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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #45 on: June 19, 2018, 06:17:59 PM »
I hope you have a surge protector. 


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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #46 on: June 19, 2018, 06:20:15 PM »
When you can use your computer again, and just want to have a quick look on your disk's health, you can use the Hard Disk Sentinel trial, from their page: https://www.hdsentinel.com/download.php

It was the tool that helped me realize that my disk needed a replacement two years ago (as well as the disk I bought from eBay to replace it...).

Sorry for the step in. I just remembered my experience. :)

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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #47 on: June 19, 2018, 07:54:31 PM »
Yes, my power strip is a surge protector type.  Thankfully.

So, good news I think.

I powered up and the reboot quickly took me to the lock screen. No installing of updates happened.  I checked Settings > Windows Update, and the update is still awaiting a reboot at the time/date I had set.  But it had installed some Defender updates (apparently what it was doing when the power went out.)  Defender says the updates were installed and I'm up to date.

Right now, things are behaving and I'm not having any freezing or slow loading issues at the moment.  Maybe something got fixed in the DSM/restore health thing that was implemented with the restart?

I think I'll run a couple of the easier diagnostic tools listed here and then try the restart for windows updates if nothing comes up.




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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #48 on: June 19, 2018, 08:05:08 PM »
I've added the Speccy  file from the scan:
warning: it goes on forever

But I see temps are now 37 on the CPU and 43 on the hard drive.

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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #49 on: June 19, 2018, 08:16:52 PM »
OK, so to run WinDFT, it says to install to your Program Files.

I have two:
Program Files
Program Files (x86}

The picture shows the  Program Files (x86}. Just want to make sure that is where it should go.

And should I run both the quick test and the long one?

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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #50 on: June 19, 2018, 08:43:49 PM »
When I ran SeaTools, I found the long test was the best but I don't know anything about the one you downloaded.


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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #51 on: June 19, 2018, 09:02:57 PM »
OK, so to run WinDFT, it says to install to your Program Files.

I have two:
Program Files
Program Files (x86}

The picture shows the  Program Files (x86}. Just want to make sure that is where it should go.

And should I run both the quick test and the long one?

Are you doing a custom install? The installation process defaults to where it wants the program installed, unless a user wants to override that and place it somewhere else.

The “Program Files” folder holds 64-bit applications, while "Program Files (x86)" holds 32-bit applications. Installing a 32-bit application in a PC with a 64-bit Windows automatically gets directed to Program Files (x86).

I’d run the quick test first to see if anything is uncovered. If there is, I’d run the longer one to get more information. If there isn’t, running the longer one would be more “of interest” than necessary. If you run the long one first, there is no reason to run the quick one.
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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #52 on: June 19, 2018, 09:05:10 PM »
Thanks! I haven't installed it yet. I was just reading through the instructions and noticed that placement in one of the screenshots. I have a better idea of what to do now.  Will work on that later tonight.

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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #53 on: June 19, 2018, 10:07:14 PM »
I've installed WinDFT and I get as far as the  Drive Fitness Test panel, but it does not find my drive, and clicking the scan button does nothing.   Also the help file is basically empty and just  has a title line which has a spelling mistake.   I think I must have got a corrupted version or its just the wrong program for my machine.  I am uninstalling.

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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #54 on: June 19, 2018, 10:41:00 PM »
The update panel no longer had the pending restart notice.  It  said instead that Windows was up to date, but the last update installation was in May.  So I did another search for updates, and the cumulative update was downloaded again.  I clicked the Restart Now button and the computer shut down and rebooted.  The update was installed successfully.

But there was another entry that said the June cumulative update failed to install on 6/15. What?   There was no attempt by me to install it on June 15, so I don't know what that was about.  Maybe the glitch where it started to install during the power blip confused it's little mind?

Anyway, all seems well for now. And I seem to have made it unscathed installing the June updates.    Maybe I'll try the sysnative diagnostic on my drive. But it seems really complicated with stuff about changing boot order and stuff that scares me. So I might not. Have to go read it again.

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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #55 on: June 20, 2018, 03:14:42 AM »
It appears that whatever changes were made by the Hardware trouble shooter,  DISM and the successful updates have fixed whatever was ailing my computer.   Disk use is 1-4% now and System is  idling at 1% or less.   Even when browsing with FireFox.

I may still stick with Pale Moon now that I've got it up and running. It is so much lighter weight (like 2/3  the resource use) than FF. I didnt' realize how bloated FF has become.   I am pretty jazzed that I can use Lazarus again.  Now I just have to decide if I can live without a couple other extensions that I like.

I don't really know how to read the results I got from the Speccy scan, but at least I know my hard drive isn't running too hot.

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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #56 on: June 20, 2018, 11:05:24 AM »
Glad it is running good again.

Edit Note:  If you use Facebook, there are issues with changes FB is making and Pale Moon.  See Facebook messenger not working - Pale Moon forum


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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #57 on: June 20, 2018, 03:57:56 PM »
I'm celebrating too!  Thanks y'all for helping me out with this.   Things are still running smoothly today.
System32  apparently has gotten itself straightened out now.   I'm so glad Windows knows how to fix itself.

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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #58 on: June 20, 2018, 05:53:00 PM »
I don't use messenger, so as long as FB normal pages work ok, I should be fine.

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Re: Win10 disk and CPU being maxed by Firefox since last updates
« Reply #59 on: June 20, 2018, 06:06:11 PM »
What works and what doesn't work keeps changing.  First it was chat followed by the inability to control videos, then only "Like" would work and not the other emoticons.  Video control works again but now Notifications don't load and sharing and commenting don't work.  Since I'm one of the Mods of the town FB group, I ended up having to use Edge for FB.  At least there is an F.B.Purity add-on in the Microsoft Store for Edge, which is the only thing that makes FB usable.


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