How to Speed Up Windows 11 and Improve Performance?

We all want to speed up our PC performance, but only a few users maintain it. One can always speed up computer performance by upgrading the hardware. But other many things which affect our PC performance.

Windows 11 comes with many features, preloaded app in the background to send notifications and receive updates. Windows 11 includes many UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps that keep running run in the background. We all notice that it’s reduce our PC performance.

If you want to stop running background apps, it’s possible in windows 11.

In this article, you will learn to Speed Up Windows 11 and Improve Performance by disabling background apps.

There are three ways to disable background apps. These are as follows;

  1. Using the Settings app
  2. Use Task Manager
  3. Through Microsoft Configuration Manager

How to Disable UWP Apps or Microsoft Store Apps from Running in the Background on Windows 11 using the Settings app?

To disable useless apps from running in the background on Windows 11, use the following steps:-

Step 1. Open the Setting app by pressing Windows + I keys on the keyboard.

Alternatively, hit Windows + X keys on the keyboard to open the Quick Links Menu and select Settings in the menu that appears.

Quick Note: You can also open the Quick Links Menu on your Windows 11 PC by right-clicking on the Start button.

Step 2. When the Settings window appears on your computer, select the Apps category in the left sidebar. Then, click the Apps & features tab on the right sidebar.

Step 3. On the Apps & features settings page, you’ll find a list of Microsoft Store Apps and traditional desktop programs available installed on your PC. Review the apps here and note down which you don’t want to run in the background.

Step 4. When you have made a list of apps installed on your PC, you’ll need to disable them from running in the background. For example, we never use the Maps app and want to stop it from running in the background.

Click the ellipsis (three vertical dots) menu beside the app and select Advanced options in the drop-down menu.

Step 5. Then, under the Background apps permissions section, select the  Never option in the drop-down menu . Let this app run in the background .

This way, you can stop any UWP/Microsoft Store app from running in the background. You’ll need to repeat the above steps to disable more apps running in the background on Windows 11.

Unfortunately, Microsoft does not allow you to stop traditional desktop programs from running in the background using the Settings app.

How to Disable Desktop Programs from Running in the background using Task Manager?

To disable traditional desktop programs from running in the background on Windows 11, you’ll need to take the help of Task Manager. Here is how to do it.

Step 1. Firstly, Open the task manager.

For that, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on the keyboard.

Step 2. Then, navigate to the Startup tab in the Task Manager window.

Step 3. Select the program name you want to disallow with Windows Startup. Then,press the Disable button.

Once you complete the above steps, the selected app will only run when you open them manually. You’ll need to repeat the above steps from 2 to 3 to disable more programs from running in the background.

How to Disable Desktop Programs from Running in the Background via Microsoft Configuration Manager?

On Windows 11 PC, you can also disable the desktop program from running in the background through Microsoft Configuration Manager. For that, use the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, press Windows + R keys from the keyboard to open up the Run dialog box.

Step 2. Then, type the following and click the ok button to open the System Configuration window:-

MSConfig

Step 3. When the System Configuration window opens, select the radio box Selective Startup and then uncheck the checkbox labeled with Load startup items.

Step 4. Click Apply.

Step 5. Click ok.

Once you complete the above steps, desktop programs will not run in the background.

You can preserve many system resources by blocking unnecessary apps and programs from running in the background, including CPU, RAM, Internet bandwidth, and battery power.

That’s it.

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