Windows 10 100% Disk Usage on startup.

I know there are many people out there who have asked same question but everyone seemed to have different issues. I bought this laptop less than a week ago and had windows 8.1 on it. I upgraded to windows 10 and the problem occurs every time I start the laptop. 

System Specs: Acer E 15 Touch

Intel Core i7-5500U 2.4 GHz

16GB DDR3 L Memory

1000 GB HDD

Disk usage spikes to 100% everytime computer is started and it takes at least 15-20 minutes for it to get normal (0-10).

The usage seems to be unassigned in the task manager.  

And while its decreasing after about 10-15 minutes, it shows this. 

I looked at a few solutions, one of them included the one where it was mentioned that this a result of Google Chrome and Skype processes. I do not have Skype and the Chrome fix was already implemented in the one that i was using. 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-hardware/how-to-fix-100-disk-usage-in-windows-10/7c5c979b-0ed0-4855-b9b8-05b9499533e2?tm=1439732422386&auth=1

Another one was this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mbrw1x0LzU

The person disabled Prefetch and Superfetch services as mentioned. Also I changed the values to "0" in regedit for both the enablers. 

The problem is still there.

 Again, I am sorry for posting a similar problem. But considering how frustrating this is and that it still doesn't have any official solution, nothing seems wrong in posting it. 

 

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Last updated December 15, 2019 Views 37,245 Applies to:

Hi,

Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community, we appreciate your interest in Windows 10.

I would like to inform that generally there will be few of the Windows applications that will start at the Windows Startup and hence the CPU  performance will be used.

I suggest you to perform few of the troubleshooting steps and check if it helps.

Method 1: Run the System maintenance troubleshooter.

System Maintenance troubleshooter finds and clean up unused files and shortcuts and performs maintenance tasks.

  1. Press Windows key and type Troubleshooting.
  2. Select Troubleshooting and hit Enter.
  3. Click on View all in the left pane of the window.
  4. Select System Maintenance.
  5. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting process.

Method 2: I suggest you to boot the computer to Safe mode with networking and check if the issue persists.

Refer: Start your PC in safe mode in Windows 10

Hope it helps. Reply to the post with an updated status of the issue to assist you further.

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This did nothing to fix the problem. This was not helpful.

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This did not solve the problem. :(

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none of this was helpful.  I guess its time to buy an Apple Mac.

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Hi,

Thank you for responding.

I suggest you to try the below steps and check if it helps.

Step 1: First of all, take a note of the processes or applications that is running when the computer runs with high disk usage. Also, we need to find the applications that are running at startup.

Follow the steps to check for the processes under Task Manager:

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.
  • Click on Processes tab. Check if any of the processes consumes high memory usage.

Bad sectors on the hard drive can be a cause for high disk usage.

Check which process is utilizing the Hard Disk on Windows 8.1, you may try the following steps.

  1. Open Task Manager and click on Details tab.
  2. Right click the columns headers and click "Select Columns".
  3. From the "Select Columns" window, check: I/O Reads, I/O Writes, I/O read bytes, I/O write bytes and then click OK.
  4. Now the columns will be added to the view and will display how much each process is utilizing from the hard disk.
  5. Sort by I/O read bytes or I/O write bytes by clicking on the column header to see which process is utilizing the Hard Drive most.

Step 2: If you have not run the 'check disk' scan or tried optimizing the drive, follow the steps from this article.

Improve performance by optimizing your drive

(Note: This applies to Windows 10 also.)

Important: While performing check disk on the hard drive, if any bad sectors are found on the hard drive, it tries to repair that sector and any data available on that might be lost.

Hope it helps. Feel free to get back to us for any further queries or issues related to Windows Operating System, we will be happy to help you.

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The step 1 here was one of the most helpful suggestion I have seen.  Doing it enabled me to see what process is doing disk I/O

In my case, the culprit was ReadyBoost.  I had enabled it in the past but the external SSD is no longer in the system.  Thus, I have no need/use for ReadyBoost.  That it is taking 10-15 minutes of disk spinning and providing me with no benefit is a self-making decision.  I am down to 30 seconds of spinning and the program responsible for it is coming out in the near future as well.

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I have troubleshot this on a number of installs which received the inferior Upgrade install or even the vastly superior Clean Install Windows 10 Upgrade.

I've tried everything found in web searches for this problem multiple times.  What ended up happening was that the disk usage settled down after various setup tasks, Indexing of all files, etc. were finally completed.  None of this took more than a week. 

It's still a bit of a bug because none of those processes can be pinned down as causing the high Disk Usage, but I'm almost certain that's what it is.  Unless the hardware is very old, or the install is terrible, then it does settle out and rarely flares up again IME.  

You can go over your install with the Windows 10 Install Integrity Checklist .

You can get the best possible install (which is never the in-place Upgrade or Factory Install) following Clean Install Windows 10 Upgrade just like tens of thousands who have done so without a single complaint.

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I found this after a Windows 10 re-install.

there were a number of folders with ACLs that had accounts that no longer existed an old account for the previous installation (and so presumably gave read errors).  After (painfully) going through all folders and resetting permissions my machine is now OK.

There seems no automated way of testing for this or resetting it easily.

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