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How to Fix the Most Common Issues in Windows 11

If you have recently upgraded to Windows 11, you are probably happily enjoying the operating system’s improved interface, new widgets and more. However, you may also be running into issues that have already been reported by a number of Windows 11 users.

Even though Microsoft regularly introduces upgrades to fix frequently reported issues, this article offers a backup list of solution just in case you run into any of these problems of your PC:

  • The “This PC doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements” error
  • Inability to activate
  • Inability to drag and drop items to the Taskbar
  • Blank widgets
  • Inability to download apps from Microsoft Store
  • Internet connection is slow or not working
  • Boot time is slow
  • The printer is not working
  • Windows 11 is using too much battery power
  • You are unable to change the default browser
  • CPU and Memory usage are too high
  • File Explorer is being slow
  • Your system is full of bloatware
  • The screen is blank
  • You are experiencing slow performance

Below, we will go over these issues one by one and offer quick and efficient solutions for fixing them.

“This PC doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements” error

This error typically appears before you install Windows 11 and when you are trying to check the

hardware requirements via the PC Health Check app. As the new platform requires Trusted Platform Module 2.0, Secure Boot to be installed on your system, you may be seeing this error.

To get rid of the error, you can try one of the available options to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware. For instance, you can replace the DLL file or add needed Registry entries.

Alternatively, you can perform a clean install of Windows 11 on unsupported hardware.

Inability to activate

If you are trying to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, your Windows 11 should be activated automatically. However, in some cases, it may not get activated and may be showing error codes. If this happens, it’s better to address this issue as soon as possible — otherwise, you may get the Activate Windows watermark on your desktop. To activate Windows 11, follow the official tutorial.

Inability to drag and drop items to the Taskbar

While Microsoft did add quite a few new features to Windows 11, they have also removed some really useful ones. One of such features was the option to pin items to the Taskbar using the drag and drop technique. So, if you want to continue using this feature, you can download a third-party fix for this issue. Simply run a search for Windows 11 Drag and drop Taskbar fix.

 Blank widgets

In Windows 10, you used to be able to see all of your Widgets on the Taskbar. Windows 11 has more flexibility and options for this. However, there is also a bug on Windows 11 that can prevent you from using Widgets on or you may simply see the Widget menu as blank or loading.

To fix this, sometimes all it takes is to simply sign into your Microsoft account. If this doesn’t work, try disabling and re-enabling your Widgets feature:

  • Go to Windows Settings: use the Win + I combo.
  • Navigate to Personalization > Taskbar section.
  • Locate the Widgets button and toggle it once to disable it.
  • Then, toggle it back on to enable Widgets again.

Inability to download apps from Microsoft Store

Another issue some users have run into on Windows 11 is that they are unable to download apps or games from Microsoft Store.

To fix this, first make sure that you signed into your Microsoft account. Then, make sure that your date and time settings are correct and that your Windows license is valid.

 Internet connection is slow or not working

Quite a few Windows 11 users have reported these problems on their devices — especially on their laptops. Your connection may become much slower and you may have trouble connecting to 5GHz Wi-Fi or your system may not be detecting Wi-Fi at all.

If you are experiencing this problem, there are several solutions you can try.

First, consider running the built-in Network Adapter Troubleshooter. It will scan your network for possible issues and fix them automatically.

Second, check your bandwidth and make sure it’s not limited locally. To do this:

  • Go to Group Policy Editor.
  • Navigate to Administrative Templates > Network > QoS Packet Scheduler.
  • Click Limit reservable bandwidth.
  • Set the percentage for Bandwidth limit to 100%.
  • Click Apply and OK.

Now, check if your internet connection issue has been fixed.

If the above solutions have not been successful, consider updating or reinstalling your network drivers to get rid of all related problems.

Boot time is slow

If you’ve noticed that your system’s boot time has become slower, consider disabling unnecessary startup apps. Here’s how to do it:

  • Right-click the Taskbar.
  • Go to the Task Manage section
  • Click More details.
  • Go to the Startup tab.
  • Here, you can get rid of processes that you don’t want opening on Startup by clicking the Disable button.

The printer is not working

There are several printer related issues reported by Windows 11 users. Sometimes the printer is working very slowly, sometimes it’s not printing colors or it’s not working altogether.

 If you find yourself facing one of these issues, the most effective solution would be to uninstall your existing printer driver and then re-install it.

If your printer continues to work slowly, you may need to perform a hard reset.

If it’s not printing in color, the solution may be simpler and you might only need to tweak your printer settings. Here’s how:

  • Go to Search, type “printers” and press the Enter key.
  • Select your printer from the list.
  • Right-click it and go to Printing Preferences.
  • Scroll down till you get to Color.
  • Select the Print in color option.

Windows 11 is using too much battery power

Some users have reported that since they’ve upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10 their battery has been draining faster. If this is the case, there are several things you can try.

For instance, try turning on Battery Saver Mode and check if the situation has improved. Also, make sure to check battery usage by different apps installed on your system and consider removing programs that consume too much battery. If you have a lot of battery consuming apps on your system, try avoiding using them at the same time.

You are unable to change the default browser

With Windows 11, Microsoft has made it a lot harder to change the default browser. On Windows 10, choosing a different default browser only took a few clicks. On Windows 11, however, things are a bit more complicated.

The easiest way to switch from Edge as your default browser to, say, Chrome or Mozilla, is by first installing the new browser. In this case, you will be automatically asked if you want to set the newly installed browser as the default. However, this is not all you will have to do. You will also need to change the default browser for each file extension. Here’s how:

  • Open Windows Settings.
  • Open Apps and go to Default Apps.
  • Here, you will see the default list of apps for a file or link type.
  • In the search box, type the name of the browser.
  • Next, go to Detailed settings where all extensions are listed.
  • This includes HTML, pdf, shtml, svg, webp, xht, FTP, HTML and HTTPS.
  • Here, you can change all associated file extensions that you want to be opened with the new default browser.

CPU and Memory usage are too high

If you have low RAM or are using an older CPU, you may start running out of resources after installing Windows 11. If your system is showing up messages in your Task Manager that your Disk, CPU and Memory usage are at 100%, there are several things you can try to free up resources:

Try uninstalling all third-party browsers and removing plugins to isolate the problem.

If the problem persists, run the ChkDsk utility:

  • Open elevated Command Prompt.
  • Type in the following line and press Enter: chkdsk.exe /f /r
  • If any issues are detected, they will be automatically fixed.

If no issues were detected, run the Performance Troubleshooter:

  • Go to the elevated Command Prompt.
  • Enter the following command: msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic.
  • If any problems are revealed, they will be taken care of automatically.

If nothing helps, you may also consider upgrading your RAM and hardware to meet the requirements of the new OS.

File Explorer is being slow

As Windows 11 comes with a revamped and improved File Explorer, some users have also experienced issues with it — namely, it seems to be quite slow. Additionally, it can also crash, freeze and bring up all sorts of errors. If you are having these problems, you can try using the old File Explorer instead. Here’s how to get the old FileExplorer back:

  • Open Run (use the Win + R key combo)
  • Type “regedit” and press the Enter key.
  • Go to Advanced in HKCU.
  • Navigate to Advanced > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Give it the following title: SeparateProcess.
  • Double-click it and set the Value at 1.
  • Click OK and run File Explorer.

Your system is full of bloatware

Another common complaint among Windows 11 users is that the new OS is full of bloatware and apps that most users don’t find useful. Fortunately, you can remove almost all extra apps from Windows 11 in just a few clicks. Here’s how to remove bloatware from your system:

  • Go to the Windows Settings app.
  • Click Apps & Features.
  • Locate the apps you don’t need.
  • Select Uninstall.

Some apps, however, can’t be uninstalled this way and you will need to use Windows PowerShell:

  • Launch Windows PowerShell.
  • Enter the following command: Get-AppxPackage
  • You will see a list of apps. You can then go on to remove them all or just the ones that you don’t use often.
  • If you want to remove all the preloaded apps from Windows 11, type in the following command and press Enter: Get-AppxPackage <AppName> | Remove-AppxPackage, where App Name is replaced with the name of the app you want to remove. For instance, if you want to remove Calculator, enter the following command: Get-AppxPackage *calculator* | Remove-AppxPackage.

The screen is blank

If you’ve installed the new OS on unsupported hardware, you may get a black or blank screen. In some cases, this can be fixed by removing external hardware or changing the boot source. If this doesn’t work, you may need to update your graphics driver.

Everything is running slowly

If you feel that Windows 11 is running slower than Windows 10, you may want to downgrade to Windows 10 to improve system performance. Alternatively, try restricting the number of apps running on startup, removing pre-installed apps, freeing up space and more.

You can also use a specialized performance boosting program like Auslogics BoostSpeed. The software will run a quick scan of your system, locate all performance reducing issues (like bloatware, duplicate and temporary files, leftover installation files and more) and safely remove them from your system in just a few clicks.

We hope that these solutions have been helpful and you can now have a better Windows 11 experience. Which of the adobe issues have you run into as a Windows 11 user? Please share in the comments below.

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