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Why is my Windows 11 PC running slow and how to improve its performance?

26 de February de 2022

Since the launch of Windows 11, last October 2021, the operating system has become so popular that today there are many reports about its operation; what for some is satisfactory and with great advantages, others were left dissatisfied and with performance problems.

What is the reason why my Windows 11 computer is running slower?

It is important to clarify that, being such a recent operating system, its updates to improve speed and failures usually take time, so your PC with Windows 11 may run slower than normal. But, this may be due to other factors that we will see below.

RAM insufficient

The initial requirement of Windows 11 for proper operation is 4 GB of RAM, since this memory fulfills the main function of memorizing the information that you have in each of the open applications on your PC while it is operating; Therefore, if your computer has less than 4 GB of RAM, the programs you are using that consume a lot of memory will slow down the computer.

And without going that far, the Windows operating system itself needs a certain capacity of RAM memory to work, to turn on and enter its interface. So, it is recommended that you buy and install a RAM with more capacity, so you can increase the speed with which memory transfers information to other components.

full storage capacity

Second, in order to use Windows 11, Microsoft recommends that you must have a minimum of 64 GB of free space on the hard drive where you are going to install the operating system. So, if you have little space available and low RAM on your computer you will have an unpleasant and unsatisfying experience.

So, these two elements go hand in hand to have a good performance, but, if Windows runs out of free RAM, it starts to use the paging file (pagefile.sys) which is stored in the root of the computer’s storage drive; Although this file is used as if it were RAM to try to ‘solve’, the reality is that the loading speed of the programs will be much slower, and to this you add having the hard disk storage limit.

Problems with system files

The proper functioning of an operating system, the good performance, comfort and management of the computer depends on the system files, and whether they are damaged or not; because, if it were so, the emergence of errors and closing apps can cause the inability to use Windows 11 correctly.

Now, to solve this, in Windows there are several built-in tools that allow you to verify that the system files are correctly functional. For this purpose, there is the means of verification ‘SFC’ that is capable of scanning the Windows system files and replacing any that are defective or missing.

What should I do to solve the slow performance of my PC?

After the latest update of Windows 11, most of the computers have lowered their performance and have slowed down; especially those users who went from Windows 10 to Windows 11 with an update. But, fortunately, there are simple solutions that will help you get the most out of the new operating system.

windows 11 progress bar

Disable autostart apps

Within the Windows operating system there are many applications that come along with the installation of the same, and every time the computer is turned on it starts together with the applications that are configured for ‘automatic start’, which makes many applications try to start simultaneously within Windows power on.

So, to improve this, you should disable the startup applications that you are not using, and that you can open them later from their icon when necessary. For this purpose you must go to the Windows 11 search bar, there type ‘Task Manager’. Once inside, switch to the ‘start’ tab, there you will see all the applications and services running athe start the windowsselect the app you want to disable and select ‘disable’.

Activate ‘Fast start mode’

The fast startup mode is an option within Windows that allows you to start your PC more quickly after being turned off, so that what Windows does is save the Kernel session and drivers in the ‘hiberfil.sys’ file. To achieve this, go to Windows 11 search and type in ‘Control Panel’ or type ‘Windows + R’, there type ‘Control Panel’ and press Enter.

Once the Control Panel is open, click on the option ‘System and security>Power options>Choose the behavior of the start/stop button>Change settings that are currently not available>Turn on fast startup, and finish with save the changes, close the windows and restart the PC.

Do a clean boot

This is a feature that forces Windows to start with only essential and basic programs when it is turned on; thereby disabling all third-party services that may interfere with startup speed and PC performance. To do this, type ‘Windows + R’ and type ‘msconfig.msc’, inside the window go to ‘Services>Hide all Microsoft services>Turn off all.

Update the installed version of Windows

updating the version of windows

As a last option, you can choose to update the installed version of Windows, because many times, being such new systems, there can be many errors and failures. Now, if you install the most recent version, the corrections of bugs and performance improvements that are reported by users.

To do this, type ‘Windows + I’ and search for ‘Windows Update>Check for updates>Download and install’; and once the update is installed, you only have to restart your computer to run the updates and give a final solution to the slow Windows 11 problem.