Top 11 Fixes to Boost Processor or CPU Speed in Windows 10/11

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A central processing unit or CPU is a crucial component in a personal computer (desktop/laptop). It carries out a computer program’s instructions. With time, it does not perform tasks as it used to do in the starting days. Its performance goes down due to the requirement of more computing power, use of more resources by the operating system (Windows), dusty heat sink, and CPU overheating. Further, running multiple apps in the background, high CPU usage, low fan RPM, and dried thermal paste can cause low CPU performance. 

There are several ways to increase CPU speed or performance. Based on your PC brand, you may need additional methods. However, the below-mentioned methods are effective for computers with the Windows 10 or 11 operating system:

Update your Windows 10/11 and device drive

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Step 1: Go to the Start button (Windows icon) on the left-bottom side, Settings, Windows Update, and then Check for updates.

Step 2: Check for additional updates if your status displays the message, You’re up to date. Sometimes, you may need to go to Advanced options for optional updates. 

Step 3: Download and install the updates if you have the message – Updates are available – on your screen. 

Step 4: Restart your desktop or laptop. 

Restart your computer and open only the required apps

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Step 1: Go to the Start button, which is the Windows logo, and click on it. 

Step 2: Choose the Power option on the right bottom corner of the displayed screen. 

Step 3: Select Restart.

Step 4: Open the apps you really need as your desktop/laptop restarts. Close the apps when you stop using them. 

Run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter 

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Some apps installed on your Windows 10/11 might not be compatible with your PC. You need to check the compatibility if you notice your computer is running slow. And for this, you need to:

Step 1: Type troubleshoot in the search box, which is next to the Windows icon on the left-bottom side. 

Step 2: Choose Troubleshoot settings > Other troubleshooters.

Step 3: Click on the Run button/tab, which is next to the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter under Other. 

Step 4: Choose the program/app that has a problem. 

Step 5: Tap on Next and then continue the troubleshooter.   

Be sure about the page file size

Step 1: Go to the Search option, which is next to the Windows icon on the left bottom. 

Step 2: Click on Enter after typing advanced system in the search bar and choose View advanced system settings. 

Step 3: Go to the Advanced option > Settings in the performance area under System Properties. 

Step 4: Now, move to Advanced and Change in the virtual memory area. 

Step 5: Tick the checkbox next to Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers. 

Step 6: Restart your personal computer by following the steps – Start > Power > Restart. 

Use ReadyBoost

Step 1: Insert a USB drive into the designated area on your desktop/laptop. 

Step 2: Open the File Explorer. 

Step 3: Find the USB flash drive you have inserted and right-click on it. 

Step 4: Go to its Properties by scrolling down the options.

Step 5: Choose the ReadyBoost option and Use this device. 

Step 6: Click on OK as your PC determines the use of ReadyBoost. 

Free up some space if you find low disk space 

Step 1: Move to the Start button (Windows icon) > Settings > System > Storage.

Step 2: Go forward to choose Temporary files as you notice the low disk space on your PC. Tap on Show more categories if you do not find Temporary files.

Step 3: Wait until Windows calculates the files taking more space. 

Step 4: Click on Remove files after selecting the files/items/apps you want to delete. 

Adjust the appearance and performance of your Windows PC

Step 1: Go to the Search option, which is next to the Windows icon/Start button on the left bottom. 

Step 2: Click on Enter after typing performance in the search bar.

Step 3: Tap on Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows from the results displayed. 

Step 4: Go to Visual Effects, Adjust for best performance, and then to Apply. 

Step 5: Restart your PC (Start > Power > Restart) and know whether it has increased your PC speed.  

Stop OneDrive syncing 

Step 1: Find OneDrive (the cloud icon) on the right bottom side. 

Step 2: Click on it, choose Settings, and tap on Pause syncing. Select a time to pause the syncing. 

Step 3: Restart your Windows 10/11 computer to see whether your PC performance has improved or not. 

Step 4: Move to OneDrive > Settings/Help & Settings > Resume syncing to resume your OneDrive syncing.  

Disable unwanted startup programs 

Step 1: Know what programs start automatically. 

Step 2: Choose the programs that you do not want to start automatically. 

Step 3: Go to Start > Settings > Apps > Startup > Set it Off to stop a program from starting automatically. 

Scan your PC for viruses and Malware 

Step 1: Move to Start, Settings, Privacy & security, Windows Security, and then Open Windows Security. 

Step 2: Under Virus & threat protection, choose Virus & threat protection > Protection updates.

Step 3: Choose Check for updates and ensure having the latest updates under the Protection updates page. 

Step 4: Click on Quick Scan after choosing Virus & Threat Protection. 

Step 5: As the scan completes, either run the advanced scan, contact the Microsoft support team if you can’t remove the found virus/malware, or restart your PC.     

Restore your computer from a restore point 

Step 1: Go to the Search bar, type advanced system, and choose View advanced system settings from the displayed results. 

Step 2: Choose System Restore under the System Protection screen/tab. 

Step 3: Click on the Recommended restore or create your restore point. 

Step 4: After that, tap on Next. 

Step 5: Click on Finish. 

Step 6: Wait until your PC restarts after restoring the system on the recommended or created restore point.   

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