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12 Tips to Make Your Windows 11 Computer Run Faster (2023 Update)

When you update from Windows 10 to Windows 11, there is a great chance that your PC will contain some temporary files, vacant programs, and some outdated or missing drivers which will put a lot of stress on your computer. Don’t panic, in this post, you will discover there are many things you can do to speed up your Windows 11 PC.

Why is Windows 11 so slow?

Sometimes, you may feel your Windows 11 PC running slowly or freezing. This situation is mostly caused by low disk space of system drive, Insufficient RAM, too many running programs, Usage of old HDD, lower specification PC or laptop, or outdated graphics card drivers. This post will tell you a lot of convenient tips to solve this issue.

How to Speed up your Windows 11 PC?

Windows 11 has its system requirements to run fast on different PCs. But we still have some methods to make it run faster.

#1 Drives Optimization to reduce system fragmentation

Doing defragmentation can help organize the data in your hard drives and reduce system fragmentation. To complete the defragmentation, you can use Windows’ drive optimization tool with the following steps.

Step 1. Press the Win + R key to open the Run box, and then type dfrgui to enter Optimize Drives function.

windows 11 run dfrgui

Step 2. Select the System drive and click Optimize.

windows 11 run dfrgui optimize ssd

It’s recommended to defragment all drives at least once a month. Or you can create an automatic schedule for it.

Step 3. Click Change settings and the Optimization schedule box will show.

windows 11 run dfrgui click change settings

Step 4. Tick Run on a schedule (recommended) and Increase task priority, if three consecutive scheduled runs are missed, and choose a suitable Frequency.

windows 11 run dfrgui set optimization schedule

#2 Execute Disk Cleanup to free up space on the hard drive

Disk Cleanup is a windows tool that can free up space in your hard drive. Higher free storage can ensure faster performance. You can do the following steps to use this tool.

1. Search Disk Cleanup in the search box and click Open.

windows 11 search disk cleanup

2. Select the drive you want to clean up in the pop-up box and then click OK.

windows 11 search disk cleanup select drive to clean up

3. Click Clean up system files to clean up the selected disk.

windows 11 search disk cleanup system files

#3 Disable Unnecessary Startup Apps to speed up the boot process

Startup apps are applications that run automatically during the system boot process. Too many Startup apps will slow down the speed of the OS. So it’s necessary to check and disable unnecessary startup apps.

Before disabling it, you should check each app and its purpose. If you are not familiar with what the app does, you should google it to check the details. Do not disable apps randomly, it may cause unwanted results.

To disable an unwanted startup app, you should do the following steps.

1. Enter Settings > Apps > Startup.

2. Check each app and turn off the unneeded ones in the apps list.

windows 11 settings turn off unwanted startup apps

#4 Enable Storage Sense to clean up temporary files and user content

To automatically free up space, delete temporary files, and manage available cloud content, you can turn on Storage Sense in System Storage settings.

1. Press Win + I to enter System Settings.

2. Choose Storage.

windows 11 settings system click storage

3. Under Storage management, click to turn on Storage Sense.

windows 11 settings system storage turn on storage sense

4. Click on the Storage Sense section will enter the configuration interface. Configure cleanup schedules according to your needs.

windows 11 settings system storage configure storage sense

#4 Free Up System Storage to speed up Windows 11

Residues in the primary drive may lead to OS lagging or other related issues. So always trying to check and free up as much storage as possible is important.

1. Enter Settings > System > Storage.

windows 11 settings system storage

2. Clicking Show more categories will show the entire Storage usage list.

windows 11 settings system storage usage list

3. Check each category except Apps & Features and click to remove folders, and additional accounts, or delete the unneeded temporary files.

#5 Disable Transparency or Animation Effects to save system resources

Because Windows 11 needs to dedicate some resources to make some skillful animation and visual effects run smoothly on your PC.

To make your PC run faster, you can turn off them to save some resources.

Turn off Transparency effects and Animation effects

1. Enter Settings > Accessibility > Visual effects function.

2. Click to toggle off Transparency effects and Animation effects.

windows 11 settings turn off visual effects

Modify Visual Effects Settings

1. Search View advanced system settings in the search box.

windows 11 search view advanced system settings

2. Click Open and enter the System Properties > Advanced page, and then click Settings in the Performance part.

windows 11 search view advanced system setings click performance settings

3. On the Performance Options page, select Adjust for best performance under the Visual Effects tab.

windows 11 search view advanced system settings adjust for best performance

4. Click on Apply and then click OK.

You can select any of the above Custom options according to your preference to minimize visual effects as much as possible.

#6 Uninstall Unwanted Applications to release system and hardware resources

Some programs will automatically run in the background when you are using your computer. It will occupy some valuable system and hardware resources. So it is necessary to kill these unwanted programs.

1. Enter Settings > Apps > Apps & features, and you will see a list of apps.

2. Locate the unwanted applications and click the three-dot on the side to uninstall them.

windows 11 search view advanced system settings uninstall unwanted apps

Be aware don’t uninstall apps that you can’t understand. You’d better google what they are and decide if you can uninstall them.

#7 Run a Malware Scan to protect and speed up your PC

Sometimes, you will feel your PC run slower than before, this may be the result of a virus or malware affection. We suggest you use an antivirus program like Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, or Microsoft Defender to do scanning periodically. By doing this, you can protect your PC and make it run faster.

#8 Disable Gaming Mode to stop background services

If you are not a gamer and seldom play games on your PC, it is recommended to disable gaming mode in system settings. This will stop Xbox-related services and DVR from running in the background.

The gaming mode is turned on by default on Windows 11 and you can disable it manually.

Enter Settings > Gaming > Game Mode and click to toggle off Game Mode.

windows 11 settings turn off game mode

#9 Change Power Settings to the best power performance

Setting your power plan to the best performance can make your Windows 11 PC run faster. Execute the following steps to change power plan settings.

1. Enter Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options.

windows 11 control panel power options

2. Click Change plan settings will enter the power plan settings function.

windows 11 control panel edit power plan settings

3. Click on Change advanced power settings and locate the option Processor Power Management and click to expand.

4. Set Minimum Processor State and Maximum Processor State to 100%.

windows 11 control panel power options set processor state

5. Click Apply and then click OK.

#10 Keep Windows 11 Updated to improve your PC’s performance

When there are some existing bugs or new performance optimization options for your OS, Microsoft will send them to you via updates. So it is necessary to always keep the OS updated. Do the following steps to check and update your OS.

1. Enter Settings > Windows Update.

2. Clicking Check for updates or Download & Install will start to download and install the available updates.

windows 11 check for updates

#11 Upgrade Hardware to speed up your Windows 11 PC

To speed up your Windows 11 PC, you can check its system requirements on the official website and upgrade your system configurations. There are three tips for you.

Install your OS into SSD rather than HDD.

According to the Windows 11 system requirements on the official website, replace a higher CPU and Graphics Card, and ensure your system RAM is larger than 8 – 10 GB.

Purchase a more appropriate computer.

#12 Speed up Windows 11 automatically

If you feel the above manual speed-up methods are a little troublesome, you can use a tool called Advanced SystemCare to help you speed up your Windows 11 PC automatically. Do the following steps to use this tool to speed up your computer.

1. Download, install and run Advanced System Care on Windows 11, then you will see the simple interface.

advanced system care 15 ai mode

Before you scan the computer, you should notice the two modes.

AI Mode: This mode can intelligently clean and speed up your PC according to your PC’s current status.

Manual Mode: You can customize the optimization items according to your needs. Or you can tick Select All to do the entire scanning.

advanced system care 15 manual mode scan all

Privacy Sweep

This module can clean all the browser privacy traces completely and keep your PC clean with a faster browsing speed.

Junk File Clean

You can clear junk files like user accounts and other items under the Windows Download folder in this module.

Internet Boost

This module can help to test and increase your network’s speed.

Disk Optimization

You can organize fragments on Hard Disk and provide the best performance for your Disk.

2. Click SCAN and the scanning results show as below.

3. Click Fix can fix the optimizable items and will show the fixed results.

advanced system care 15 ai mode scan results

4. Click Finish to exit and return.

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If you want to further improve your PC’s performance and speed, you can switch to the Speed Up section.

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Turn on Turbo Boost

Turbo Boost can speed up the running services and background programs to improve your PC’s performance.

1. Moving your mouse over the Turn On button will show the Configure link.

2. Clicking the link will enter the Boost Configure interface.

advanced system care 15 speed up turbo boost configure

Here, you can configure the Boost mode according to your needs.

3. Click Back to return and lift your mouse over the Turn On button in the Turbo Boost part to change boost mode.

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Optimize Startup items

Click Optimize in the Startup Optimizer part will enter the Quick Optimization page. You can optimize these start-up items to speed up your PC’s boot time with one click.

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Manage Hardware Accelerator

Click Manage to manage drivers with Driver Booster to improve PC performance.

advanced system care 15 speed up manage hardware accelerator

App/Extension Cleaner

App/Extension Cleaner uses IObit Uninstaller to uninstall unnecessary apps and extensions to speed up and clean your PC. And you can click Install Now to install IObit Uninstaller.

advanced system care 15 speed up app cleaner

Real-Time TuneUp

Turning on Performance Monitor under Real-Time TuneUp will show a Performance Monitor pop-up window. Clicking Clean RAM can release memory space to speed up your PC.

advanced system care 15 speed up performance monitor clean ram

More Optimization Tools

To further improve your PC’s performance, you can also use Smart RAM, Internet Booster, Registry Cleaner, Program Deactivator, or other tools.

advanced system care 15 speed up more optimization tools

FAQ about Speeding Up Windows 11

Why does my laptop run slower after Windows 11 update?

The Windows 11 update may be unstable and it will contain some unknown issues when running on your laptop. You can revoke the update by restore your system in Settings > System > Recovery or Settings > Windows Update > Update History > Uninstall updates.

Does Windows 11 run faster on old computers?

Windows 11 generally requires an 8th-generation Intel Core CPU or AMD Ryzen 3000-series CPU or better. Old computers with low specifications may not support running them smoothly.

Should I use fast startup on Windows 11?

Yes. Turning on fast startup on Windows 11 will make the hibernate and resume process faster and speed up your Windows boot time.

How to make Windows 11 boot faster?

Open your PC’s control panel and enter System and Security > Power Options. Click on Choose what the power buttons do.

Click the Change settings that are currently unavailable link. Under the Shutdown settings section, tick the Turn on fast startup (recommended) option to turn on this feature.

Is Windows 11 slower than Windows 10?

No, Windows 11 is faster than Windows 10 mainly because of the improved memory management system that Windows 11 is using. Compared with Windows 10, Windows 11 has higher application stability and speed, and faster browser launching speed.

Brian Peng
Brian Peng is a PC technician and network engineer with over 13 years of IT experience. He has worked in the IT industry for a long time, providing IT support and network service support for various companies. Currently, he has written over 1000 articles about computers, games, and mobile.

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