There are plenty of Windows system processes with long, confusing names, from the WMI Provider Host to the Client Server Runtime. If you ask most Windows users what they do, however, they won’t know. That’s because these system processes are designed to work, but not be seen (unless there’s a problem).
The Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation process is further proof of this, with a long name, but not much indication (beyond audio) what it might be doing on your Windows PC. To help you understand what it does, here’s everything you need to know about the Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation process in Windows 10.
In the Playback tab, select your audio output device, then select the Properties button.
In the Enhancements tab of the Properties window, you’ll see a list of available enhancements. Select the Disable all enhancements checkbox to switch these off, then select OK to apply the new settings.
This should disable the audio enhancements and return the audiodg.exe process to normal. If it doesn’t, you may need to run the Windows Troubleshooter to investigate audio issues instead.
To run this, right-click the Start menu and select the Settings option.
In the Settings menu, select Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters > Playing audio > Run the troubleshooter. This will launch the Windows Troubleshooter tool for Windows Audio and all related services and processes.
Windows Troubleshooter will automatically scan for and attempt to fix any problems with your Windows Audio settings and services, including audiodg.exe. It will also list any problems that it detects but can’t fix itself, allowing you to troubleshoot manually.
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How to Check Whether Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation Is a Genuine System Process
Reports of malware hiding as system processes are uncommon, but it has been known to happen. If you want to be sure that the Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation process is a genuine system process, you can do so using Windows Task Manager.
Right-click the taskbar and select the Task Manager option to begin.
In the Task Manager window, right-click Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation in the Processes tab (or audiodg.exe in the Details tab), then select the Open file location option.
This will open Windows File Explorer. If the location of the audiodg.exe file is in the C:WindowsSystem32 folder, you can be confident that this is a genuine Windows process.
If the file is elsewhere, however, then this could indicate a likely malware infection, which you’ll then need to scan and remove it using Windows Defender or a third-party alternative.
Understanding Windows System Features
Processes like audiodg.exe and msmpeng.exe should, in most cases, work fine without any additional input. As Windows system processes, they act to provide the many features that you’ll see on your PC, and shouldn’t be a cause for concern. If you’re still worried, a quick malware scan should help put your mind at ease.
When system processes do show issues, it can usually be resolved through regular system maintenance. High CPU spikes can be monitored for problems, with solutions like fixing your computer fans helping to reduce the demands on your PC. If all else fails, considering upgrading your PC to give Windows extra resources.