Monitor and Control Network Usage on Win10

If you are on your network or WiFi it’s easy to forget that things are consuming bandwidth and just go, but if you are on a metered internet connection data plan like Cellphone Tethering/Hotspot or a capped plan from your ISP you need to be cautious not to exceed those caps or incur extra costs.

Monitoring Usage

There are two ways to monitor Network Usage Settings and Task Manager, both reset the information every 30 days.
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Windows Search Indexer High Disk or CPU

Search Indexer – What is it?

Search Indexer basically provides indexing of things on your computer for Windows Search and Cortana to work. It indexes and caches files, emails and other things that you would search for. By default this service should not be running at 100% unless your computer was idle.

From Microsoft:

Provides content indexing, property caching, an search results for files, e-mail, media files, contact list and other content.

Now that we know what it does we can see why it would consume as much resources as it does.
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100 Percent Disk Usage – Windows 10

In this article we’ll be talking about some things that cause 100 Percent Disk Usage and how to fix them

Windows Search

Windows Search is the back-end system that allows you to find your files faster on your Computer. It works by constantly indexing every single file on your computer.

  • Open a Command Prompt as Administrator
  • Enter the following
net.exe stop “Windows search”

Click Enter
To turn it off permanently:

Press Windows key + R and type

services.msc
  • Click OK
  • Scroll down the list of services and double-click Windows Search
  • Click the General tab
  • Set the Startup type to Disabled
  • Click OK

SuperFetch

SuperFetch is a feature that helps decrease boot time by making apps load more efficiently. However, it can cause usage problems with your drive.

  • In Command Prompt, type
net.exe stop superfetch
  • Click Enter

To disable it permanently

In services.msc, disable Windows SuperFetch

Skype

  • Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone and right-click on Skype.exe
  • Select Properties
  • Click the Security tab
  • Click the Edit button
  • Make sure All Application Packages is highlighted
  • Check Allow for Write Permissions
  • Click OK

Deleting an EFI System Partition on Windows

The EFI system partition (ESP) is a partition on a data storage device (usually a hard disk drive or solid-state drive) that is used by computers adhering to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).

An ESP contains the boot loaders or kernel images for all installed operating systems (which are contained in other partitions), device driver files for hardware devices present in a computer and used by the firmware at boot time, system utility programs that are intended to be run before an operating system is booted, and data files such as error logs ref. An EFI system partition is usually protected and locked by the Windows operating systems to prevent and avoid accidental deletion of these partitions. That’s why you can’t delete EFI partition using Disk Management tool.
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Minecraft Is Getting Cross-Play On Multiple Platforms

With the upcoming release of the Better Together this summer, Mojang will unify the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One with mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game under the Bedrock Engine family. (excluding Java Minecraft which will continue to be supported as an independent version)
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Windows 10 power and display issue

I’ve been hearing people are having issues with their computers randomly powering on after a shutdown was issued and displays being dimmed and not being able to get the brightness back. Here are ways to fix those.

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Microsoft’s supposed forcing upgrading to Windows 10

Was stumbling on the webs earlier and came across an article saying that Microsoft is forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10. I am not a huge MS fan but I had to see for myself and it’s garbage.  I installed Windows7 on my laptop and got the familiar icon to upgrade but when I clicked on it I did not get the forced upgrade but instead got this:

Windows10 Upgrade Options
Windows 10 Upgrade Options

Notice it doesn’t say what others like InfoWorld are saying, which would insinuate a forced upgrade, according to the article in the link, the screen I have above has the following two options only:

Upgrade now or Upgrade tonight

Not sure exactly what these publishers are gunning for but it’s a bad game to play if they are not verifying this and only blindly repeating what others are saying.

Now, I’m not saying people are not getting that window. I’m saying that I did not get it and that publishers need to verify for themselves instead of just blindly regurgitating what they heard.