Recently saw this on a forum:
I recently purchased 6 Dell laptops for my client they are Core i5 with 8 GB of memory and 500 GB(possibly 1 TB) hard drives – They run Office Apps, Goldmine(CRM) and browsing and that is basically it. Now by all means this should be a quick computer. I am not impressed and I have seen this lately but I don’t know what the answer is. Here is the issue. They are slower than the previous computers – they are constantly thrashing the hard drive and the CPU FANS seems to be running all the time. Task manager shows the hard drive for times will be at 100%. I know you can argue I should have gotten these with SSD’s and I suppose next time I will but this is still not acceptable. Anyone come across this before and is there a decent resolution(please no bashing – serious inquiries only) — local tech guy

Try these tips (one or all of them). I used to use them back when I dealt with Windows 10 automatic updates on older equipment. These days I only disable Cortana because it is annoying.
1. Disable Superfetch service.
2. Disable Windows Search service.
3. Set Page file to custom minimum and maximum settings.
4. Disable Cortana via registry key.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search.
New > DWORD (32-bit) Value -> “AllowCortana” -> Value = 0
5. Set Microsoft Updates to not store files for other network or internet computers.
6. Uninstall Skype Preview metro app.
7. Set power options to maximum performance.
8. Remove OneDrive (onedrivesetup.exe high disk usage???)
9. Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Autochk.
The Proxy task there “collects and uploads autochck SQM data if opted-in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program”.
Right-click on Proxy and select Disable from the context menu.
10. Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Application Experience.
Right-click on Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser, ProgramDataUpdater, and StartupAppTask, and disable them.

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