Email This Post HomeDork OutComputer Grinding Noise, Running Slow – Fixed! Amy Vansant November 1, 2013 Dork Out 24 Comments 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. BINGO! 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! Author Recent Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. 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Thank you, now i can get back to work. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant January 29, 2016 Next time just send me $199. 🙂 5 likes Alex March 20, 2018 So true I just did it and hopefully it won’t make any noise again, at first I thought I was broke I got scared as fuck becuase these computers aren’t cheap and hopefully this way works 0 likes Mohamed June 22, 2016 You are a star!!!! My PC is spinet since many years !!! 0 likes Reply Darla December 18, 2016 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 🙁 0 likes Reply Darla December 18, 2016 It works only if you select manual. If you select disable and restart your computer you’ll get nothing 1 likes Reply Alex August 16, 2017 I love u my pc was sooooo slow and noisy love u thx 0 likes Reply jerry November 9, 2019 didn’t work for me at all. 0 likes Robin M Clark November 12, 2014 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. How about a sample of Instantly Ageless, a new instant face lift cream, works in less than 2 minutes, lasts for up to 8 hours. (Not that you probably need it, your photo is gorgeous, but maybe someone else you know would want to try it) 1 likes Reply Deana Couture December 5, 2019 I’ll take some cream! Oh and btw, this worked for me! Thank you AMY!!! 0 likes Reply Kacie March 6, 2016 Amazziiiing! This was perfect. Thank you so much! 0 likes Reply karen April 29, 2016 THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 likes Reply Katie July 28, 2016 IT didn’t work for me 🙁 Still grinding and driving me crazy!! 🙁 0 likes Reply Bowabowu December 9, 2016 Thank you! You’re a saint! 0 likes Reply Manuel Recinos May 4, 2017 Thank you, after many years with my station today 05-04-2017 it fixed. suddenly stop the noise . Blessings Many 0 likes Reply Jamie June 28, 2017 Thank you! My hard drive started grinding and everything slowed to a crawl. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I even did a couple system restores and a registry scrub to no avail. But this worked! 2 likes Reply Brianna October 24, 2017 Not all heroes wear capes! People like you make the world a better place!!! Thank you! 2 likes Reply Kelly November 20, 2018 Just searched and find your answer to my problem. To action as per your directions — fingers crossed that THIS is the fix. THANK YOU!! 0 likes Reply Peter February 13, 2019 amazing it fixed my probless dear tnx alot Amy 0 likes Reply Danielle L Patrick March 19, 2019 Okay so it worked on speeding my computer up but it still is making things grinding/dying sound every 5 to 10 seconds.. 0 likes Reply jerry November 9, 2019 didn’t do a thing for me 0 likes Reply Sebastian March 15, 2020 Seriously cannot believe the noise and it made me worry because I built my pc as a gaming pc a year ago. Thank you so much for having made this guide. I am hoping it was only that and nothing major elsewhere. again thank you! 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!