The most common tips to speed up a slow Windows 11 computer

The most common tips to speed up a slow Windows 11 computer

Is Windows 11 working slowly? We all often experience slow system performance in Windows 10 or Windows 11.

Here are some tips and tricks to improve the performance and speed of your Windows 11 PC. If you know of any good tips, please post a comment at the bottom of this article.

These tips below are software related. The most common hardware tips are:

  • Upgrading a hard disk to a solid state disk (SSD)
  • Renewal of the processor, GPU or memory modules. (upgrade)
  • Complete reinstallation of Windows 10 or Windows 11.

1. Reduce the graphic design to minimal visual effects

This is a tip that can be used on all Windows systems. This tip is often circulated when computers use an operating system that is not actually designed for the corresponding hardware.

Follow the procedure below to switch Windows 11 to best performance. In this video tutorial, you can get started adjusting these settings yourself.

2. Terminate apps and processes that slow down the system

Terminating the unwanted apps and background processes will significantly improve the performance of the system.


Press the desired application, which is known by you (not a system application), and then press : End task.


3. Deactivating start-up programmes in Windows 11

Start-up programs or start-up tasks that are not required should be switched off in Windows 11. Start-up programs can be disabled with the help of this video tutorial.

4. Change the power plan to: performance mode

The power plan plays a major role in the performance and speed of Windows 11. Changing this to 'High Performance' can significantly improve performance, although the system is likely to have a shorter battery life on Windows 11 laptops.


5. Activate disk cleanup in Windows 11

Disk cleanup is included in every version of Windows. This solution makes it possible to clean up unused system and cached files.


6. Emptying the Recycle Bin in Windows 11

The more files, the slower your computer will become. It is therefore better to get rid of superfluous files. Empty your Recycle Bin regularly.


7. Automatically delete unwanted files with Storage Sense

Storage Sense is an option within Windows 11 and Server 2019 to delete unnecessary files automatically without bothering users.

8. Defragmenting your hard disk

Defragmenting is still an option you can use to speed up your Windows-11 computer. In my experience, this option is not much use nowadays as many Windows-11 computers are equipped with an SSD hard disk.

7. Updating drivers in Windows 11

Drivers and optional updates can make your Windows-11 system run faster and more stable.

Tip: How to update drivers with Windows Update in Windows 11

8. Remove unnecessary software in Windows 11

A great opportunity in Windows 11 to make your system faster is to remove software. Superfluous software takes up resources without adding value from these apps.

9. Increase the page size/virtual memory in Windows 11

A Windows 11 page-file is a virtual memory that is used by the system to temporarily store programme files, in case the RAM (Random Access Memory) is full. Increasing the pagefile increases the performance and speed of the system.


These were the top tips to make your Windows 11 computer up to date and faster. Do you have any good tips? Post a comment at the bottom of this article.

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