10 Tips to Fix 100% Disk Usage & Improve Windows Performance

Your computer is hanging. Same old Windows, right? Except you’re using a brand new Windows 10 device; you’ve only had it a few days. So just what is going on? computer science computer science computer science
Investigating, you discover that your system drive is running at 100%. Surely this can’t be, right? Sadly, it is. The latest versions of Windows have a problem with the drives being overworked, which slows down the operating system. This issue affects both hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs). computer science    
Several fixes are available for this, depending upon what exactly is causing the problem. computer science

Slow Performance? Check Your Disk Usage

This performance issue is most obvious when attempting to use Search (Windows key + Q) to find a file or program, and anything else that requires the drive to do some work (perhaps copying and pasting a group of files).
To establish whether it is a problem that is affecting you, when your computer next slows down press Ctrl+Alt+Del and select Task Manager. computer science computer science computer science computer science
(Alternatively, right-click the Taskbar and select Task Manager.) Note that this may take some time to open with the drive being slow. computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science 

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On the first tab, Processes, look for the Disk column. If you’re having problems with drive performance, this should be at 100%, and colored red to indicate whether you have a problem or not. computer science computer science
Once you’ve established that there is a problem, you have several options available. Check the following steps one at a time, checking the disk usage in the Task Manager after each. Note that even if you find a solution, a Windows Update could reset the changes you’ve made. Bookmarking this page will help you find it in future to run through the fixes again. computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science 

1. Check Your Anti-Virus Software

As with any such performance issue, the first thing to do is confirm that your computer hasn’t been infected with malware. Your security software should be able to deal with this, whether it’s a free app or a paid suite. At the very least, tools such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should be able to scan your system drive and detect any problems, although with a heavy load on your drive already this may take a while. computer science computer science
If threats are found, use the software’s recommendations to discard them, and reboot, before checking your drive performance further. Hopefully, you’ve resolved the issue; if not, then malware wasn’t to blame, so read on.

2. Disable Windows Search for Improved Disk Performance

The next thing to check is whether the problem has to do with Windows Search.
A bug in Windows 8 and 10 results in a sort of “search loop” that causes an increased load on the system drive.
To stop this and prevent it from happening during your current session (until Windows is rebooted) open the Command Prompt (the quickest way is by clicking the Start button and typing cmd, then right-click and select Run as administrator) and enter the following: computer science computer science computer science computer science

net.exe stop "Windows search"

To permanently disable Windows Search or Indexing, press Windows key + R, enter services.msc, and hit Enter. In the Services window that opens find the Windows Searchentry and double-click it to open the Windows Search Properties window. Under Startup type, select Disabled. Here you can click Stop to abort the service. Click OK to save your changes. computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science computer science 

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You can also control which folders Windows Search indexes, which we’ve demonstrated previously.
A few moments after disabling Windows Search, your Windows 8.x or Windows 10 performance should improve considerably. If not, move on… computer science computer science computer science computer science

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