How to Improve Windows 11 Performance

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This post shows students and new users how to improve and optimize Windows 11 performance, especially for older PCs.

If your Windows 11 computer is running slowly, below are some suggestions that will help speed up and optimize Windows performance by adjusting performance settings, scanning for viruses and running Windows updates.

There are multiple reasons Windows PCs run slowly. From low disk to page file size to viruses to Windows updates are some of the causes Windows behaves this way.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a computer to start learning on, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

One of the best ways to get the most out of your PC is to make sure you have the latest version of Windows 11 installed. When you perform Windows update, your PC will also search for the latest device drivers, patches and features that can help speed up slow computers.

Update Windows

To update Windows and search for the latest drivers and packages, Select the Start  button, then select Settings as shown in the image below.

windows 11 settings button

From the Settings page, go to Windows Update  > Check for updates.

windows 11 check for updates

Do one of the following:

If the status says “You’re up to date,” then continue below. If the status says “Updates are available,” select Install now. Select the updates you want to install, then select Install.

Restart your PC and see if it seems to run better.

Adjust Windows Appearance

Windows 11 includes many visual effects, such as animations and shadow effects. These settings make Windows look awesome, however, they require additional resources that may slow down your computer, especially for older machines.

To adjust the visual effects in Windows perform the steps below.

In the search box on the taskbar, type performance, then select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows in the list of results.

adjust windows appearance and performance

On the Visual Effects tab, select Adjust for best performance > Apply.

Restart your PC and see if that speeds up your PC.

windows 11 adjust for performance

Scan for Virus

Your PC slow performance may be related to virus. Windows 11 has a built-in virus protection that can help remove viruses and unwanted software.

To scan for virus, follow the steps below:

Select Start   > Settings  >Privacy & Security  > Windows Security  and then select Open Windows Security.

windows 11 open windows security

Select Virus & threat protection, then select Check for updates under Virus & threat protection updates.

On the Protection updates screen, select Check for updates to make sure you have the most recent updates. Select Virus & threat protection, then select Quick scan.

windows security at a glance

Wait for Windows Security to finish scanning for viruses and malware.

These steps might help improve your computer performance.


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