Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation

A component of windows infamous for slowing down your CPU is the Windows audio device graph isolation. It is always disheartening to see your computer sources being exploited by a built-in segment especially if the said segment has a vague name that doesn’t give away much knowledge of its operations.

Luckily for you, we live in a time where we’re more aware of the know-how of this CPU intensive unit and how to deal with its challenges that put a strain on your system’s working efficiency.

What is Windows Audio device Graph Isolation?

Windows Audio device Graph Isolation

The Windows Audio device Graph isolation is a separate entity altogether from the windows audio service. Making it a separate element helps to ensure that the system isn’t dependent or centralized, that way a crash in a certain component will not affect the entire system. This decentralization process also helps developers to introduce and make changes to audio services without having to worry about Windows audio service.

Having a decentralized segment such as this also helps in providing users with a way to disable the audio enhancements in the Operating System. This is particularly helpful since audio hardware developers don’t give you this freedom.

Features of Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation

The WADGI works under the process name “audiodg.exe” and is a component of the operating system for Windows 7, 8, and 10. As mentioned earlier, the file runs the audio tasks for windows, this allows 3rd party code from audio applications to produce sound in the PC, however, the process isn’t required to run fundamental computer operations.

Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation Objective

The main objective of this component is to secure the audio from a 3rd party application so they don’t get lost in the windows coding method, hence this component allows users to listen to audio without interference. The component is also used for managing the Digital Rights Management (DRM); this feature ensures that some of the audio files undergo a protection method to avoid unauthorized copying.

The reason why this component consumes so much of the system resources.

Apart from the time to time crashes, the Windows Audio device Graph Isolation (WADGI) is also notorious for exploiting your system resources extensively. This exploitation leads to CPU intensive tasks that take a toll on your system’s memory and even overuse your hard drive.

Typically, the WADGI component should be using 0 percent of your CPU, with minimal memory usage and little to no disk activity. These stats may rise when audio effects are being implemented but they would normally retract to their original positions shortly after. However, if the component is habitually exploiting these three resources, then you have an issue that needs to be resolved.

Fortunately, the issue is easy to take care of since part of the reason for the component being detached is that you can disable it. There are 2 ways of disabling the Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation component in the discussion. Either you can make use of whatever software your hardware maker provides or do it directly in Windows for media that support the feature. Go to your sound properties by right-clicking the speaker icon on the bottom right of your notification bar and then click on the sound icon. There is another way which entails opening up your control panel and run the sound application there.

Is the WADGI process a virus?

The probability of WADGI being a virus is quite low since the component by default is a part of your Windows OS. Having said that, there are a lot of bad actors with ulterior motives who hide dangerous tools as processes similar to the one being discussed. Because of this, it is always recommended to double-check the authenticity of the processes in your system.

In normal conditions, the file location should not be altered. However, different types of viruses and malware are capable of altering this position by placing the original file in some other folder and placing an affected file in the original location.

To ensure that your Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation is not infected, follow the below-mentioned steps:

Firstly, you will have to navigate the Windows audio device graph isolation, it will be saved in the “C:\ Windows\ System32” by default with the name “AudioDG.exe”. You’ll have to access this file location by right-clicking on the Windows audio device graph isolation in the Windows Task Manager.

Can the WADGI process be disabled?

The process can be disabled, but this is not recommended since it is responsible for generating audio on your system. If you still choose to go on with this method, you won’t be able to hear anything until you turn the WADGI on again. To have the best of both worlds, where you get to keep the audio and not face any negative consequences of the Windows Audio Graph Isolation System; some troubleshooting is required.

Ways to fix Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation CPU exploitation?

Below are the 3 recommended ways to fix the WADGI CPU exploitation issues.

Double-check that the issues aren’t being caused by a virus

It is understandable in today’s time that bad actors will try to hijack your operating system by introducing viruses in your computer. Therefore, if the slowed CPU processes are a product of Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation, your system may be affected by malware. Keeping this in mind, you should always start troubleshooting by carrying out a full inspection of your OS.

To do this, you can use any antivirus tool since many of them are available on the internet. You must have a credible antivirus tool to examine your system to swiftly remove and eliminate any and all threats efficiently. If you don’t have one, try a tool that works in tandem with your safety explications; this will in turn serve as an extra layer of safety for your operating system.

Having said that, you may also feel the need to use the Windows built-in security set, i.e. the Windows Defender. Below are the guidelines you can use for Windows 7, 8, and 10 to enable the said feature.

For Windows 7:

Go to the windows search bar and type ‘Defender’, then select Windows Defender from the results. After you’ve successfully gotten into the Windows Defender window, go to scan and click on the arrow next to it. Select the full screen and you’ll successfully enable the defender feature.

For Windows 8:

Go to the start menu and type in ‘ Windows Defender’ in the search bar, press the Update button in the Windows Defender home window. After this, go to Home and then to the Scan option. There, select full and click on the Scan now button. This will enable the defender feature.

For Windows 10:

Gon on the start menu and locate the settings option, click on settings and select Update and Security, then click on Windows Defender. Once you’re in the Windows Defender Window, find the shield icon which will be in the left pane. After this, find and click on the Advanced scan, select the Full scan and the defender feature will be enabled.

Turn off all sound effects

After you’ve examined and established that the CPU exploitation isn’t caused by malware, you should try changing your sound settings which might help in resolving the CPU usage issues. To carry out these changes, follow the below-mentioned guidelines:

Firstly, right-click the speaker icon on the right side of the taskbar, select the Playback device, and then navigate to the Playback tab. After this, click on properties after selecting speakers; continue towards the Enhancement tab and check the “Disable all sound effects”, finally, click OK.

These guidelines will hopefully resolve the issue of CPU usage.

Fixing the audio drivers

If the issue still hasn’t been resolved then maybe the problem is being caused by the audio drivers. When the audio drivers are corrupted or expired, they can cause the Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation to exploit your CPU resources. To get rid of this issue, follow the following methods:

Manually Update your Drivers

You can update all your audio drivers manually if you choose to do so, but keep in mind that this process is extremely lengthy and tiresome since you have to search, download, and install the needed software for each of your hardware devices. More importantly, if you mistakenly download the wrong software, it will have repercussions on your operating system.

Use a Driver Updater to automatically update the drivers

It is more feasible and time-efficient to use a tool that does the job for you. Many tools like the Auslogic Driver Updater are available in the market to automatically update all of your audio drivers in one click.

Try altering the audio sample rate

If none of the above-mentioned ways help in resolving the CPU usage issue, try altering the sample rate for the audio, to do this follow the guidelines given below:

Step 1:

Change the sample rate for the audio and right-click on the audio devices. After that, select properties.

Step 2: 

Click on Apply. Alter the device frequency in the Advanced tab and then click on Apply.

Most likely, this will resolve the issue.

Use the audio troubleshooter

If by any chance, the CPU usage error still hasn’t disappeared, for a final try you can use the troubleshooter for audio. This method helps in solving many issues and problems and it may very well help in solving the CPU usage issue. To perform this method, just run the built-in troubleshooter for your device.

Reinstall the Skype app

A rather unusual solution for this issue might be to uninstall and reinstall Skype, sometimes calling or receiving calls on Skype might lead to a 100 percent use of the disk, this problem occurs when you’re using the Skype app. As reported by some users, this technique helped in resolving the dreadful issue so it is reasonable to try this solution.

We hope this article will be helpful to you in understanding the Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation process and its features. The 6 solutions provided above will help you in resolving the issue

of extensive CPU usage by the WADGI process while allowing you to utilize its full features so that you can listen to the audio by 3rd party applications.