Speed up Windows 11 Performance

Speed up Windows 11 Performance — Ultimate Boost Guide

You have just unlocked the ultimate optimization guide to speed up Windows 11 performance. Here you will discover the best tricks, tips and tweaks to improve the gaming as well as overall performance and make Windows 11 faster even on slow laptops.

After reading this guide, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • You will learn how to speed up Windows 11 performance like a pro.
  • Your laptop or PC will boot quickly, start up and shutdown faster.
  • Optimize Windows 11 for gaming and configure best settings for lag free game play.
  • Save CPU, RAM, and other system resources for a smoother PC experience and avoid overheating issues.
  • Improve your PC health and get rid of overhead that slows down your computer.

These are just a few benefits given for example. In fact, after thoroughly reading this performance boost tutorial you and your computer will feel much better.

Settings Optimization

Making tweaks in Settings app can is the most effective way to improve Windows 11 performance. The new Settings app has various options to configure. Let’s start fast.

  • Open Settings (WIN + I)
    Open Settings app Windows 11
  • Go to Personalization > Device usage > Turn on Gaming or whatever you want your PC to optimize for. We recommend you turn off all unnecessary features.
    Personalization - Device usage - toggle features
  • Go to Apps > Startup > Turn off the apps you don’t want to load on system startup. Try to turn off as many apps as you can.
    Apps - Startup
  • Go to Apps > Offline maps > Turn it off, including metered connection
    Apps - Offline maps
  • Go to Privacy & security > Find my device > Turn off Find my device feature.
    Privacy and Security - Find my device
  • Go to Privacy & security > General > Turn off Let apps show me personalized ads by using my advertisement ID, and all other options.
    Privacy and Security - General
  • Go to Privacy & security > Location > Clear Location history
    Privacy and Security - Location
  • Go to Privacy & security > Notifications > Turn off Let apps access your notifications
    Privacy and Security - Notifications
  • Go to Privacy & security > Account info > Turn off Let apps access my account info
    Privacy and Security - Account info
  • Go to Privacy & security > Phone calls > Turn off Phone calls access
    Privacy and Security - Phone calls
  • Go to Privacy & security > Contacts > Turn off Contacts access
    Privacy and Security - Contacts
  • Go to System >Notifications > Turn off “Offer suggestions on how I can set up my device” and “Offer suggestions on how I can set up my device.”
    System - Notifications
  • Next, turn off all unwanted items like calendar, messaging, radios, automatic file downloads, etc.
  • Go to System > Storage > Turn on Storage sense
    System - Storage Sense
  • Go to System > Storage > Temporary files > click Remove files button.
    System - Temporary files

    System - Temporary files remove

That’s enough for now in Settings. Let’s forward to next optimization tips.

Remove junk and unwanted apps

Now go to Apps > Apps & features. If you find any unwanted app, uninstall it.

Clean up C drive

Cleaning up C drive often helps you free up more disk space than you may expect.

Here are steps you need to follow for getting rid of junk in C drive.

Disk cleanup

This is a lite cleanup utility to delete common type of temporary files.

  • Open File Explorer (WIN+E)
  • Right click on C drive and select Properties from context menu options.
  • Click on Disk cleanup and select the items you want to remove.
  • Press Ok and then press Delete files button when prompted.

This clean up process takes only a few seconds to complete.

Clean up system files

  • Open File Explorer (WIN+E)
  • Right click on C drive and select Properties from context menu options.
  • Click on Disk cleanup and then on next dialog box press Clean up system files button.
  • Select the items you want to remove and press Ok button and then press Delete files button.

This deletion process may take a while to complete, so wait with it.

Third party disk cleaners

There are a lot of third party disk cleaner utility software that clean up a lot of disk space with just a few clicks. But most of them either cost you money.

And if you are out of luck, such cleaner apps may delete important files and drivers, considering them unwanted files.

Therefore, don’t use any cleaner app unless you trust the software.

Delete temporary files and cache

Whenever you open a program, such as web browser, photo editor, etc. Most of those programs generate cache files to load and work faster.

Cache files are useful but usually the are leftover even after you close the program.

Just imagine the amount of such cache garbage for busy computers. These cache files eat up free storage space on system partition.

Let’s clear cache files.

Delete TEMP folder contents

  • Open RUN command (WIN+R) and type temp and press Enter key.
  • Press Continue if asked for administrative permissions.
  • A folder will open with temporary files. Select all files (Ctrl+A) and delete them.

Some files may not delete for some reasons, like file in use by some program. In such cases, press Skip or cancel button to leave those files undeleted.

Delete %TEMP% folder contents

  • Open RUN command (WIN+R) and type %temp% and press Enter key.
  • A folder will open with temporary files. Select all files (Ctrl+A) and delete them all.

Some files may not delete and ask you either try again, skip or cancel. Just check the box Do this for all current types and press Skip button.

Delete PREFETCH folder contents

  • Open RUN command (WIN+R) and type prefetch and press Enter key.
  • Press Continue if asked for administrative permissions.
  • A folder will open. Select all files (Ctrl+A) and delete them.

Deleting all these cache files may result freeing up a huge disk space. Moreover, removing cache junk helps your computer to search and load files faster. That ultimately leads to speed up Windows 11 without installing any third party cache cleaner software.

Remove unwanted apps

We keep installing different apps in our computer with time and requirements. We continue to use some of these apps. However, there are apps in our computer that we don’t need much later, but we don’t pay attention to uninstall them or forget about them at all.

But apps and programs continue to be a burden on our PCs, which ultimately slows down Windows performance. Such apps should be uninstalled so that the system resources that are being consumed on them can be saved and used for productive purposes.

Go to Settings > Apps > Apps & features

Scroll and locate unwanted apps or programs, click on three dots and select uninstall option.

A few apps uninstall silently while some ask for confirmation and feedback. Just follow those uninstallation steps to finish the uninstallation process.

Remove bloatware

Windows 11 comes with a few pre-installed apps and settings that are useful for Microsoft, but not for us. Most of us don’t use Windows 11 preinstalled apps.

We neither like Microsoft spy on us, collect our data for advertisement or any other purpose. That’s why we call such things bloat.

Remove built-in apps and games

Apps such as 3D Viewer, Cortana, Feedback Hub, Films & TV, Get Help, Groove Music, Maps, Microsoft News, OneDrive, Solitaire, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft To Do, People, Office, Skype, Tips, Weather, Xbox, Your Phone, etc.

Getting rid of these apps is much easier than you might be thinking of. You can remove these apps just like uninstalling a normal program.

Go to Settings > Apps > Apps & features

Scroll and locate unwanted app, click on three dots and select uninstall option.

There are some third party tools to remove such preinstalled apps with a few clicks, but we advise to do not bother downloading and installing another app when you can do the same job yourself.

Disable advertisement

Stopping Microsoft to use your data to show personalized advertisement can help you speed up Windows 11 performance to some extent.

Go to Settings > Privacy & security > General > Turn off Let apps show me personalized ads by using my advertisement ID, and all other options.

Disable Telemetry

[Warning] Disabling telemetry can affect Windows settings and some features stop working properly. You may see “managed by your organization” message on several pages in Settings. If you want to disable it, and you see “managed by your organizer” error messages and you want to unlock those features, just undo the steps to enable telemetry back.

In simple words, telemetry is a kind of system that sends your device and other relevant data to the Microsoft for implement security and improving Microsoft services for you. It all happens in the background and you’ll even never notice this process or which data is being uploaded or sent to Microsoft.

Though, Microsoft does not play fouls and follows strict and secure policies with your data, the telemetry process may cause system slow down at some times. And we want to eliminate all unnecessary things to speed up our Windows 11 PC. That’s why telemetry should be disabled.

Step 1: Disable telemetry from Registry Editor

Search for Registry Editor and open it.

Navigate to the following path/directory:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection

Now locate or create a new DWORD (32-Bit), name it AllowTelemetry and give it a value of 0.

Step 2: Disable telemetry service

Search for services.msc and open it.

Locate Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service, double click it and from Startup type, select Disabled. And then press OK.

Now you have disabled telemetry in Windows 11.

Stop unnecessary background services

Windows services mostly run in background but keep active and consume system resources.

Services are important to make the operating system useful for you. However, there are some services that you might never need in your everyday computing.

So turning them off will not impact your workflow but save a good amount of system resources and thus make Windows 11 perform faster on your computer.

Here is a list of some Windows services that are unnecessary in most cases.

We advise you to have a look and see whether you use any of those, such as printer spooler service, which is required for printer and should not be turned off if you use printer.

  • Downloaded Maps Manager
  • IP Helper
  • Printer Spooler
  • Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel
  • Fax
  • Geolocation service
  • Windows Biometric service

How to disable unwanted services?

Open RUN command (WIN+R) and type services.msc and press Enter key.

Services panel is open with a huge list of services list. Now just search for the service you want to disable and double click to open properties of that specific service.

First, under service status section press Stop button if available, because some services may don’t allow you stop a running service.

Secondly, under starttup type, choose Disabled option.

Press Apply and then Ok button, and restart your computer.

After restart, the services you disabled will not execute and thus you will have more resouces available for other important tasks like gaming and productivity tasks. That will lead to a faster and more responsive Windows 11 performance.

Bonus: Optimization Pack

Well, this is totally optional and only recommended for advanced Windows 11 users.

Though not too dangerous, the beginners may not be able to revert changes back if something unexpected happens.

Actually, these are several registry tweaks that will make changes to the Windows registry, resulting in blazing fast Windows 11 maximum performance boost (will not become a rocket, by the way).

Just download the zip file and run all registry file (or only ones you like) one by one.

All done. What’s next?

Excellent! You have optimized your Windows 11 for best speed and performance.

Now just restart your computer and get ready to be amzed with a faster Windows 11 on your computer.

We hope this tutorial has helped you speed up Windows 11 performance to a next level. If you know some Windows 11 optimization secrets, do share with us using the comment box below.

Thank you.

Table of Contents

Quick Tips

  • Close unnecessary programs and apps
  • Restart
  • Update Windows
  • Update device drivers
  • Scan computer for malware

General SETTINGS

  • General optimizations in Settings app

Cleanup junk

  • Clean up C drive
  • Delete Temporary files and Cache
  • Enable Storage Sense

Uninstall unwanted apps

  • Uninstall apps you don’t need

Remove bloatware

  • Remove built-in apps and games
  • Disable advertisement
  • Disable telemetry

Stop unwanted services

  • disable unwanted services

Power hungry background tasks

  • Disable background apps
  • Disable extended search
  • Disable search indexing

Visual balance

  • visual styles (shadows and animations)
  • Color and taskbar
  • Desktop background (not recommended)

Enhancements

  • Switch to High-Performance power plan
  • Increase virtual memory (page file size)
  • Enable ReadyBoost feature
  • Disk defragment (for hard disk)

Faster Startup

  • disable unwanted startup apps
  • Disable apps to auto re-open on system reboot

Gaming boost

  • Disable VBS (for gamers)
  • Disable Game Mode (for non-gamers)

Upgrade Hardware (You’ll need moeney)

  • Upgrade CPU/Processor+motherboard if less than core i5
  • Upgrade RAM
  • Swith to SSD (or SSD+HDD if possible)

Physical tips & Advices

  • Keep your PC/laptop clean from dust (especially fans)
  • Keep ventilated (especially laptop, keep place for airflow)
  • Don’t remove casing lid/cover (misconception of open-air flow)

Basics of Windows 11 Speed Optimization

What slows down Windows 11?

Windows 11 runs pretty fast on modern Windows 11 compatible laptops and PCs, but it struggles on older computers. Even though you have a Windows 11 compatible laptop, the performance reduces with usage and time.

If your laptop does not perform as fast it was a few days, weeks or months ago, you are not alone facing this problem. Almost every operating system gets slower with time and usage. No matter it is Windows, macOS, Linux or any desktop or mobile OS.

Before speeding up the Windows 11, we should know what exactly slows it down. The treatment becomes easy and accurate if we have the exact diagnostics

Here are the most common reasons that slow down Windows 11:

Insufficient RAM:

The more programs you have simultaneously opened, the more RAM gets consumed. Make sure to close the programs (apps, games or software) you are not currently working on. Especially web browsers, photo editors and video editor software consume more memory than other programs. So, we recommend you to only open such apps when you actually need them and close just after you have done your work with these programs.

Secondly, besides the physical RAM, the system may allocate some disk space as virtual memory. This virtual memory works as an additional memory when physical memory is not sufficient to handle opened programs and processes. In such case, you may feel satisfied that you have sufficient memory but the fact is that the virtual memory operates on hard disk, which is way slower than the physical RAM. Therefore, this apparent RAM may slow down your computer.

Lastly, if you have switched from Windows 7, Windows 8 or even Windows 10, you may experience a slower performance after Windows 11 installation. Though Microsoft boasts of this new OS a resource efficient system, the truth is that the modern technology needs more efficient hardware. So, consider upgrading RAM. You may ignore upgrading RAM if you don’t want to spend money right now. Honestly, for a simple computing routine, a 4GB RAM works fine.

Low disk space:

Windows 11 needs some free space for temporary storage and operations. Just like we need room to breathe, the operating system also needs some free disk space for storing data on the go. Therefore, make sure you have a reasonable amount of free disk space to make Windows 11 run smoothly.

Get rid of bloatware:

The bloatware is not a specific software you would find and remove in a few clicks, but the term bloatware refers to all those apps and software that don’t contribute to the productivity and usefulness for you and your computer.

Yes, Microsoft also includes many apps and features that could be unwanted for you. The features and apps that you truly know you will never use should not reside in your computer. You should remove such things to free up Windows 11 from bloatware.

Besides pre-installed apps and features, you may have many apps, games and software that you had installed for testing or short time but forget to uninstall them afterwards. Every software you install takes up disk space, memory, process power and other system resources.

Therefore, examine the installed apps and remove all apps, software and features that you have installed on your Windows 11 computer but no longer need them. Removing this bloatware will definitely release more system resources and give Windows 11 more space to breathe and hence perform faster.

Improper or outdated device drivers:

Imagine talking to a stranger with a foreign language that you don’t know, and that stranger person does not know your language as well. Could you communicate properly? Probably not.

Similarly, your computer has hardware such as monitor, keyboard, mouse (touchpad), speaker, microphone, graphics card, battery, camera, network (WIFI), etc.

The Windows 11 already has some necessary drivers for most popular devices, but it can’t and doesn’t have all drivers for all devices, as it makes sense. If it does, the file size of Windows 11 ISO would become much larger, for example, 70GB. Just think why would you want to download that much load of device drivers when you can download all your drivers in less than 1GB?

So, downloading device drivers specific for your computer is much less painful than expecting Microsoft to pack all drivers in Windows ISO.

Moreover, the device manufacturers update drivers with bug fixes and new features. Therefore, downloading latest device drivers for your device makes sense as well as improve device speed and respond time.

Virus and Malware:

Virus had been quite dangerous for Windows OS, especially before Windows 10. The threat attacks have been considerably reduced since Microsoft launched its own antivirus. The Microsoft antivirus has been evolved and changing names such as Windows Defender, Microsoft Antivirus, Windows Security, etc.

Windows Security antivirus is installed and enabled in Windows 11 by default. Now it is considered one of the best antivirus software for Windows 11.

Though it may slow down Windows 11 computer sometimes during scanning and while copying files, it ensures no virus or malware attack that causes severe system lags and security threats.

All you need is do not turn Windows Security and keep it up to date by updating Windows.

It’s worth mentioning that virus and malware is one of the major causes to heating up the laptop, high CPU temperature, noisy laptop fans, and high CPU usage.

Old Windows 11 versions:

Some people might not agree, but most of times the older versions of Windows 11 are not faster than the newer versions. In other words, Microsoft implements new tweaks and features to speed up Windows 11 with every new update. It means improvement is always in progress.

On the other hand, new updates bring more features and installations that can add more processes, consume more disk space, drop support for older computers, etc. In fact, sometimes you will notice that the Windows 11 computer having months older version had been working much faster before you installed the latest Windows 11 update.

However, sometimes it is a temporary slow down due to virus scan and first time run of apps and features. Statistics have proved that updating Windows 11 to the latest version improves performance and stability in most of cases.

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