WavesSvc64.exe High CPU & Memory Usage in Windows 11

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Computing systems are a complicated maze of operations and files, each with its own purpose. If you are using Windows 11 and perhaps a Dell computer, you may have encountered a specific file called WavesSvc64.exe in your Task Manager and wondered about its function. This curiosity may have arisen from noticing high CPU, memory, or disk usage linked to this process, which could potentially lead to performance problems on your system. This guide will explain what WavesSvc64.exe is, why it can cause these issues, and how to disable or uninstall it if you choose to do so.

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Wavessvc64.exe High CPU and Memory Usage in Windows 11

What is WavesSvc64.exe?

WavesSvc64.exe is a process linked to the audio enhancement software known as MaxxAudio, a product of Waves Audio Ltd. This software is a common sight on Dell computers, primarily due to its design aimed at delivering improved audio quality and richer sound functionality.

The WavesSvc64.exe file represents a key component within the MaxxAudio suite. It oversees a wide range of audio-related tasks and services, performing these functions silently in the background. It ensures that all audio enhancements and features provided by MaxxAudio are functioning seamlessly, thus offering users a superior audio experience.

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Is WavesSvc64.exe a virus or malware?

While WavesSvc64.exe is generally recognized as a legitimate file, it’s crucial to approach any executable file with caution. This caution stems from the fact that malware or viruses can occasionally disguise themselves with names similar to these .exe files. The disguise aims to trick users, potentially causing harm to their systems.

What is WavesSvc64.exe in Windows 11

Therefore, it’s essential to confirm that the WavesSvc64.exe file is located in its proper directory (usually in C:\Program Files\Waves\MaxxAudio\ or C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\). Also, it’s crucial to ensure the file comes from a trusted source, such as the official Dell or Waves Audio websites.

Should you encounter any issues with WavesSvc64.exe or want to learn more about this process, it’s recommended to reach out to Dell’s support services or refer to the documentation provided by Waves Audio.

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WavesSvc64.exe high CPU and memory usage

WavesSvc64.exe is an integral part of providing enriched audio quality. However, it’s not designed to consume a significant amount of system resources. If you notice it beginning to hog a high percentage of your CPU and memory, this could lead to noticeable system slowdowns and degraded performance.

Excessive resource consumption could be due to several factors:

  • Outdated Software: Software that hasn’t been updated might struggle to operate efficiently, leading to increased usage of system resources. Keeping your software up to date can help ensure it runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
  • Software Conflicts: At times, WavesSvc64.exe might conflict with other processes or software running on your system. These conflicts can cause inefficiencies, leading to higher resource consumption.
  • Software Bugs: Another possible cause could be a bug within the WavesSvc64.exe program or the MaxxAudio software. Bugs can cause software to behave unpredictably, which might result in high CPU or memory usage. If you suspect a bug is causing the issue, it might be worth reaching out to Waves Audio support or checking online forums for potential fixes or patches.
  • Malware: Occasionally, a malicious program disguised as WavesSvc64.exe might be responsible for this surge in resource usage. Always ensure your antivirus software is up-to-date and performing regular system scans.

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How to disable WavesSvc64.exe from startup

If you’ve noticed that WavesSvc64.exe is consuming a substantial amount of resources, it might be beneficial to prevent it from running at system startup. Below, we’ll guide you on how to disable the WavesSvc64 process and service from startup using Task Manager, MSConfig and Services.msc.

Disabling WavesSvc64.exe via Task Manager

To disable the WavesSvc64.exe process from running at startup, follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
  2. Once in the Task Manager, click on the “Startup” tab.
  3. Scroll through the list of startup programs until you find Waves MaxxAudio Service Application or WavesSvc64.exe.
  4. Right-click on it and select “Disable”.How to disable WavesSvc64.exe from startup

This should prevent WavesSvc64.exe from launching at system startup, which in turn should help reduce its resource consumption.

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Disabling Waves Audio Services via System Configuration

Next, you’ll need to disable the “Waves Audio Services” service that accompanies WavesSvc64.exe. For this, you’ll need to use the System Configuration utility, commonly known as “msconfig”. Follow these steps:

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type msconfig and click “OK”.
  3. In the System Configuration window, switch to the “Services” tab.
  4. Look for Waves Audio Services in the list and uncheck the box next to it.Disable Waves Audio Services Windows 11
  5. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

See also: How to Delete a Service in Windows 11 or 10 Using CMD

Optional: Disabling WavesSvc64.exe via Services.msc

In addition to the method above, you have the option to disable the “Waves Audio Services” via services.msc. This method provides a more direct approach to managing services. Here’s how:

  1. Press WinR to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type services.msc and click “OK”.
  3. In the Services window, scroll through the list of services until you find Waves Audio Services.WavesSvc64 Waves Audio services
  4. Right-click on it and select “Properties”.
  5. In the Properties dialog box, change the “Startup type” to “Disabled” using the drop-down menu.Disable WavesSvc64.exe service
  6. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

WavesSvc64.exe crashes and shows “Application Error”

Another issue that users often encounter with WavesSvc64.exe is its propensity to crash, leaving behind an “Application Error” message. This crashing could stem from outdated software, corrupted files within the system, or even conflicts with other software.

A recommended solution is to uninstall the problematic Waves MaxxAudio application and then reinstall it afresh. This clean install ensures that any corrupted files get replaced with their fresh counterparts. You can download the latest Waves MaxxAudio driver for your specific Dell laptop or desktop computer from the Dell website.

How to uninstall WavesSvc64

If the issues persist and you wish to remove WavesSvc64 from your system entirely, this can be done via the Control Panel. Follow these steps:

  1. Press Win + S and type “Control Panel” into the search bar.
  2. Click on the “Uninstall a program” link under the “Programs” category.
  3. Scroll through the list of installed programs until you find Waves MaxxAudio. Click on it.
  4. Click the “Uninstall” button that appears at the top of the list.How to uninstall WavesSvc64
  5. Follow the prompts that appear to complete the uninstallation process.

Keep in mind that uninstalling WavesSvc64.exe may result in changes to your system’s sound quality or the functionality of your audio devices. This change is especially significant if your audio devices rely on Waves MaxxAudio for their superior audio quality.

Related solution: How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows 11

Summing up

In summary, WavesSvc64.exe is a component of the MaxxAudio software suite designed to enhance audio quality on your system. However, like any other software component, it may occasionally cause performance issues such as high CPU, memory, or disk usage. Usually, these issues are a result of software bugs, outdated software, or in rare instances, disguised malware.

Updating or reinstalling the Waves MaxxAudio driver software is often an effective solution. However, if this does not resolve the issue, it may be worthwhile to disable WavesSvc64.exe from running at startup. This approach could reduce the resource consumption on your system and improve overall performance.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of WindowsDigitals.com. With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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