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.
Don’t hesitate to write in the comments box below if you have any questions.
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