Microsoft has lately released the much-awaited Windows 11, which is the successor to Windows 10. It is still under test. However, its Windows Insider program is now available for developers. Though Windows 11 brings a whole new design haul along with some improved features, some users are experiencing Windows 11 slow performance after installing it.

Windows 11 slow

Windows 11 has grown into a mature operating system since October 5, 2021 and it takes over 26.52% of Windows market share worldwide (by StatCounter). While enjoying a new digital life in this operating system, some users also came across Windows 11 performance issues, including Windows 11 slow boot, Windows 11 slow startup or after update, fast battery consumption, overheating of the computer, and many others.

So, if you are also facing Windows 11 slow performance, as in the two cases here, follow this article, and we'll walk you around effective ways to fix the issue of how to solve the Windows 11 slow issue:

Case 1: My pc became extremely slow out of a sudden and now it's pretty much not working...-from Microsoft
Case 2: Windows 11 suddenly became (very) slow...-from Reddit

So, let's begin!

Possible Reasons for Windows 11 Performing Slow

Windows 11 is indeed a major release of the Windows operating system developed by Microsoft. But if you are bothered by windows 11 slow performance, there could be multiple reasons behind it. It is worth mentioning here that even if the PC or laptop that you own can support the latest Windows 11 version, the system may still require some extra hardware or resources to boost the performance. Why is Windows 11 so slow? Here are some common issues listed which can lead to windows 11 slow performance on your PC or laptop:

  • Issues with the hard disk
  • Issues with the background running startup tasks
  • System drive having low disk space
  • Usage of HDD instead of SSD
  • Outdated operating system
  • Outdated graphics card drivers
  • Conflicts in security programs
  • Wrongly installed or corrupted Windows software
  • Insufficient RAM
  • PC or laptop with lower specification
📖Extend Reading: Is Windows 11 Good for Gaming?

8 Effective Ways to Fix Windows 11 Running Slow

Now that you already know what could be the reason for your windows 11 slow boot, it is essential for you to know about some effective methods which can help you in speeding up Windows 11. So, let’s discuss the troubleshooting guide for getting rid of windows 11 slow performance. All the methods shown below have instructions, so to achieve effective results, make sure to follow them in a particular order.

1. Disable Startup Programs
2. Turn off Fast Startup
3. Increase C drive space
4. Update Graphics Drivers
5. Delete Temporary Files
6. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
7. Migrate Windows 11 to SSD
8. Go Back to Windows 10 and Wait for the Next Stable Windows 11
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1. Disable Startup Programs to Speed Up Windows 11 Slow Performance

Often it is tested that several unnecessary programs or applications can happen to reduce the load time in your Windows PC or laptop while booting it up. So, in order to get away with the issue of windows 11 slow boot, ensure to disable all the unwanted applications and programs from the Startup tab. Here is how you can do:

Step 1: Press the "Ctrl + Shift + Esc" keys together and open the "Task Manager".

Open task manager

Step 2: Tap on the "Startup" tab and click on the applications or services that you want to disable.

Go to startup

Step 3: Finally, click on the "Disable" button.

Disable program from startup

You can repeat the same steps for all the applications and programs to disable them. After you are done disabling them, restart your computer and check if the problem of windows 11 slow boot is solved.

2. Turn off Fast Startup to Fix Windows 11 Slow

Windows 11 operating system comes with a built-in Turn on Fast Startup function. You can use it to enhance the boot-up timing of your system. However, oftentimes you can experience the problem of windows 11 slow boot if you have this option enabled. Thus you can consider turning off the Fast Startup option to order to improve the performance of your system. To turn off the Fast Startup option, do the following:

Step 1: On the search icon, write "Control Panel" and click on it.

Step 2: Tap on the "Hardware and Sound" option and choose the "Power Option." Alternatively, if you can't find the power option directly, then type "Power Options" from the Control Panel search bar.

Step 3: Select the "Choose what the power button does" option. If the "Turn on fast startup" is enabled, uncheck the box to turn it off.

Uncheck fast startup

Step 4: Tap on the "Save Changes" option.

Restart your computer and see if you're able to fix the windows 11 slow performance problem.

3. Increase C Drive Space - Use EaseUS Partition Master "Allocate space" or "Resize/move."

If none of the above-mentioned ways helped you in solving the issue of windows 11 slow boot, then try to increase C drive space. To do this, you can completely rely on the EaseUS Partition Master. You can use its "Allocate space" or "Resize/move" option to increase the space in the C drive.

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Here is what you need to follow:

Option 1. Extend System C drive with unallocated space

  1. 1. Right-click on the System C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
  2. 2. Drag the system partition end into the unallocated space so to add it to the C: drive. And click "OK". 
  3. 3. Click "Execute Task" and "Apply" to execute the operations and extend the C drive.

Option 2. Extend System C drive without unallocated space

  1. 1. Right-click a big partition with enough free space on the system disk, select "Allocate Space".
  2. 2. Select the system drive at the Allocate Space From (*) To section, and drag the end of System C drive into the unallocated space. Click "OK" to confirm.
  3. 3. Click "Execute Task", it will list the pending operations, and click "Apply" to save the changes and extend the C drive.

0:00-0:26 Extend System Drive with Unallocated Space; 0:27-0:58 Extend System Drive without Unallocated Space.

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4. Windows 11 Very Slow? Update Graphics Drivers

When it is about the slow performance of Windows 11, an old graphics card driver on your PC or laptop can also lead to the issue of windows 11 slow performance. To avoid such issues, it is advised to keep the graphics driver updated. To do it, follow these steps:

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Step 1. Open EaseUS DriverHandy and click "Scan."

Step 2. Click "Update" to keep all drivers updated.

select a location and click scan

Update Graphics Driver Manually:

Step 1: By pressing the "Windows + X" keys, open the "Quick Start Menu".

Step 2: Tap on the "Device Manager" option and double-click on the "Display adapters" option.

Open graphic driver in Device Manager

Step 3: Right-click on the graphics card you are running on your PC or laptop.

Update graphic driver

Step 4: Choose the "Update driver" option and select the "Search automatically for drivers" option.

Confirm the update

Step 5: If there's any update available for the graphics card, it will automatically download and install its updated version.

After this, make sure to restart your computer in order to apply changes.

5. Delete Temporary Files to Check Windows 11 Performance Issue

As the name goes, temporary files are developed by the Windows operating system in the memory whenever a task is being performed. It allows the computer to keep things smooth and quick for the users when they try to perform the same task again. Corrupted or old temporary files can lead to the issue of windows 11 slow performance. To delete the temporary files from your laptop or computer, do the following:

Step 1: By pressing the "Windows + R" keys together, open the "Run" dialog box.

Step 2: Here, type "%temp%" and press the Enter button to access the "Temp folder" from C: drive.

Open temp folder in run dialog

Step 3: By pressing the "Ctrl + A" keys to select the temp files. Press the "Delete" key to remove the temporary files.

Delete temp files

Step 4: If a dialog box appears, click on the "Do this for all current items" option and tap the "Continue" button.

Note: Wait for the deletion process, and if some temporary files are not getting deleted, then skip those files.

After you are done removing the temporary files, restart your PC or laptop to check if the problem of windows 11 slow performance is solved.

6. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

If you are still facing issues like windows 11 slow boot, then you can consider running the Windows Update Troubleshooter in order to see if there is anything wrong with the update or not. To run Windows Update Troubleshooter, follow the below-listed instructions:

Step 1: Press the "Windows + I" keys together to access the "Windows Settings".

Step 2: Click on the "Update and Security" option.

Open Windows update security settings

Step 3: Click on the "Troubleshoot" option from the right pane, then choose the "Other troubleshooter" option.

open Windows update troubleshooter

Step 4:  And click on the "Run" option right by "Windows Update".

Run Windows update troubleshooter

Wait for the system to begin diagnosis automatically and check certain things on the PC. If there’s an issue, look for its troubleshooting method on the web to fix it.


7. Migrate Windows 11 to SSD - use EaseUS Partition Master "migrate OS."

If the windows 11 slow performance persists, try to migrate the Windows 11 operating system to SSD. It will improve the performance and boot timing of your PC. For this, you can use the "Migrate OS" feature of the EaseUS Partition Master tool. It is a brilliant tool that will help you in making the migration of the operating system easy.

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To migrate OS to SSD:

Steps to migrate OS to HDD/SSD:

  • Run EaseUS Partition Master, and select "Clone" from the left menu.
  • Check "Migrate OS" and click "Next".
  • Select the SSD or HDD as the destination disk and click "Next".
  • Check Warning: the data and partitions on the target disk will be deleted. Make sure that you've backed up important data in advance. If not, do it now.
  • Then click "Yes".
  • Preview the layout of your target disk. Then click "Start" to start migrating your OS to a new disk.

  • After this, click "Reboot Now" or "Done" to determine if you want to reboot the computer from the new disk immediately.

"Reboot Now" means to keep the changes instantly, while "Done" means you need to restart the computer later manually.

Select boot option after migrate OS to new disk

Note: The operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will delete and remove existing partitions and data on your target disk when there is not enough unallocated space on the target disk. If you saved important data there, back up them to an external hard drive in advance.

8. Go Back to Windows 10 and Wait for the Next Stable Windows 11

Finally, if you are still struggling with the Windows 11 slow boot problem, then it will be beneficial for you to go back to the previous version of the Windows OS.

Microsoft has officially notified that Windows 11 will finally come on October 5th.  It will be your last resort, and do execute it, follow these steps:

Note: Returning to Windows 10 may not an one-size-for-all method. Some users are experienced Windows 10 running slow issue.

Step 1. Go to Settings, click System and Recovery.

Step 2. Click Go back next to the Previous version of Windows.

Open Windows 11 recovery panel

Step 3. Check the reasons why you want to uninstall when prompted.

Check reasons why do you want to revert Windows 11

Step 4. Click No, thanks when asked to check for updates instead of rolling back.

Confirm why do you want to rollback windows 11

Step 5. When a "What you need to know" window pops up, click Next to continue.

Contine rolling back windows 11

Step 6. Click Next again when it warns you to remember your password from Windows 10. (Keep your password remembered.)

Warning to remember Windows 10 key

Step 7. Click Go back to an earlier build.

Confirm to go back to Windows 10

As soon as you finish the procedure, restart your PC or laptop to find out if the windows 11 slow performance issue is fixed or not.

Video Guide - How to Fix Windows 11 Slow and Lagging Problem [FAST]

Here is a great video that shows you how to quickly fix Windows 11 running slow.


That's it for how you can improve the Windows 11 slow performance. This guide is also suitable for Dell laptop running slow error. You can go ahead and try any of the methods listed above to enhance the performance and boot timing of your system. However, if you are hunting for a quick-fix and an effective method, try and use EaseUS Partition Master as a daily disk partition management tool for achieving the best user experience on Windows 11.

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Windows 11 Slow FAQs

1. Why Is Windows 11 So Laggy?

If you feel Windows 11 running slow or freezing, the reasons could come from low system storage or running too many programs at the same time.

2. Will Windows 11 Slow Down My PC?

Windows 11 is faster than Windows 10. However, some users is experiencing slow performance issue due to low disk storage or outdated drivers. Don't worry. It can be fixed easily.

3. How Can I Make Windows 11 Faster?

To fast fix Windows laggy problem, a useful disk manager, EaseUS Partition Master, works to increase c drive space or migrate OS to another drive. Other quick fixes: disable startup programs, turn off fast startup, and delete temporary files.

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