I'm consistently getting audio dropouts during recording/playback on Cubase, and I think the problem is due to W10 updates rolled out earlier this year. I think the issue began around March and I ignored/worked around it, but I now need to fix it properly, and after a month of trying a few things I'm inclined to believe it's some kind of compatibility issue, though can't be sure.
The dropouts happen at random intervals (between a few seconds and 20 minutes), but when they do it cuts my recording track.
Have tried demo of latest version of Cubase and still got the problem, and have tried my external soundcard audio interface on an older pc with windows 7 and works fine. Have tried updating main drivers (graphics, soundcard, chipset) and no luck, and have maximised performance settings wherever possible which doesn't seem to have helped.
I had W10 running last summer with the exact same setup and everything worked fine, and the only thing I can think that's changed is W10 updates being rolled out, but what's been affected I'm not sure. Could be some random driver compatibility, CPU throttling, background service, some non-essential W10 app interfering with processing, I don't know, and my computer knowledge is a bit limited.
Any advice or suggestions with this much appreciated, especially regarding post-W10 early 2017 updates issues.