Recently upgraded to Windows 8 Pro (on a laptop, from Vista). I now notice than when playing music with Windows Media Player, there will be very short skips and audio dropouts in the audio when the CPU is close to 100% usage.
The easiest way to reproduce is playing music while syncing an external mp3 player. While the CPU is converting files (from WMA lossless to a lower bit rate so that I can put more songs on the player), the audio played by WMP will have short skips and audio dropouts that are extremely irritating.
I used to sync this mp3 player on another PC running windows XP and a much less powerful CPU (Pentium D) for years, and I never heard this before. Is there something fundamentally wrong in Windows' 8 processing of audio real-time tasks?
Has anyone else observed this behavior?
Is there a parameter somewhere that can be adjusted? I tried adjusting the WMP process priority to above normal, High and Realtime, but that had no effect on the problem behavior.
Machine exhibiting the behavior:
Laptop with Core 2 Duo P8400 @2.26 GHz, 4 GB memory
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center
Windows Media Player version: 12.0.9200.16420
Machine on which I had no problem before:
PC with Pentium D processor, 1 GB memory
Windows XP Professional