Oh how I miss Win7. Just had to get that out of the way.
I am running Win10 on a HP laptop that was an original install / not upgrade.
Frequently, when I go to save a file or access a file, the machine freezes or slows to a crawl and it takes 5+ minutes to free up. It seems to happen as soon as I CTRL-S and the dialogue box appears
I do the bulk of my work in Chrome, but use Excel and Acrobat the most often after that. I save a lot of PDF or JPG attachments in gmail or Chrome, and save existing Excel files. I have to use IE to access one work-related website so it is probably on par with Word for frequency of use. It seems to happen no matter which application I'm in, but only after I have been using the computer after an undefined "while" after a fresh reboot.
I do run Dropbox app a all times to act as a backup / home network sync for a desktop and my tablets. I run CCleaner often to clear out the Chrome temp files, I have Avast anti-virus, plus malwarebytes.
I have already disabled indexing, which doesn't seem to have affected this. I have tried turning off Dropbox, which also doesn't seem to help.
This computer is about a year old, and 3-4 months ago this save issue started and it began slogging on boot or wake from hibernation, or at random times. I didn't notice an immediate connection to a software install or manual update. I like to manually install updates so I can chase down issues like this, but this *bleeping* version of Windows has taken that out of my hands as much as possible. I can't even tell when it's started downloading updates in the background, which I would rather it not do, but I can't find a way to control. I have even put the computer to sleep, have come back to find that Windows updated things during that time and lost unsaved data that I had open on my desktop. It's infuriating. I've begun putting the computer in airplane mode to turn off wi-fi before I put it to sleep to help prevent that in the future.
Anyway, help on the above Save issue would be appreciated. I don't know where to begin since I've ruled out indexing and Dropbox. Thank you.