Resolved Windows 10 High Disk Usage Fixes/Other Fixes & Common Issues

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  1. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Hello all,

    Hope you're keeping in great spirits. Over the course of the last few months we've encountered a lot of bugs in Windows 10 that just hammer the disk (100% in Task Manager) and make the system unusable. A few other common problems too, so I figured I'd share what I know.

    If anybody has this issue in BootCamp or a personal W10 system, then there are some quick fixes below. This encompasses fixes for all high disk usage issues that I've encountered. Hopefully this should be helpful for somebody reading.

    High Disk Usage in Task Manager

    1) Start>Settings>System>Notifications & actions
    Disable 'Show me tips about Windows'. You can also disable all the rest of the options.

    2) Start>Settings>Privacy>General
    Disable everything

    3) Start>Settings>Update & Security>Windows Update>Advanced Options>Choose how updates are delivered

    4) Open regedit and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TimeBroker
    Double-click the 'Start' dword on the right-hand side. Change the value from 3 to 4.

    5) Restart

    6) If there's still the issue on a portable laptop, press Windows+R (CMD+R on Mac) and type in powercfg.cpl. Change to High Performance.
    If there's still the issue, this may make a positive difference, but battery life will be reduced: Change advanced power settings>Processor power management> minimum processor state. Change minimum & maximum to 100% on both battery & power cable.

    Graphics Drivers

    BootCamp drivers are almost always out of date. The main ones that can cause a problem with Windows 10 working correctly are the graphics drivers.

    Integrated Intel Drivers

    1) Press Windows+R (CMD+R on Mac) and type in devmgmt.msc to bring up Device Manager.
    2) Expand Display Adapters. Right-click the Intel driver and click Update Driver Software. Search automatically for updates.
    3) If this doesn't find anything, you can check for Intel driver updates through Intel Driver Update Utility.

    Dedicated NVIDIA Drivers

    Download GeForce Experience to keep your GPU driver up-to-date.

    Dedicated AMD Drivers

    Download AMD Driver Auto-detect.

    Other Issues/Fixes

    Password prompting to change every 42 days

    If you're on a local user account, Windows 10 may prompt to change the password every 42 days. To disable this:

    1) Right-click Start menu and open Command Prompt (Admin)
    2) Type in net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited and press Enter
    3) The password will no longer prompt to change. You can verify this by typing in net accounts, and the maxmium password age will show as being unlimited.

    Windows Explorer crashing/restarting randomly

    This seems to be a common bug in W10. You can verify if this happens for you by creating a new folder on the desktop. If Windows Explorer crashes, you've got the issue. The only fix as of the time of writing is to create a new user account.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Nice guide, though I'm on the Anniversary edition and the specific locations within settings seems a little different but I found most of what you documented.

    What does this setting do?
  3. keysofanxiety thread starter macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Basically just disables the Runtime Broker service. Normally causes high disk usage with the 'Antimalware' process in Task Manager:

    Honestly, no idea what it actually does from the description; something about background tasks for modern apps/permissions, but it seems fine to disable it as it's not important:
    --- Post Merged, Aug 15, 2016 ---
    I'll install the AE and update the original post with new instructions, thank you for the heads up :)
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I see, thanks for the links, it seems related to modern (or do they call them universal) apps and/or to the animalware you mentioned. I'm not having any issues with that process sucking the life out of my system. I'm happy I don't have that issue which is documented in the link you provided.

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