Windows 10 users who are experiencing issues such as slow response times can look into their Task Manager for guidance. Task Manager gives you a lot of information about the application and system processes currently running on your machine.
Many users recently upgraded their operating system to Windows 10 and reported complaints, that their computer was running slowly and Task Manager reported 100% disk usage.
Here are 7 methods that you can use to try to solve the high disk usage issue on your Windows 10 system. Some may take longer than usual due to stress and increased usage of your hard drive.
1. Restart Your System
The first way, try restarting your computer. maybe this is a standard way to solve all kinds of problems that exist.
2. Update Windows
The second way is, try updating your operating system. Maybe some cases are also resolved because maybe software such as google chrome, adobe, Mozilla Firefox, etc. have automatic updates that allow your operating system to not support the latest software.
You can check for new updates and install them if they are available.
Settings > Update & Security settings > Windows Update
This may improve the overall performance of your system including that of your hard drive.
3. Check For Malware
Your computer may be infected with malware causing your disk usage to spike abnormally. If you have antivirus software running in the background, that should catch the problem. Nothing is perfect, so force your antivirus package to scan your hard drive for possible infections. This can be a time-consuming process as your disk is already experiencing high usage but it may be necessary to identify and remove malicious software.
4. Stop the Superfetch Service
Another Windows 10 feature that can cause problems is the Windows Superfetch service with the command: net.exe stop superfetch.
5. Change Energy Options from Balanced to High Performance
Try changing the battery setting from Balanced to High Performance. Some cases can also handle it.
- Go to Power Options > Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings.
- Select the High-performance option from the drop-down box and make sure all plan settings are set to their defaults.
6. Reset Virtual Memory in Windows 10
Virtual memory treats your disk as if it is RAM and uses it to swap out temporary files when it runs out of actual RAM. Errors in the pagefile. sys can cause 100% disk usage on your Windows 10 machine. The remedy to this problem is to reset your virtual memory settings.
Follow these steps to reset your virtual memory:
In your computer’s “System Properties” you need to click on “Advanced system settings”.
Click “Settings” in the Performance section
Select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Change” button.
Make sure the box titled “Automatically manage paging file size” is checked.
You can also choose “No paging file”, Press OK and then reboot. This will inhibit the use of virtual memory and may improve your system’s disk performance.
7. Run Check Disk
A check disk can show you if there are any physical problems with your hard drive. Usually, a high disk usage indicates that there is an application or logical issue driving the disk usage, but it is worth your time to rule out any physical damage. Run check disk and note its results.