There are a lot of users who report that their disk usage reaches 100%. Then, it leads to a lagging and unresponsive system. If you face this issue as well, you have to fix it. Below, we have some methods that you are able to apply for getting rid of the 100% disk usage issue in Windows 10.
Disabling Antivirus Software
If there are some antivirus software on your PC, you are able to disable them temporarily to check whether the software is the cause of a 100% disk usage issue. If you have disable your Antivirus software and then you find that it can fix the issue, you may then worry because no other solution is offered from the vendor of your equipment about antivirus software. But, you do not need to actually because Microsoft has its own default and built-in anti malware software Window Defender. So, even though you disable your antivirus, Windows Defender will always protect your computer.
Changing Energy Options from Balanced to High Performance
This is another method that you are able to do to fix this issue. How to do that?
- The first thing that you have to do is to go to Power Options.
- Then, you have to change the plan settings and change advanced power settings.
- You have to select High performance from the drop down box and you have to make sure all plan settings are on default.
Changing Settings in Google Chrome and Skype
Other people who also experienced this issue tried to change the settings in Google Chrome and Skype and they proved that it can fix this 100% disk usage issue. To make this change in Google Chrome, you are able to follow the steps below.
- The first thing that you have to do is to go to Settings and then choose Show Advanced Settings.
- Under Privacy section, you have to uncheck the ‘Use A Prediction Service To Load Pages MOre Quickly’ option.
- Now, you should try to disable Flash in Google Chrome as well.
To update or change your Skype settings, you are able to follow the steps below.
- First, you have to start Skype for Windows 10 and then you have to choose the Start menu from the bottom left of your screen. In the list of available applications, you have to scroll down to Skype for Windows 10 and then click to open it.
- Now, you have to choose the Security tab and then you have to click on the Edit option.
- In the list of Groups or Usernames, you have to choose All Application Packages. Then, you must check the Write option to choose Allow which permits Skype to write to your disk.
Stopping the Superfetch Service
Windows Superfetch service is another Windows 10 feature which can cause problems. So, you are able to try to disable this service temporarily in the same way to Windows search with this command: net.exe stop superfetch.
- So, the first thing that you have to do is to Press Windows and X keys.
- After that, you have to select Command Prompt (Admin).
- In the Command Prompt window, you have to type: net.exe stop superfetch and after typing it, make sure that you hit Enter.
If you want to disable the service permanently, you are able to use the same steps as for disabling Windows search.
Restarting Your System
Usually, restarting your Windows 10 can solve any issues. So, when you are facing a 100% disk usage issue, you are also able to try applying this issue. To do that, you have to click on the Restart option which can start your system in a fresh state as opposed to the Shut Down option.
Resetting Virtual Memory and Increasing The RAM
When the RAM is not enough to perform a task, Windows will store files temporarily in virtual memory. Some PCs operating systems cannot support more than a certain amount of RAM. Let’s say that 32-bit versions of Windows cannot use more than 4 GB of RAM. So, if you install more than 4 GB of RAM, it will not be useful. However, if your computer can support installing more RAM, you are able to increase the RAM.
If you do not want to increase the RAM, you are able to reset virtual memory. How to do that? You are able to follow the steps below.
- The first thing that you have to do is to press Windows Key and Pause/ Break Key together. After that, you have to choose Advanced System Settings on the left panel.
- Now, you have to go to the Advanced tab and then click on Settings.
- You have to go to the Advanced tab again and then select Change in the Virtual memory section.
- Here, you have to make sure that the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives checkbox is not ticked.
- In this step, you need to choose your Windows drive and then enter an initial size and maximum size for your virtual memory. For the initial size, the value is various and it depends on your PC. If you are not sure the value that you will use, you are able to enter whatever the number is in the Recommended category. For maximum size, you have to make sure that you do not set this value too high. It should be around 1.5 times the size of the physical RAM that you have. For example, if your PC is 4 GB of RAM, you should have no more than about 6,144 MB virtual memory. If you have entered your virtual memory values, now you have to click on Set and then click on OK to continue.
- Here, the thing that you have to do is to clear all the temp files on your computer. On your keyboard, you have to press Windows + R keys together and then in the Run form, you have to type temp and then press Enter. By doing it, it will invoke Windows Explorer with your Temp folder open and it shows you all the temp files on your PC.
- At last, you have to choose all the files in the Temp folder and then delete them.
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