If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10 version 1809, And you may notice not performing well, System not responding at startup, Apps not opening, or not responding clicks. And checking on task manager you may notice there is a huge amount of Disk usage. Its almost 100% Disk Usage In Windows 10.

Fix High Disk Usage on Windows 10

It mostly occurs (100% disk usage ) When a process or an app in Microsoft Windows forces the system to utilize the hard drive to its full capacity. This issue, commonly known as 100% disk usage problem, can arise due to various reasons. It can be Chrome’s web page prefetch feature, a bug in a Windows driver, virus/malware infection, Hard Drive error, System files corrupted while upgrade process or some other Windows features stuck running and causing 100% Disk Usage In Windows 10 October 2018 update.

Whatever the reason behind this problem, Here some solutions you may apply to fix high Disk usage on Windows 10 And get back your system working smoothly. Note Below solutions are also applicable to fix 100% disk usage on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers.

Check and fix Google Chrome causing 100% Disk Usage

In the case of Google Chrome, the web page pre-load feature is at fault. You can turn it off by visiting chrome://settings > Show Advanced Settings > Privacy. Here, Toggle off the option called Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly.

Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly
Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly

Fix Skype causing 100% Disk Usage

For Skype, the high disk usage goes down when write permission is granted for ALL APPLICATION PACKAGE group. Follow these steps to fix 100% disk usage issue if it’s because of Skype. This method is for the desktop version of Skype, not for the Windows Store version.




Now  Make sure that your Skype is not running. Then navigate to Windows Explorer, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\. Here Right-click Skype.exe and select Properties. Go to the Security tab and select Edit. Click ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES and tick the Allow check box for Write. Then click Apply, then OK to save your change.

tweak skype to fix 100 disk usage
tweak skype to fix 100 disk usage

Check For virus Malware infection

Install a good antivirus with latest updates and perform a full system scan to make sure any virus/malware infection not causing the issue. Also, Install Free System optimizer like Ccleaner to clean up junk, cache, system error, memory dump files. Run Registry cleaner to fix broken registry errors. After that restart windows and check, Disk usage came to the normal stage.

Also, start windows 10 into clean boot state to check and identify if any third party application causing High Disk usage problem.

Run System File Checker and DISM command

Run System File Checker Tool, which Scan and restore missing corrupted System Files form Special cache folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. To do this open command prompt as administrator, type sfc /scannow and hit the enter key. Wait until 100% complete the scanning process after that restart windows.

system file checker tool
system file checker tool

Again If SFC Utility End with Error windows resource found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them then Run The DISM Command “dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth which scan And repair System image and allow SFC utility to do its job. After that again run Sfc utility and restart windows, Check disk usage came to the normal state?

Disable tricks and suggestions

Some Users on Microsoft Forum or Reddit report Disable Windows Notifications Help them to fix High System Resource usage like 100 percent Disk Usage, High CPU or memory leak etc. You Can also try to Disable this windows notifications From  Settings, then click on System, and then Notifications and Actions. Simply turn off the Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows.

Disable tricks and suggestions
Disable tricks and suggestions

Also Open windows services ( press Windows + R, type services.msc and ok ) then temporarily disable Superfetch Service, Background Intelligence Transfer Service, Windows search Service, Windows update services. To do this double click on the service ( for ex superfetch ) on properties window change the startup type Disable. And stop the service next to service status. Do the same with other services: BITS, Windows update and Search service. Restart windows and check there is no more 100% disk usage in windows 10.

Use High Performance Power Plan

With some computers, the hard drives are smart and will try to power down or change RPM to save power. open Control Panel and go to Hardware and Sound > Power Options to see which power plan you are currently using. Make sure you are using a High Performance. 

Set Power plan To High Performance
Set Power plan To High Performance

In addition, click on Change plan settings and then expand Turn off hard disk after and set the minutes to 0. This will ensure that the hard disk does not power down or go into the low power state, which can cause the disk usage problem.




Check Disk Drive Errors (CHKDKS Comand)

Windows has a built-in tool that will scan your drive for errors and attempt to correct them. Open the Command Prompt as Admin and type:  chkdsk.exe /f /r  and hit Enter. Then on the next prompt type: Y and hit Enter. This Will Stat scanning and repairing process for Disk Drive Error After 100% Complete Restart windows And check system Running without High Disk Usage.

run chkdsk command with parameters
run chkdsk command with parameters

Reset Virtual Memory

Windows Automatically usage Disk Drive Space As Virtual Memory ( A combination of disk Drive and RAM ). If you Recently Customize Virtual memory For windows performance optimization Reset it To Default. Because Sometimes wrong customization also Cause Disk Drive not Responding or 100 percent Disk Usage.

To reset virtual memory to default state Press windows + R, type sysdm.cpl and hit the enter key.  On System, properties move to the Advanced tab and click Settings under Performance. On performance, options move to Advanced tab click on the Change button under Virtual Memory. Then check mark on Automatically manage paging file size for all drives. Click Apply ok and Restart windows to take Effect the Changes.

So, these were some of the ways which can help you fix the 100% disk usage error in Windows 10. These might not be fool-proof solutions, but they could be useful. Did apply these solutions helps to reduce High disk usage on Windows 10 PC? share your feedback on comments below Also Read Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working? Here’s 5 solutions to Fix It