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How to improve Windows 11 performance. Part 2

Hello, today we will continue our discussion about the performance of Windows 11, which has not even been around for a year. However, some voices accuse it of being too heavy for the average user. Consequently, today, we will continue to investigate how to increase the performance of Windows 11.

Some actions to improve the performance of Windows 11.

Next we will see some options to smooth the behavior of Windows 11.

Get rid of applications you don’t need

There is an explanation for this. Indeed, some applications can consume resources in the background even if you don’t use them. Moreover, even if you force close them, they reappear in the process list. There are also Microsoft’s own applications that affect this. For example, OneDrive, very useful but if you do not use, it can become a nuisance. So, deleting them will help us to free up resources, and to definitively prevent them from returning to the background. Please follow these steps:

  • Press Win+Q combination and run Add or remove programs.
  • A list of installed applications and programs will appear. We only have to choose the ones we want to delete and execute the action.

How does this improve the performance of Windows 11? By removing these applications, we free up resources and ensure that they will not be consumed by them again. Moreover, other programs benefit from these freed resources. In addition, the system gets more available space.

Frees up hard disk space

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Maintaining the hard disk is an elementary task. Especially if it is an SSD. It has been proven that they end up losing performance as they fill up. This occurs because such memory is slower than TLC memory. In addition, as we fill the unit, the total available cache is reduced. Consequently, if you use a drive of this type, it is advisable not to fill it to the top. There are several methods to free up space, but these are the simplest and most effective.

  • Remove applications following the steps explained in the previous point.
  • Find folders that contain videos, photos, or other large files that you don’t need. Then click on it by pressing Shift and Delete at the same time. Then confirm the deletion.
  • From the search menu, enter the term Disk Cleanup. Then choose the storage drive on which you want to free up space. As a result, a window will appear with the amount of space you can free up, and different additional options to maximize the freed space by deleting other things.
  • We can also obtain a more complete image using the storage sensor. In this way we can get concrete information about what we want to remove. Just search for storage from the search menu.

Certainly, this action helps to improve system performance. By reducing the occupied cache, it allows the unit to work faster. It is best to leave at least 10% to 20% of the total capacity of an SSD free. This may seem complicated. However, there are methods to achieve this. For example, we can resort to cloud storage. We can also expand the storage capacity of the SSD.

Reduces graphic effects and animations

Another classic that Windows 11 inherits from Windows 10. The new Microsoft operating system has an improved interface, much more attractive and with prudent nuances. Indeed, there are first-class animations, transparencies, blurs, acrylic materials to better unify the interface. In short, these changes imply a higher consumption of resources. Reducing the system’s pretty side will help us improve the performance of Windows 11. Let’s see how to do it in a simple way:

  • Press the Win+I combination to go to Windows Settings.
  • Once there, click on Personalization
  • Now in the left column, click on Accessibility. We disable transparency effects and animations.
  • Finally, follow the next path: View advanced settings>Advanced>Performance>Settings>Visual Effects>Adjust for best performance.

We improve Windows performance by reducing the graphical load on the operating system. Consequently, the demands of the operating system and its resource consumption are minimized. You will have a less beautiful, but faster Windows 11. This can make an especially big difference on less powerful computers.

Disable the VBS option

Windows 11 comes with VBS, i.e., virtualization-based security. This is a feature that helps protect the operating system against malware. It is also part of the Hypervisor-Enforced Code Integrity layer, known as HVCI. Undoubtedly, its security benefits are many. However, it can noticeably reduce system performance, especially in games. Disabling it would make a big difference, and that is why we offer you this option. To disable this technology, just do this:

  • From the Windows menu, find and run Core Isolation.
  • Enter the first result and disable the option that will appear. If nothing appears, or you do not have access, do not worry, it indicates that it is already disabled.
  • Restart the computer for it to take effect.

As we told you, this technology consumes resources and slows down the computer’s performance, so disabling it means that it no longer produces these negative effects. It is true that it significantly improves security, but for a normal user it is not essential, far from it.

Do not install a third party antivirus

This may seem like a strange recommendation. However, Windows 11 comes with Microsoft Defender, a complete and effective security suite that is more than enough for an average user. With it, we will be able to make analyses, and we will have the tranquility that supposes to count on protection in real time. So Windows Defender is the best free antivirus.

Consequently, it is only a matter of uninstalling this antivirus from the list of programs. The advantage is that antivirus programs run in the background and can consume numerous resources, RAM, CPU, and network. Especially if they run in the background. Eliminating them will leave Microsoft Defender as the only antivirus solution, and its consumption of resources is minimal.

All right, ultimately we have seen how to improve the performance of Windows 11. It’s all a matter of common-sense and taking advantage of the potential of this system. See you soon!

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