How to Fix Windows 10 100% Disk Usage by System

The System and Compressed Memory is a very vital element in Windows 10, it compresses your files and folders, and furthermore, it is the reason behind the management of your RAM. It merely uses one petite PC resource to run its procedure. Most of the users don’t encounter any problems related to the system and compressed memory. But, in many cases, many users experience several issues where it uses up to 100% disk usage that makes your PC very sluggish. In this article, we’ll try to solve these issues by working with a chain of troubleshooting steps to see if it solves the problem.

Solution: 100% Disk Usage by System Issue in windows 10

Today, we’re going to attempt a chain of troubleshooting steps to resolve this issue. However, before starting this method, restart your computer first, so your system is refreshed and free of corrupt and temporary data, it might help our cause.

Several reasons might have caused this trouble; it may be because of malware contagion, or you might have configured the wrong settings. Nevertheless, we have a list of suggested troubleshooting steps that might assist you in resolving this particular issue.

Check your Computer for Malware

The main reason that might be causing this issue is malware; some types of malware may cause this problem in your computer. We suggest you check your computer for any malware and eliminate them to see if it solves the issue.

The best tool that may help you in removing malware from your computer is Malwarebytes.

  • Go to the official website of Malwarebytes: https://www.malwarebytes.com/antimalware/
  • Now click the Download Free Version option
  • You may be redirected to another site, follow the on-screen commands to download the application
  • Save the downloaded file to your computer
  • Once the download is complete, open the file to begin the installation
  • Once the installation process is complete, you need to update its malware definition before scanning your computer
  • Open the Malwarebytes application
  • Malwarebytes usually direct you to download and install updates if available whenever you open the program.
  • To check if there are any updates manually, click the Update tab and then select the Check for Updates option
  • On the Malwarebytes AntiMalware panel, select the scanner tab to open the Scanner window
  • In the Scanner window, select either of the two options;
  • Perform a Quick scan that is suggested in most of the cases.
  • Perform Full scan that is recommended when a quick scan does not solve your issue
  •  After selecting any of the above options, the Malwarebytes starts scanning your computer for any kind of threat
  • If it spots any kind of risk, it sends that file to quarantine
  • Once the scan is complete, you can check the detected file in the Quarantine tab
  • After examining your file in the quarantine tab, close the Malwarebytes program

Check if removing malware from your computer has solved the issue or not

Set the Paging File Size of all Drives back to Automatic

If you have modified the paging file size of your computer earlier, then we suggest you set the settings back to automatic to eliminate the possibility that this modification is causing this problem.

  • Click the Start Menu
  • Now click settings to open the settings window
  • Type Performance in the search bar and select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows option
  • When the windows appear, go to Advanced
  • Under the virtual memory, select Change
  • Now after the Virtual Memory opens, make sure to check the box associated with automatically manage paging file size for all drives
  • Click OK
  • Now select Apply and then OK in the Performance window to save your changes

Check if setting the paging file size to automatic has solved the issue or is it still there

Try to Disable the System and Compressed Memory Process

  • Hold on to the Windows key and press X
  • Select Control Panel from the list
  • Navigate to Administrative Tools and select Task Scheduler
  • In Task Scheduler panel, expand the Task Schedule Library content by double-clicking it
  • Now double-click on the Microsoft option on the left side of your screen to expand its contents
  • After that double-click on the Windows option on the left side of your screen to expand its content
  • Now Select the MemoryDiagnostic on the left side of your screen to display its content on the right side
  • Navigate to RunFullMemoryDiagnosticEntry and right-click on it
  • Now select Disable from the options
  • Close the Task Scheduler window
  • Reboot your system

Check if disabling the system and compressed memory has solved the issue or not

Try to Disable the Superfetch Service

The Superfetch service is an outstanding service that opens your applications quicker and enhances your computer’s response speed. It does so by pre-loading the applications from RAM instead of calling them from your hard-drive. By doing so, it takes less time to open an application. Try disabling the Superfetch service to see if it solves the issue.

Disabling the Superfetch service from Services Manager

  • Hold on to the Windows key and press R to launch the Run box
  • Type services.msc in the search box and press R to open Services Manager
  • In the Services Manager panel, navigate to the service Superfetch and double-click on it
  • Select the Stop option
  • Now set the Superfetch service Startup type to Disabled
  • Click Apply and then OK to save your changes
  • Close the Services Manager and reboot your system

Disabling the Superfetch service using the Registry Editor

  • Hold on to the Windows key and press R to launch the Run box
  • Type regedit in the search box and press Enter to open the Registry Editor
  • In the Registry Editor, find your way to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > Session Manager > Memory Management
  • In the left side of Registry Editor window, select the PrefetchParameters sub-key under the Memory Management to display its content on the right side of your screen
  • Now in the right side of the Registry Editor, navigate to the registry value named EnableSuperfetch and double-click on it
  • Set the EnableSuperfetch Registry Value to 0
  • Click OK to save your changes
  • Close the Registry Editor window and reboot your system

Check if disabling the Superfetch service has solved the issue, or is it still there.

Optimize the Visual Effects for Best Performance

  • Hover your mouse on the Start Menu and right-click on it
  • Open the WinX Menu from the list
  • Now click on the System in the WinX Menu
  • Now select the Advanced system settings from the left side of your screen
  • You might be asked for some confirming information, make sure to provide it
  • Now go to Advanced option
  • Select Settings option under the Performance tab
  • Click Adjust for best performance
  • Now Click Apply and then OK
  • Now again click Apply and then OK in the System Properties
  • Close the WinX Menu and reboot your system

Check if optimizing the visual effects has solved the issue, or is it still there.

Check for RAM Failure

If none of the above methods help to resolve the issue, then we recommend you to check your RAM for any problems. Run a memory diagnostic tool to see if you RAM has any problem, if you found something, try replacing your RAM to see if it solves the issue.

  • Go to the search bar in your taskbar.
  • Type Windows Memory Diagnostic in the search bar and press Enter
  • You have to restart your computer to carry out the test
  • While the test is happening, you won’t be able to use your computer
  • Select the Restart now and check for problems (recommended) option
  • Make sure that you’ve saved all your previous work because your computer will restart right away
  • Once your system restarts, the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool window will pop-up, wait and let the tool carry out the test
  • The test will take some minutes, you’ll see its progress and a Status message to inform you if the tool has found any issues during the test
  • Once the test is done, your system will restart by itself.
  • After you’ve come back to the Windows desktop, you’ll see the results of the test you’ve just carried out.

Check if running a Memory Diagnostic test has solved the issue.

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