Whether your machine is very recent or not, a PC can begin to show signs of weakness after only a few months of use. Depending on what you do with it, but also on the environment in which you operate, many factors can influence the health of your machine.
As soon as the first slowdowns are felt, it is advisable to take the lead, check several points and take certain measures to avoid letting the situation escalate. For this, you do not need to have advanced knowledge. You will find in the following lines the recommendations to follow to try to give a second life to your PC under Windows 11.
1. Restart your PC
If your PC is getting slower and slower, before attempting any manipulation, start by restarting it. Daily use, without switching off, can indeed be the main reason for a sudden slowdown.
2. Clean your machine
Our PC towers all have one thing in common: they don’t like dust. Over the months, and depending on your installation, your machine can store more or less dust, which will automatically have a negative impact on the performance of your PC. Too much dust will prevent the components of your machine from cooling properly, thereby causing the fan used for heat dissipation to run at full speed.
So remember to regularly open your computer to access its innards in order to gently clean the dust that has gotten there. You can use a computer dusting can for this, or do it delicately using a brush. Be sure to free the fan of any dust.
3. Change Power Mode
On a portable machine, performance may vary depending on the configured power mode. When your PC is running on battery power, Windows will normally prioritize battery life over performance. When connected to the mains, however, your machine has three power modes: Better energy efficiency, Normal use and High performance.
If you need to perform tasks that require optimal performance, you should adapt the power mode selected by default on your PC. To do this, go to the Settings from Windows using the keyboard shortcut Windows+i.
Select System in the left column, then enter the menu Battery and Power.
Locate the line Supply Modeand click on the associated drop-down menu to choose the option High performance.
4. Eradicate malware
A slow machine can also be a sign of the presence of malware. Whether Windows Defenderthe native antivirus of Windows 11, identifies and automatically blocks the majority of threats, it happens that malware slip through the cracks.
In addition, you can run an antivirus scan using the free version of the software Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Also feel free to run a scan with ADWCleanerfrom the same publisher, which will take care of identifying and blocking suspicious elements present on your PC.
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5. Disable startup apps
Is your PC starting up slower than when it was new? Over the months, and the installation of applications, it is very likely that some of them have taken the liberty of launching automatically in the background when your PC starts. It is therefore best to limit the applications allowed to run when Windows starts to avoid cannibalizing your computer’s resources.
To do this, open the Settings of Windows 11 using the keyboard shortcut Windows + Iselect Apps in the side column and enter the menu Startup located at the bottom of the window.
Then disable any applications that you don’t need when Windows starts.
6. Uninstall Unused Apps
Chances are your machine has apps that you never use. To prevent them from updating, taking up storage unnecessarily, or running in the background when you don’t need them, it’s best to get rid of them.
To do this, open the Settings of Windows 11, select Apps in the left column, then enter the menu Installed apps.
Then locate the programs you don’t need, click the options button, represented by three small dots, and click Uninstall to delete the app.
Repeat the maneuver for all the applications that you never use.
7. Clear your hard drive
A cluttered hard drive can also be the cause of slowdowns on your PC. Fortunately, Microsoft offers a disk cleaning tool natively in Windows 11.
To find it, go to Settings (using the keyboard shortcut Windows+i), then in Systemaccess the menu dedicated to Storage.
At the bottom of the window, in the part devoted to Storage managementclick on Cleaning recommendations.
Deploy all the proposed sub-menus: Temporary files, Large or unused files, unused appsetc.
Then select each of the items you no longer need and click To clean.
Repeat the operation for each of the suggested elements. In most cases, this will allow you to recover several gigabytes of space on your storage.
9. Limit visual effects
If your machine’s configuration is modest, it may be best to limit the use of potentially resource-intensive visual effects in Windows 11.
To do this, use the keyboard shortcut Windows+Rthen in the Run window that appears, type sysdm.cpl and validate by clicking on OK.
In the window of System Properties that is displayed, go to the tab of the Advanced system settingsthen click the button Settings.
Then choose the option Adjust for best performance and validate by clicking on OK.
Windows 11 will then disable all superfluous interface elements that can negatively affect the performance of your machine. Be careful though, some interface elements of Windows 11 may be less attractive to the eye…
10. Install an SSD
If your lathe or laptop still works with a mechanical hard drive, it’s probably time to upgrade a bit. There’s nothing like switching your system to an SSD to take advantage of a fast start-up and better responsiveness.
After choosing the SSD that matches your machine’s configuration and your expectations, all you have to do is clone your existing system onto it. Finally, all you have to do is install your SSD in place of your PC’s current disk to find a machine in great shape.
10. Reset your machine
If, however, the manipulations mentioned above are not enough to give your machine a sufficient boost, you will probably have to consider a slightly more radical solution: resetting your machine. The operation, within everyone’s reach, is described in detail in the link below.
Windows 11: how to reset your PC?
Before performing this operation, do not forget to save all your data and important documents. Several solutions are available to you for this: by using a cloud storage service, or by copying all your files directly to an external hard drive or USB key.