How to Disable Audio Enhancements in Windows 10

How to Disable Audio Enhancements in Windows 10

Knowing how to disable audio enhancements in Windows 10 can become useful if the audio enhancements cause a spike in CPU usage – usually audiodg.exe causing high CPU usage. There could be a variety of reasons why, such as incompatible drivers, corrupted files, or you just don’t want Windows to apply its own enhancements to the audio.

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If you would like to disable the audio enhancements in Windows 10, you can use the following steps:

Disable Audio Enhancements in Windows 10

Disabling the audio enhancements in Windows 10 is very similar to Windows 7, so if you have done so in the past, then you should have no issue following these steps. If you haven’t you should still be able to easily follow the steps as it isn’t difficult to disable the audio enhancements.

  1. Click the Windows 10 start button and then type Sound. Click the Sound option from the search results.
  2. The Windows 10 Sound Control Panel applet.

    The Windows 10 Sound Control Panel applet in the Search resuls.

  3. In the Playback tab, right-click the audio device you would like to disable the audio enhancements for, and then select Properties.
  4. Windows 10 Sound applet

    The Sound window in Windows 10 showing the installed audio devices.

  5. Click on the Enhancements tab to display all the available audio enhancements
  6. Click the Disable all enhancements checkbox. The enhancements list should now become greyed out.
  7. Audio Enhancements Disabled in Windows 10

    All audio enhancements disabled for the audio device in Windows 10.

  8. Click the OK button to close the Properties window.
  9. You can use steps 2 – 5 for any other audio device you wish to disable audio enhancements for. When done, click the OK button to close the Sound window.

If the Windows audio enhancements were causing issues with Windows 10, using the above steps should help alleviate the issue until a solution is found, or you can just leave the enhancements disabled and use the enhancements that come with your audio device instead.

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4 Responses to “How to Disable Audio Enhancements in Windows 10”

  1. John says:

    Windows 10 has NO option to “Disable all enhancements”. Followed your steps to the letter and it does not exist. Also tried approaching it a couple of other ways (right click speakers/properties/etc) and same result. This issue has been around now for a long time now and MS does not seem to be inclined to fix it for some reason.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      Hi John,

      It appears that the “Disable all enhancements” option may not be available for all devices. I have a few audio devices listed, and only one seems to have the option to disable all enhancements. The headphones I use don’t have the option, but that could be because I installed the headphones manufacturer’s software instead.

  2. sophie says:

    in enhancements, all it says is endpoint name.. no disabling buttons 🙁

  3. anoop says:

    If the Windows audio enhancements were causing issues with Windows 10, using the above steps should help alleviate the issue until a solution is found, or you can just leave the enhancements disabled and use the enhancements that come with your audio device instead.

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