Peaking the heights of Google searches this time concerns the Windows 10 system fixes.
Specifically, it is about Windows 10 system and compressed memory disk usage.
What is system and compressed memory?
How can you fix it?
We have got you covered in this tutorial.
What is the system and compressed memory?
It is a Windows native process that controls and monitors various functions relevant to the system and RAM operations.
Typically, system and compressed memory should only utilize a minor part of the computer system memory. But sometimes, your PC suddenly starts to run at full force and you hear the sound coming from the CPU.
Is this problem old or as a result of virus/bugs?
This problem was first reported in 2013. It was not until Windows 10 Upgrade that people actually felt the nuisance of the system and compressed memory disk usage.
This is NOT a bug and upgrading your Anti-Virus will not make a difference. It is just old Windows 10 in all its glory.
A feature called ‘Pagefile’ exists within Windows by default.
When you uninstalled heavy programs before in Windows XP, Windows 7, etc., the system would offload some of the least used Pagefile from your hard drive to save some space for the RAM that is already full.
When the RAM is full, fetching data takes time, hence the slowdown! The whole process is quite cumbersome, but you get the picture! As a result, the slower systems would crash/freeze frequently.
Today, these problems have been mitigated with faster & larger sized RAM’s and ROM’s. Moreover, Windows 10 can automatically choose how much size should it allocate to Pagefile.
Where does Pagefile fit into the modern context?
In Windows 10, system and compressed memory high disk usage happens due to the process described above, Windows 10 limits the task of putting away unused Pagefile and stores them in the RAM instead.
This has a florid title called ‘Method & Compressed Storage Service’.
It is primarily configured in Windows 10 to enhance the system performance. Although you can change this default setting and set it to automatic to let the system choose what is best.
6 Ways to Fix the ‘system and compressed memory’ high disk usage on Windows 10
First Method: Repairing corrupt system files
Download the program REIMAGE PLUS, and run it to check for corrupt and missing files. If found any, this software will repair them automatically.
Now, head to Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and see if the system and compressed memory usage is still on the high side. If so, then move to Second Method.
Second Method: Let Windows choose the paging file size for all drives
The size of Pagefile can be reset by a user. By default, Windows decides this on its own. If you have ever configured this part, then you need to set it back to Automatic mode.
- In the Start menu, click Settings and search for Performance & then click on Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.
- A new window with Performance Options will now pop open. Head over to Advanced.
- Now under Virtual Memory, click Change, then checkmark the first option you see in this pop-up window that says Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
- Click OK, then Apply. When prompted to restart your computer for the changes to take effect, click OK again.
- Restart your computer and head over to Task Manager to see if the above process has helped to bring down the system and compressed memory high disk usage.
If this didn’t work, perform this Third Method.
Third Method: Disable the system and compressed memory high disk usage for good!
While you may have to bear with system slowdown, you can apply this method to disable the system and compressed memory high disk usage for good. Follow these steps.
- Head to Control Panel by using your mouse to right-click on the Windows icon in the Taskbar.
- When the Control Panel opens, type in the search bar Administrative Tools, then choose Task Scheduler from the newly opened window.
- Within the Task Scheduler, double-click Task Schedule Library on the left-hand side and expand its contents.
- Double-click Microsoft on the left, and then on Windows that opens subsequently.
- Click on Memory Diagnostic on the left, to open its contents on the right.
- Usually, this should display just two options, choose RunFullMemoryDiagnosticEntry and right-click to choose Disable.
- Close all the windows of Task Scheduler and restart your system. Upon rebooting, check to see if you are facing the initial problem at all. You must notice that your Windows 10 has sped up a lot more.
Fourth Method: Disable Superfetch
Superfetch is a Windows service that aims to monitor and improve your system performance. Nevertheless, sometimes, Superfetch can also cause your disk usage to rise up to 100%. Fortunately, this can be easily disabled.
- Open Run (Windows logo key+R) and type ‘services.msc’ then press Enter.
- Now scroll down to locate Superfetch in the Service Window that should open after the run command from step 1.
- It is set to Start by default, so click Stop by right-clicking on it.
- Then right-click once again and choose Properties and under the General Tab you will see Startup Type: Automatic, set this to Disable.
- Then click Apply, OK and close all the services and proceed to restart your computer.
Fifth Method: End the Speech Runtime Executable Process
This is a common Windows process and pops up in the background even when you are not using it. It is known to consume heavy amounts of memory and facilitates the system slowdown.
You can easily select End Task for the Speech Runtime Executable Process in the Task Manager, listed under Processes tab.
This may pop up quite often, so make sure you end it each time. There is no permanent fix to this.
Sixth Method: Alter your computer’s visual effects to deliver the best performance
With Windows 10, you get a rich viewing experience. You tend to watch a lot of movies on Netflix, play a lot of games and for all of this, your computer today is preset to give you the best visual effects rather.
By default Windows 10 has set for best visual effects which can slows down your PC.
You can change its focus on giving you the best performance instead in the following steps.
- Right-click the Windows logo with your mouse and open Control Panel.
- In the search, type Advanced System settings and when the option is presented, click on it.
- You may be prompted for an administrator password, if you are one, then enter it and press enter.
- Now, you will see a window named System Properties.
- In the first section, you will see Performance, click on Settings under this section.
- Then click on Adjust for best performance, instead of the default Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer.
- Click Apply and OK on all of the relevant windows and restart your computer.
- Upon booting up the computer, check to verify if the problem has been fixed.
Above solutions should help you to fix 100% or High Disk Usage by System and Compressed Memory in Windows 10
If none of these above-listed fixes work for you, it could mean that your RAM has failed. If you are not a hardware genius, it is best to take the system to a service repair shop and have them take a look at it.