HDD performance running at 100%

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I thought it would be useful to share this post in the event anyone experiences this issue.

A friend contacted me recently and mentioned that he was experiencing performance issues with his laptop. Upon investigating I launched task manager and clicked the performance tab. As shown below, I found that his HDD was running at 100%

After some investigation, I found that there was a disk defrag scheduled to run daily which was causing the disk to run at 100%

Disabling this task allowed for the HDD performance to stabilise.

Here is the result after disabling the defrag schedule.

If you’re experiencing this issue, it’s worth checking if there is a defrag schedule configured.

Click start > search and click Defragment and Optimize drives

Could not acquire a developer license

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When you execute a Powershell script, you receive the error below and the script fails. I have seen this occur on a Windows 10 device when attempting to install the Azure VPN Client via Powershell.

Error: Could not acquire a developer license

To resolve, click the start menu on your Windows 10 device and search for settings. Click Settings, Update & Security and then from the left pane, select the option For developers

Turn on Developer Mode

Retry running the script again

When done, disable developer mode