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Computer Grinding Noise, Running Slow – Fixed!

Computer Grinding Noise, Slow

This is what I looked like by the time I was done fixing it.

What is That Computer Grinding Noise Burrowing Through My Brain?!

I’m posting this because I just spent two hours trying to figure out why my computer (Windows) was slow and the hard drive’s computer grinding noise was making me CRAZY. Obviously, some process was running and eating all my CPU or memory, but what??

I restarted. That didn’t do it. I stopped all the startup programs I thought were useless and restarted, but that didn’t do it.

So then I did the old Control-Alt-Delete and chose Task Manager.

In the Task Manager, I viewed the “Processes” tab to see what programs seemed to be eating all my CPU or Memory – nothing seemed suspicious.

THEN I hit the “Show Processes from All Users” button at the bottom of the Task Manager.


Computer Grinding Noise = Microsoft Search Index (in my case)

Microsoft Search Index was grinding along, eating all my memory. My computer was indexing itself for future searches at the expense of me getting any work done.

How to Fix Your Computer Grinding Noise & Slow Operating in this instance:

1. Click the Windows Icon at the lower left of the screen and type services.msc into the search.

2. Find “Windows Search” in the list of services and double-click on it to open it.

3. Change the Startup type to Manual (or Disabled), and then click the Stop button to stop the service.

BOOM. My computer is now quiet for the first time in years and isn’t agonizing slow. No more computer grinding noise.


Back to work!

Hope that helps someone!


Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant

Author Amy Vansant enjoys long walks on the beach, anything to do with her Labradoodle Gordon and frantically getting nothing useful done.
Amy Vansant

12 Responses

  1. Sally Mustacchia

    Thank you! This fixed my noisy sluggish computer.


    • Ryan Duvall

      dang i just did it too and fixed mine, it was a brand new computer and I had a tech service charge me 199.00 and problem was not fixed. I googled the problem and found your suggestion, tried it and BAM computer fixed. Wish I saw this before I called the computer tech company and spent 199.00, they also wanted to replace my hard drive , they said my hard drive was the problem to small not fast enough.
      the power of google.

      Thank you, now i can get back to work.


    • Darla

      Um what the hell. Stopped my whole computer. Not just the grinding noise. Had to do a system restore to get it to come on again 🙁


    • Darla

      It works only if you select manual. If you select disable and restart your computer you’ll get nothing


  2. Robin M Clark

    This worked!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, I have worked as a consultant for Microsoft for years, and your suggestion was the first one that worked for me.

    Cheers to you, wish there was something I could do for you.

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  3. Katie

    IT didn’t work for me 🙁 Still grinding and driving me crazy!! 🙁



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