Windows 11’s performance is continuously being improved by Microsoft, as well as Windows 10’s minor enhancements. However, many users don’t think that’s enough. In order to help Windows 11 and 10 PCs run faster, the company is now working on a new app called PC Manager. The tool was initially launched for the Chinese PC market so that users could quickly improve their PC’s performance and disable programs that adversely affected their PC’s health. You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for instructions on how to install and use Microsoft PC Manager. This guide will walk you through the steps to download Microsoft PC Manager, along with my initial thoughts on it. Let’s get started now.
How to install and use Microsoft PC Manager on Windows 11 and 10
Here are detailed instructions on how to use Microsoft PC Manager on Windows 11. Additionally, I have shared my first impressions after briefly using Microsoft PC Manager this week. Read about the key features of the app if you’ve already installed it.
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Get Microsoft PC Manager for Windows
Make sure your PC is running Windows 11 or Windows 10 (1809 or higher). You can check your computer’s Windows version by opening Windows Settings -> System -> About. Let’s move on to the steps now that that’s out of the way.
1. Visit pcmanager.microsoft.com and click “Free download” to download Microsoft PC Manager.
2. Double-click the setup file (MSPCManagerSetup.exe) and follow the on-screen instructions to install Microsoft PC Manager. This is a lightweight utility (5.7MB), so installation should not take long.
An Overview of Microsoft PC Manager’s Features
Improve the performance of your PC
The PC Manager can be opened from the Start menu or a shortcut on the desktop once it has been installed. In the bottom-right corner of the system tray, you can find the app. It is accessible at any time.
Click the “Boost” button to boost your PC’s performance. You will instantly free up memory by removing the temporary files. The program reduced memory usage by 60% to 50% and completely removed junk files. In general, you should click on “Boost” whenever you feel your Windows PC is lagging, and it should speed it up.
Your Windows 11/ 10 PC also receives a “Health check” feature to detect potential problems. It looks for all kinds of junk files (not just temporary files), including Windows cache, system logs, and recent file lists. Additionally, it recommends setting Microsoft Edge as your default browser if you are using a resource-hungry browser like Chrome. Another intrusive marketing tactic by Microsoft. To improve the boot time, the Health Check tool in Microsoft PC Manager also suggests programs that can be disabled during startup.
You can perform a deep clean of your PC under “Storage Management”. The app makes it easy to perform disk cleanup on Windows 11/ 10. With this tool, you can find and remove every disposable file immediately. Your Windows 11 or 10 computer can be freed up by removing files such as upgrade files from previous Windows installations and non-critical Microsoft Defender files.
As well as that, you can find large files taking up space on your PC and decide to remove them. As a final step, you can also find rarely used apps and uninstall them immediately.
Get rid of resource-hogging apps
PC Manager displays apps that frequently consume RAM while running several processes in the background under the “Process management” section. The average number of processes running on Windows 11 with no active apps is 150. Using this feature will allow you to stop processes that are unnecessarily hogging your RAM if you have many processes running on your PC. You can stop an app right away by clicking “End” next to its name.
Disable Startup Apps
You can also enable or disable startup apps in the “Startup apps” section. Startup apps are one of the most common causes of PC showdowns. These apps automatically launch when you log into your Windows 11/ 10 system, which slows everything down. It will take at least 2-3 minutes for you to get started. During boot, it is best to disable unnecessary startup apps.
Security and Updates
Under Microsoft PC Manager, there is also a “Security” tab. You can quickly scan your PC for threats and malware here. PC Manager now integrates MSRT (Microsoft Safety Scanner) for easy access. The latest feature and quality updates, as well as driver updates, can be found under “Windows Update.” Select which update you want to install.
By enabling “Browser protection”, you can prevent malicious apps from changing the default browser on your Windows 11/ 10 PC. Although I think it’s a good security feature, it was only available in Edge and Chrome when I tested it. The PC Manager changed my default browser every time I rebooted, so I could not set the Opera browser as my default browser.
Lastly, you can block pop-up prompts within apps with “Pop-up management.” This feature appears to be designed to prevent adware from running amok.