How to Fix Performance Issues on Windows 11
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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
- Slow boot-up times.
- Applications taking longer to launch or becoming unresponsive.
- Frequent system crashes or freezes.
- Distorted audio or video playback.
- An overheating computer.
- Reduced battery life.
Tools and methods to diagnose performance problems
- Task Manager: Use
Ctrl + Shift + Escor
Ctrl + Alt + Deland select Task Manager. This tool provides an overview of CPU, memory, disk, and network usage.
- Performance Monitor: Search for 'Performance Monitor' in the start menu. This tool provides detailed statistics and diagnostics.
Understanding the root causes behind poor performance
- Hardware Limitations: Older hardware might not be fully compatible or might struggle with the latest OS features.
- Software Clashes: Some apps might not be optimized for Windows 11 or could conflict with each other.
- Malware or Viruses: Malicious software can heavily impact performance.
- Cluttered Disk Space: Over time, your hard drive accumulates files that you might not need.
- Outdated Drivers: Old drivers might not be optimized for Windows 11 and can cause compatibility issues.
How to Scan and Remove Viruses and Malware
- 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.
- 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
- Startup Programs:
- Open Task Manager.
- Go to the 'Startup' tab.
- Right-click on any unnecessary applications and select 'Disable'.
- 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
- Visit the manufacturer's website of your GPU (e.g., NVIDIA, AMD, Intel) to download the latest drivers.
- Alternatively, use Device Manager to right-click on your graphics card and select 'Update driver'.
Free Up Disk Space to Improve PC Performance
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'.
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
- 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.
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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