How to Improve SSD Performance in Windows 11

SSDs are supposed to be fast, but sometimes things slow them down. Here’s how to fix a slow SSD on Windows 11.

Windows 11 is packed with exciting new changes that dramatically revolutionize the Windows operating system. However, among other issues, many users have complained that their SSDs are running slower since updating to Windows 11. Microsoft has since released an update to address the slow SSD performance issue in Windows 11.

If you too have recently upgraded to Windows 11 and noticed a drop in SSD performance, you will need to try some fixes to improve SSD performance. Read on as we walk you through fixing a slow SSD on Windows 11 systems.

How to fix a slow SSD via Windows Update

Since the release of Windows 11, there have been many complaints from users facing slow NVMe SSD performance issues. To address this issue, Microsoft has released Windows 11 KB5007262 update. The Windows Update patch helped fix SSD performance issues for many users.

Update KB5007262 was released towards the end of 2021, so you may or may not have it already installed on your system. We recommend that you check your Windows update history before proceeding.

If you haven’t installed the KB5007262 update, here’s how you can download the patch to fix a slow Windows 11 SSD via Windows Update:

  1. Launch it To start up menu, search Settings and click on the best match.
  2. In the sidebar, click Windows Update.
  3. Click on Check for updates and once the updates have been retrieved, confirm if the KB5007262 update is listed. Windows 11 will automatically install the update if it’s available, and you should be good to go.
  4. After the installation process is complete, click Restart now for the changes to take effect.


windows update catalog

If you did not receive update KB5007262 automatically, you will need to download it manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Make sure to download the x64 version of the update

Once the update is downloaded, install it and when prompted, restart your system.

The update patch should have a significant impact on improving your system’s SSD performance.

Disable startup programs to speed up your SSD

If you have already installed update patch KB5007262, you will need to change a few things to get your SSD working properly again. Reducing the number of applications that launch at startup can dramatically affect your SSD’s performance and startup speed.

task manager startup programs

To disable startup applications, simply right-click on the To start up menu and click Task Manager. Then click on the start tab and disable all unnecessary apps.

Enable fast startup

Fast Startup is a nifty feature available in your system’s power options, and it allows you to start your PC faster after a shutdown.

Related: How to Enable Hibernation Mode on Windows 11

To enable Fast Boot on Windows 11 and improve SSD performance:

power options
  1. Open the Control Panel from To start up menu.
  2. Click on Hardware and sound, select Power options, then Choose what the power button does.
  3. Click on Change currently unavailable settings.
  4. Below Shutdown settings, ensure the Enable fast startup the check box is enabled.
  5. Finally click on Save changes for the changes to take effect.

Fix Slow SSD on Windows 11

Windows 11 is powerful, but it has some issues. There is a lot to look forward to after the upgrade, and Windows 11 will only improve in 2022. Without a doubt, a slow SSD is a serious and frustrating issue; and definitely not the one you want to experience after updating to a new operating system.

There are several ways to make your PC faster after upgrading to Windows 11, and unlike Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest operating system isn’t riddled with bloatware.

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