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How to Fix Performance Issues on Windows 11


Windows 11 is the latest addition to the Microsoft OS lineage. While it promises enhanced features, a more fluid user experience, and a modern look, performance issues might arise over time. Fortunately, you can take control and optimize your system's performance with a few tweaks and tricks.

Identifying Windows 11 Performance Issues

Symptoms and signs of performance issues in Windows 11

Tools and methods to diagnose performance problems

  1. Task Manager: Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc or Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager. This tool provides an overview of CPU, memory, disk, and network usage.
  2. Performance Monitor: Search for 'Performance Monitor' in the start menu. This tool provides detailed statistics and diagnostics.

Understanding the root causes behind poor performance

How to Scan and Remove Viruses and Malware

  1. Use Windows Security:
    • Open Windows Settings.
    • Navigate to 'Privacy & Security' and then 'Windows Security'.
    • Click on 'Virus & threat protection'.
    • Click 'Quick Scan' or choose an 'Advanced Scan' for a thorough check.
  2. Third-party Antivirus Software: Install a reputable antivirus software for added protection. Ensure you keep it updated and run regular scans.

Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs and Visual Effects

  1. Startup Programs:
    • Open Task Manager.
    • Go to the 'Startup' tab.
    • Right-click on any unnecessary applications and select 'Disable'.
  2. Visual Effects:
    • Right-click on 'This PC' and choose 'Properties'.
    • Click on 'Advanced system settings'.
    • Under the 'Performance' section, click on 'Settings'.
    • Choose 'Adjust for best performance' or manually select which visual effects to keep.

Update Graphics Drivers for Optimal Performance

Free Up Disk Space to Improve PC Performance

  1. Disk Cleanup Tool:

    • Search for 'Disk Cleanup' in the start menu.
    • Select the drive you wish to clean.
    • Check the boxes for the types of files you want to delete.
    • Click 'OK'.
  2. Uninstall Unused Programs:

    • Open 'Settings'.
    • Navigate to 'Apps' and then 'Apps & features'.
    • Uninstall any program you no longer need.

Optimize System Settings for Better Windows 11 Performance

  1. Power Settings:

    • Open Settings.
    • Go to 'System' and then 'Power & sleep'.
    • Click on 'Additional power settings' and select a power plan that suits your needs. 'High performance' might give your system a boost.
  2. Defragment and Optimize Drives:
    If your computer has a traditional "spinning rust" hard drive, you can defrag the hard drive.  If your computer has a more modern SSD hard drive, do not defragment.  It serves no purpose for SSDs.

    • Search for 'Defragment and Optimize Drives' in the start menu.
    • Select your drive and click 'Optimize'.

By following these guidelines, you should experience an uplift in your Windows 11 performance. Remember, regular maintenance is crucial to keep your PC running smoothly.

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Posted: 2023-09-20
By: dwirch
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