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Your computer is hanging. Same old Windows, right? Except you’re using a brand new Windows 8.x or Windows 10 device, you’ve only had it a few days. So just what is going on?

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 over worked, which slows down the operating system. This issue affects both hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs).

Several fixes are available for this, depending upon what exactly is causing the problem.

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. (Alternatively, right-click the Taskbar and select Task Manager.) Note that this may take some time to open with the drive being slow.

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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.

Once you’ve found there is a problem, you have several options available.

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 10 Steps To Take When You Discover Malware On Your Computer 10 Steps To Take When You Discover Malware On Your Computer We would like to think that the Internet is a safe place to spend our time (cough), but we all know there are risks around every corner. Email, social media, malicious websites that have worked... Read More . 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.

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.

Disable Windows Search for Improved Disk Performance

The next thing to check is whether the problem is to do with Windows Search. A bug in Windows 8 and 10 results in a sort of “search loop” that results in an increased load on the system drive.

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To stop this, and prevent it from happening during your current session (until Windows is rebooted) open the Command Prompt The Windows Command Prompt: Simpler And More Useful Than You Think The Windows Command Prompt: Simpler And More Useful Than You Think The commands haven't always stayed the same, in fact some have been trashed while other newer commands came along, even with Windows 7 in fact. So, why would anyone want to bother clicking the start... Read More (the quickest way is by right-clicking the Start button and selecting Command Prompt (Admin)) and enter the following:

net.exe stop "Windows search"

To permanently disable Windows Search or Indexing, press Windows + R, enter services.msc, and hit Enter. In the Services window that opens find the Windows Search entry 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.

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You can also control which folders Windows Search indexes How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance Whatever you think of Windows 8 (at MakeUseOf, our opinions are mixed), it’s certainly speedy. Windows 8 boots faster than previous versions of Windows, has lower memory usage, and has a desktop that feels nice... Read More , 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…

Disable Superfetch Service

For some reason, the superfetch service has been identified as a potential cause of these disk performance issues in Windows 8.x and Windows 10. To deal with this, open another Command Prompt (or if you’ve still got the earlier box open, use that) and enter:

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net.exe stop superfetch

Again, wait a few moments to check whether this has had any effect on your computer’s performance. You should also run Check Disk in a Command Prompt:

chkdsk.exe /f /r

You’ll be informed that your PC must be rebooted for Check Disk to complete, so make sure you have closed all of your applications first.

If this doesn’t work, it is likely that you’re experiencing an iteration of this issue that is frustrating to realize, but simple to resolve.

Could It Be Flash?

We’ve already discussed at length why Flash should be consigned to history Why Flash Needs to Die (And How You Can Get Rid of It) Why Flash Needs to Die (And How You Can Get Rid of It) The Internet's relationship with Flash has been rocky for a while. Once, it was a universal standard on the web. Now, it looks like it may be headed to the chopping block. What changed? Read More . It is, quite frankly, one of the most vulnerable aspects How to Stop Auto-Playing Flash and HTML5 Videos in Chrome How to Stop Auto-Playing Flash and HTML5 Videos in Chrome Auto-playing videos can be obnoxious. Here are a couple of Chrome browser tips and extensions to prevent videos from auto-playing. Read More of modern computing, an attack vector that just keeps on giving. It also seems to be one of the most common culprits for the maxed out, 100% hard disk usage in Windows 10 and the earlier Windows 8.x, if you’re using the Google Chrome browser.

In Chrome, go to the address bar and enter:

chrome://plugins

A new settings-style screen will display a list of installed plugins. If you have Adobe Flash installed for viewing videos (BBC iPlayer How To Watch TV On The Web With BBC iPlayer [Mainly UK Only] How To Watch TV On The Web With BBC iPlayer [Mainly UK Only] The Internet is becoming an increasingly important source for content of all media. There are legal and not-so-legal ways of listening to music, watching television and movies, playing games, and obtaining software. All via a... Read More requires Flash on desktop browsers, for instance, as do many other video streaming services, as well as browser games) then you will see it listed as Adobe Flash Player here.

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Click the Disable button; the Adobe Flash Player entry will be grayed out. Wait a few moments and then check your Task Manager. Performance issues related to your system drive should be resolved. Try restarting the Chrome Browser if this is still an issue.

Disk Usage Should Rarely Be 100%

Put simply, there is little reason for your disk load to be anything close to 100%, certainly not under normal usage. A slow computer is one with a problem, and if you cannot fix it by disabling a browser plugin, stopping services, or running your anti-virus software, then the problem may well be hardware related.

Perhaps your drive is getting old; it may be defective, or the cables may need replacing. Alternatively, there is a chance that the problem is connected to the Windows defrag tool. If your computer is attempting to defrag your drive, but your HDD is actually an SSD, then serious problems can occur Top Tools for Managing and Maintaining Your SSD Top Tools for Managing and Maintaining Your SSD Did your SSD start out Usain Bolt fast, but now limps along? You can whip your drive back into shape using a handful of toolkits and optimization software, but caveat emptor: Some SSD optimization software... Read More . Deal with this by opening the Task Scheduler (WINDOWS + Q, enter task scheduler) and disable any scheduled disk defrag tasks.

Is the 100% disk usage issue slowing down your Windows 8.x or Windows 10 computer? Have any of these fixes resolved the problem? Tell me in the comments, let’s see if we can get it fixed.

  1. Sam
    December 9, 2016 at 1:56 am

    No luck for me. Disk usage went from 100% to 99%.
    Toshiba Satellite S55-B5280 with Windows 10. Problems began with upgrade from originally installed Windows 8.1.

  2. Nishanth
    December 6, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Thank you very much. It really helped!!! Disk usage dropped from 95% to 3%. One small doubt.

    Can we disable the Superfetch too permanently? Or we should stop it every time we start the system?

    • Christian Cawley
      December 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Many leave it disabled. Your mileage may vary; it's down to user preference.

  3. Wisely
    December 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Thank you so much! It was the windows search for me, stopping it worked like a charm! Even a reboot did not help before. So happy I found this article!

  4. ags1773
    December 2, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Turn off "Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use windows"
    My disk usage dropped from 100% to 2-3% as soon as I did this

  5. Aparaajith
    November 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Disabling Superfetch worked for me! Laptop works like a dream now! Thanks a ton! Bookmarked this site! :)

  6. Aparaajith
    November 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Stopping Superfetch did the trick for me. Thank you so much for this brilliant fix! Laptop works like a dream now! Thanks a lot! :)

  7. Akash
    November 28, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Stopping "Windows Search" service worked great. Thanks-a-lot!

  8. Tim
    November 26, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    A combo of stopping superfetch and disabling adobe flash plugin in Chrome helped dramatically. Thanks much!

  9. Kino
    November 26, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Disabling the flaah seemed to have worked but it not ompletely gone. Disk usage has gone down but occasionally runs to 100% and back down. I don't know if it should be doing that.

  10. Pedras
    November 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks. It worked...after superfetch stop.

  11. pachingchung
    November 24, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I tried all suggested fixes out there and nothing really worked - I turned off Windows Firewall via services.msc and that seems to have fixed it for me.

    • Bec
      November 24, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      This has worked straight away for me from 100% - 0% ! Will it affect defence from virus?

      • Pachingchung
        November 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm

        Hi Bec,

        I believe you should have an antivirus software and a firewall software in place of Windows Firewall - I downloaded a free firewall software and all good so far.

  12. Matthew
    November 24, 2016 at 2:17 am

    I tried all the fixes listed and it's still at 100% antimal ware service executable is the highest maxxing at about 2 mb/s I tried scaning with Windows defender but after 24 hours it was only 1/10 or less the way done (not sure if previous comment posted)

    • Christian Cawley
      November 24, 2016 at 7:48 am

      A few additional fixes can be found in the comments, Matthew, so it's worth scrolling through them.

  13. Matthew
    November 24, 2016 at 2:14 am

    I've tried all the fixes listed and it's still a 100%, the highest is Anti-Malware service executable going from 0.1 mb/s to 2, flashing everywhere in between. Also services like steam have trouble using the network but my internet is perfectly fine

  14. Tauheed
    November 20, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks it solved my problem. It was due to skype, i followed the tutorial and did the same. It works.....

  15. Luis G
    November 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    As soon as Windows Search was disable the computer performance improved. Disc usage went from 100% to 75% then to 53%. After stopping Superfetch it dropped to 3 to 5 percent. PC performance improve significantly, like is was brand new out of the box.

    One thing I found for Win10 users. If you use the regular CMD prompt you might receive an error 5 when stopping. To resolve this issue, right click on Start and select Command Prod (Admin) click yes to use the Admin prompt and proceed to stop Superfetch.

  16. Joel
    November 18, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    From 100% disk usage down to 2% after using this.!! Thanks so much

  17. Chris Grant
    November 18, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    By far the best and most complete answer to this problem.

  18. Piyush
    November 18, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Disabling flash did the trick for me. Disk usage dropped to 0-2% in idle mode, as opposed to 100%! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Valeri
    November 17, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Thank you!! I did the first one with Windows search and it went from 100% to averaging about 25%. I was getting ready to just send my new computer back from all the crashes....

  20. BrotherG
    November 16, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I have tried the fixes above and my win10 machine still gets the 100% issue. Right now it is completely locked. I rebooted, and only have the task manager open, and now the task manager isn't responding. I can only shut down the pc by doing a hard shut down.

  21. craig
    November 11, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    great tips, helped bring my pc back to life.

  22. L Schnur
    November 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Disc usage often reaches 100% and the computer shuts down reporting various errors including memory Mgt. Removed Windows 10 & reloaded Windows 8 & problem is now worse. It makes bringing Windows current with 184 updates a near impossible task as many have failed to get installed. Ready to replace this HP laptop which is less than 3 years old...

  23. Saiful
    November 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    omg thank you very much! it was the flash plugin destroying my disk silently T_T good read anyway. thanks again!

  24. Henry
    November 7, 2016 at 6:14 am

    An excellent article.

    Disabling Superfetch and Windows Search made no difference for me, but disabling Flash brought down the disk usage from usually 100% to usually <10%

    A warning though. If you're going to run chkdsk, take a backup first ! I ran chkdsk and it hung up at 11%. Luckily, the PC seems to have experienced nothing nasty as a result, but it could have..... I imagine I have some corruption from the numerous times in which the entire system has locked up and I've had to hit the Power switch.

    • Santiago
      November 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      I had the exact same thing happen to me. However since I was doing this troubleshooting at. Near midnight I figured I'd simply sleep on it and let it do it's thing. When I woke up, it had finished. Disclaimer though, it did not help me solve my issue. My disk usage is still at 90%-100%
      Weird thing is: my computer runs normally. It is not slower nor non responsive. Not sure what is going on there.

      • Merete
        November 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm

        Exactly the same thing happened to me. And disk usage still too high. Did you find out what was going on?

  25. Gareth
    November 6, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Disabling the flash plug in new Torch seems to have worked! I anticipate tell you how long I've been running 100% disk usage. Now it's hovering around 10-20, one times dropping below 5! Thanks for such a comprehensive guide!

    • Christian Cawley
      November 6, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      Always good to see it worked out :)

  26. viswanath
    November 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks a million. Worked for me after disabling flash plugin

    • Christian Cawley
      November 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Pleased it worked for you!

  27. joseph horvath
    November 1, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Bookmarked... Best explanation and easy fix..

    thankyou very much.

    • Christian Cawley
      November 5, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks for bookmarking!

  28. Mike
    October 31, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Finally found my culprit! In my case, I had to stop the service "Diagnostic Policy Service" which was taking 80-90% of my drive. Immediately after disabling, my usage dropped to 5%. Yay! Here's what I learned about this service:

    Using telemetry built into Windows 10, Microsoft sought to improve the features and overall experience of the operating system through automated uploads of data. This capability is provided using the Diagnostic Tracking Service and is complete opt-in.

    • Freddie
      November 16, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Mike thank you. Having tried all of the above, I found your comment. Seems this caused my problem too. Service stopped - now to look at whether there will be any negative impact from stopping the service.

  29. Rick
    October 29, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I have tried all these fixes and some others and disk is still maxing out.

    • Christian Cawley
      November 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Have you had a look at the suggestions in the comments?

  30. Victor
    October 29, 2016 at 2:34 am

    It was Flash indeed, thaks.

  31. Toby
    October 27, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    This was a huge help. Killing the flash plug in seemed to do it. Thanks so much for giving me my computer back.

  32. Wesley Knox
    October 24, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Ive done all the supposed fixes to my Acer Aspire from last year and still 100% disk usage. I rarely use this computer anymore but it's my only computer with dedicated graphics so I want to revive it. Will I have to bring it to a repair shop?

  33. Thanks
    October 22, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    For me, disabling Adobe Flash Player solved the issue. Disk usage dropped from 100% down to the regular 0-5 % when ideling.

    • Christian Cawley
      October 22, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Great to hear. Sad it's Flash again, though. Seems to be the overwhelming cause of this issue...

      • Adam
        October 25, 2016 at 7:49 pm

        I cannot believe this worked... I disabled Adobe Flash and it's soooo much better; 100% down to 1-5%. I almost didn't even try it as it just seems so ridiculous but it's worked!

        I nearly bought a new SSD and everything.

        Thanks a lot.

  34. Reyzal
    October 22, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Thanks bro, it fix my problem, adobe flash was the cause..

  35. Dinesh Kumar
    October 22, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Thank you for the easy to follow steps! It fixed the issue on my PC, it was the Search Indexing that had been using up my Disk resources.

  36. Coop
    October 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I have solved the issue with my computer and Windows 10 100% disk usage. I was troubleshooting the IDE controller driver and ended up running Troubleshooting from control panel. I chose hardware and sound and then chose hardware and devices and let it run. It actually came back and suggested to set the IDE controller to use Windows 8 compatibility. It's been 3 days and have had no issues. I can actually open up 20+ tabs in Chrome with no issues (catching up on updates in face book).
    I tried all the other registry changes, app disabling, etc. etc. posted and nothing helped. Uninstalled anti-virus, disabled auto updates downloads, you name it, nothing. This has been a stable change so far.
    Hope this helps someone out there that was getting as disgusted as I was :)
    Coop

  37. ahmad
    October 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    It's not working , It's still showing 100 % usage of disk space

  38. RALN
    October 17, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I tried each one of these remedies in successive order with reboots as prescribed... I'm not sure if they all worked together but after executing the last one I finally saw the disk usage drop and now fluctuates up and down... no longer stuck at 100% or reaches beyond 99%... I'm relieved for now.... Thank you

  39. Jon Brantner
    October 13, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I have tried everything in this article and several other things in various other articles and youtube videos I have found. I just reinstalled the operating system (completely fresh - didn't carry over my apps or my files) and every since I got it back up and running it has been running at 100% disk usage. I don't know what to do. Its a Dell XPS machine with 16gb ram. Its way over-powered for what I use it for - it shouldn't be running this bad. Someone please help!

    • Christian Cawley
      October 14, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      There are some good additional suggestions in the comments below, Jon, which are worth looking into.

    • darkentrees
      October 15, 2016 at 8:19 am

      One thing to watch is not to measure your disk usage for a bit after restart - it can take a few minutes for necessary startup processes to settle down, so implement these suggestions - especially I found 'superfetch', and 'windows search', and disabling things like adobe updater, and other automated update services.

      If you work at it, you can definitely reduce your disk usage.

      But once again I must rant, 'how could something like this get out the door? I'm definitely a fan of windows, and I love windows 10, but this is nonsense'. Hopefully an update comes along to address some of this at least!

  40. Jefferson Abraham
    October 12, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Hi,
    I have a new laptop Lenovo Thinkpad E450. I have Windows 10 installed. The laptop was working fine in the first one month but now it has started hanging quite a bit. When I checked the task manager, the disk usage kept showing at 100% with absolutely no processes running. I have tried all the checks and directions listed in this article but it hasn't seemed to help. Can you please help debug the problem.

    • Raymond Stead
      October 12, 2016 at 8:24 am

      I have a Lenovo Y700 and have the same problem. Usually mine is either the System or Antimalware service that is highlighted as the most usage. Any help is appreciated

    • Christian Cawley
      October 12, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      This post was written on a Lenovo. Unfortunately due to the various security issues with the company, I decided to move on, so assistance beyond what is mentioned here is tricky.

      However, I would certainly begin by concentrating on removing bloatware.

  41. Jas
    October 10, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I've tried everything on the Internet and I still can't get my disk to stay low for more than 5 minutes. It goes down to around 5 and then shoots back up to 100 every time. I just bought a new hard drive so I know that's not the issue. Please help.

  42. GareBear Extraordinaire
    October 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Now my disk usage sits at ZERO PERCENT unless I am actually doing something!

    It's almost creepy to have my machine so quiet these days, the moment I pause in my work...

    I'm a bit dismayed about this kind of quality in Windows 10 - which I really like - but stuff like this kind of gets to you.

    • Christian Cawley
      October 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Zero!? Amazing! Mine is much lower, but never that low. Glad it worked out.

  43. darkentrees
    October 9, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Thanks so much for this excellent info.

    After taking most of these recommendations, it also occurred to me that UNchecking "Compress this drive to save space" on my C drive properties (which launched a looong process in itself) is also a likely culprit... I would think this feature (which is enabled by default) could cause Windows to continually comb your drive for wasted space. Anyhow, after all of these measures my usage has gone down from a continual 85% or more usage, to somewhere between 5% to 7%.

    Both myself and my hard drive thank you profusely!

    • Christian Cawley
      October 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Really pleased it worked for you :)

  44. Sagar
    October 7, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks for your help. For me it was the Adobe Flash Player in Chrome browser. As soon as I Disabled that plugin I could see that the Disk usage had gone down from 100% to about 10/20% average.

  45. Arik Shemer
    October 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Wonderfull summary.
    Windows Search does the trick for me.
    But... I love the feature / the concept of indexing, which allows me to find anything on my PC quickly.
    So, if I disable it - wouldn't I lose the 'search' ability ???
    Isn't there a way to fix the bug which causes the loop?

    Thanks for your help!

    Arik

  46. Doopz
    October 6, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Here is the Microsoft recommended solution:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3083595

    and it worked for me :-)

  47. Connor B
    October 3, 2016 at 3:36 am

    I have been having problems with my Inspiron 15 ever since I started using Adobe Creative Cloud and the associated Adobe products. Before this it worked fine. Now I am having the 100% disc usage problem and none of the steps, tricks, or tips I've found so far have helped. Is my problem stemming from the use or presence of the Adobe products? If so this may explain why the tips that help others aren't helping me.

  48. Chanil
    October 3, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I tried all the options and didn't help me, I read on a forum that changing the battery plan from "balanced" to "high performance" may be the answer, for me it was! suddenly the problem was solve :)

  49. Kaelan DeLong
    October 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I tried all of these fixes and it's still %100 disk PLEASE HELP

    • Chanil
      October 3, 2016 at 12:36 am

      Try changing your battery plan from balanced to high performance (in case you're using a laptop).

  50. Gábor Gombos
    October 2, 2016 at 8:31 am

    It's really helpful. The 2. tip was works really well for me. My pc was at 100% disk useage 2 minutes ago, now its 0-3%.
    Thank you for this help informations. God bless you.

  51. santhosh
    October 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Once I stopped superfetch service my disk usage was down to 2 percent. Thank you so much :)

  52. TexasRose
    October 2, 2016 at 2:33 am

    WOW .... YES! *arm-pump* I stopped the Windows search and disc went back down to 1%
    Thank you!!

  53. Bruce Ball
    October 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I Googled on how to get rid of bloatware. I got your page. Your mistake is putting every bit of knowledge you have on one page, which totally confuses or hides the main issue for most users, thus rendering your page useless.

    You should use link for every item you want to write about. Then, the user needs only to go thru the list of links, find which one they need and click on it.

    By the way, I never did find an easy answer to deleting bloatware on this page.

  54. Jim
    September 30, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Got my usage down form 100% to about 2% by the following:

    using a free antivirus instead of Windows Defender
    following the three steps above. Biggest change was disabling flash in google chrome.

  55. John Johnson
    September 29, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Thanks, disabling Windows search did the trick, was a bit worried that my poor HD was going to wear out!

  56. Lulukins
    September 28, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you so much! I do not usually comment but this time I thought I must. My brand new Asus computer has been probably the slowest computer that I ever had. The disc usage has been at 100% all the time. I did what I know, stopped lots of startup programs, and canceled background tasks, but it was still at a 100%. I tried every scan, expecting to have a virus, but apart from a couple tracking cookies, nothing came up.

    After I disabled Windows Search, that alone decreased my usage to 75%-80%. The difference was amazingly noticeable. Then I did the next thing, disable the superfetch. Unbelievably, my disk usage went down to 5%-25%. I can finally use my brand new computer. Thank you so much!

    I wish there was some way to spread this article. Personally, I didn't think that 100% disc usage was a problem, until I just started to google like crazy. I'm sure that there are a lot of poor souls that are struggling with this issue, and your article saves lives of all computers that are close to be thrown out the window.

  57. Martin Leibowitz
    September 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    WOW !! It was the chrome plug-ins. I disabled Flash and 2 other plug-ins and my disk usage immediately went from 100% to 4%. YTB (You're the best).

  58. Alasdair
    September 25, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I am curious, how common is this issue? Also how damaging is it to the pc to not fix the issue?

    • Christian Cawley
      September 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      It's quite common. This is one of the most popular posts I've written for MakeUseOf in the past year... in fact I've been astonished to find out just how common it is.

      WRT the PC and any damage, I suspect the main points of concern are the longevity of the HDD and heat. For instance, an already dusty computer with a permanently 100% HDD might result in other issues developing.

  59. Chad Schaefer
    September 24, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Thank you for the insight. My AVG found one threat which load my disk usage down quite a bit, and then I did the others as instructed. Now I'm under 1 Megabyte a second on my disk .

  60. Kasia
    September 21, 2016 at 11:33 am

    A different trick helped me out - one from Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3083595.

  61. GamerGuy
    September 19, 2016 at 8:02 am

    omg thank you so much disabling flash seemed to do the trick. I unistalled flash and disabled it from all my web browsers and now it seems to be fine although if i open multiple things like steam and google and microsoft edge the disk usage can go to 60% for sometime it quickly goes down again to like 10 or 15 so thank you very much...

  62. Eli A
    September 18, 2016 at 3:03 am

    I love you for this thread, had this problem for weeks, finally fixed it!

  63. John
    September 18, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Check disk worked. I have been fighting with a slow computer, typing and waiting 3 seconds for it to appear on the screen, and scrolling that works in jerks and spurts. Went through each step and it did not work until I did the Windows 10 CHKDSK through the C: admin prompt. I even restored my computer to factory settings once and it was still slow and sputtering. Only your solutions worked. Thank you so much.

    I was wondering if after removing Flash, if you had to reboot the computer for it to take effect. If you do, that may have been the problem too. I didn't reboot the computer for any of the above fixes until I entered the CHKDSK command.

    • Christian Cawley
      September 18, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      Useful to know, thanks John.

      Can't recall if I restarted after removing Flash, perhaps one of our readers can?

  64. Mac
    September 17, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    If possible change power supply. And check effect.

  65. Beck
    September 14, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    I did all of the steps and the disk is still at 100% usage. What should my next step be?

  66. Bernd Fehrenbach
    September 10, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Disabling flash player resolved the issue. Thanks!

  67. damie
    September 10, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Disabling the flash plugin on chrome fixed the issue.

    Thank you

  68. Thomas
    September 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Isn't there a fix that doesn't limit my user experience?

    1. I always use search to find everything, i don't want to disable the only useful thing that wasn't prevalent in windows XP

    2. I need superfetch working since there's a memory stick readyboosting for extra RAM, from what i know it uses superfetch. It really impacts my performance without readyboost. And i can't install more RAM internally since it would cost a lot more and i'd have to remove the disk drive.

    3. Why hasn't windows made a fix for this, my hard drive already crashed once, if it breaks i'm going to sue.

  69. marco
    September 4, 2016 at 11:13 am

    my PC was running at 99% CPU use and a couple of things here dropped it back to 4%.

    Plus I found a bunch of Google Chrome extensions that i never use in the process of following this article.

    But I am still unsure what Command Prompt (Admin) does. I followed the steps above to disable it but do not know how to enable it. Do I need it?

    I am not even sure what it is. I read the article above under 'read more' but I can't say I much clearer. Can anyone tell me in a few words;
    1. what it does? 2. Do i need it? and if then 3. How do I re-enable it?
    Thank you

  70. Devan
    August 31, 2016 at 2:58 am

    when I type net.exe and enter, there is a small popup which flashes and disappears!!! help

  71. Amey Kelkar
    August 31, 2016 at 1:50 am

    After several months of research I found this blog post.
    The remedy was net.exe stop superfetch.

    Instantly dropped the Disk usage from 96% to 2-3%.

    Thank you very much.

  72. HoaArts
    August 29, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Oh my good. Thank you so, so much! You have no idea how happy I am right now. Thank you!! <3

  73. Phil
    August 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Dear Christian,

    Your page is the BEST. I've tried everything you mentioned and it only worked for me when disabling Flash in Chrome. Good job, Thank you so much :o)

    • Christian Cawley
      August 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Phil, your comment is the BEST I've had. So pleased it worked for you!

  74. Ruth
    August 24, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Disabling Windows Search and superfetch worked for me. Thank you so much!

  75. Stacie
    August 24, 2016 at 7:58 am

    This is the 3rd fix I have tried this week, disabling Adobe in Chrome being the latest. My question is, how do I watch things in chrome (like live feeds) that require adobe?

    • Christian Cawley
      August 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      You shouldn't really need Adobe Flash in 2016. HTML5 handles video streams without it.

  76. manong
    August 24, 2016 at 7:29 am

    net.exe stop superfetch it wont access to my laptop asus core i5

  77. nasir
    August 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    i am windows 10 on latest i5 laptop my laptop gets slow down due to 100% hdd usage then i came at you article and disabled Windows Search and Superfetch Service now my it working very fast and hdd usage 2%.
    thank you

    • Christian Cawley
      August 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Delighted to have helped!

  78. Lulu
    August 22, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Oh, and I can't even get services.exe to open.

    • TJ
      September 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Services.msc

  79. Lulu
    August 22, 2016 at 2:51 am

    This has been happening to my computer for months now, and none of the tricks I've found on the internet help. I guess it's time to buy a new computer... :(

    • Christian Cawley
      August 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      Not a reason to buy a new computer! Try "services.msc" instead - seems a typo has crept in, which I'm about to fix :)

  80. kajamaki
    August 21, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Disabling Windows Search worked for me, disk usage dropped from 100% to 3%.

    thanks for the tip.

  81. george B
    August 19, 2016 at 12:53 am

    This was definiately Flash Player for me. Brand new ssd and fresh win 10 install. Didnt have this issue at my office with the same situation, but I also use Chrome Canary there.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 22, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks for sharing, george B!

      • George B.
        August 22, 2016 at 6:40 pm

        Hey Christian,

        It seems like I spoke too soon. I did the chrome fix, and then re-enabled search and super fetch, and had the issue again. I disabled those two options again, and I believe it's working properly now, but I havent been on my laptop enough to confirm.

        Cheers

  82. swreynolds
    August 18, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Update to my previous comment. Since none of the suggestions worked, I fired up services.msc and went through disabling every running service. Windows Update was the culprit. It wouldn't stop, but disabling it and restarting the computer solved the problem.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Interesting tactic, thanks for the update :)

  83. swreynolds
    August 17, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Wish I could say it worked. Absolutely no change. The disk activity light flashes constantly. I'll keep looking for a solution, since the computer is almost useless.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 18, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Sorry to learn that. If you do find a solution, please let us know.

  84. Rohith63
    August 17, 2016 at 10:09 am

    This article has helped me solve my slow PC. Problem was due to Windows search services. Disabled it and the problem is solved.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 18, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Good to read! Always pleased to have written something so useful!

  85. TimL
    August 17, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I have an Asus laptop, 8GB ram, updated to Windows 10 shortly after purchase. No problems for a long time, but recently started running slow and I noticed the high disk usage before finding this page.

    I tried several things suggested here: Disabled superfetch, windows tips, windows search, and completely uninstalled adobe flash playe, (even though I need it for a streaming app I use, just to see if this was the cause). Also changed the pagefile settings as suggested by Devin, 22 Apr, 2016. I also did the Optimize drives suggested by Connor Worth 28 May, 2016. Nothing seemed to work. I had the Optimize Drives window open and it was going through multiple passes of defragmenting on the C: drive without stopping even after a couple hours while looking at other possibilities, so I decided to try stopping this and turned off the "Scheduled optimization." As soon as I did this, the disk usage dropped from 100 to 4%. I am wondering if the defrag/optimize was running in the background and this was causing the whole issue. If nothing else works, look at all the defrag and optimize suggestions and try disabling everything that is related to this. BTW, the process that showed up as the main disk user "System and compressed memory." Hope this will help someone.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 18, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Thanks for sharing that TimL!

    • Ricardo Barajas
      September 29, 2016 at 6:06 am

      This was my exact issue. I tried everything. Finally, I waited till my laptop loaded up which took around 45 minutes and a couple of restarts (brand new) then I opened the C drive -- each click/action took a couple of minutes to execute due to lag -- finally I right clicked the C drive>> tools >> optimize, I stopped the optimization and immediately my disk usage went from 100% to 0% - 4% range. Naturally if I'm doing some other task it'll jump up but then come right back down. I also turned off automatic optimization to prevent this in the future. Finally I enabled my extensions and superfetch as well as Windows search and anything else I disabled before I found this solution. Now my laptop is running smoother than ever!! Man, thank you so much!!!!

  86. Daniel
    August 15, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Yap it was the Chrome Adobe Flash Plugin Thanks for your help :)

  87. Blankenburg
    August 15, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    In a previous posting here (5 July 2016) I reported that I had tried everything described in the main article and the comments but no solution worked. I looked again at the numbers in the task manager panel and saw that Norton Internet Security showed high disc activity as well as:
    Service Host: Local System
    Service Host: Local System (Network Restricted)
    System and compressed memory.

    So I uninstalled Norton and all is well with the disc again. Clearly something was wrong with NIS.
    For the time being I'm relying on Windows Defender for my internet security but I may try re-installing Norton some time soon to see what happens.
    So to anyone else who has tried everything here I suggest you also look at your internet security application.

    • Nathalie
      August 15, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      @Blankenburg THANK YOU! I tried everything on the list too and nothing worked. But I had an old expired norton program along with all that extra crap that came with it and I uninstalled it (it took like 3 hours...) but as soon as I did disk usage shot down to 5%. Never would have suspected a single program. Thanks again

    • Christian Cawley
      August 18, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Norton has had such issues impacting on system performance for some years now. It amazes me that they still haven't fixed this.

  88. GideonD
    August 14, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Settings>System>Notifications & actions. Set "Show me tips about Windows" to OFF. Disk usage plummets on every Windows 10 rig I've done this on.

    • UK
      August 16, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      None of the above steps worked. I did what you suggested and it dropped to 10% from 98-100%. Thank you so much

    • franklin mann
      August 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Wow, this worked for me when nothing else had....GREAT WORK!

    • Blaise
      October 15, 2016 at 2:06 am

      You're a God. This was it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  89. Joe
    August 14, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Ironically, this website caused my CPU usage to hit 100%. Installing AdBlock fixed THAT problem, but I am still getting the 100% disk usage issue... it mainly occurs when using Windows Explorer...

  90. Andreas Mortensen
    August 13, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Not sure which one fixed the problem for me but my PC is running fine now. Only thing bothering me is disk usage is still hovering around 90-100%

  91. Don Bennett
    August 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Prior to reading the above I have tested the hardware in my laptop with various software without finding fault.

    All of the above have also not made any difference - the hdd still runs at 100% all of the time.

    Any further suggestions help would be greatly apprecaited.

    Don

  92. dave
    August 10, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Everything worked a bit, but the big culprit for me was:
    Adobe Flash in chrome. Disabled, now its down to 10%

  93. Coby King
    August 10, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I have a Lenovo PC that has run reasonably well since I purchased it in 2013. I regretted upgrading to Windows 10, but it hasn't been that bad. However, in the last few months I've noticed a slow down in performance. In the last few days it worsened significantly to the point where nothing really worked anymore. I did some research and found the Microsoft support article at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3083595. I followed the instructions carefully but it did not help. I then found your article and followed all the instructions carefully. Still 100%. Then a found another article that suggested disabling superfetch through services.msc instead of through the command prompt. Voila. Instant relief. It's not perfect, and it still often shows 100%, but it seems to have gotten my computer back to the point where I can actually use it. I've ordered a major RAM upgrade to help.

  94. Rory Wilcox
    August 10, 2016 at 12:56 am

    My disc usage is still at 98-100% the following steps only reduced it by a bit :/

    • Nina Roberts
      August 14, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      if any of you guys have windows 10 go to settings and system >notifications+actions then switch off "Show me tips about windows" if you haven't already it should help.

  95. Vern
    August 9, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    After the Anniversery Update of Windows 10 Disk Usage went to 100% and bogged me down matey! It was superfetch causing the problem. Disabling Superfetch brought Disk USage down to the teens ranging up to the 30's but no more problems.

  96. Elias
    August 8, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Disk usage went from 100% down to 7%. Super helpful

  97. Lars-Erik Østerud
    August 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    New Adobe Reader uses 100% when open.
    If you turn of caching of PDF documents it solves the problem.

    • Pavel
      September 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Dude, thanks a lot !!!!!

      tried all of the solutions, even everything what was written in comments above yours, and only when I went to chrome://plugins/ and turned off Chrome PDF Viewer my disc usage went to 4%.

      thanks a lot !!!!!!!

  98. Michael Kedme
    August 7, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I have a brand new Toshiba Satellite L55w, 100%disk usage, only 6 months old. Doing it from the start. Tried everything here, still 100%, any help? Most appreciated, Michael

    • r.buschy
      August 8, 2016 at 4:11 am

      Toshiba you say! Kill every piece of Toshiba software you can 1 by 1.
      I've worked on a number of Toshibas and have seen this a number of times, even Gigabyte has done this. Or if you wan't kill all of their software just to see if it is any one of them causing the problem.

  99. Chris
    August 4, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    It wasn't Flash in Chrome that was the issue but Flash in Firefox. Once I deactivated that CPU on one of my disks when to normal.

  100. Fikret Erten
    August 1, 2016 at 10:46 am

    After disable the adobe flash my laptop speed up really good..only thing worrying me my disk still shows %100..when the window pops up it takeshalf a second to jump from %1 to %100..

  101. William Prophet
    July 30, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    It's a lot easier to understand the disk usage column (on the Processes tab in the Task Manager) if you change the values to percentages. Right click the name of any process > Resource Values > Disk > percentages.

    • Christian Cawley
      July 31, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Top tip, William Prophet! (Great name, too!)

      • William Prophet
        August 1, 2016 at 2:16 am

        Haha, thanks. I get that a lot (about my last name).

        You should make some additions to the article.

        High disk usage can occur if your anti-virus is performing a scan or if you have a cloud service syncing files to/from your local disk.

        But what can really push disk usage to 100% is if your files are being indexed. This will happen if you've just upgraded to Windows 10. You can pause the indexing, but it is a necessary process. So if you want to temporarily pause it, go to Start Menu > All apps > Windows System > Control Panel > (view by) Large Icons > Indexing Options > click Pause. Keep this window open until you want the indexing to resume.

        Here's a link about Indexing options:
        http://www.ghacks.net/2015/09/01/how-to-make-windows-10s-search-lightning-fast-and-more-useful/

        Feel free to ask me questions.

        • Jack
          August 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm

          Thank you, sir!

      • William Prophet
        August 1, 2016 at 2:17 am

        I don't know why, but my long comment isn't showing up. Let me know if you receive my suggestions.

  102. Mart
    July 28, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    The flash lugin from Chrome was my thing. Worked like a charm. Thanks !

  103. CJ
    July 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I have tried everything in this article and the comments, and the only thing that seems to make it any better is stopping any running tasks in the tasks scheduler, but it still only goes down to 45-50% and then it eventually goes back up to 99%. I have a Dell Inspiron that is 1.5 years old. I had this problem in Windows 8, but it got worse when I moved to Windows 10 earlier this week. Any ideas?

    • Christian Cawley
      July 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Might be worth checking with Dell to see if they have issued any updates that might help?

    • CJ
      July 23, 2016 at 1:41 am

      I also disabled the native client plugin on chrome, which appears to have fixed my problem. Hopefully that doesn't mess something else up.

      • Christian Cawley
        July 23, 2016 at 2:13 pm

        Useful tip, thanks for sharing, and keep us informed if you spot any issues, CJ!

      • Cormac
        July 29, 2016 at 2:45 am

        Yep disabling the native plugin worked a charm, thanks CJ.

  104. Hans
    July 20, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Was [bleeping] Flash for me. That's what finally broke the 100% CPU. It had been pinned to the ceiling for 10 mins or more until I killed Flash.

  105. Julie Bremner
    July 17, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    You are a GENIUS. disabling the windows search thing has completely sorted my laptop out. THANK YOU..

  106. Abd
    July 15, 2016 at 4:17 am

    none of these fixes work please help.

    • Mihai
      July 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      i know how you feel bro :(

      • Abdelhadi Mallah
        July 16, 2016 at 7:18 am

        I think i found a fix follow these steps:

        press the windows key and search for this: Task Scheduler

        and then open its going to take few moments or minutes to open

        Then go like this:

        Task Scheduler Library/ Microsoft / Windows / then look for a file named: Defrag

        Tap on it

        wait few moments

        Look at the right their going to be one task which is one line......

        then tap on it

        after that right click on it

        then click disable

        That did it for me hope it works for you, if that didn't work check the whole hardware of the computer or laptop.

        - Abd

        • Christian Cawley
          July 17, 2016 at 7:09 am

          Always good to have extra tips!

      • Abdelhadi Mallah
        July 16, 2016 at 7:35 am

        just to add something if there is more than one task in the Defrag folder also disable them

      • Abdelhadi Mallah
        July 16, 2016 at 8:22 am

        also do this too

        search in windows for: Services and look for superfetch and right click on it then click proprieties then click on startup type and put it to disabled
        then click stop then click ok and do the same for windows search.

  107. Sean
    July 12, 2016 at 4:20 am

    I followed your steps and it kinda took care of it but it is still spiking at 100%....it goes down to 0% for a brief period and then climbs quickly again to 100% for a short time and then repeats....any ideas?

  108. Sarah
    July 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks very helpful D:)

    • Christian Cawley
      July 8, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Happy it worked!

  109. kartik garasia
    July 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    thank you

  110. ProHacker
    July 5, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    To fix this bug, you need to go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions, and disable all notifications. It should work...

  111. Blankenburg
    July 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Tried everything suggested here. No improvement. (Haven't done chkdsk as I don't think it would finish with the heavy load on disk and CPU.)

    What I see is high numbers on Service Host: Local System and on System and compressed memory. This starts as soon as system boots.

    Any other ideas? Anyone?

    • Christian Cawley
      July 4, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      ChkDsk should run as your PC boots, avoiding the problem of load on your CPU.

      • Blankenburg
        July 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

        Many thanks, Christian, for this info about ChkDsk. So now I've done the disk checking as suggested but it has not corrected the high disk activity issue. Everything suggested has now been tried but
        Service Host: Local System
        Service Host: Local System (Network Restricted)
        System and compressed memory
        are all still apparently causing high disk activity.

        • rolrol
          July 10, 2016 at 1:48 am

          Try this one, https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/kb/3083595.

          I also tried all the suggestions here, but nothing worked. Once I followed the instructions in the above link, the percentage dropped. Try it.

      • Carol
        July 8, 2016 at 9:40 pm

        Yes, like Blankenburg, I have tried everything suggested here, but it is still at 100%. My PC is only a few years old, and it only has the basic applications on it, like Microsoft Office, so that the hard drive should be fine.

  112. Leeroy
    July 1, 2016 at 11:10 am

    so far so good I tried one and it worked like magic thanks but on the other computer nothing is happening

  113. Jason Smith
    June 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I did every step. Disk is still pegged at 100% and PC is slow. Any other ideas?

  114. Coco
    June 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Must be the government spying

  115. Lauren
    June 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    So I tried to do the disk scan and repair and it has been stuck at 10% for an hour now. What would be my next course of action?

  116. Tanmoy
    June 20, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    But all these disk processes are mainly getting high due to that 'system and compressed memory' thing i have so observed...if that can be somehow lowered that would do most of the trick.

    • Christian Cawley
      June 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

      I understand that system and compressed is a comparatively new development on W10, you'll notice in the screenshot that there is only a System entry in the task management list.

      I suspect we'll be looking for a fix for that being seemingly too high of MS doesn't do anything about it.

  117. Tanmoy
    June 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

    System error 5 has occured.
    Access is denied.
    it keeps showing up after i do the command prompt thing for superfetch and for windows search.
    Any suggestions?

    • Christian Cawley
      June 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      What version of Windows are you using?

      • Avinash
        June 20, 2016 at 5:43 am

        Open your command prompt in administrator mode .

      • Tanmoy
        June 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm

        Windows 10

      • Tanmoy
        June 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm

        Didn't run it as administrator my bad.
        It does work there is a improve in performance. It doesn't shoot up to 100 at once.
        Thanks anyway ;) Christian and Avinash too.

  118. aaaa
    June 16, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    The windows search thingy worked for me.
    thanks

  119. Joseph
    June 16, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Le Sigh...
    I have windows 10 (64 bit). Nothing running except a web browser (google chrome or Firefox doesn't matter). I open one program (On1 to view photos) and it goes to 100%disk and stays there forever...Skype can take five minutes to open. The whole system was through diagnosis at the shop and everything came up fine. WTH is wrong? Superfetch is off. Windows tips off. Windows search (I believe is off). It is an XPS 8500, still a fairly strong machine...

  120. Nathan
    June 15, 2016 at 12:07 am

    After the Windows search and superfetch it dropped from 100% to 2% and is not going past 10%, thank you so much!

  121. away
    June 11, 2016 at 6:31 am

    There's only ONE solution that works perfectly.

    Go to Settings, System, Notifications, and turn off "show me tips about Windows." (all of them besides the app notifications).

    You won't believe your eyes with the immediate improvement. Some PCs even dropped from 100% to 2% of disk usage.

  122. callmechaz
    June 11, 2016 at 1:30 am

    did the cmd prompt "net.exe stop “Windows search”". Usage dropped from 99-100% to 1 % in about 15 seconds. Need to try a more permanent fix.

  123. Tim
    June 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Stopping superfetch was key to dropping disk usage from ~100% to ~7% on a 3yr old HP G72 machine which was recently upgraded to Windows 10.

    Thanks for pointing this out! rgds, Tim

    • Christian Cawley
      June 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Delighted it worked out for you Tim!

  124. Lia
    June 6, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Service Host is making high usage disk at my PC on Win10

  125. Connor Worth
    May 28, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Go to control panel/ system and security / look under administrative tools click free up disk space after that go to Defragment and optimize your drivers

  126. Kimberley
    May 27, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Hi, running windows 10 and super fetch is nightmare causing 100 pc disk usage. Turn it off and disk usage dropped way down. Suspect it's adobe premiere pro interaction with it? Is that plausible?
    Thanks

    • Christian Cawley
      May 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

      I wouldn't rule it out. However, super fetch has been the problem on systems without Adobe Premiere.

  127. Sarah Lawrence Hinson
    May 24, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    OK Great article and the comments were just as helpful! I have a Hewlett Packard Phenom PC (2010) with Phenom II X6 1045T Processor (HPE_410Y).

    Was up to 100% disk usage. Noticed first of all I've had to stop using Firefox (that was a while back before the disk usage went so high).

    So what worked for me from this article - already using Malwarebytes so that wasn't the issue. I did all 4 steps in the article but the chkdsk kept bumming out at the 13% mark. No luck switching off Flash, but PauliePepperoni's comment about switching off Update Notifications to 'Notify to Schedule' did it.

    Got a lot of nerdy satisfaction out of seeing that Command Prompt, again. It's been too long.

  128. Anonimouse
    May 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I started having this problem at the beginning of January after I made an update. I had the os(8.1) instaled for more than an year and never had this problem. After a few months of trying all sorts of solutions I found on the boards, and two formats I noticed after the 2nd format that after I installed "Microsoft Visual C++ 20XX Redistribute" the disk spiked to 100%. Apparently it's a driver conflict.

  129. AwesomeGamer56
    May 22, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Thanks!! :D

  130. Shabari Nath G
    May 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Hi All,
    Please try this, I had this issue and it seems some others encountered the bug. What fixed it for me is going to settings, system, notifications, and turning off "show me tips about Windows." I believe that was the one causing problems, though I turned all of them off besides the app notifications. System processes went back down after a restart and haven't spiked since. I guarantee 100 %

    Thanks
    Shabari

  131. peter kemph
    May 14, 2016 at 2:56 am

    This totally worked for me: disable "superfetch"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_XTinqqULg

    Before disk usage always ended up 100%, froze the computer, very frustrating. Problem solved.

  132. Dinesh
    May 7, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Thanks Devin. It works so fine. I was seriously thinking their is some problem with my hard disk.

  133. PauliePepperoni
    May 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Ive noticed that the backround information transfer service gets re-enabled after a few seconds. If you go to Settings: Updates and Security: Windows Update : Advanced options and switch it to "notify to schedule" that seems to keep it disabled.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 6, 2016 at 5:44 am

      Interesting - I wonder if that's a change implemented in an update.

  134. Esteban
    May 4, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    I tried what you said, it went to 2-3% of disk usage then it peaked at 100%, help please

  135. japongt
    May 4, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Nothing has worked. Nothing. I've been looking for a solution for weeks now, and my disk usage still going nuts. This is a very fresh laptop, Core i7 with GTX 980m, Windows 10, got it last year. I don't know why the heck this is happening. I tell you this though, the huge disk usage mostly happens while I'm watching youtube videos. It doesn't matter which browser, whether it's chrome, IE, or edge, youtube spikes 100% disk usage like heck and everything becomes slow-mo. I need serious help.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 4, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Out of interest, have you tried a YouTube app from the Windows Store?

      • japongt
        May 4, 2016 at 9:16 am

        No, I've never tried anything from the windows store. I will continue to search until I found a solution. All I know that according to resource monitor, it is the browser's cache doing all the crazy high disk usage. What I don't know is WHY.

  136. Devin
    April 22, 2016 at 5:34 am

    After trying stopping and disabling Windows Search, superfetch and Flash my disc usage only stopped be showing 100% temporarily. What really fixed it was changing the pagefile settings. Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System then click Advanced System Settings on the left. Go to the Advanced tab and click settings under performance. Go to the advanced setting in the Performance options panel. Hit Change under virtual memory and then uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives and choose custom size instead. Set Initial size to 1024 multiplied your ram to convert to MB and set max to twice the Initial.
    Ex. for 8GB Ram: Initial size at 8192 and Max at 16384.
    Hit apply and OK and then restart your computer. Stopped my 100% disk usage and windows now loads faster hope this helps.

    • Christian Cawley
      April 22, 2016 at 6:38 am

      Thanks for sharing, Devin. Nice to see you found another way of sorting it out!

    • Weltall
      April 30, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Thank you so much for sharing this indeed Devin. For me too using the article solutions made the problem subside a bit, but it would hit red (100%) like every 2-4 minutes. I manually set my pagefile settings to 4096-8192 (since I have 4gb ram) and the problem disappeared. No more Windows getting stuck, no more bottlenecking and everything works great.

      It definitely helped. Thanks Christian for trying to help and thank you Devin for sharing your findings and helping me with my problem :)

  137. jay
    April 20, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Thanks a lot ! ;D Never could have thought the adobe would give me 100% thx thx thx ! : }}} <3

  138. Mike
    April 19, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    This is a problem for me that keeps cropping up. First, I disabled “show me tips about Windows" as Kris suggested. That solved the problem. Or so I thought. About two weeks later, my system slows down again and I notice that the HDD is running at 100% again. Then I did what you said Christian. I turned off Windows Search (temporarily for now). That seemed to immediately help. But for good measure, I also disabled Flash player in Chrome, even though I almost never use the Chrome browser. So all is good now and we'll see what happens after reboot. If the problem starts again, I'll shut off the search service (maybe permanently).

    As part of this most recent episode, I had a more sinister problem with a program called Java Web Start Launcher. It was running multiple times; too many times to even count. I did some research on this but found nothing that was within my ability to solve. So I did a system restore. That got rid of the multiple Java Web Start Launcher programs running, but my disc use was still at 100%.

    Christopher, maybe you know something about this Java issue?? This was not the first time I've had this problem with this program.

  139. Ian
    April 16, 2016 at 10:55 am

    That seems to have solved my problem of the disk running at 100% all the time - thanks.

    But I couldn't get chkdsk to work - it kept stalling at 17%. Eventually I had to abort it to get the laptop to restart.

    Should I be worried?

  140. Jimmy Jones Johnson
    April 16, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Turned off superfetch and notifications. Disk was still at 100%. Then my computer went to sleep from inactivity, came back and disk was at 0%!

    • Christian Cawley
      April 16, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Always good to read comments from a happy user!

  141. Anon
    April 15, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I updated from windows 8.something to 10 and idk if the problem was after I switched my default browser to chrome or before but I quickly noticed the slow performance and checked task manager and saw I was maxing out the disk at 100% so I found this article, first thing I tried from the list was the google chrome adobe flash thing and it immediately dropped my disk usage when I disabled it so I would suggest trying that first if you had a similar situation.

    Thanks for the help!

    • Christian Cawley
      April 15, 2016 at 8:11 am

      So pleased it worked for you!

  142. KRIS
    April 13, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I had this issue and it seems some others encountered the bug. What fixed it for me is going to settings, system, notifications, and turning off "show me tips about Windows." I believe that was the one causing problems, though I turned all of them off besides the app notifications. System processes went back down after a restart and haven't spiked since.

    • Christian Cawley
      April 14, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Nice find, KRIS, thanks for sharing!

  143. Henry Krogfoss
    April 10, 2016 at 12:56 am

    I have done all of these and I still get around 100% and things running at the top are only using about 0.2 mb/s or so why??

  144. Marcel Schepers
    April 9, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Please update java and you should be oke .

  145. Kali Prescott
    April 8, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    So this is the second time I've had this issue. The first time it got so bad the only option was to refresh the computer and loose all my programs. That helped for about a month and now it's slowing down again and showing 100% usage. My computer is a dell 15R laptop bought in 2013 and update to Windows 10 summer of 2015.

    I've attempted all suggestions on this page and switched off all windows notifications and disk usage remains at 100%

    • Christian Cawley
      April 8, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Have you considered your anti-virus software?

      • Kali Prescott
        April 8, 2016 at 7:36 pm

        Yes, I had macafee for virus protection and malwarebytes for malware previously and neither identified any issues. Now I have Avast and malwarebytes and again neither detected any issues. They could be interacting and causing the slow down, but that has never happened in the months prior where I had both installed and my computer ran fine.

  146. Daniele Pais
    April 6, 2016 at 10:15 am

    This is a great set of advices.

  147. Stew
    April 4, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Hi. None of these made much difference for me, But what did work was switching off "Windows Notifications" via System Settings. Disk Usage dropped from 100% to 2%!

  148. RJ
    April 3, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Issue resolved. Cheers

  149. Theresa Clark
    April 2, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I did every step and nothing worked. Still at 100% and I have had this computer less then a year! Beyond frustrated!!

    • Christian Cawley
      April 4, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Sorry to see that. Have you tried any of the further suggestions in the comments?

  150. Kartik
    April 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I was trying hard since few days nd finally Superfetch was the bug, thanks bro

  151. Christopher Jensen
    March 31, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I disabled Adobe flash and my processor and disk went from 99% to 30-40%

    • Christian Cawley
      March 31, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Glad it worked out for you!

  152. Ivy
    March 24, 2016 at 12:57 am

    My service manager won't open. I'm not getting an error message, just nothing happens.

    • anonymous
      March 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Man go to this location and open services as admin

      C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools

  153. Marin
    March 21, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Why would i buy new Windows to turn off all of theese shit to Make it work normal ? Dont see The poinn. Windows 7 rules

  154. Isa
    March 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    deleted defrag in task scheduler and back to normal! thanks so much!

  155. Alice
    March 14, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Turned off Flash and finaly dropped majorly! ...and as I am writng this it seems it only fixed it for a few minutes. Back to a 100! What do I do?

    • Ian
      March 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Go to Settings > System > Notification and disable tips about Windows.

  156. Sam
    March 11, 2016 at 8:58 am

    My Dell Windows 10 was running at 100% and I was worried. I went through the list doing every one of these and still nothing. When I tried the last one, disabling the defrag, it dropped to 8%!!! Thank you so much!!

    • Christian Cawley
      March 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Delighted that you managed to get it fixed. It does seem to be a wider problem than first suggested.

  157. Luke0ut
    March 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    OH no it just went to 100% again....only for a few minutes...mmm anyway still a vast improvement.

    • Christian Cawley
      March 8, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Sorry to learn that, but keep trying. Next stop Flash!

  158. Luke0ut
    March 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Super Happy with this advice was at 99%-100% ALL the time on my 1 yr old lappy. i got rid of an expired Norton, didn't change ... Turned off windows search and wallah...1%- 3%. it's confusing why Windows allows such a stupid situation.
    NB service.exe didn't work for me however services.msc did??
    Thanks for saving my laptop from a violent death..

  159. Bri
    March 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I'm using Windows 10 on a Gateway laptop. I disabled superfetch and the problem was solved! thank you so much!

    • Christian Cawley
      March 8, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Great, happy it has worked for you!

  160. FND
    March 3, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Hmm. I tried everything on the internet. But my problem is a little different.

    First, when I open my laptop, everything is fine. But if I connect to wifi, it suddenly reaches 100%. I also did a full scan. Deleted threads. Checked drivers, last verison. But still have the problem :(

    • Christian Cawley
      March 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Tricky. You've done everything I would have suggested. As long as you've also killed flash, makes no sense. But do let us know how you fix it!

    • Luke
      March 8, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Found another article online from Microsoft. Not really sure what it all means (kinda new to the laptop scene) but may as well give it a go.
      https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3083595

  161. LT
    February 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Awesome piece! Disk usage dropped from 99% to 17%.

    Keep up the good work!

  162. vivek
    February 26, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you!!! Disabled flash and disk usage came down to 3 percent.

  163. diogo
    February 26, 2016 at 1:53 am

    I was struggling with this for a long long time. When I disabled Flash it worked like a charm. Thank you very much.

  164. Trevon Morris
    February 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    After disabling prefetch my 100% went to 3% immediately... THANK YOU!!!

    • Christian Cawley
      February 23, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Great news - happy to help, Trevon!

  165. Fadi
    February 17, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you!!! u really helped me !

  166. Ahlam
    February 14, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Hi, I tried everything above but I still have disk usage 100% I do not know what to do

    • Christian Cawley
      February 23, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      An antivirus/antimalware scan would seem opportune.

    • Tom Halldén
      February 25, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Something that worked for me was to go to settings, system, notifications, and turning off "show me tips about Windows." It lowered my disc use from 100% to 4%. Give it a go and see if it works!

      • Christian Cawley
        February 25, 2016 at 12:25 pm

        Great tip, Tom - thaks for sharing!

  167. Cris
    February 10, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    THANK YOU! Thank you! Thank you! I disabled both Windows Search and superfetch. Disk usage went from 100% & is currently at 0%.
    This is my work & school computer, & I was freaking out a bit when i couldn't get anything to run properly. There aren't enough words to express my gratitude!

    • Christian Cawley
      February 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Delighted it worked out for you. Keep an eye on Flash though!

  168. manish maurya
    February 10, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Open task manager >select google chrome >hit end task
    This worked for me, be patient it will take some time.

  169. Nikhil
    February 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks, Disabling Adobe Flash player did the good job till.

  170. Sudhir A
    January 26, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Disabling Adobe Flash player did the trick. Reduced Disk usage from 100% to 9 %!!!
    Thank you for this tip. Very useful!

    -Sudhir

  171. bill
    January 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    useful article, thanks for your effort. the problem has been solved for me when I stopped "adobe flash player" from Google Chrome
    you deserve 5 stars

  172. Varun Vaze
    December 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Only disabling XX (superfetch) solved the problem
    Disk usage reduced from 100% to 11%.

  173. Michael Weldon
    October 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Do yourself a favour, and save your sanity. Ditch Windows.....and move to Linux. No more Windows Search, no more defrag, you can easily decide what YOU want to start at boot time. And NO chance of all that crap MicroSoft are dishing out to Win 10 users!

    • DeWayne Lehman
      February 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Yes, no more Office products either. I'm sure the boss won't fire the secretary at all for formatting the company Lync enabled reception desktop that can no longer receive calls or edit the company Outlook calendars. And Linux doesn't eliminate defragging.

  174. Mohammed Rameez Khan
    October 6, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    i just brought a new hdd and installed new win 8.1 all drivers are upto date used 3 driver update software to check all drivers. all are upto date and have run multiple times antivirus software for any infection. but nothing seems to solve the high disk usage. problem is the disk usage shows as 100% with a transfer speed ranging 0.1MB/s to 1MB/s highlighted in red with such a less amount of transfer speed. this happens only with system and service host:local service process. after sometime things get normal. what would be the problem any suggestions would be helpful. thank you in advance.

    • Tim Milosavljevi?
      October 7, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Install DoNotSpy for windows and it will disable all that crazy stuff WINDOWS is throwing at your disk and man you will be free this is how I saved my pc... cheers!

    • Bruce Epper
      October 19, 2015 at 11:57 am

      The Service Host processes are just what they sound like - a hosting process that runs other processes. You need to expand the entry to find out what elements it is hosting could be causing the problem.

      If this is only happening shortly after system startup, you probably shouldn't be too concerned with it. There are many services that Windows will run during the startup process that take a bit of time to complete, but then self-terminate and won't bother you again until the next restart or scheduled event triggers. For example, your antivirus solution or Windows Defender may be running its boot-time scan.

      Third-party software may have also installed background processes that automatically start on your system. These tend to cause a high amount of disk utilization during startup and login. If you don't use them or they are infrequently needed, you may want to disable them.

  175. fcd76218
    October 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    "you’re using a brand new Windows 8.x or Windows 10 device, you’ve only had it a few days. "
    You may be using brand new hardware but you are also using an O/S that has not had a major rewrite since Win NT came out. You are using an O/S that by default starts all available services, many of them unnecessary, at bootup time.

    • Bruce Epper
      October 19, 2015 at 11:42 am

      "...has not had a major rewrite since Win NT came out." No operating system has had a rewrite from the ground up in the last decade, easily. You can say something similar about BSD or any *nix out there as well. OS X hasn't had that type of rewrite in the entire 14 years of its existence. There isn't an established OS that can afford to do that. The best that any of them have done is a code audit and cleanup.

      There have been other major alterations though. Since the release of Windows NT, NTFS has undergone some hefty changes. The entire driver model changed between XP and Vista. (Remember all of those problems getting existing devices to work and the XP drivers being useless?) Programming APIs exposed by the OS have changed between every major version - sometimes in small ways, larger in others. Pretty much every subsystem has seen this type of work. Similar changes have occurred in competing operating systems, too.

      "...by default starts all available services..." Wrong. A quick search of my system shows 220 available (installed) services and just over half (111) are running. Out of the running services, 79 are started automatically during system startup and an additional 6 are delayed starts. The remaining 26 are manually started on demand from other software after startup is complete. This situation will be similar for ALL Windows installations, although most will have fewer installed services overall than this computer.

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