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How to Boost Windows 11 Performance? | Tips to make Windows 11 Faster and Responsive



Speed Up Windows 11 Performance

Windows 11 is the most recent operating system launched by Microsoft in 2021. It is a successor to Windows10, and Microsoft has implemented several visual improvements in design, speed, features, etc. Even though there were no significant changes in the new operating system compared to the older Windows 10 version apart from improved performances and increased productivity, many users switched to it just to experience its uniqueness.

However, many of the early users who opted for the Windows 11 Operating System when it first launched were disappointed by the new operating system and ended up switching back to the Windows10 21H1. The main reason for this switch back to the Windows 10 21H1 was the speed and performance-related issues that the users faced. This article will help you speed up and boost your windows 11 operating system if you, too, are facing troubles with the new operating system. Here are 14 tips and tricks that you can use to boost your windows 11 operating system’s speed and performance.

How to Make Windows 11 Faster and Improve its Performance?

It can be highly irritating if your device is running slowly or is unable to perform essential functions; one of the reasons this could be happening is the operating system. Many new Windows 11 operating system users have faced speed and performance issues, but there is a quick fix to this speed and performance-related problems. Follow these tips and tricks to help boost the speed and performance of your Windows 11 device

1) By Disabling the Transparency Effects

Transparency effects are a feature present in the windows operating system that can reveal the desktop screen or any other window that the user has positioned to be in the background of a currently active window that they may be working on. The transparency effects are an add-on feature that users can use to make their PC setup look more trendy, aesthetic, and relaxed; however, it is not necessary to keep running if your PC cannot complete basic tasks.

  • It is recommended to turn off this feature when it comes to resources utilization of the CPU.
  • Here are a few steps which you can use to turn off the transparency effects on your Windows11 device-
  • Using your mouse/cursor, right-click anywhere on your desktop screen
  • Select the Personalize option
  • Your PC system will then navigate you to the personalization tab
  • Move to the right and click on the colors option
  • Using the drop-down menu present next to the colors option, you must select the second option on the “transparency effects” option list.
  • You can simply toggle/ slide the button for transparency effects to the left.

After completing these steps, you will notice the transparency effects are no longer running on your Windows 11 device.

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2) By turning off visual effects like shadows, animations, etc.

Windows 11 has attracted many users with its new user interface, dozens of cool animations, and visual effects. However, there is no value to these features if your Windows 11 device is not operating correctly and essential functions are not being executed properly.

To tune in your device and help it reach its A level, it’s recommended to disable these visual effects and animations as it might help take the load off your operating system and help make it is running smoother. Here is how you can disable the visual effects and animations on your Windows 11 device:

  • Click ‘Win + /’ together; this will navigate you to the settings tab
  • Once you reach the settings page, select the system option
  • Click on ABOUT on the right pane under the system option
  • Under the option of Device Specifications, you might see an Advanced System setting option. It might be the last option. After selecting this option, your PC will launch the system properties window
  • Proceed to the advancement tab and select settings under the performance option.
  • Check the radio button in the performance options window, and then you can custom select from the options available. You can also discard the ones you don’t prefer.
  • After making the necessary changes, choose Apply and then hit OK to confirm the changes made.

If you choose the minimum visual effects, it will make your windows 11 device fast and efficient.

3) By disabling the start-up apps

When you start your Windows Operating System by default, several applications start running, which can make your device slow. This happens because the greater the number of apps running, the more the resources are consumed. In addition, there are times when apps that aren’t even used often by the users are running in the background making the device slow. Therefore, it is best to glance at the start-up program and make sure you have disabled the apps you barely use.

Follow these steps to disable start-up apps on your Windows 11 device:

  • Press the (Ctrl + Alt + Del) keys together
  • Select the task manager
  • If it navigates you to a small window featuring the task manager, you may need to select more details.
  • You can then select the start-up tab and then proceed to disable all the programs that you don’t usually use
  • To disable, just right-click on the desired application and then select the disable option
  • Once you disable the selected apps, just reboot your device and notice the difference.

4) By stopping the programs running in the background

There might be applications that a user might need running in the background, like mail and calendar, to stay updated. But other programs consume massive resources and need not be running in the background as it may affect the speed of your operating system. Examples of such applications could be programs like Microsoft office, store, photos, etc.

A single performance running might not use substantial system resources, but they can affect your device speed when combined. To stop the programs running in the background, use the following steps.

  • Click on the windows icon
  • Select the Apps and Features option
  • Navigate the right panel and then proceed to scroll down to the program/ applications you don’t want running in the background
  • Press the three vertical dots
  • Select the advanced options
  • then scroll to the background apps permission
  • Proceed to select Never from the drop-down menu now present on your screen
  • you can repeat this same procedure for all the applications/programs you don’t want running in the background. This is a quick, easy and efficient way to save the system resources

5) By making your PC a non-gaming device

Suppose a user switches to the gaming option on the OOBE (Out of Box Experience) screen. In that case, the device’s operating system consumes CPU and GPU resources to make your device efficient for gaming. However, when a user switches to the Game Mode, it often is seen making the system run slow or cause glitches and hang now and then.

A simple fix to this problem is to make your device a ‘non-gaming’ device.

Here are steps to do so

  • Press the Win + /’ keys together, which will open the windows setting.
  • Select the gaming option
  • then press Game Mode on the right panel
  • Turn off the button/ toggle switch for Xbox Game Bar, for example
  • Go to the captures option on the Gaming page and then disable all the checkboxes and/or buttons and toggle switches. You can then exit the settings tab and restart your device. This should help you get the actual speed and performance.

6) By troubleshooting windows 11 performance

Troubleshooting windows is another way that can help you find out the real reason why your device is running slow. This is the easier way, and it is recommended to check what is stopping your computer from loading fast.

This feature will point out problems likely to decrease your PC functionality and provide solutions to amend them. This is how you can run the performance troubleshooter:

  • Press the ‘Win + /’ keys to open the run dialogue.
  • You can then copy-paste the text mentioned below and then press on entre

%systemroot%\system32\msdt.Exe -id MaintenanceDiagnostic

  • Then follow the on-screen instructions and complete the following steps
  • Once this feature completes its troubleshooting, it can either resolve the problem on its own automatically, or it can provide you with a way to fix it

Proceed to press on ‘Apply this fix’ if it appears when the feature completes its task.

7) By changing the power plan settings

Another quick fix to speeding up your Windows 11 device is changing the default power plan settings.

Follow these steps to change the default settings.

  • Open the control panel tab
  • Navigate and select Power Options
  • Once you are inside the selected plan, click over the change plan settings link
  • Proceed to hit “Change advanced power settings” to then open the Power Options tab
  • Then expand the ‘Processor Power Management’ tab followed by the ‘minimum processor state.’
  • Proceed to set both ‘on battery’ and ‘plugged in’ to ‘100%’.
  • You can then repeat this process for ‘Maximum Processor State’ too.

8) By cleaning Residual and temporary files

It is standard for a device to prompt a restart after uninstalling o0r removing a program. Users often opt not to restart to save up on time, but this leads to building residual or temporary files on the device. Getting rid of those files is critical to making your device faster.

This is how you can purge residual or temporary files

  • Click on the ‘win + x’s keys together to invoke the power mode
  • Select on the run option from the drop-down menu
  • Type “%temp%” and then press ‘OK’
  • This will take you to the temp folder
  • Proceed to select all the files and folders available and then delete them

You can also run the disk clean-up tool. This will scan and delete the unimportant files on your disk.

9) By using storage sense

In most devices, vast amounts of data get stored on the computer. When this accumulated data reaches the pre-defined limit, it will make your device run slow, and you may face problems like temporary glitches or device hanging from Time to Time. The windows11 has a feature that enables us to quickly get rid of junk files. This feature is called “storage sense.”

This feature automatically searches for old files that may need to be deleted.

To enable this feature, follow the following steps:

  • Open the Settings app; you can do so by pressing ‘win + I.’
  • Then the go-to system
  • Select storage, and under storage management, slide the toggle to the right or click on the button

This should enable the storage sense on your device. You can also customize this feature further

  • Click on storage sense
  • You can alter the default settings inside the configure clean-up schedules. You can then select how long the deleted contents can lie dormant in your device’s recycle bin.

You can also select when you want to run storage sense or when you want to delete the files that are present in your downloads folder.

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10) By turning off search indexing

Search Indexing collects, parses, and stores data that is usually used a lot. This can help get fast and accurate information retrieval. This feature is great to speed up the process of finding apps or settings, but it can be proved useless if you have kept all your applications on the home screen or the taskbar.

To disable this feature on Windows 11, use the following steps:

  • Click the (windows key + R) to invoke the run dialogue
  • Then type “services.msc”
  • Proceed to hit OK
  • You will then be navigated to the services window scroll down to the Windows Search Device
  • Click on it and then select the Properties Option.
  • Then select the disabled option using the drop-down menu present near the Start-up type
  • Hit Apply or OK
  • Then Restart your device to save and activate the changes made

11) Uninstall non-essential programs

Keeping your device lightweight is the best, most efficient, and easiest way to improve performance-wise. So if you are a user that likes to install several applications even though you rarely use them, this is your cue to delete these seldom-used applications.

You can easily find such a non-essential program at the following location.

  • Settings ( Win + I)
  • Then move on to Apps
  • Then click on Apps and Features

You can then proceed to delete the apps and clean out your device.

12) By stopping OneDrive sync

Many users find syncing important files to OneDrive a significant step daily because it protects the essential files from the accidental data losses often seen on computers. But if your device is not functioning smoothly, opting for running OneDrive only once a day to let it all sync may be a more effective way to save your device resources and backup the essential data.

Here is how you can stop the OneDrive sync feature on your device:

  • Click on the cloud icon that is available on the taskbar
  • Click on help & settings
  • Select 2 hours from the drop-down menu present near pause syncing
  • Proceed to restart your Windows 11 PC, and you can then check to see if this helped boost your device performance.

If you don’t find any noticeable changes or you want to switch back to the previous setting, you can simply just click on the OneDrive icon. Select help and setting, and by following the steps previously mentioned, just select resume syncing.

Pro tip: If you prefer the changes made, that is, if you experience better performance when OneDrive is disabled, you may opt to disable the application when your device restarts.

13) By defragging your hard disk

Movies, music files, documents, other critical applications, etc., all have their particular place and are adjusted in the different parts on the hard disk. These files over Time may need fragmentation as these files become unreadable. Now, this can be easily solved by an in-built feature in any Windows 11 PC, but this entire process takes some time, and it might make your device slower.

The in-built tool is known as the “defragmenter.” The main aim of this tool is to re-arrange fragmented components to help boost the device performance. Follow the following steps to defrag your Hard Disk.

  • Press on the Windows key
  • Type “defragment”
  • Select the top option, ie. Defragment and optimize Drives
  • On the optimize drive tab, you can proceed to select the drive you want to defrag
  • Then select the optimize option
  • The process of defragmentation of the hard drive disk will start immediately, so just wait till the process completes successfully to notice the improved performance speed of your Windows 11 device.

14) By disabling the Boot Menu timeout

It usually takes about 30 seconds to boot into a Windows 11 PC. If a user wants to save this Time and make their PC load faster, they can disable the Boot Menu timeout by following the next few steps:

  • Click on the ‘Win + S’ keys
  • Proceed to type “Advanced System Settings” on the search bar
  • Select the first option from the list, which is the “view advanced settings” option
  • Select the “settings” option when the system properties window launches under start-up and recovery.
  • You can uncheck the option’ Time to display the list of operating systems and select OK
  • Then proceed to restart your PC to save the changes made.

Hopefully, this article helped you boost and enhance the speed and performance of your Windows 11 device. Let me know your suggestions and queries in the comment section!

Neha Bansal is a Delhi based engineering graduate and has done her Post Graduation in Human Resource Management. She has a deep interest in startups, business & technology.

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