Optimize Windows 11: The Ultimate Guide 101

Windows 11 is here, and Microsoft promises better performance for gaming with a few cool new features for PC gamers. The Windows 11 design looks beautiful as well, so that’s another reason to get you excited and look forward to using it once it is available to you. If you searched for this post, you either have Windows 11 already installed on your PC or looking forward to installing it as soon as possible. Whatever the case, you did the best thing because the truth is that you will need to optimize your Windows 11 pc to get the most performance out of it.

This post will focus on how to optimize your Windows 11, optimize your BIOS settings, configure your hardware & software for the lowest input lag, lowest latency, and the max FPS possible, and overall get the most out of your system.

We will talk about every little thing in Windows and related to your hardware, but I will focus only on the things that matter and actually make a difference. A significant percentage of the performance gains you can expect is related to your actual hardware and BIOS settings. The rest is stuff in Windows, like power plans, graphics drivers, game settings, driver settings, etc.

Apart from that, I’ve also created an E-book about optimizing Windows 11, which includes everything you’ll see in this guide, plus overclocking guides and stuff for more advanced tweaks and optimizations. The E-book will get updated frequently, and the best thing about it is that it is COMPLETELY FREE!

One section of the E-book is dedicated to streamers and content creators to help them set up everything correctly and ensuring that they will get the best performance possible while maintaining a high-quality stream. From stream settings to adding beautiful animations, avatars, notifications, and graphics.

I will constantly be updating this guide and the E-Book, so go ahead and bookmark this page and get into my Discord to get the new releases of the E-book first and participate in daily giveaways!

I recommend you download the files below to make the whole process easier for you. I created a folder with all the files we will be using in this guide to save you some time. You should receive the files two minutes after the first confirmation email.

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PART 0: Factory Reset / Fresh Install (Optional but highly recommended)

You don’t have to do a fresh install if you don’t want to, but at least do a factory reset. Ideally, the best method is to wipe your disk and completely fresh install Windows 11.

There are a few reasons why the ideal solution is to fresh install Windows, which you can see below:

  • Right now you might be logged in a Microsoft account and it will be good to just get yourself on a local account because some times Microsoft account can act weirdly with all the data collection and automatically changing settings for you.
  • There will be a bunch of drivers, services, and dead registry keys left behind on your PC from software you’ve previsouly unistalled which takes a lot of time to manually find and unistall.
  • Generally speaking from my experience, Windows feels much much better when it’s freshly installed.
  • There are a couple more reasons, but these are the most important ones.

So to sum it up, I highly recommend you do a fresh Windows installation(Believe me, it will be 100% worth it down the road), unless you are uncomfortable that you will mess things up, which is understandable. But at least do a Factory reset.

Welcome to Windows 11 screen. This shows up after a fresh installation of Windows 11, or after a reset of Windows 11.

How to factory reset Windows 11

  • Go to your Windows search bar and type “Settings“, and click on the option available.
  • Navigate to “Update & Security“.
  • Look for the “Recovery” option on the side panel and click on it.
  • Under the “Reset this PC” option, click on “Get started“.

Once you do that, you’ll get a few options like if you want to keep your files or not, etc. These are personal preferences so choose accordingly. The process will take some time, so be patient, and once completed, you can move on to PART 1 of this guide.

How to Fresh Install Windows 11

To fresh install Windows 11 on your PC, you’ll need a USB stick(8 GB at least) and preferably a 3.0 USB stick to make the whole process much quicker.

Go ahead and plug in your USB stick.

Go to the Microsoft website and download the Media Creation Tool to download Windows 11.

Navigate to “This PC“, find the USB stick, and make sure there are no files on it. If there are files, make sure to back up the important ones because the USB stick will be wiped entirely, and you’ll not be able to recover your files.

Run the Media Creation Tool you previously downloaded and click “Accept” on the first screen you’ll get.

Accept license terms of Media Creation Tool

Select the option “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC“, and click “Next“.

Create installation media USB flash driver for Windows 11

On the next window, tick the option “Use the recommended options for this PC” and then click on “Next“.

Use the recommended options for your PC.

Choose “USB Flash Drive“, and click “Next“.

Choose the USB flash drive option to create a bootable Windows 11 USB drive

Now, make sure your USB flash drive is connected to your PC, refresh the drive’s list, and choose it from the list. Then click on “Next“, and wait for the process to complete.

Select the actual USB STICK to install Windows 11 on.

Now that you have a Bootable Windows 11 USB stick, it’s time to tell our motherboard to start booting from it so we can finally install Windows 11. Leave the USB drive connected to your computer, and restart.

Once the screen goes black, start spamming the DEL button to access BIOS.

Now that you are into BIOS try to find the Boot menu and click on it.

How to change boot priority in BIOS

Click on the BOOT OPTION 1 and change it from your disk to your USB.

How to boot up from a USB drive with Windows 11.

Look for the option to Save changes and Exit Bios, and click on it. Now your computer will restart, and it should start booting from the USB drive with Windows 11 on it.

Choose your preferred language of Windows 11 as well as keyboard input language and click “Next“.

Choose Windows 11 language

Next, choose your preferred Windows 11 version.

Choose Windows 11 version to install.

Choose the option “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)“.

Choose between keeping files, and deleting files before installing Windows 11.

Select the disk or partition you want to install Windows 11 on and click on “Delete“.

Delete the partition that Windows 11 will be installed on.

Select the same disk or partition as above, but this time click on “New“.

Recreate the partition that Windows 11 will be installed.

Choose the size, and click “Apply“.

Select the partition.

Select the same disk or partition again, and this time click on “Next“.

Click next to proceed with the windows 11 installation.

Click on Install Now.

Press Install Now

Windows 11 should start installing on your disk; this process can take some time, so sit back and relax.

Windows 11 installation process.

Once this process is complete, your computer will restart and start booting in Windows 11. The first time it boots, it might take a lot of time, so please be patient and don’t turn off your PC.

After a while, you should get into the Windows 11 environment.

Part 1: Windows 11 Maintenance & Prerequisites

In this part of the guide, we will make sure to update our system with the latest Windows updates, install the latest network drivers depending on your network card, clean up junk files to free up some disk space, and install files you’ll need on your computer to run apps and games.

Update Windows 11 network drivers

Windows most of the time will have an old network driver installed on your PC, or there will be no ethernet driver at all. You will have to update or install it manually, so let’s go ahead and do it right now!

Navigate to your search bar and type “Device Manager“, and click on it.

Look for Network Adapters and once you find it, click on the bottom arrow to collapse the list. Your ethernet adapter should look like the one in the photo below.

Finding ethernet adapter and driver in Windows 11

If you can not find it, there is a good chance that there is no driver installed, so you’ll have to download it from another PC and move it to your current one via a USB stick.

Before you download anything, you need to find your network adapter model. 

To do that, navigate to the Windows search bar and type “Control Panel” Then click on -> Network and Internet, and choose -> Network and Sharing Center. You should see the option -> Change adapter settings on the left side, click on it, and now you can see all your network adapters. Under the adapter name, you can see the adapter’s model, ex—Realtek, Intel, Killer, etc.

How to find your network's adapter model

Depending on your model, there is a different process to update your drivers. I will go through the update process of the three most used ones. ( Realtek, Intel, and Killer ) 

Update Realtek Network Drivers

Realtek official website

Visit Realtek’s official website to download the latest drivers for your network adapter.

Scroll down below and look for the “Win10 Auto Installation Program” option and click on the blue button to download it.

A new webpage will open asking you for an email address. You can place any email address since there is no verification process. Once you enter your email, click on the download button.

Once downloaded, right-click on the folder and extract the files. Next, search in the folder for setup.exe and right-click on it, and choose” Run as administrator“. A window should pop up. Click next and install. If an older version has is installed, you may not see the option “Install“. Instead, click the repair option.  

Update Killer Network Drivers

Intel official driver download page for Killer cards.

Visit Killer Networking official website to download the latest drivers.

You must be able to see the form below.

Choose your operating system and your Killer Device and click on filter.

Now, navigate to the middle of the page, look for a tab named “Driver Only Packages“, click on it, and click download.

Once downloaded, right-click on the file, choose Run as administrator, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Update Intel Network Drivers

Intel official driver download page

Visit Intel’s official website to download the latest drivers available.

On the left side of the website, you should see two options : 

PROWIN32.zip and PROWINx64.zip. If your system is 32bits, choose and download the PROWIN32.zip. If it’s 64bits, then select and download PROWINx64.zip.

Once you download the file, right-click on it, and extract it. Look for the setup file, right-click on it, choose run as administrator and follow Intel’s on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Optimize Windows 11 Network Driver

Now that you’ve installed the latest network driver go into Device Manager, look for your network adapter, right-click on it, and choose Properties.

Navigate to the Power Management tab and uncheck the option: “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power“.

Optimizing Network drivers in Windows 11(part 1)

Navigate to the Advanced tab, and disable any power-saving feature like:

  • Energy-Efficient Ethernet
Optimizing Network drivers in Windows 11(part 2). Disabling Energy-Efficient Ethernet option.
  • Green ethernet
Optimizing Network drivers in Windows 11(part 2). Disabling Green Ethernet option.
  • Power saving mode
Optimizing Network drivers in Windows 11(part 2). Disabling Power Saving Mode option.
  • Disable any other power saving feature.

Update Windows 11

Before we do anything else, a major step is to do all the Windows updates Microsoft suggests. To do that, follow the steps below.

Navigate to your Windows search bar and type “Check for updates“, and click on the option that will pop up.

How to update Windows 11.

Choose the optional updates as well, and click on Download & Install.

How to update Windows 11 part 2.

Once Windows 11 updates are complete, go ahead and restart your computer and go back to the Windows update page and check if there are any other updates left to be installed. If there are, make sure to install them and restart your PC again!

Install the latest version of DirectX in Windows 11

DirectX is a set of components that allows software, especially games, to work directly with your video and audio cards. It’s crucial to have the latest version of DirectX and ensure that your current one is not corrupt.

Navigate to Microsoft’s DirectX official download page, choose your preferred language and click the download button.

How to Install the latest version of DirectX in Windows 11.

Once the file downloads, go ahead and run it.

How to Install the latest version of DirectX in Windows 11. Part 2

Accept the agreement and click next.

How to Install the latest version of DirectX in Windows 11. Part 3

Untick the option to “Install the Bing Bar” on your PC, click next, and wait for the installation to finish.

How to Install the latest version of DirectX in Windows 11. Part 4

Once completed, move on to the next step.

Install all Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables for Windows 11

These are files needed for running applications that Microsoft developers develop in the Visual C++ programming language. If you’ve ever run into errors while trying to run your favorite game, it could be because you didn’t have some of these files installed on your PC.

There are many Microsoft Redistributable packages available. You can either navigate to Microsoft’s official download page and start downloading them one by one, or you can find all these files in my folder.

Create a link to download all C++ Packages

Activate Windows 11

How to check activation status in Windows 11

Many people will skip activating Windows, but I highly recommend and encourage you to Activate Windows, and I will explain the reason below.

You want to activate Windows because, after some time, you’ll get that little message on the bottom left that says “Activate Windows“. The actual problem is neither the message on the bottom right corner nor the limitation on personalization settings. The fundamental problem is that Windows adds an overlay and will cause your apps and games to not run on full screen properly and probably cause frame drops since the game won’t have the highest priority.

To sum it up, get a cheap Windows key and save yourself all the trouble later on.

Go to MMOGA and type Windows key in the search bar, find the best deal, purchase, and you’ll get a Windows key delivered in your email. Once you have it, go to your Windows activation, and enter the key you just received.

Pause Windows updates in Windows 11

I recommend pausing Windows updates on this guide and on most of my guides because you don’t want them running in the background, causing issues while playing your favorite game, or automatically updating and restarting your pc. The most important thing about Windows updates is that the minor updates between the major releases are sometimes buggy and may cause issues.

How to pause Windows updates in Windows 11

So the best practice would be to pause Windows updates for as long as possible, and when big Windows updates are available, go ahead and fully update your PC, and then pause them again for as long as possible.

Turn off Store apps updating automatically in Windows 11

Go ahead and open the Microsoft Store and navigate to the settings.

How to Turn off Store apps updating automatically in Windows 11

Disable “Update apps automatically“, and you can disable the other two options as well, but that’s a personal preference. The reason for disabling Microsoft store automatic updates is that you don’t want it to ping the Microsoft servers consistently and updating apps and games while you are playing or working on your computer. It can cause high and unstable ping.

Turn off Store apps updating automatically

Disable Offline Maps in Windows 11

The same thing as above, we want to disable automatic Offline maps updates for the same reasons as the Microsoft store updates.

Go to your search bar and type “Offline maps“, and click on it

Now, go ahead and disable “Metered connections” and “Map updates” and then click on “Delete all maps“.

How to disable Offline Maps in Windows 11

The automatic maps updates on Windows are disabled, and you’ve also saved some space on your disk by deleting the old maps(if there were any).

Clear Cache, Disks, and useless Files in Windows 11

If you didn’t fresh install Windows at the beginning of this guide, you probably want to follow all the following steps on cleaning up caches, useless files, and your disks because you can probably save a lot of space. On the other hand, if you just did a fresh Windows 11 installation, there won’t be many files to clean up.

Go to your search bar and type “%temp%“, hit enter, and click on the folder that will show up. Select all the files and folders inside the temp folder, and delete them.

How to clear %temp% files in Windows 11

Next, navigate to your C: drive -> Windows -> Temp, and select all files and delete them.

How to clear temp files in Windows 11

Apply the next step to every single drive connected to your PC.

Navigate to your drives, right-click on them, click on properties and choose Disk Cleanup, select all the available options and click on Clean up system files, then again tick every single box, and finally click OK.

How to clean up disks in Windows 11

How to clean up disks in Windows 11 (part 2)

Once the process is done, you can move on to the next steps.

Optimize Startup apps and processes in Windows 11

Many apps that you don’t even use may be running in the background of your computer, eating up your valuable resources like ram and CPU. You don’t want that because that means fewer resources for the apps and games you are using. So let’s start disabling every single application that we are not using from running in the background.

Go to the Windows search bar and type Background Apps, and click on it.

You should now see a list with all the Apps that are running in the background. Go ahead and toggle off the option “Let apps run in the background“, and that’s enough to automatically disable every single Windows app from running in the background.

Next, go to Startup Apps, and you’ll see a list with your apps which automatically start when your pc boots up. You want to eliminate most of them, if not all.

How to disable startup apps in Windows 11

Another thing I recommend doing at this point is to navigate to Sign in options and disable the Restart apps option and the Privacy settings. This will prevent Windows from automatically restarting apps when you restart your computer.

How to find sign in options in WIndows 11
How to disable sign-in settings in Windows 11.

Unistall Bloat and Disable Apps in Windows 11

Before we get into uninstalling apps from your PC, please go ahead and uninstall Skype & OneDrive if you are serious about gaming on your PC. These two apps just won’t stop starting up again and again even if you completely disable them. They are constantly running in the background and eating up resources, and connecting to the internet. If you really need OneDrive and just manually use it from the website, you don’t need the app to do everything for you automatically.

Apart from these two, I want you to navigate to Apps and Features and look for programs you don’t use anymore or barely use that you think are running in the background. Once you identify those, go ahead and uninstall every single one.

Uninstalling apps and debloating Windows 11.

Eliminate Startup Processes

We will now disable some startup apps and processes that we don’t need and are bloating our system. We won’t go with the traditional way from the task manager, but instead, we will go more in-depth in the processes with the help of Autoruns by Microsoft. Autoruns will allow us to see every app and process running and automatically start when our computer turns on.

Go ahead and download Autorun as shown in the image below or if you already have downloaded my files, you will find it there.

*If you downloaded my files, you don’t have to download Autoruns.*

How to download Autoruns for Windows ( Microsoft tool )

Once downloaded, extract the files to a folder, right-click on Autoruns.exe, and choose Run as Administrator.

How the Autoruns folder looks like when we extract the zip file.
Run Autoruns.exe as administrator

Now a tab should open and look like this

The main page of Autoruns tool by Microsoft.

Move to the Logon tab, and go ahead and untick every single service you don’t need to start up with your computer.

My Logon tab looks like this :

Logon tab from Autoruns software and how it looks optimized.

Once you are done with the Logon tab, let’s move on to the Scheduled Tasks tab.

On the Scheduled Tasks tab, I prefer to keep enabled only what’s related to my GPU/CPU software updates. I disable everything related to browsers, automatic updates, and other software that I barely use.

My Scheduled Tasks tab looks like this:

Scheduled Tasks tab from Autoruns software and how it looks optimized.

On the Services tab, we don’t want to disable anything that will make our game/program unstable or don’t even start. For example, if you disable EasyAntiCheat, you may get errors when playing online games that depend on it. Another example is that if you disable MBAMService, Malwarebytes will not start on startup.

There is a description box in every service that will give you an idea of what this service is about and what you should expect if you disable/enable it.

Here is a screenshot of my Services tab :

Services tab from Autoruns software and how it looks optimized.

Once you are done with the Services tab, close autoruns.

If you experience errors in specific programs or games after disabling any of these services, go back and enable any process related to those programs.

Part 2: Graphics Optimizations in Windows 11

In this part of the guide, we are going to focus solely on graphics, which includes properly uninstalling and reinstalling our GPU driver, optimizing GPU settings for both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards, checking that everything is working as intended, and making sure the graphics card is on MSI Mode.

Let’s start!

*If you downloaded my files, you don’t have to download DDU.*

What I want you to do is to go ahead and download Display Driver Uninstaller and save it. You can find the download links at the bottom of the page.

Download DDU

The next step is to download the graphics card driver. Depending on your GPU, navigate to either AMD or NVidia website and download the latest ( recommend ) driver. Do not download the optional driver because sometimes they may not function as expected and cause issues later.

How the official download page for NVidia drivers looks like.
How the official download page for AMD drivers looks like.

Now that you have both DDU and GPU drivers saved on your pc, I want you to go ahead and boot into safe mode. To do that, follow the steps below:

Go to the search bar and type System Configuration, and click on it.

System configuration Windows 11

Navigate to the Boot tab, and tick the option Safe boot.

Open this guide on your phone, or get the E-book because you won’t have internet access on safe mode.

Click Apply, OK, and then Restart.

How to run DDU

Properly Unistalling Graphics Card Driver in Windows 11

After the restart, you should be in a Safe Mode environment.

Go ahead and look for the Display Driver Uninstaller folder you previously downloaded, extract it, and run the file as administrator.

How to run DDU, next step.
How to run DDU, 3rd step.

Once the program is up and running, go to the top left corner and click on Options, scroll down, and tick the option “Prevent downloads of drivers from “Windows Update”……..”. You may notice that we already paused Windows updates on a previous step, but we are doing this just to ensure nothing goes wrong. So, once you tick that option, click OK and close.

How to uninstall graphic card's driver in Windows 11 using display driver uninstaller(DDU).

How to uninstall graphic card's driver in Windows 11 using display driver uninstaller(DDU).

On the right side, click on the option “Select Device Type” and choose GPU, and under that, select the manufacturer of your GPU(NVIDIA, AMD, INTEL).

Press “Clean and do not Restart“.

How to uninstall graphic card's driver in Windows 11 using display driver uninstaller(DDU). final step

This process will take a few minutes to do its thing, and it will let you know when everything is done with a pop-up message. Your screen might flash during the process, and you may notice that if you have more than one monitor, the second and so on may not be working, but that’s fine since it will get back to working in the next step.

Once you get the message that the uninstallation has been completed, press Yes to exit the program.

Now you want to boot back to normal mode, so you will have to revert to the previously changed setting. To do that, follow the steps below:

Go to the search bar and type System Configuration, and click on it.

Navigate to the Boot tab, and untick the option Safe boot.

How to boot into normal mode if you are on Windows 11 safe mode.

Click Apply, OK, and then Restart.

Install Graphics Drivers for Windows 11

Your PC doesn’t have a driver installed right now, so let’s install the one you previously downloaded.

Go ahead, run the driver file you downloaded(Run as administrator), and follow the on-screen instructions. Make sure to tick the option “Perform a clean install“.

Installing NVidia Drivers

The installation process of Nvidia drivers

Unmark any feature you don’t need, and make sure to tick the option “Perform a clean installation” and click on Next.

The installation process of Nvidia drivers, choosing the best options.

Now your screen may start flickering and going black for a few seconds. That’s normal, no worries. Once the installation is completed, restart your PC and come back to this post, so you start optimizing the Nvidia settings.

Installing AMD Drivers

Installing AMD GPU Driver
Installing AMD GPU Driver and configuring installation settings.

MSI mode for GPU

The next step is to go ahead and run the MSI mode for the GPU tool as administrator. It’s a simple tool to put your graphics card driver into MSI mode. This is done by default on the newest graphics cards, and it can give you a little bit of extra performance, so it’s worth checking it.

Look for your graphics card, and once you find it ticks the MSI box, click Apply and Exit. That’s all you have to do, don’t edit any of the priorities if you don’t know what you are doing.

How to add your GPU in MSI Mode.

Best AMD driver settings for Windows 11

Go ahead and optimize your AMD driver settings. You can either copy the settings from the photo below, or if you want a more in-depth guide, you can go ahead and read my guide on how to optimize AMD driver settings.

Here is a quick sum-up of what matters:

  • Turn animations and effects off.
  • Turn overlays off.
  • Freesync is mostly a personal preference but if you are aiming for the lowest input lag and latency then just turn it off. Freesync adds a tiny bit of input lag and it’s useless if you are playing over your refresh rate. For example if you got a 144hz monitor and you are playing on 200+ fps constantly, then freesync is useless for you, but on the other hand if you got a 240hz monitor and you are playing on 140-200fps then it can make your whole experience smoother with the only disadvantage of adding a little bit(some times not even noticable) input lag.
  • Almost all of the settings are turned off and set to performance where applicable.
  • Do some tests with the Anti-Lag option. I’ve found out that on high end gpu’s you shouldn’t be using it, but on older ones it really helps. So take like few minutes and do some tests with it.
  • Set your resolution to your monitors native resolution.
  • Set the refresh rate to the highest possible.
Best AMD Radeon Settings for Windows 11.(1)
Best AMD Radeon Settings for Windows 11.(2)
Best AMD Radeon Settings for Windows 11.(3)

Best NVidia drivers settings for Windows 11

Go ahead and optimize your Nvidia driver settings. You can either copy the settings from the photo below, or if you want a more in-depth guide, you can go ahead and read my guide on how to optimize NVidia driver settings.

Here is a quick sum-up of what matters:

  • Almost all of the settings are turned off and set to performance where applicable.
  • Set the refresh rate to the highest possible.
  • Set your resolution to your monitors native resolution.
  • Choose No Scaling, unless you play on strected resolutions.
  • G-Sync is mostly a personal preference but if you are aiming for the lowest input lag and latency then just turn it off. G-Sync adds a tiny bit of input lag and it’s useless if you are playing over your refresh rate. For example if you got a 144hz monitor and you are playing on 200+ fps constantly, then G-Sync is useless for you, but on the other hand if you got a 240hz monitor and you are playing on 140-200fps then it can make your whole experience smoother with the only disadvantage of adding a little bit(some times not even noticable) input lag.
Best NVidia control panel settings for Windows 11.(1)
Best NVidia control panel settings for Windows 11.(2)
Best NVidia control panel settings for Windows 11.(3)
Best NVidia control panel settings for Windows 11.(4)
Best NVidia control panel settings for Windows 11.(5)

Enable Hardware-Accelerated GPU scheduling in Windows 11

If you are streaming on OBS or Streamlabs, then don’t enable this setting because it can cause lags and micro stutters in your stream and recording. Or enable it and if there are no issues with your stream, keep it enabled, if you notice anything weird just turn it off and restart your PC.

On the other hand, if you are not streaming, turn it on because it will give you extra performance and frames per second.

We are pretty much done with the graphics part of this guide. We are almost halfway done, so keep up!

How to enable Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling in Windows 11.

Part 3: Windows 11 Settings & Optimizations

Let’s continue with the Windows optimizations part, where we will configure properly the Windows settings that matter and make a difference.

Windows 11 settings

Xbox Game Bar

Go to your search bar and type Xbox game bar, click on it, and turn both options OFF.

How to disable XBOX Game Bar in Windows 11.

Game Mode

While you are on the Xbox game bar tab, on your left side, you should see Game Mode, click on it, and make sure to enable it. The game mode was not working as intended on previous Windows builds and versions, but that seems to be fixed on the latest versions, and it’s running smoothly.

How to enable GAME MODE in Windows 11.

Scaling

Navigate to Display settings, and make sure scaling is set to 100%. Even if you are on a 2k or 4k monitor and might want to downscale, I highly recommend you keep the scaling to 100% because there may be issues later.

How to set scaling settings and display resolution settings in Windows 11.

Advanced Scaling Options

Go to Advanced Scaling Options, look for Fix scaling for apps, and toggle it to Disabled. This option just doesn’t work, so keep it off.

Mouse Settings

Disable “Enhance pointer precision” and set the pointer speed on a value to 6(default). If you need to change your mouse speed, I highly recommend changing your mouse DPI settings instead of the Windows setting.

How to optimize mouse settings in Windows 11.

Performance Options

Navigate to Performance Options, and on the Visual Effects tab, you can either turn everything off or just leave it as default to make Windows look a little more beautiful. It won’t affect your performance and FPS, so decide on your own.

How to configure performance settings in Windows 11.

Once you are done with the Visual Effects tab, move to the Advanced tab, and make sure the Adjust for the best performance of option is set to Programs, click Apply, and OK.

Best performance for programs.

Best Power Plan for Gaming in Windows 11

I’ve tested every single power plan available, and I can say that the one working the best, especially for gaming, is the one in my files. I do not create it, it’s the Bitsum Highest Performance Power Plan, and it works well for intel systems, AMD systems, and laptops.

I’ve created a script on my files, so all you have to do is run it and import the power plan and make it the active one. Also, I recommend deleting the rest of the power plans because sometimes Windows will automatically switch to another one.

ISLC(Intelligent Standby List Cleaner)

You’ll find many different theories about this app on the internet. It does not tremendously help your overall system performance, but it helps a little bit with system and driver latency and makes things just a little bit snappier. Hence, it makes it worth running on your system.

You’ll find ISLC in my files as well, so you don’t have to download it, so go ahead and open the folder, run ISLC as administrator, and do the following:

  • Set Wanted Timer Resolution to 0.5
  • Tick Enable Custom Resolution
  • Tick Start ISLC minimized and auto-Start monitoring
  • Tick Launch ISLC on user logon
  • Change the “Free memory is lower than” option from 1024 to any of the values below(depending on your RAM)
    • Take half of your RAM and multiply by 1024. Put the number you got on the “Free memory is lower than” option.
    • For example, if you have 16 GB of RAM installed on your computer, the number should be 8192. ( 16/2*1024). You can check the table below with all the values.
  • Once you’ve done that, click on Start and that’s it.
  • ISLC will start running automatically every time your PC boots up, so you don’t have to worry again about it.
YOUR RAMVALUE TO ADD
2GB1024
4 GB.2048
8GB4096
16GB8192
32GB16384
64GB32768
ISLC: Free memory is lower than values
How to configure intelligent standby list cleaner for Windows 11 depending on your RAM size.

If after restarting your PC, you notice that “Current timer resolution” is not 0.5ms exactly, and it’s a number like 0.4988, do the following:

Run CMD as Administrator and type the following commands one by one:

  • bcdedit /set useplatformtick yes
  • bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes
  • bcdedit /deletevalue useplatformclock

If the last one gives back an error that the value doesn’t exist, that’s fine. If the value doesn’t exist, it’s already off.

Rebuild Performance Counters

Run the Rebuild Performance Counters file from the files you downloaded. Sometimes performance counters get corrupted, so it’s a good practice to rebuild everything. Make sure to run it as an administrator.

Best Registry tweaks for Windows 11

In my files, you’ll find a .reg file with registry tweaks. These are the most basic stuff you may have seen before but believe me, and it’s like the 95% that matters from the registry tweaks you can do. The following registry tweaks are included in the file:

Best Sound settings for Windows 11

Find the little sound icon on your toolbar, right-click on it, and click Sounds.

Best Sound settings for Windows 11.(1)

Navigate to the PlayBack tab, and disable any sound device you are not using. Do the same for the Recording tab.

Go to your active sound devices, right-click, Properties, Enhancements, and tick the option Disable all enhancements.

Best Sound settings for Windows 11.(2)

Change Quality to 24 bit 48000hz.

Best Sound settings for Windows 11.(3)

Click Apply and OK, and that’s pretty much it about the sound settings.

Create a RESTORE POINT in Windows 11

Now that we are done with most Windows optimizations, I highly recommend creating a restore point before going to the next part.

To create a restore point, follow the steps below :

  1. In the search box, type Create a restore point and select the option from the results list.
Create a restore point in Windows 11(1)

2. On the System Protection tab, click on your system drive and press on configure. Enable the option Turn on system protection, and on Max usage, choose a value between 5% and 10%. It should be enough to save your new restore point.

Create a restore point in Windows 11(2)

3. Click on Create, type a description, for example, “After Optimizations,” and again click on Create.

Create a restore point in Windows 11(3)

Part 4: BIOS optimizations

One of the most critical parts of this guide is the BIOS part. We will make sure we are running on the latest bios version, configure fans and hardware correctly, apply basic overclocks, and ensure everything is running perfectly and stable.

Check RAM Channels and Position

Before we get into BIOS, run memtest64, and if you have two sticks of rams on your computer, make sure it is showing on Module 1 and Module 3. You don’t want to have your ram sticks misplaced because they can cause XMP issues and dramatically decrease your PC’s performance.

You can also check by yourself physically, look at your motherboard and make sure they are in the same position as memtest64 says.

How to check your ram position

Updating BIOS to the latest version

It is always recommended to be running on the latest BIOS version since manufacturers provide frequent updates(every few months) to address issues and fix stability problems or even enhance performance in some cases. So definitely one of the things we want to do here before optimizing any of the bios settings.

You’ll need a USB stick; the size doesn’t matter since the BIOS update files are small. Once you get a USB stick, you’ll need to know the exact model of your BIOS. If you don’t know it, no worries, you can find it by typing System Information in your search bar, hit enter, and look for BaseBoard Product; once you locate it, click on it, and press CTRL + C to copy it.

Open up your browser, and press CTRL + V to paste the motherboard model. Navigate to the official page of your motherboard manufacturer and look for Support or Updates (the names may be a little different on different manufacturers’ websites). Look for BIOS updates, and find the latest available BIOS Update file and click on download.

Extract the folder you just downloaded, read the manufacturer’s instructions (sometimes you might have to run a renamer.exe file before moving the bios file into your USB). Instructions can be found either on their website or in a text file in the folder you downloaded.

Once you do that, move the BIOS update file into your USB, and you are good to go. Make sure the USB is in FAT32 format and not NTFS.

Now go ahead and restart your computer, and once the screen goes black, start spamming the DEL button. If it doesn’t work, it could be the F2, F5, F8. It depends on the motherboard, but if you can’t find it, you can search the specific motherboard bios button on the internet.

Assuming that you are into BIOS, the updating process is the same, but the names of the options may differ. On some boards, you’ll see a TOOL tab and then the update option, while on others, you may see an option M-Flash. If you are unsure or can’t find the option on your board, you can search it up on google to find the exact steps on finding it.

Once you are on the BIOS update tab, choose your USB and select the file you previously moved into the USB. Proceed with the on-screen instructions and let BIOS update.

PLEASE DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR PC OR TAKE OUT THE POWER CABLE WHILE UPDATING YOUR BIOS.

Once the process is done, it will most likely take you back to BIOS. Now it’s time to optimize your BIOS settings.

Optimizing BIOS Settings

Since this guide is primarily for people who are not PC experts, I will keep everything straight. We will only change basic settings that make the most significant difference. If you want more advanced BIOS / RAM tweaking, you can join my Discord or follow me on Twitter to get complete guides for more advanced users.

Optimize AMD system BIOS Settings

  • Make sure XMP or D.O.C.P is set to Profile 1 / Enabled.
  • Precision Boost Overdrive: Enabled
  • Re-size BAR support: Enabled
  • Find the options for FAN controls, and if you have a water cooler make sure to set it to 100% at all times, as well as optimize the rest of the coolers to work on higher speeds to keep temperatures as low as possible.
How to enable XMP / D.O.C.P in BIOS
How to enable XMP in BIOS
How to enable Resize bar support in Bios

Optimize Intel system BIOS settings

The Intel settings below can be found under your BIOS’s CPU features/CPU configuration/Overclocking/Ai Tweaker tabs. If it’s your first time entering BIOS, it may take you some time, but I am pretty sure you will find them easily.

  • Make sure XMP or D.O.C.P is set to Profile 1 / Enabled.
  • Intel Speedstep: Disabled
  • Intel speed shift tecnology: Disabled
  • Intel C-state: disabled
  • Turbo Mode: Enabled
  • CPU Ratio Offset when running AVX: 0
  • Re-Size BAR support: Enabled
  • Find the options for FAN controls, and if you have a water cooler make sure to set it to 100% at all times, as well as optimize the rest of the coolers to work on higher speeds to keep temperatures as low as possible.
Best BIOS settings for Intel systems.

Once you are done with all the settings, you can go ahead and save these settings as a profile and then find the option to Save & Exit BIOS.

If, for any reason can’t boot into your PC after multiple tries, you might have to clear your CMOS battery on the motherboard. To find detailed instructions, please refer to the official website of your motherboard manufacturer, and you should easily find step-by-step instructions. It is hard to do, and it will just take you few minutes. But keep in mind that since these are basic settings, and your PC didn’t boot, it means that either your RAM is faulty or your motherboard doesn’t support the RAM speeds set by the XMP profile. A good practice is to check the RAM compatibility of your motherboard, and if those speeds are supported, and you still can’t boot on those speeds, there is a very high possibility that your RAM sticks are faulty.

Check Temperatures in Windows 11

Before we proceed to stress testing your system, I recommend you look at your CPU/GPU idle temperatures, just in case you can spot anything weird. By strange, I mean high temperatures while you are not doing anything on your computer.

You can monitor every pc components part using HWinfo, which is included in the folder you downloaded at the beginning of this guide. Go ahead and run it, choose sensors only, and go ahead and check your temperatures. Many AMD CPUs may experience high idle temps because of PBO setting high voltages, but that gets better while you are gaming or running any programs. If you are experiencing high temperatures and you didn’t put your fans previously to full speed, maybe it’s time to go back to BIOS and do it right now.

How to check CPU temperatures in Windows 11.
How to check GPU temperatures in Windows 11.

Stress Test in Windows 11

Now that you’ve done most of the optimizations is time to make sure everything is stable and is running better than before with no errors. Download OCCT, install it, and open it. Navigate to the home screen and choose CPU, choose 30 minutes, and click on TEST.

If you can get 30 minutes to an hour of this without any errors, you should be good to go. If you get errors there, you will have to troubleshoot further since it could be a hardware error, and I can’t point you in a good direction without looking at your PC.

How to stress-test your pc parts in WIndows 11.

Part 5: Cleanup and Protect your System

Now, go ahead and download Malwarebytes. You can get the free version or the 14day trial. After the free premium trial ends, you can still use Malwarebytes free version. Keep in mind that the free version doesn’t provide real-time protection. It’s only useful for manual scans. ( If you want to be safe on the internet and can afford it, you can get the premium version and then disable Windows defender.

Install Malwarebytes and then open it. Click on Scanner -> Advanced Scanners ->Configure scan, and select the option scan for rootkits and also, on the right side, select all your drives and click on scan. This scan may take a lot of time, but it can save you from very unwanted situations.

How to remove viruses and malware from your computer

Once the scan is completed, quarantine everything and restart your PC.

Disable automatic scans, and you should be good to go!

If you get the full version, you won’t have to worry again about viruses, malware, etc., infecting your pc. If you keep free, you’ll have to do some manual scans from time to time to make sure everything is OK.

Part 6: Suggested Software to Install in Windows 11

Here is a list of software I recommend using on your PC for different usages.

Compress & Extract Files

Nothing to say here; just download 7ZIP at some point; you’ll need it.

WINZIP

Text Editor

Notepad ++ is one of the best and well-organized text editors out there, and it’s completely free.

NOTEPAD ++

Music / Videos

VLC can run any video/music format you throw at it, and it’s completely free!

VLC

Organize Emails

If you want to have all your emails in one place, then ThunderBird is the app for you.

THUNDERBIRD

VPN

I recommend NordVPN because apart from you being able to access all the public IP addresses of the service, and they will provide you with a dedicated IP address which you will be the only “owner”, so no one else can access it. Not all VPN services have this feature.

You’ll be able to use it on all devices as well, so you don’t have to pay any extra subscriptions. To get the dedicated IP, make sure to enter the coupon code: norddedicatedip on the checkout to get it for free instead of paying 70$ a year.

There is also a promotion going on on their website with around a 70% discount. + 3 months completely free + 1 year free dedicated IP (worth 70$)

NORDVPN

Part 7: Optimize your Games in Windows 11

Now that your pc is fully optimized and you got all your needed software setup, it’s time to optimize your games settings and config files accordingly.

Below you can find guides on how to optimize every single game that you might be playing. The list will get updated every time I upload a new game optimization guide.

Upcoming updates on this guide + e-book

  • Streamer/Content creator setup
    • Best OBS Settings for Streaming
    • Best OBS Settings for Recording
    • Setup Graphics & Animations
    • Setup Custom Live Avatar
  • Overcloking
    • How to overclock your RAM
    • How to overclock your Monitor
    • How to overclock your Keyboard
    • How to overclock your Mouse
    • How to overclock your Controller
    • How to overclock your CPU
    • How to overclock your GPU
  • Undervolting + Overcloking CPU / GPU
  • Advanced BIOS Optimization
  • + many TIPS & Tricks.

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