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Does Windows 11 Use More CPU? (Explained for Beginners)

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Windows 11 comes with some advanced features & the majority of the users love this Operating system. But few users complain that Windows 11 is consuming much more CPU than its previous versions.

I did some research on Windows 11 & its CPU usage, and after doing the complete analysis, I am writing this article to inform you everything regarding this.

So, Does Windows 11 have more CPU Usage?

Yes! the Windows 11 operating system, in some instances, uses much more CPU than its previous versions; therefore, many people face poor performance. But this issue is not occurring in all the systems.

If you face this issue on your system, it is such a worrying sign because it can take a long time to perform simple tasks, or in some cases, the apps can crash.

In some instances, Windows 11 can become unusable, and in this case, you need to restart your computer.

But there is some solution to this issue, and in the below section, I have explained all the facts regarding this, like why Windows 11 consume more CPU, how can you check the CPU usage, and how you can fix this issue?

What is the Normal CPU usage on Windows 11?

The CPU usage is an indicator that tells you how much stress the processor is currently undergoing and what capacity is still available. The CPU usage can amount to a maximum of 100 per cent.

In the case of normal use, I have noticed that the CPU usage on Windows 11 would go around 2% to 5%. For general applications and less demanding games, the CPU usage would be approximately 10% to 30%. It could go up to 70% for demanding applications and games, and in some instances, it touches 80%. 

However, if you do web browsing or do regular tasks on the internet like watching YouTube, then the CPU usage would go up 5% to 15%. 

This is the average CPU usage within Windows 11, but sometimes this CPU usage can go up and down.

For instance, when it comes to watching Youtube videos, this CPU usage depends on your CPU, browser, and the video quality you are watching.

Does Windows 11 Use more CPU than Windows 10?

According to Microsoft, Windows 11 allows apps to run in the background, and as a result, it can cause excessive CPU usage.

Now, the question is whether Windows 11 use more CPU than Windows 10?

Yes! Windows 11 uses more CPU than the Windows 10 operating system. 

On average, the typical CPU usage for a decent CPU, GPU and SSD in Windows 10, at idle, is around 2% to 4%. 

On the other hand, the normal CPU usage on Windows 11 would be around 2% to 5%. 

So, overall it’s clear that there is not much difference between the Windows 10 & Windows 11 normal CPU usage. But when you run demanding applications & games, Windows 11 uses more CPU than WIndows 10.

Also Read: Windows 11 & Battery Issues (11 Things you need to Know)

Why does Windows 11 have more CPU Usage than Windows 10?

On Windows 11, if your CPU usage reaches up to 100% or reaches above 80%, then it’s a wrong signal for your CPU, which can bring different problems.

There are some significant reasons behind why your CPU usage reaches up to 80%, and here’s I explain all the reasons-

  • If you run too many demanding applications simultaneously, you will notice a high CPU usage. So, try to run fewer applications simultaneously.
  • Secondly, if you minimize the apps instead of closing them, then your apps run in the background, which can cause high CPU usage.
  • Lastly, if your computer is infected with malware or has some antivirus program issue, it can also cause high CPU usage.

These are the 3 reasons which can cause high CPU usage on Windows 11, but you can avoid all the reasons mentioned above to control high CPU usage.

How to Check CPU Usage on Windows 11?

You can check the CPU usage on Windows 11 by following the three simple steps and the steps are mentioned below-

  • In the first step, click on the search icon on your home screen. 
  • On the search box, search for “resmons” and open the application. 
  • Now, go to the CPU tab to see all the services and CPU usage. 

How to Fix High CPU Usage on Windows 11?

If you are facing high CPU usage on Windows 11, then it can be due to several reasons; therefore, there are multiple solutions for this, and here I have listed all the solutions-

  • Close all the Unnecessary Applications.
  • Scan for Malware.
  • Restart your computer.
  • Check the Antivirus whether it is working perfectly or not.
  • Disable the background applications.
  • Check your hardware.
  • Disable Windows services like Superfetch. 

By applying the mentioned methods, you can easily fix the High CPU usage issue on your Windows 11 operating system.

Also Read: Can Windows 11 run without Graphics Card?

Windows 11 CPU Usage 100

Whenever your system’s CPU usage reaches up to 100%, Windows 11 becomes unusable, and in some instances, you may need to restart your computer.

So, if you are using Windows 11 and your CPU usage is constantly reaching 100% and even after restarting the PC doesn’t do anything, then you should go for the methods mentioned above.

Final Thoughts

So, after observing all the facts and examples, it has to be said that the normal CPU usage of Windows 10 and 11 is almost similar. Still, in some instances, the CPU usage on Windows 11 is reaching up to 80%, which is a worrying sign, and you should take steps to fix this issue.

I hope this article is helpful for you, and if you want to know more about Windows 11, CPUs, PC components and other technology-related things, then keep following this blog regularly.

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