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How to improve Windows 11 performance. Part 1

Hello! The performance of Windows 11 has been a topic of debate since its release. Certainly, we are talking about the successor to Windows 10. However, this new operating system has marked a significant increase in minimum requirements. Indeed, a modest configuration that works on Windows 10, will probably not be sufficient for Windows 11. In fact, Microsoft claims that you need at least 4 GB of RAM to run Windows 10 and Windows 11 as well. However, we have tested with this configuration on Windows 11. Although the system runs, the experience is not good. Consequently, we conclude that the real minimum for Windows 11 to run well is 8 GB of RAM. In attention to those users of modest equipment, today we will see wow to improve Windows 11 performance.

Which configuration guarantees a good performance with Windows 11?

The performance of Windows 11 does not depend uniquely on the amount of RAM that we have installed. In fact, other elements such as the processor and the storage unit also play a role. Both play a key role. However, it is not necessary to have a top-of-the-range processor or an ultra-fast SSD drive to run Windows 11 well. The ideal is to have the hardware balanced to achieve the sensation that the system runs smoothly.

Look, there has certainly been a lot of criticism of the requirements of Windows 11. However, the basis for this is processor-related. Certainly, the requirements are ridiculously high. On the other hand, most fairly modern computers should run the system just fine. I propose a standard configuration sufficient to guarantee full performance:

  • Intel Core i3-8100 processor, with four cores and four threads. Furthermore, Intel Core i3-8100 processor, with four cores and four threads.
  • 8 GB of dual-channel RAM running at 2666 MHz.
  • SSD drive where the operating system will be installed.
  • GPU compatible with DirectX 12.

A configuration like this will make Windows 11 move with total fluidity. The basic applications, folders, files and the different elements of the operating system will offer an almost instantaneous response. In addition, startup and shutdown times will be very fast.

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On the other hand, a configuration lower than this will hinder the performance of the system. Then you are likely to become frustrated. Don’t worry, today we will give you tips to increase Windows 11 performance.

How to improve Windows 11 performance easily.

Let’s take a look at some options for improving Windows 11 performance. Let’s see some options to improve the performance of Windows 11. In addition, we will add images and the steps to achieve it.

Disable programs that load on startup

This is especially useful to reduce the amount of RAM that remains occupied when the PC is turned on. It also reduces the time it takes for the computer to boot up. Applications that load on startup are those that run during the boot process. Additionally, they remain open in the background, consuming resources. Even without using them. To disable them, we only have to follow these steps:

  • Press the Control+Shift+ESC combination to invoke the task manager.
  • Next, just click on the Startup tab. Then right-click on the programs you want to disable and choose the corresponding option. The ideal is that you disable first the programs that you are not going to use, and those that have greater impact.
Disabling programs at Windows startup

How does it improve Windows performance? Well, by freeing RAM, reducing the number of processes the computer has to work with from the moment you turn it on, which also reduces startup time.

Close programs in the background

Procedure similar to the previous one. Moreover, the steps are practically the same. In this case, closing programs and applications in the background can also help us to free up other resources. In effect, they reduce CPU, GPU, and network consumption. This can vary greatly depending on the use we have made of Windows 11, and the applications we have installed. However, it helps to improve performance effortlessly and instantly. The procedure to follow is elementary:

  • Press the Control+Shift+ESC combination to invoke the task manager.
  • Go to the Processes tab, right-click on the processes you want to terminate and select the corresponding option. Remember, not all the processes will be active or consume the same resources.

As in the previous tip, closing applications in the background frees up resources. Consequently, the system will have more RAM available, and we can also free the CPU from meaningless tasks that were draining it.

Changes the system’s power plan

This classic configuration still continues in Windows 11. The power modes determine how the computer behaves in an attempt to reduce power consumption. The power modes determine how the computer behaves in an attempt to reduce power consumption. For example, the balanced mode seeks a balance between power consumption and performance. On the other hand, low-power mode prioritizes energy expenditure over performance, and best performance mode does the opposite. Low-power mode may be ideal for maximizing a laptop’s battery life, but not for running demanding applications. Let’s see how to change it:

  • Press the Win+Q combination and type Power. Please click on the settings.
  • Now all you have to do is select the High performance plan

The power plan has a greater impact on performance than many people realize, especially in laptops. When using the low-power plan, processor performance decreases dramatically. Logically, by allowing more power consumption, the performance of the components increases.

Optimizes the storage unit

Defragmenting the drive also works if you use HDD. This process is highly recommended, and should be done at least once every two weeks. Regarding hard disks, a defragmentation groups those “chunks” of data that belong to the same program. Specifically, those that are scattered in different sections of the disk, which makes the drive improve its access times and performance. As for SSDs, fragmentation is not a problem. However, the optimization process that Windows 11 performs is totally safe and can improve performance. This is all we have to do:

  • Press the Win+Q combination and enter defragment.
  • Next, select the drive you want to optimize and let the wizard do its job.

Regarding HDDs, pulling this fragmented data speeds up access times and helps improve application and program startup times. It also improves file open times and so on. It can make a big difference, much more than with an SSD, and is highly recommended. Very well, in this way we have seen how to increase the performance of Windows 11. In following posts, we will continue deepening this topic. See you soon!

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