I swear I did double-click to sort by CPU, but I do see that it didn't properly sort. I just did it again. Of course, I've been running Chrome vs Firefox and things seem to be much different while running Chrome. I will give more information below. I had been working on a response to the rest of the items already.
The memory usage is looking good still high but should not cause any system slow down.
Please install all Windows updates and latest device drivers.
Please follow my suggestions at my tutorial to boost speed of Windows OS.
"Optimize Windows OS for Faster Performance"
I'm not sure you noted that I'm hardly doing anything on my computer and it was using 85%, or in other words, 8.5 GB of memory. If I only had 8 GB of memory in the first place, that would mean that there's not enough room for my programs, not enough to launch them, and certainly not enough to surf on the internet, let alone what I actually NEED my computer for, running and using my actual programs. Yet there are plenty of computers and devices which can run a web browser and more on 8 GB of RAM. So please, don't minimize the fact that my computer, with my specs and the details I shared was performing poorly and if it hadn't maxed out the memory it would be locking up. Again, all I had open was a web browser. I need to be able to use my computer for it's intended purpose, my graphics work. I'm not saying this to be a jerk, I'm merely trying to make it clear that there's a huge issue and either we're mis-communicating somehow or misunderstanding one another.
I'm wondering if perhaps I'm misunderstanding the intent behind your comment though or am misinterpreting it. That or I'm not giving the right information for you to understand me and the extend of my issue. There were other things which were occurring which were showing me that my computer was slow, I was attempting to use the on-board tools as a means to show you that what I am experiencing isn't just a figment of my imagination or me nitpicking. When I see "not responding" show up as I attempt to use or load a program, I experiencing screen lag when moving my mouse across the screen and also as I attempt to type these are things which are directly affecting my ability to work. Help me make sure we're on the same page.
One question I feel we need to answer is WHAT is using all of my memory? why? and how do we fix it? Because 85% of my memory should not be required for surfing the internet.
I do realize however that somehow I messed up the screen shots/Process Explorer sorting.
Also, I switched to Chrome and was having the same issues at first, but then whatever was hogging the memory appears to have ceased, at least for now, and went back to a more reasonable 30-35%. It's not as though I've been on the computer that much or that long, but it is seemingly better than Firefox just from the standpoint that the memory usage isn't as high.
However, the disk usage continued to rise to 99%, hover there and then fall back down, just as it had with Firefox. I had a few issues with lag when typing in my browser, and it's not as though I type close to 200 wpm, so there shouldn't be any on screen lag. None of these issues I'm mentioning here are in any way related to running the DISM or Sfc/Scannow commands or startup since I was monitoring performance for quite some time away from those procedures.
Unfortunately, when I wanted to grab screenshots of the Process Explorer while Chrome was running vs Firefox and the memory was in high use (but I wasn't running any programs still), I was too distracted and I wasn't able to grab the screenshots. I've continued to use Chrome and whenever I've glanced at the stats the memory usage has been back down at a realistic level of 30-40%.
Of course, it wouldn't have helped much since I had it sorted wrong.
I'm going to switch back to using Firefox after a reboot and see if the memory usage jumps back up again. In the meantime, I would like to know what is causing the high disk usage regardless of which browser I'm using. I NEED to be able to use my computer for graphic tonight and as much as possible tomorrow though so I don't really have the time to give up to play or sacrifice any performance.
Windows Updates & Drivers
I stated above that I installed all of the Windows updates.
Also, to my knowledge, my drivers are up to date, but it's entirely possible that any are not registering as needing to be updated even when I check them individually.
When I attempted to run Sfc/scannow in safemode I first got a message that my machine was waiting for a reboot. I tried rebooting 3-4 times and kept getting the error. I gave up and that was when your message came to go ahead and run DISM. Luckily that worked.
Completed successfully and the corruption was repaired. I attempted attaching the log file here but apparently it's too big to upload. 6,849kb txt file, or technically .log.
I've already run the chkdsk command. There aren't any bad sectors or fragments
I haven't gone through every single item yet, I started going down the list and responding to each item only to realize that they were all things I'd already done. I will still go through the list because I don't want to assume I know everything or that I might not have overlooked something. Unfortunately however it takes me exponentially longer to do things than most people and I don't have that sort of time to give up right now. I need to remain focused on the actual issue.
Is it possible that there's a reason that Firefox is acting so strange on my computer? I would find it hard to believe that it is an extensive resource hog on everyone's computer.