When ya clean out all, remove or disable any audio devices in device manage temporarily.
If ya find out it’s the audio device, try these few things.
If your on 64bit windows then try the 32bit audio driver instead.
If on 64bit driver on 64 bit os then try newer or older driver, basically another version of the drive.
Make sure you uninstall proper so no remains of the of driver is their, uninstall via device manager and it will give you the option to completely remove driver files too.
If your driver is asio4all then download the latest version if your on windows 8 or 10.
If you have a usb audio device which is plug n play, so it worked soon as ya plugged it in, then uninstall any driver you installed which will remove the asio driver. Normally any software/drivers that casme with the audio device wont’ install asio and you have to download the asio driver. Believe it or not but the Asio4all is better performance than the usb audio drivers that come with many usb audio devices. So if you can then use the asio4all driver and remove the usb’s asio driver.
My sound card works great but it does hang cubase a little loading and closing and has on all version on all os.
Sorry for not detail how to but google will bring up plenty on all items.