This is how you prepare your PC for Windows 11

Windows 11 is coming and of course you want the new operating system to run like a charm on your PC. It therefore pays to clean up your desktop a bit before making the switch. How can you prepare your PC for Windows 11?

although Windows 10 If you have already built in some functions to work as efficiently as possible, you cannot avoid having to work yourself to keep your computer running smoothly. With Windows 11 on the way, it’s important to get your PC ready and these tips will get you a long way.

1. Restart

An open door, but still important: restart your PC once in a while. Now that we’re all working from home, we sometimes leave the computer running for weeks at a time. After all, your PC automatically goes into sleep mode, so you can get back to work quickly the next morning. Yet there are all kinds of processes running in the background, which at some point make your computer unnecessarily slow. So it’s better to turn off the computer completely at the end of your workday instead of using sleep mode.

2. Stays up to date

Microsoft continuously releases new updates for Windows 10, which fix common bugs and issues. Sometimes it’s about small problems, other times about much bigger ones, so it matters to keep your PC up to date. Go to the system settings and click Looking for updates. If there’s a major update ready, make sure you’ve saved important documents and have a recent backup of your data. If it has been a long time since you have implemented an update, check carefully whether you actually have the latest version of Windows 10 after updating.

Windows 10 has many versions and builds, all 'provided' by Windows update
Is your PC up to date?

3. Check startup apps

The more programs that start by themselves, the slower your computer can become. So check which apps start when you turn on your PC in the menu Startup apps in the system settings. Here you can see which apps have a lot of influence on your PC’s startup process. Turn off the slider if you don’t want a particular app to start any longer.

4. Disk Cleanup

Windows 10 has its own app to clean up your drive. In the Disk Cleanup app, select which drive you want to clean and indicate which files you want to remove, for example temporary files or system files. You immediately see how much space you free up with this.

Bee Apps & Features In your PC’s settings, you can also find a list of apps that are on your computer. Do you still use them all or can some of them go away? You can remove software by pressing the three vertical dots next to the app name.

5. Turn off visual effects

You wouldn’t expect it, but in Windows 10 you will find many visual effects that make your computer slow. Think of transparency effects that make some window backgrounds transparent or animation effects, for example when you minimize windows or use the start menu. In the settings go to Accessibility and then to Visual Effects. Here you switch off the desired effects.

6. Expand Memory

You can significantly increase the speed of your PC by expanding your RAM. In principle, Windows 10 only needs 4GB to run properly, but this does not take into account heavy apps that you may use. In this article we give some tips if you want to expand your RAM. We’ll go over the most well-known terms and give you some points to consider if you want to install your RAM in pairs, which is often recommended.

Render of a DDR4 memory disk, without any casing.
Expand your PC’s memory to use even heavy apps effortlessly.

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