How to fix 100% disk usage in Windows

gaasen windows disk 100percentSeveral people are experiencing a painstakingly slow computer after the latest upgrade to Windows 10. When looking in the task manager they find that the disk usage is "stuck" at 100% even though hardly any processes are running.

 

If you are experiencing something similar, then simply press "ctrl-alt-delete" and then open the Task Manager to view if this the problem on your computer as well.

 

There are many things that could cause this problem, but in my experience most cases are solved with these three remedies:

 

1) Stop and Disable "Windows Search" in services.msc

a) Click search icon or click on the windows log in your bottom left corner.

b) Write in "services.msc" and then click enter to open Services.

c) Locate "Windows Search"

d) Rightclick "Windows Search"and then leftclick on "Properties".

e) Change "Startup Type" to Disabled

f) Stop the service

g) Click "apply" and "Ok"

 

2) Stop and Disable "Superfetch" in services.msc

a) Click search icon or click on the windows log in your bottom left corner.

b) Write in "services.msc" and then click enter to open Services.

c) Locate "Superfetch"

d) Rightclick "Superfetch" and then leftclick on "Properties".

e) Change "Startup Type" to Disabled

f) Stop the service

g) Click "apply" and "Ok"

 

I will now recommend you to reboot the computer a couple of times to check if this has solved your problem.

If the problem still exist, then go to the next step below.

 

3) Change Page File Sizes

a) Click search icon or click on the windows log in your bottom left corner.

b) Write in "control panel" and then click enter to open the old fashioned Control Panel from previous version of Windows.

c) Click on "System".

d) Click on "Advanced System Settings" on the left.

e) Click on "Settings" in the Performance box.

f) Click on "Advanced" tab.

g) Click on "Change" in the Virtual Memory Box.

h) Click on "Custom Size"

i) You will now have two boxes to fill. (Initial Size, and Maximum Size)

What you insert here is depending on the amount of RAM you have on your computer.

        If you e.g. have 4GB of Ram, then you need to insert 4 x 1024 = 4096 (in the initial size box), and then double that at 8192 in the Maximum Size box.

        If you e.g. have 8GB of Ram, then you need to insert 8 x 1024 = 8192 (in the initial size box), and then double that at 16384 in the Maximum Size box.

j) When you have inserted your values, then click "Set", and finally click "OK"

k) Click "OK" on the next couple of boxes to close these.

l) Reboot the computer.

 

 

When the computer now start up again, the problem is hopefully fixed.

 

In my experience the above measures should sort most such problems, but should the problem however still be there, then I would advice to look at the following url's for some further suggestions:

 

http://tinyurl.com/hl28s5q

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-2813275/disk-usage-100.html

 

 

Problems with Drag-And-Drop in Microsoft Outlook 2016

gaasen open outlook as administratorI have a few times come across problems with the Drag-And-Drop functionality in Microsoft Outlook 2016 on a Windows based PC.

 

When clicking and holding the left mousebutton down (to prepare to Drag the item to a diffferent folder), the email simply opens as if I just left clicked the email.

When retrying a couple of times the move seem to work often on the third attempt.

 

The solution that worked for me was to simply do the following:

 

1) Close Outlook

2) Open Outlook as an administrator by right clicking on the item on the desktop (or by seaching for Outlook within your menu).

3) Close Outlook again

4) Open Outlook as usual (not as an administrator)

 

That little fix normally sort this problem for me.

 

 

 

Windows 10 slow after the free Win10 upgrade

In the last couple of weeks I have come across two Windows machines that were painstakingly slow after they recently availed of the free upgrade to the Windows 10.

 

The common symptom between these two pc's was that when looking in the Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) I found that the disk was running at 100% constantly. (see picture below)

 

The solution in both cases was to simply go to the notification settings (goto: Start - Settings - System - Notifications & Actions) and disable the "Show me tips about windows" option.

 

You will thereafter most likely need to restart the PC to effectuate these settings.

 

In both my cases the above was enough to bring the system back to a normal level again.

windows10 slow taskmanager

windows10 slow tips off

 

Windows Start Button replacement

classicshellstartmenuHave you got Windows 8, and are still looking for the good old start button?

 

Download Classic Shell from www.classicshell.net

 

Highly recommendable.

 

 

Microsoft Windows Xp coming to an end

Windows-xp-endIt is important to remember that support and updates for Microsoft Windows XP comes to an end on 8. April 2014.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

 

If you however have good hardware that you want to keep, then you can upgrade to Windows 8 or e.g. Linux Mint.

http://www.linuxmint.com/

 

In one case where I wanted to keep an old PC I got, I decided to spend €60 on Windows 8 Professional to keep this alive. In other cases I have installed the "Windows like" Linux Mint.

 

If you go for Linux Mint, then be sure to download and create a bootable DVD first to ensure that your hardware is compatible. I have self several times experienced problems with the Broadcom wifi modules installed in some laptops.

 

Either way, I will recommend that you make up your mind wrt. this as soon as possible as staying on Windows XP is not really worth it.