You can reduce Windows 11 RAM usage by avoiding its new features

Some features and settings are enabled by default on Windows 11 that you may want to disable to improve operating system speed. If you have an unsupported device or old hardware with low RAM, you should immediately limit or disable the Microsoft Teams icon that is pinned to the taskbar of the new operating system.

As you probably know, Microsoft Teams is playing a bigger role than expected in the latest version of Windows. The Teams app has been integrated into the taskbar, allowing users with personal accounts to start chats or video conference calls and invite their friends to the platform.

In addition to Teams, Windows 11 taskbar also comes with another new addition called “Widgets board”. These two new buttons are pinned to the taskbar alongside all the usual options, such as the Start menu and Task View. As you can see in the screenshot below, the Widgets table lets you view and manage news, widgets, and more.

Slow Windows 11 widgets

According to a former Microsoft employee Michael Nihausit might be a good idea to disable these icons if you prefer performance over fancy functionality.

This is because Microsoft Teams widgets and chat launch Microsoft Edge WebView2 processes in the background. WebView2 is part of Microsoft Edge and is required for web applications such as Teams or Widgets in Windows 11. Unfortunately, these processes consume a lot of resources in some cases.

Windows 11 Widget feature spawns WebView 2 processes only when you click its button and browse the stream. On the other hand, the Teams chat icon on the Windows 11 taskbar, which is the entry point to Microsoft Teams 2.0, could use system resources without doing anything.

Windows 11 Teams Chat

When the icon is pinned to the taskbar, it triggers web-related activities in the background during the sign-in process. In apps like Process Explorer, you’ll immediately notice up to nine processes related to the Teams client.

Microsoft Teams RAM usage

IT admin Niehaus noted that removing the Teams icon will disable these WebView2 processes on startup.

Disabling this may not make an immediate difference to your day-to-day experience, but as you launch more apps or web apps, limiting the number of concurrent WebView 2 processes running in the background might get worse. prove useful.

To improve the performance of your operating system, simply right-click on the Widgets table and the Teams icon, and undock them.

A word of warning, there may be other bugs and features affecting the performance of our Windows 11 device, so it may be a good idea to install the latest optional Windows 11 update, especially if your storage drive is slower than usual.

As we reported earlier, Microsoft has developed an appropriate fix for Windows 11 slow write speed and the fix is ​​currently included in the optional update. If you don’t want to install optional updates, you can also wait for the February 2022 Patch Tuesday release.

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