Windows 10: Computer hangs/lags when downloading from Steam Solved

  1.    03 May 2016 #1

    Computer hangs/lags when downloading from Steam

    This started happening yesterday. Whenever I download a game from steam after a couple of minutes my whole system starts to hang (mouse lags, audio lags, programs lag) and I get high CPU usage in windows explorer, Avast, System Interrupts, and Steam. I've read a couple places that it may be Avast scanning every single file, but I've disabled all functionality down to just the scanner and even disabled the shield and still the hangs happen.
    I'm not sure if it is just Steam, since the same thing happened when downloading a driver from Geforce Experience, but when downloading a 1 GB test file from no hanging occurs. I know Win10 just updated on me yesterday so I think that could be a suspect.
    My system is plenty powerful and has never had a problem handling downloading (multiple files) and still playing games/streaming video. I could really use some help on this, it's the first time my system has run annoyingly slow since I built it a year and a half ago. Also, I have had programs running at 99% CPU before and never had such a slowdown like this and it isn't even reaching a full 99% now.

    I've updated my ethernet driver, graphics driver, ran a ccleaner scan, ran an mbam and avast scan, reinstalled avast (lag happens without an antivirus too), have tried downloading to all of my separate disks and get the same slowdown. None of my hardware is showing as running at full capacity in performance monitor.
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  2.    04 May 2016 #2

    Well... I'm not sure why this was moved to gaming I'm not having any problems with games. It is most definitely a technical issue it just so happens to be with a gaming service.
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  3.    04 May 2016 #3

    Well I fixed it, turns out I set a system level variable when following a tweak guide for saints row 2. I ran the command
    bcdedit /set useplatformclock true
    to fix a speedup bug in the game. Setting the value back to false solved my hanging issue.

    So I guess the issue in the end was somewhat related to gaming (though I still don't think I should have been moved here )
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  4.    06 May 2016 #4

    Glad to hear it.
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