder by default. If your file does not exist, you are most likely infected with a virus. Confirming that you are dealing with malware is essential to correct the problem.

Do you need any help getting rid of malicious tools from your PC? Keep reading this article for guidance on how to keep your PC safe. 

Can I deactivate or exit the process?

deactivating the process

The short answer is yes, but it is not recommended.

To generate any audio on your system, this process is necessary. When you disable, or force quit the process, you will not hear any audio until the Windows audio device graph isolation runs again.

If you don’t want to deal with dangerously high CPU consumption and keep the audio on the system, you need to solve this problem. 

Let us solve the problem! 

Fixed: High CPU usage in Windows audio device graph isolation in Windows 10

windows audio grapg islolation ram usage

Now you should be able to tell if you are dealing with a virus or your process is not running as expected. Follow these methods to repair your PC.

Turn off all sound effects Because Windows audio device graph isolation is critical in handling special sound effects. You can correct the problem of high CPU usage by turning off these effects. 

Note: The following instructions are written for the Windows 10 operating system. However, the process is kind of the same in many other versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Vista.

Of course, this method is only for those who want to use them in the first place. If you’re going to keep these sound effects, I suggest you try a different method first.

We don’t want to go directly to the new settings application but wish to use the classic control panel.

device manager in windows 10
  1. Find the control panel in the search bar and run it from the results.
  2. Change the display mode to large icons.
  3. Click Sound.
  4. A new window containing all playback devices will appear. Right-click on your speaker and select properties from the menu.
  5. Another window will open. Here, switch to the enhanced tab.
  6. Click the box next to Turn off all sound effects to place a checkmark.
  7. When finished, click the Apply button.
  8. Repeat steps for all other playback devices you own.
  9. When finished, restart the computer.

Repair your audio driver

It is necessary to update your driver regularly. Outdated audio drivers can cause more problems than you think.

There are multiple ways to update your driver. Follow one of the guidelines that suit your method.

Update drivers from Windows itself

search for windows audio drivers

In this method, we will use the built-in Device Manager to find new and updated drivers.

  1. Hold down the Windows key and press R. This will open the ‘Run’ application.
  2. Enter devmgmt.msc and click OK to open the device manager.
  3. Click the arrow icon to expand the sound, video, and game controllers section.
  4. Right-click on your audio driver present there and select “Update Driver”.
  5. Automatically search for updated driver software.
  6. Windows will automatically download and install the update if it can find an updated driver on your computer.
  7. Restart your PC and test whether the problem is resolved.

Use a third-party application to update your driver.

You can also search and download third-party update tools, such as Driver Booster, DriverHub, DriverPack Solution, etc.

These three tools are free and easy to use, but you can always search for more advanced applications on the web. 

Note: Always make sure that the application you use is reliable. Many applications that promise to repair or update their drivers contain malware, adware, or spyware. I recommend looking up the product name and reading the comments made by real people.

Reinstall Skype.

reinstall skype for graph isolation

Some Windows 10 users have reported that their Windows audio device graph isolation using high memory issues are related to Skype. Uninstalling and reinstalling the application usually seems to solve this problem.

Note: During a fresh installation of Skype, you may lose Skype data and application preferences. Be sure to back up essential chat records or files in advance to ensure that you don’t lose any content. 

How to uninstall Skype

  1. Press the Windows, and I keys on the keyboard to open the settings application.
  2. Alternatively, you can click the gear icon on the start menu, click Applications, and then use the search bar to search for Skype.
  3. You can also manually find the application in the list
  4. Click Skype to enter the expanded view
  5. Click the Uninstall button
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to delete Skype. 

How to download and reinstall Skype

  1. Go on the Skype download page.
  2. Select the version you want to download.
  3. You can get Skype for Windows 10 or download the classic Skype app for Windows.
  4. Go to the download folder and double-click the Skype installer.
  5. Click the install button.
  6. Skype should install and run automatically.
  7. You may be asked to log in again, and you may lose all Skype chat and application preferences. 

Scan your computer for viruses

Even after performing the above methods, it is still preferred to run a full system scan on your PC, especially if the file location comes from Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation, which seems inconsistent with our records.

For this, you can find various antivirus software on the Internet, but not all software is of good quality. This is especially true if you are looking for something free.

Malwarebytes is an application well received by users. Even its free version can detect malicious files on your computer and provide a relatively high level of security.

Some other solutions are Emsisoft, Norton AntiVirus, Avast, Bitdefender, or AVG. Some of these applications offer paid services, which are ideal for users who need advanced features.

You can download and run any of the above antivirus applications by following the steps below:

  1. Open the application’s official website. In this guide, we will download Malwarebytes from Malwarebytes.com.
  2. Then, find the download link of the version you want and download the installer.
  3. Open the file you downloaded just now and follow the instructions on the screen to install Malwarebytes.
  4. Launch Malwarebytes.
  5. Go to the “Scan” tab on the left.
  6. Select Threat Scan.
  7. Or, if you purchased Premium or won a free trial period, you can perform Hyper Scan.
  8. Click Start Scan.
  9. Wait for the Malwarebytes software to finish scanning your computer.
  10. This may take a long time, but your computer should be free of harmful applications and viruses once it is done.

I hope that you have reduced the CPU usage of Windows audio device graph isolation by following these guidelines. If you want to know more about it, check out my other article!