Fix 100% disk usage in Windows 10 task manager [Solved]

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100% disk usage in Task Manager becomes frustrating, especially if you know that no CPU-intensive program is running on your PC. What people usually do is start finishing tasks in programs that they think take up a lot of memory. But it is not a permanent solution. Here in this article, I will tell you how you can fix it permanently. To check if your system is using 100% of the disk, press CTRL + SHIFT + Esc from your keyboard. If the disk usage percentage shows a high value (more than 90%), please follow the solutions below to fix it.



Tip 1: Disable Windows Search Services

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as Administrator.

Step 2: Now, run the below-given command to temporarily disable search services.

net.exe stop "Windows search"

Now open the task manager again and check the disk usage. If it falls, you've found the real culprit.

Now, disable the Windows Search Service permanently.

Step 1: Search services.msc in the search box.

Step 2: Now once the service manager window opens, search Windows Search list item.

Step 4: Double click on it. To choose kind of start like Disabled from the drop-down menu.

Step 5: Click Stop. Finally, press ok.

Tip 2: disable superfetch in Windows 10

Superfetch is a Windows 10 feature that attempts to load a program via RAM, so any application loads faster. Superfetch is sometimes the cause of excessive memory usage and high disk usage as it always runs in the background. Disabling superfetch greatly reduces disk usage in Windows 10.



To disable superfetch in Windows 10, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open system symbol as an administrator.

Step 2: Run the following command from the command prompt.

net.exe stop superfetch

Note: - This will disable superfetch on your Windows 10 PC. To re-enable it in the future, run net.exe start superfetch.

Tip 3: disable diagnostic detection in Windows 10

Disabling diagnostic tracking is fine in Windows 10 as it invades your privacy as well. Most of the time, it is the only cause of high disk usage on Windows 10 PCs. Follow the steps below to disable diagnostic tracking on Windows 10.

Step 1: Open system symbol as an administrator.

Step 2: Run the following commands from the command prompt.

sc config "DiagTrack" start= disabled sc stop "DiagTrack"

Tip 4: disable tips and tricks in Windows 10

Step 1: Press Tasto Windows + I Open settings window pane 10.

Step 2: Now go to work -> Notifications and actions

Now scroll down and lever out option "Get advice, tricks and tips for using Windows ”.

Tip 5: Prevent apps from running in the background

Step 1: Open the settings by pressing Tasto Windows + I.

Step 2: Click privacy.

Step 3: Click App in background in the menu on the left.

Step 4 - Now, on the right side, turn off, "Allow applications to run in the background".


Tip 6: Check your Windows 10 disk

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as Administrator.


Step 2: Now, run the following command given below.

chkdsk C: / f / r / x

This command attempts to correct any errors found on the disk, as well as to locate bad sectors and recover any readable information.

Tip 7: disable Windows 10 update

If none of the above methods work for you, try this method. Disable Windows Update. Although Windows 10 has made it difficult to disable the Windows 10 update, you can do this through the service manager. Here's how to do it.

Step 1: Search services.msc in the search box on the taskbar.

Step 2: Click Services to open the service manager window.

Step 3 - Now, find the entry known as, Windows update. Double click on it.

Step 4: Now choose startup type as disabled from the drop-down menu.

Please wait, the update has not been completely disabled yet. You should also disable the background intelligent transfer service.

Step 5: choose Smart fund transfer service of the list.

Step 6: Choose the startup type as disabled and press OK.

Step 7: Now restart your PC. Hope this time the high disk usage issue is resolved.

Tip 8: disable Chrome's prediction service

If you're using Chrome on a Windows 10 PC, its prediction service is likely turned on by default. You need to enable this setting to reduce disk usage while continuing to write to disk to load pages faster. Steps to Disable Chrome Prediction Service.


Step 1: Open Chrome and click three vertical points in the upper right position


Step 2: Click settings. Then click Advanced.

Step 3: Now scroll down to the privacy section. Now, disable the option that says "Use a forecasting service to load pages faster"

Resolve the AHCI issue as directed by Microsoft

AHCI, inbox driver issue as stated by microsoft on their website is a major cause of 100% disk usage and sometimes causes BSOD crashes as well. There is no need to know more about the problem in detail as it is a technical matter, just follow the steps below to fix it.

First of all, identify if you have this problem or not

Step 1: Press Windows key + X and choose device administrator from the menu.

Step 2: Now, once the device manager is open, just search IDE ATA / ATAPI controller. Just expand it.

Step 3: Click Controller SATA AHCI standard

Step 4: Now click on details language.

Step 5: Then click driver details.

If you see storahci.sys in the direction of the path then you have this problem.

Follow the steps below to fix this problem.

Step 6: Now click on details language.

Step 7: Now choose Path to the device instance give menu to tendin property.

Step 8: Write down the paths after PCI and scroll all the way down.

Step 9: Now, press Tasto Windows + R to open the run command box.

Step 10: Now write regedit in it and then press Enter to open the registry editor.

Step 11: Now, find the path provided below from the left menu.

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • System
  • CurrentControlSet
  • enum
  • PCI
  • Device parameters
  • Management of interruptions
  • MessageSignaledInterruptProperties

Step 12: Now restart your PC

Hope these methods solved the 100% disk usage problem on Windows 10 PC. If none of the above methods work, try performing a safe restart on Windows 10 PC. Safe restart usually fixes various problems in Windows 10. If that last resource doesn't work either, you can add more RAM to your system.

Tip 9: change your high-performance power plan

If all else fails, go on

  • power options
  • switch to high performance
  • make sure your plan settings are default

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