Boost your Windows 11 performance with these simple tweaks.
Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft. It is designed to be more secure, reliable, and faster than its predecessors. It’s a great step toward the future of computing and it promises to bring a new level of performance to your device.
But, if you are experiencing lagging or slow performance in Windows 11, then there are some things that you can do to make your experience smoother.
This article will provide you with some tips and tricks on how to boost your Windows 11 performance for a better user experience.
10 Useful Tips to Boost Your Windows 11 Performance
1. Install the latest Windows and drivers updates
The first tip to boost your Windows 11 performance is to make sure that your Windows 11 and drivers are using the latest version.
The latest updates contain patches for bugs from the previous version and features that will improve your Windows 11 performance.
To check for updates in Windows 11, here’s what to do:
1. Open the Start menu.
2. Go to Settings > Windows > Update > Check for updates
3. Choose one of the following:
- If it says, “You’re up to date,” continue and check for optional updates.
- If it says, “Updates are available,” click Install now.
4. Choose the updates you want to install and click Install.
5. Reboot your computer
Now, see if your PC’s performance has increased.
You can use a driver updater tool like Driver Easy to schedule the drivers’ updates checking automatically.
2. Maintain the free space
Windows 11 system will use some disk space to store temporary files when running programs and remove them once you close the programs. That’s why you should never let your computer run out of space. Besides will it slow down your PC, a high risk of corrupting data will threaten your files.
Hence, always maintain the free space of your disk.
To check how much free space you have on your disk, do the following:
1. Open the Start menu.
2. Select Settings > System > Storage.
There, you will see the amount of free space and the total size of each drive.
To free some space on your disk, you can use Storage Sense. Once it is enabled, this useful tool will help you remove unnecessary or temporary files from your drive automatically when you are running out of space.
Here’s how to enable Storage Sense:
1. Click Start > Settings.
2. Select System Storage.
3. Turn on Storage Sense in the Storage management section.
4. Check Keep Windows running smoothly by automatically cleaning up temporary system and app files in the Cleanup of temporary files section.
5. Go to Configure cleanup schedules section and set up how often you want Storage Sense to run.
6. Choose the preferred time intervals to delete files or choose Never if you want Storage Sense to leave specific types of files.
7. Click Run Storage Sense now.
After Windows cleans up your files, you’ll get a notice stating how much disk space has been saved.
How to remove temporary files using Storage Sense
Note: Storage Sense will also clean the trash in your Recycle Bin.
1. Open the Start menu.
2. Select Settings > System > Storage.
3. Click Temporary files in the storage breakdown. Or choose Show more categories if you cannot find Temporary files listed.
4. Let the Windows system scans the files and apps that take the most space.
5. Check the items you want to remove and click Remove files.
How to run Disk Cleanup
If you cannot find Storage Sense, use Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files, cache, and system files to free some space.
1. Click Search and type disk cleanup in the box.
2. Click Disk Cleanup from the list of results.
3. Tick the type of files you want to delete and untick the ones you don’t want to remove.
4. Hit OK and then click Delete files to start the cleanup.
Select Clean up system files to free more space.
3. Manage the startup apps and services
When your Windows 11 PC starts, several programs operate in the background. You can disable these programs so they don’t startup.
Many programs are set up to start with Windows. They’re running in the background, but they’ll open promptly when needed. This is useful for often-used apps, but not for less frequently used ones, as it slows down Windows startup.
Follow the steps below to stop programs and services from running automatically:
1. Select Start > Settings.
2. Select Apps > Startup.
3. In the Startup Apps section, turn off the programs that you want to stop from starting automatically.
4. Pause OneDrive syncing
Windows allows you to sync files between your computer and your OneDrive account. By doing this, you can access your files from any device as long as you have internet. The files also work as a backup of your files. So, if your PC is damaged or lost, your data are still safe.
However, the sync process takes quite some time depending on the size of your files. And it can slow down your PC. To boost your Windows 11 performance, you can pause OneDrive syncing temporarily.
Do the following steps:
1. Click OneDrive on the taskbar.
2. Select Help & Settings > Pause syncing.
3. Select how long you want to pause syncing.
4. To resume syncing, select OneDrive > Help & Settings > Resume syncing.
5. Turn on the automatic page file management
The paging file is a section of your hard drive that Windows treats as memory. Windows 11 includes a feature that automatically adjusts page file size, which might assist enhance your PC’s speed.
To check that automated page file management is enabled
1. Click Search on the taskbar, then type advanced system into the search box, and then select View advanced system settings, which has Control panel listed beneath it.
2. Select the Advanced tab in System Properties, then Settings in the Performance category.
3. Select the Advanced tab in Performance Options, then click Change in the Virtual memory area.
4. Check the box that says “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.”
If it is, proceed to the next tip. If it isn’t, click on it and restart your computer by going to Start > Power > Restart.
6. Scan for viruses and malware
A virus, malware, or harmful software can slow down your PC. Other symptoms include unexpected pop-up warnings, application auto-starts, and the sound of your hard disk spinning.
The easiest strategy to deal with viruses and dangerous software is to avoid them by using antivirus software and keeping it updated. Even with precautions, your PC can get infected.
Windows Security (previously Windows Defender Security Center) can scan your PC for viruses and other malware. Or, you can use a third-party antivirus software like Avast, AVG, and more.
Do the following to scan your PC using Windows Security:
1. Go to Start > Settings > Privacy & security > Windows Security > Open Windows Security.
2. Choose Virus & threat protection, then choose Protection updates from the Virus & threat protection updates menu.
3. Select Check for updates on the Protection updates screen to ensure you have the latest version.
4. Choose Virus & threat protection, then Quick scan.
5. Wait for Windows Security to complete its virus and malware scan.
6. Depending on the scan results, do one of the following:
- Run the advanced scan that has been suggested. This scan takes longer but searches for dangers on your computer more thoroughly.
- If Windows Security detects a virus or malware but is unable to delete or quarantine it, contact Microsoft Support for assistance.
- If no viruses are identified, restart your computer and try to duplicate the performance issue you were experiencing.
If you have no internet, you can still scan for viruses with Microsoft Defender Offline.
1. Save any files or programs that are now open on your PC.
2. Go to Start > Settings > Privacy & security > Windows Security > Open Windows Security.
3. Click Virus & threat protection and choose Scan options > Microsoft Defender Offline scan > Scan now under Current threats section.
After restarting your computer, Microsoft Defender Offline will launch and scan for viruses and malware. The scan may take up to 15 minutes, after which your computer will reboot again.
7. Turn on Adjust for best performance
Many visual effects, such as animations and shadow effects, are included in Windows 11. These are visually appealing, but they can consume more system resources and slow down your computer. This is especially true if you have a PC with little memory (RAM).
To change the visual effects in Windows, follow these steps:
1. Pick Search, type performance, and then in the list of results, select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.
2. Select Adjust for best performance > Apply on the Visual Effects tab.
3. Restart your computer and check if that improves its performance.
8. Use ReadyBoost
ReadyBoost enables you to utilize a removable device, such as a USB flash drive, to boost the performance of your PC without having to open it and add more memory (RAM). ReadyBoost requires a USB flash drive or memory card with at least 500 MB of free space and a high data transfer rate.
How to use ReadyBoost:
1. Plug the USB flash drive into a USB port on your computer.
2. From the taskbar, select File Explorer.
3. Select Properties by pressing and holding (or right-click) the USB flash drive (or SD card if you used one instead).
4. Choose the ReadyBoost tab, then click Use this device.
5. Windows will analyze whether the device is eligible for ReadyBoost. If it is unable to do so, it will notify you.
6. After Windows estimates how much free space to utilize to improve memory, click OK to reserve this space for ReadyBoost.
When you open File Explorer and look at the contents of the USB flash drive, you’ll notice a file named ReadyBoost.sfcache. This file specifies how much space is set aside for ReadyBoost.
9. Restore from a system restore point
Restoring your computer undoes any recent changes that may have caused problems. If you suspect that a recently installed app, driver, or update for Windows is creating issues, you can restore your PC to an earlier time, known as a restore point.
To restore your computer from a previous point in time, follow these steps:
1. Click Search in the taskbar and type advanced system in the box, then select View advanced system settings from the list of results.
2. Select System Restore from the System Protection tab.
3. Choose Recommended restore to use the most recent restore point created automatically by Windows, or Choose a different restore point to pick your own, then click Next.
4. If you want to use a different restore point, choose one and then click Next. In either case, click Finish to begin the restoration process.
5. When the restoration is finished, restart your computer to see if the performance has improved.
If you don’t see any restore points, it’s possible that system protection isn’t enabled.
To enable system protection:
1. Type create a restore point into the taskbar’s search box, then pick Create a restore point from the list of results.
2. Select Configure from the System Protection tab.
3. Turn on system protection and then click OK.
10. Uninstall unused apps
Check the apps that you don’t use anymore and uninstall them to free more space.
1. Select Start > Settings.
2. Select Apps > Apps & features.
3. Find the apps that you want to remove.
4. Select More > Uninstall.
Some apps require a reboot to complete the uninstallation process.
In some cases, when you uninstall apps, there are still remaining files left that require manual cleaning. To remove the junk files, you can run Disk Cleanup or Storage Sense.
Those useful tips above should have boosted your Windows 11 performance by now.
If you want to have a significant increase of performance, you can also upgrade your RAM and change your HDD into an SSD. In addition, changing your graphic cards can also improve not only your Windows 11 performance, but also the visual.
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