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    Default Addressing WowVoiceProxy.exe issues...

    WowVoiceProxy.exe seems to run away on a CPU using more and more resources and can be a big problem if you are running multiple WoW clients.

    In my case I was having high CPU usage even with an extremely beefy 16 core i7-6900K CPU (example here).

    After running 'taskkill /f /im WowVoiceProxy.exe' multiple times at an administrator command prompt I was able to get the usage back down (example here). Each time I ran it the processes would start back up but if I ran it enough times I could usually get it to stay down to only 2 processes. Eventually though more would start and eventually I would have high CPU again.

    After reading several threads across the internet I tried multiple things including:

    - Modifying the permissions of WowVoiceProxy.exe so that it would not run: This was problematic and caused my Blizzard patcher to try to force a full reinstall of WoW...

    - Restrict WowVoiceProxy.exe in Windows FireWall: This seemed to actually work at first for serveral days but then all of sudden it seemed to stop working. I tried multiple ways to get it under control again but none worked. It could be in part because the user I login with is an Administrator and/or because I launch both ISBoxer and the Blizzard Launcher/Patcher with Administrator privileges but I didn't want to stop running like that so I looked for other solutions...

    - Restrict WowVoiceProxy.exe via regedit: This didn't seem to work at all for me. Again it could be because my user and the processes are running with Administrator privileges.

    - Restrict WowVoiceProxy.exe via gpedit.msc (I am running Windows 10 Professional): This didn't seem to work at all for me. Again it could be because my user and the processes are running with Administrator privileges.

    I considered running the taskkill script regularly via a batch file but didn't like the idea of just band-aiding the problem and each time the processes are killed and respawned there are spikes in various areas...

    I tried other things to no avail and then finally went back to the one solution that seemed to work for at least awhile which was controlling WowVoiceProxy.exe via Firewall... Since the built in Windows Firewall wasn't working anymore I researched multiple "top 10 lists" and tried the typically highest rated free FireWall (Zone Alarm) and it worked. It has only been since yesterday so still early to say for sure but I wanted to share what looks to be an actual solution... So far I haven't had any nagging to upgrade and it has been entirely free...

    Now when I launch my 5+ WoW clients I briefly get this announcement from Zone Alarm in my lower right hand corner and things are so much better.

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    If you're using build 6530, or later, of Inner Space, which was released ~20 days ago, then it blocks WowVoiceProxy from running.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiRai View Post
    If you're using build 6530, or later, of Inner Space, which was released ~20 days ago, then it blocks WowVoiceProxy from running.
    Thanks MiRai.

    Interesting. I am running 1.16 Build 6304 and have it set to 'Always patch at startup' & even 'Download development (test) patches' but it doesn't seem like it is doing that. I restarted multiple times over the last few weeks (especially when doing all the above) and even restarted my PC and Innerspace this morning...

    When I right click on Innerspace to open the console I see both of the above boxes checked and it says:
    -Current Live Version: 1.16 Build 6365;
    -Current Development Version: 1.16 Build 6553;

    Even though I have it set to 'Always Patch at Startup' it doesn't seem to automatically patch... Do I need to manually click the red 'Patch these files' button even if set to always patch?

    If I do that with my current settings will I get 6535 or 6553?

    I suspect 6553 if I normally only want the most stable live version I suspect I likely I should uncheck 'Download development (test) patches' to only get 6535 but figured it would be smart to ask for guidance.

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    I just renamed the .exe file to .bak. It doesn’t launch anymore and no more random stuttering. It has to be redone every time you patch though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nodoze View Post
    Even though I have it set to 'Always Patch at Startup' it doesn't seem to automatically patch... Do I need to manually click the red 'Patch these files' button even if set to always patch?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by nodoze View Post
    If I do that with my current settings will I get 6535 or 6553?
    You will get whichever version you've selected: If you've enabled development patches, then you'll get a dev build, otherwise you'll get the live build.

    Quote Originally Posted by nodoze View Post
    I suspect 6553 if I normally only want the most stable live version I suspect I likely I should uncheck 'Download development (test) patches' to only get 6535 but figured it would be smart to ask for guidance.
    Very rarely is there an "unstable" development build, especially for World of Warcraft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiRai View Post
    Yes.
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    You will get whichever version you've selected: If you've enabled development patches, then you'll get a dev build, otherwise you'll get the live build.
    ...
    Very rarely is there an "unstable" development build, especially for World of Warcraft.
    OK thanks so much!

    I went ahead an unchecked dev/test builds for now and patched up.

    I am still going to leave Zone Alarm firewall/AV in place because they seems to work significantly better than the ones built into windows and give me more control over things executing (as exemplified in this scenario).

    I guess ISboxer users (once patched up) don't really need this thread anymore... In my case I do run my 6th account outside of ISboxer so it does still help me there.

    There are some Boxers don't use ISboxer so hopefully this thread at least helps them.
    Last edited by nodoze : 09-26-2019 at 04:38 AM

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