Nowaday computers and laptops are like part of our life, we spent our most of the time on it. We do online works, watch movies, play games and much more on it.
When we buy a new laptop or PC than it will run very smoothly and we easily do any task on it, but when the laptop get old for some time than it runs very slowly and feels like my computer or laptop doesn't handle this software anymore.
You are wrong, your computer is still that much power, you just need to optimize your computer.
So today i will show you 10 easy ways to speed up and boost the performance of your Windows 11 PC or laptop.
I wrote another article specially for gamers, so if you are a gamer than definitely check out those tricks - 7 Tips that Will Improve Your Windows 11 Gaming Performance.
Let's dive in.
1. Disable Startup Apps
Method one to speed up your Windows 11 PC is to disable start up applications.
These are programs that will run every time you turn on your PC and may continue to run in the background slowing down your PC.
To disable start up applications in Windows 11, first head to the main settings page.
You can get there by searching for it in the search bar.
In the settings, click on apps from the list of options on the left.
In here, click on start-up which should be the bottom option on the list.
On the next page, you will see the list of apps, and some will be turned on which means they will run at start up.
Feel free to go down the list and turn off any apps you know you don’t use.
You can use the sort function at the top to help show you the apps that have the biggest impact on performance.
2. Enable High Performance
Moving onto method two, we’re going to try changing the power plan on our PC or laptop.
It might be possible to enable a high-performance power mode, however not all devices will support this.
To do this, open the settings and choose system from the list on the left and then select power.
Within here, have a look for an option called power mode and there should be a drop-down box to the right of it.
Select this drop-down box and if you can, choose best performance from the options.
This might improve performance, but it will use more power, so if you’re on a laptop, the battery might drain faster.
3. Close Background Apps
Method three is to close any apps running in the background or those that you aren’t using.
You can close apps that you aren’t using normally, but to check for certain background apps we are going to head to the task manager.
To get there, simply type task manager into the search box.
When the task manager opens, look down the list in the processes tab for apps that are using a lot of resources such as CPU or memory and close these when you aren’t using them.
Don’t end the task though for any programs you don’t recognise as they might be system services.
4. Free Up Space
The fourth method is to free up storage space on your PC or laptop.
If your device is near full capacity, it may start to run slower.
There are a few quick ways to free up space on your device that I’ll cover, firstly it might be worth emptying your recycle bin, which can be done by right clicking on it.
You could sort through your downloads folder or uninstall a program you are no longer using.
You can uninstall a program by going to settings, then apps, then installed apps and then by finding the app you want to uninstall and then finally click on the three dots icon and choose uninstall.
5. Scan For Viruses
Method five is to scan our PC for any malware and viruses.
You can use your own anti-virus software to do this if you have it, but if you don’t have any, we can use Windows’ built-in software.
To scan for viruses, search Windows security in the search bar and then when the window opens, choose virus and threat protection from the options on the left.
In here, you can choose quick scan or if you go to scan options, you can click on full scan and then scan now to search for viruses.
Allow Windows to perform the scan and then we can move on.
6. Check For Updates
The sixth method is to check for Windows updates and install them if there are any. Running the latest version of Windows should help keep your PC as fresh as possible and avoid any software or compatibility issues.
To check for and install the latest updates in Windows, first go to the main settings page. In the settings, click on Windows update from the options on the left side.
In here, simply click on check for updates and install any that appear.
Remember to save any work if there are updates available before starting them.
7. Remove Browser Add-ins
Method seven will be specifically for the web browser that you use, such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
This might not apply to all of you but if you have any browser add ins, then removing them will help speed up your browser experience.
Remove the ones you don’t use.
The method to remove them might be slightly different on each browser, but on Chrome for example, all you need to do is right click on the one you want to remove and then choose “remove from Chrome”.
8. Check Your PC
The eighth method to help speed up your PC or laptop is to focus on the physical elements of it.
This can include things like ensuring your PC is free from dust.
It’s a good idea to keep your device as clean as possible as dust can cause overheating which slows down your machine.
You could try to improve the ventilation around it or even invest in better cooling options if you think overheating is a problem.
Of course, you can always upgrade hardware, for example by adding an SSD.
The final two methods might only make a difference on PCs that are really struggling, but you’re free to try them anyway as they could still help.
9. Disable Animation Effects
Method nine is to disable some animation effects. Simplifying some of the animations on your PC could help speed it up.
To turn off animation effects, open the settings and go to accessibility on the left and then choose visual effects.
In these settings, find and turn off the toggle switch called animation effects and then you can see if that helped.
You can also adjust the animation settings individually.
To do this, search for advanced system settings in the search bar and then when the new window opens click on settings in the performance section.
This should be the top settings option. Within here, you can see each of the individual animation effects and you can use the check boxes next to them to either turn them on or off.
Have a play around to see if any make a difference and remember to click on OK or apply to save and update your changes.
10. Disable Notifications
The tenth and final method is to disable notifications.
This will prevent notifications from showing up and possibly slowing down the app you’re using at the time.
To disable notifications in Windows 11, open the settings and choose system from the left and then notifications.
In here, you can completely disable notifications with the toggle switch at the top.
If you rely on notifications, it might be worth customising which apps can and can’t send notifications and this can be done within here too.
Those are my 10 easy ways to speed up your Windows 11 PC or laptop. Thanks you so much for reading this article till the end. If you have any doubts than feel free to ask me in the comments section.