It happens when I try to copy, move or rename files that reside in one of the two storage devices that I have inside the NUC; namely:
Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 500GB
Samsung SSD 850 Pro 512 GB
I haven't been able to establish a pattern that would indicate when it happens and when it doesn't. It doesn't happen all the time, and as far as I can tell it happens on either of the two storage units listed above.
While that is certainly possible, I have purposely kept Resource Monitor open on my Windows 10 system to see what windows is doing when I experience those type of issues, and when the slow copying, moving and renaming happens I can always see HUGE amounts of capacity left over in CPU, Disk, Network and Memory. So its not like Windows 10 is super busy and that causes the slow performance.
Furthermore I have found that the slow copying, moving and renaming can happen with one file, but not with another. I can get the slow copying on file 1, super quick behaviour on file 2 and 3, and then back to slow copying on file 4. Its super weird.
Initially I thought that maybe it had to do with my virus protection (I use Eset Smart Security 9), but totally disabling ESET virus protection and even firewall hasn't solved the issue. I have defender turned off since ESET covers for that as well.
Well, but for me it doesn't happen that very often, so I can live with it.
But W10 has other weird lags. E.g. if am doing Homebanking by using the Edge Browser and then start Excel/MS Office 2010 the loading of Excel can take up to 15 seconds (but only first time - if I close it and restart it comes up at once). Normally it takes about 1 second. If I use any other Browser Excel always starts normally. That's why I don't use Edge.
I think we have to wait for MS to correct these bugs.
I never experienced bugs in W8.1.
I have never used Windows 8.1 but I was using Windows 7 Ultimate with a slower HP computer before switching to the Intel NUC5i7RYH and in all honesty I never, ever experienced lags such as the ones I am seeing with Windows 10.
I like Windows 10 and the NUC very much, but I really hope that Microsoft is being made aware of this lags and is addressing them. I am hoping hardware manufacturers like Intel are making them aware of these and working together to resolve.
I have been trying to do what you suggested (open Task Manager and see what processes are triggered when I copy/move a file), but there is no clear answer as to what is causing the slow copying/moving. Enclosed is an image of the task manager with all of the processes being used when the file is being copied/moved and it is doing that very slowly. Please advise if there is a better way to log activity during copying/moving to be able to identify the culprit.
Thank you for the screenshot.
I noticed that you have installed ESET antivirus, what happens if you disable it and try one more time to move, copy or rename any file that you have? Please give it a try and let me know.
I have been running some tests based on this but I am not able to replicate from our end.
I disabled ESET as my first guess of what could be wrong with thr system several months ago. Unfortunately that is not it as even with ESET totally removed from the system the same thing (slow copying and moving of files) happens.
Is there any way to log all the activities that take place while copying or moving a file to see what is happening behind the scenes that causes the issue?
Is there any way to get the system to boot with nothing but the basics to see if I experience the same issue? As a way to isolate of this happens as a result of third party software or whether it happens with standard Windows 10 and regular hardware?
Just a quick note let you all know that my problem is now solved. None of the recommendations provided here solved the issue. In the interest of helping others that may be facing a similar issue, here is the root cause of my problem and the solution:
Nuance Power PDF Advanced installs an optional PDF Indexing feature by default. That feature was causing the slow copying, moving and even deleting of PDF files.
How did I find and solve the problem:
I upgraded Nuance Power PDF to version 1.2 and during the upgrade process I decided to go through all the options and decide which ones I wanted and which ones I didn't. When I saw the PDF indexing option it gave me a gut feeling that it could be the culprit causing the issues. I was right. The new version without the PDF indexing fixed the issue.