Speeding up your Windows 11 PC

Jun 29, 2020 by Kolappan N

Windows can get really slow when you are running it on a budget computer. There are certain things & tweaks than can slightly boost the speed on your PC.

Disable unwanted startup programs

Programs like Adobe Creative Cloud, Spotify, etc.. start in along with Windows and run in the background. Even some built-in apps like OneDrive. Cortana, Skype do this. They all occupy your precious RAM and consume data. To disable the startup programs,

Startup programs
Startup programs

Turning off background apps

This only works for apps that are installed via Microsoft Store. You can turn off background activities of an app to conserve power and improve performance.

Note: This page is no longer available in Windows 11 and it is under app details. You’ll now have to select each individual app and go to their advanced settings to view this.

Sacrificing UI for performance

Certain elements and fancy animations in UI can be turned off in favour of performance.

1. Disabling Transparency

The Acrylic effect of transparency and blur can be disabled in Windows 11 using simple steps.

2. Disabling Animations and Shadows

Things like Shadows under windows, mouse pointers, etc… can be turned off.

Visual Settings
Visual Settings

Reduce telemetry data

In Settings

This will no have a visible impact. But why spend your data and computer resources for telemetry when they are limited. Windows 11 collects a lot of telemetry data about you and your computer. Here is how to reduce all the telemetry data in Windows 11.

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Go to Privacy > Diagnostics & Feedback.
  3. Turn off “Send optional diagnostic data”, “Improve Inking & typing” & “Tailored Experiences”.

In Group Policy

If you are running a PRO or Enterprise version of Windows, you can use the Group Policy Editor to further disable telemetry.

  1. Under Computer Configurations -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Data Collection & Preview Builds disable
  1. Under Computer Configurations -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Internet Communication Management -> Internet Communication Settings enable

Disabling Unwanted Services & Programs

Programs

With Windows 11 you can uninstall a lot of built-in apps like Calculator, Mail & Calendar, Xbox, etc… If you are using a different media player like VLC you can remove the built-in Media & Music Players(Films & TV, Groove).

You can remove some apps like Your Phone & Cortana with PowerShell. They still show up in task manager from time to time, so it is best to remove them if you don’t use them. You can always install them from store when needed. The PowerShell command is as follows,

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.YourPhone -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

You can disable certain features like Widgets via Group Policy if you won’t use them. Widgets in particular consume significant amount of RAM & CPU even if you don’t use them.

Services

Certain Windows services & OEM services can be turned off to improve the performance, but you will need to be careful on what you turn off.

Tags: Windows