To make Windows 11 run faster you need to make some easy tweaks to your system. Anyone with the least technical knowledge can speed up Windows 11 PC.
Windows 11 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and as we know it is packed with advanced technology and features. Microsoft has put a lot of effort to make it the best desktop operating system. And in just 1 year Windows 11 is already the second most popular version surpassing Windows 7.
Besides having the latest tech still, there are some things that can slow down your Windows 11 computer. So, here in this article, I am going to explain the best ways to make windows 11 run faster.
How To Make Windows 11 Run Faster
Follow these tips and tricks to speed up Windows 11 and boost performance-
1. Disable Visual Effects
Disabling visual effects can boost the speed of your Windows 11 PC. Follow these steps to easily disable visual effects-
Step 1: Search “View Advanced System Settings” in the Windows search and open the first result.
Step 2: Now a small window will open, here go to the “Advanced” tab.
Step 3: Here you will see multiple options you need to select “Adjust for best performance“.
Step 4: Now you will see an option named “Custom” in this option select “Show thumbnails instead of icons” Also select Smooth edges of screen fonts.
Step 5: Click Apply then click OK.
That is it, you have disabled the visual effects they won’t affect your system resources and let you enjoy a faster Windows 11 PC.
2. Remove Unused Programs
There might be some programs installed on your Windows 11 PC that you don’t need. These programs consume your disk space and some of them might run in the background. The apps that run in the background drain your system resources and slow your Windows 11 PC down.
So, it will be a great decision if you immediately remove these apps from your computer.
You can use an uninstaller software or follow these steps to easily uninstall apps in order to make Windows 11 run faster.
Step 1: Go to the Windows 11 start menu and type “Storage and Settings” and open the first result.
Step 2: Now a new window will appear here find “Apps and Feature” you need to click on that option.
Step 3: After clicking the option you will see the list of apps installed on your Windows 11 computer.
You will notice that in front of every app there are three dots. You need to click on the three dots in front of the app that you don’t want on your PC.
Step 4: After clicking on the three dots a small rectangular screen will appear. Here click on the option “Uninstall“.
You have successfully uninstalled the app that you don’t require on your Windows 11 computer. Repeat the steps for other apps that you find redundant and make Windows 11 PC run faster.
3. Manage Storage
If you don’t have enough storage space left on your Windows 11 computer then it will definitely make it slow. If you want to enjoy a faster Windows 11 computer then you need to clear the storage space.
Having more storage space will give your computer more virtual memory to run tasks.
The best way to manage storage space is to find and remove unnecessary files on your computer. You can start removing large files.
Another way to clear storage space is to delete duplicate files, images, docs, etc. You can start by removing duplicate videos because they take up a lot of disk space. Having more disk space will definitely speed up your Windows 11 PC.
4. Update Your Windows 11
This is the essential step to make Windows 11 run faster. Windows 11 updates come with the latest fixes and patches. If you want an advanced version of your Windows 11 operating system then you should immediately update your Windows 11 OS. The new Windows 11 version will definitely be faster.
Just follow these steps to update Windows 11 computer-
step 1: Go to the start menu of your Windows 11 computer and type “Updates”
Step 2: Here you will find a direct option “Check for updates” click on this option.
Step 3: Now a new window will appear this is the “Windows Update” screen. Here in the top right corner, you will find a button for “Check for updates”.
Click on this button and Windows 11 will automatically start downloading the latest updates available.
Note: Make sure you are connected to the internet while performing these steps.
Once the download is complete you need to restart your Windows 11 computer. Once your computer is On you will have a faster Windows 11 PC.
5. Delete Temporary Files
This is again the step to clear the storage space on your Windows 11 and boost speed. Clearing temporary files are safe, you can delete them right away and won’t regret losing them ever in the future.
Follow these steps to remove the temporary files and clean your PC–
Step 1: Go to the start button and type “Storage Settings” and click on the first result.
Step 2: Here a new window will appear. Here you will find multiple types of files stored on your Windows 11 PC. Here find the “Temporary Files” option and click on it.
Step 3: Here you will find a list of the type of files that the Windows 11 system considers “Temporary files”. You can check mark all the files.
Note: If you check “Recycle Bin” then all the files in recycle bin will be deleted and it will be difficult to recover them. So, better make sure that you don’t have anything important in the recycle bin.
Step 4: Once you have check-marked all the unimportant files click on the “Remove Files” button at the top.
Step 5: Click “Continue.”
You have successfully removed all the temporary files. Now, you have moved one step forward to make Windows 11 run faster.
6. Disable Apps at Startup
When you start your Windows 11 PC then you might have noticed that some apps start automatically. These apps run at startup which makes the booting time slow.
If you are one of those Windows 11 users who are facing slow Windows 11 startup and shutdown then the best remedy for this is to disable the startup programs.
Here I am going to explain the steps to find and disable the programs that run at startup and make your Windows 11 computer run faster than ever.
Step 1: Go to the Windows search bar and type “Settings” and go to the Settings App.
Step 2: A new Window will appear, here go to “Apps”
Step 3: Now you have entered the Apps menu of Windows 11. At the end of the list, you will find the “Startup” option, click on it.
Step 4: After this, you will enter the menu of Startup. Here you will find the list of apps that run at the startup.
You will notice that there is a radio button/toggle bar in front of every app. If the button is Pink it means the app is set to run at the startup. Once you click the toggle bar it will turn dark which means the app is disabled to run at the startup.
You can apply this process on every app that you want to disable from running at the startup.
Disabling apps at startup will make your Windows 11 run faster than before.
Here you can disable all the apps whose publisher is not Microsoft.
How to find the publisher of the app? Just ask google, Type the name of the app and type “publisher” (in the double quote) and you will find the name of the publisher in the results.
Also, there are some Microsoft apps that are redundant for most users, you can disable them too. Some of these apps are- Paint, Paint 3D, Phone Link, Maps, Movies & TV, News, Mobile Plans, and People.
7. Use Storage Sense
Windows 11 is packed with a lot of new features which make it one of the best-operating systems out there. But my favorite feature in Windows 11 is the “Storage Sense” this is an amazing feature that can easily manage redundant files on your computer.
You should definitely turn on this feature if you want to speed up your Windows 11 PC.
Enabling the Storage Sense is very easy, just follow these steps-
Step 1: Go to the Windows start button and click on settings. Alternatively, you can click Windows+I buttons simultaneously to open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Now you are in the Settings menu here go to the System option.
Step 3: Once the System menu is opened you need to click on the “Storage” option.
Step 4: Here you will see the “Storage Sense” option under Storage Management.
Just click the radio button and it will turn on the Storage Sense on your Windows 11 computer.
8. Defrag your Hard Drive
This is an age-old method that has been in the Windows operating system since Windows 7 or maybe even older. I have used this on Windows 7 and Windows 10 computers successfully. And the feature is still there in the latest Windows 11 computer to help users boost system speed and performance.
There are apps available for disk defragmentation, but I am going to teach you to defrag the disk without the help of any software.
Just follow these steps-
Step 1: Press Windows+R simultaneously to open the Run command.
Step 2: Now a small window will open, here type “dfrgui”
Step 3: The previous step will open the “Optimize Drives” menu of your Windows 11.
Step 4: Here you will see the drives on your computer. Click on any of the drives and click on the “Optimize” button below.
That is it you have defragmented your hard drives. This is the process that you should consistently perform on your PC. To make your Windows 11 run faster you need to perform disk defragmentation at least once a week.
9. Use Disk Cleanup
This is a built-in Windows 11 app that can clear your disk space very easily. It means you don’t need an external cleaning tool to keep your Windows 11 system junk free. A junk-free Windows 11 system will definitely perform faster.
Follow these steps to use the disk cleanup tool-
Step 1: Go to the search and type “Disk Cleanup”
Step 2: A small window will pop up. Here you need to click on the files that you want to remove.
You can click on all files, these all are redundant files.
Step 3: After selecting the files click “Ok”
A pop-up will appear for asking your confirmation to remove the files. Click to confirm and the files will be deleted.
10. Disable The Notifications
Windows 11 by default keeps the notification feature turned on. For most users, it is not necessary but it uses the system resources and slows your Windows 11 PC down. Disabling the notifications will make Windows 11 run faster.
Follow these steps to disable the notifications on your Windows 11 system-
Step 1: Click Windows+I button simultaneously to open the Settings menu on Windows 11.
Step 2: Now go to “System” and a new screen will appear.
Step 3: Here click on the “Notifications” options and click on the toggle button to turn off the notifications.
You have disabled the notifications in Windows 11 and moved one step ahead to speed up windows 11 PC.
11. Turn off The Apps Running In The Background
There are many apps on your computer that run in the background that consume a lot of resources of your computer. Most of the time you don’t need these apps to run in the background. You just need to identify these apps and stop them from running in the background.
Follow these steps to stop apps from running in the background-
Step 1: Press Windows+X To open the quick links menu on Windows 11.
Step 2: Here click on the “Apps & features” option.
Step 3: After this, a new menu will appear. Here you will find the list of apps installed on your computer.
Here choose the app that you don’t want to run in the background and click the three dots in front of it and click “Advanced Options”
Step 4: Now a new screen will appear here go to the “Background apps permission” and click on the dropdown menu below “Let this app run in background” and select “Never“.
That is all, you have disabled the app from running in the background and your Windows 11 PC will run faster.
These were the simplest tricks to make Windows 11 PC run faster. Anyone with the least technical knowledge can speed up Windows 11 computers without any hassle.
All of the tricks are very normal they won’t cause anything to go wrong on your PC.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is Windows 11 so laggy?
Answer: Low disk space and programs running in the background are the 2 most common reasons behind a slow Windows 11 PC.
Can I go back to Windows 10 from Windows 11?
Answer: No, if you want to go back to Windows 10 you will have to do a clean install.
Is 16GB RAM enough for Windows 11?
Answer: 4GB is the minimum requirement for Windows 11 PC.
Priyanka Sharma is a technical content writer at SoftAppWorld. Her keen interest is in testing different kinds of software and writing reviews about them. Her goal is to help people with software reviews and how-to guides. In her free time, she likes to create different kinds of sketches and designs. You can find her on LinkedIn