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10 Fast Ways to Speed Up Windows 11 | How to Make Windows 11 Faster

Updated by Tracy King on Jan 21, 2022
Written by Roxanne
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Windows 11 give us a flood of surprises in the interface, gaming, Microsoft store, and more. But the negative voice does exist about Windows performance, such as Windows 11 running slow. How to speed up Windows 11? How to make Windows 11 faster? In this article, we will show 10 ways to optimize Windows 11 performance for smooth use.

Quick Navigation:

  1. 1. Turn Off Visual Effects
  2. 2. Enable Power Plan
  3. 3. Extend C Drive to Make Windows 11 Faster
  4. 4. Enable Storage Sense
  5. 5. Disable Startup Programs
  6. 6. Disable Startup Apps
  7. 7. Turn Off Notifications
  8. 8. Clean Up Temporary Files
  9. 9. Defrag Hard Disk for Optimization
  10. 10. Use ReadyBoost to Speed Up Windows 11

1. Turn Off Visual Effects

Visual effects are used to decorate your Windows appearance. If your Windows OS is running slow, it’s better to turn off some visual effects.

Step 1. Click the Search icon and type advanced to the search box. Click View advanced system settings.

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Step 2. Under the Performance section, click the Settings button.

view advanced system settings 2

Step 3. Once the Performance Options pop up, tick Adjust for best performance. You can see the option boxes below, tick Show thumbnails instead of icons, and Smooth edges of screen fonts.

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Step 4. Click Apply and then click OK.

2. Enable Power Plan

Power Plan design to manage how to consume and save power. 

Step 1. Open Start Menu and type power plan in the search box. Click Choose a power plan.

choose a power plan

Step 2. Search for High-Performance on the next screen > Change Plan Settings > Change Advanced Power Settings

Step 3. Expand Processor power management and confirm the Minimum processor state is 100%.

3. Extend C Drive to Make Windows 11 Faster

Another way to speed up Windows 11 computers is to extend your system drive for better performance. You can use a professional partition software, EaseUS Partition Master, to resize C drive easily. Enlarge the system drive space can improve your device performance. So give it a try. This professional software will not let you down.

In addition to resizing function, this tool can create/format/delete/merge/wipe partitions. So you can trust this tool for safe use.

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How to extend C drive with EaseUS Partition Master:

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 Operation" 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 Operation", it will list the pending operations, and click "Apply" to save the changes and extend the C drive.

0:00-0:32 Extend System Drive with Unallocated Space; 0:32-1:00 Extend System Drive without Unallocated Space.

If you also want to know how to speed up Windows 10, read on to get more details:

4. Enable Storage Sense

Step 1. Click the Windows icon on the centered toolbar and click Settings.

Step 2. Navigate to System > Storage, click Storage.

Step 3. Under the Storage part, turn on the storage sense button.

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Step 4. Move to Configure Storage Sense page, and choose your cleanup schedules.

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5. Disable Startup Programs

Step 1. Click the search icon on the centered toolbar, type Task Manager on the search box.

Step 2. Click the Startup tab and you can a bunch of apps running at startup.

Step 3. Right-click apps you don't want to start at startup, and click Disable.

disable startup programs

6. Disable Startup Apps

Step 1. Click on the Windows icon to open Start Menu. Click Settings.

Step 2. Type Startup on the search box and select Startup Apps from the result.

Step 3. Turn off the unnecessary apps you don't want to start automatically.

startup apps windows 11

7. Turn Off Notifications

Step 1. Open Settings on your computer.

Step 2. Go to the System tab and then select Notifications & actions from the left panel.

Step 3. Scroll down and you can see the Notification from apps and other senders part. Turn off the notifications from unwanted apps. Make sure do not disable notifications from important apps.

turn off notification windows 11

8. Clean Up Temporary Files

Step 1. Open the Settings from Start Menu.

Step 2. Navigate to the System tab and click Storage.

Step 3. On the next screen, you can see the Temporary files.

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Step 4. Click Temporary files and check the files you want to remove.

Step 5. Once it has been done, select Remove files.

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9. Defrag Hard Disk for Optimization

Step 1. Type Defragment and Optimize Drives on the search box.

defragment and optimize drives

Step 2. You can see the drive options here. Select the system drive and click Optimize button.

click optimize

10. Use ReadyBoost to Speed Up Windows 11

Step 1. Insert a USB or SD card into your computer.

Step 2. Check your device on Windows Explorer. Right-click the USB and click the Format option from the menu.

Set your "File system" as NTFS, choose "Allocation unit size", and check the Quick Format. Click Start.

Step 3. Once the formatting is finished, right-click USB and select Properties.

Step 4. Click the ReadyBoost tab > Tick Use this device > Click OK.

use readyboost

Increase Windows 11 Performance by 10 Methods

In this article, we collected ten tips to make Windows 11 faster, including turn off visual effects, change Power Plan, extend C drive, turn on storage sense, and more. No matter what methods you try, make sure your important files are safe. 

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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Written by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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