Common Windows 11 Problems and Ways To Fix Them

Windows 11 is garnering a lot of appreciation for its ease of use, its features, and other facets, however, that still doesn’t hide the fact that it is far from being impeccable. Though, as a Windows user and avid user at that, we hope that in the coming upgrades all such issues will be resolved or it can be possible that while you are reading this post, some of these might have already been resolved.

Common Windows 11 Problems and Ways To Fix Them

1. Windows 11 Won’t Run Because of TPM

Despite having a computer with apt specs for Windows 11, many users are unable to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 because they don’t have TPM enabled. Over the period, workarounds are occurring where even if you don’t have TPM enabled, you will still be able to run Windows 11. Such workarounds might involve delving into registries. And, a wrong step there might render your computer inoperable. On the safer side, if you want Windows 11, then you should either invest in a CPU that supports TPM or if not enabled, you should manually do it.

From Microsoft’s standpoint, here’s why it is asking users to enable TPM. To check if your PC supports TPM, here are the steps –

  1. Press Windows + R and open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type msc and press Enter.

Run dialog box

3. Open TPM Manufacturer Information and under Specific Version, check your TPM version.


4. If you have TPM 2.0, you shouldn’t have any issue else you will have to enable it or get a CPU that has a TPM                2.0 support.

Also Read: System Requirements for Windows 11

2. Windows 11 Programs Don’t Respond

Let’s put the above TPM 2.0 chip problem aside and presume that you have a brand new Windows 11 probably on a PC that previously housed Windows 10. Your expectations that your computerwill work smoothly has skyrocketed. But then what’s that? As soon as you try and open Programs, they just don’t respond. Needn’t worry! we have tried and covered some of the best ways you can fix stubborn programs that just refuse to work with you.

3. Snip & Sketch Not Working


Let’s say you are someone who has to take screenshots day in and day out but as soon as you upgraded to Windows 11, one problem you are facing is that the snip and sketch or snipping tool won’t work. More specifically, you might be running into this “This app can’t open – A problem with Windows is preventing Screen Snipping from opening. Refreshing your PC might help fix it. If that’s you, you can try restarting the app, changing your system’s date and time, resetting the app  and trying a few more other things that we have discussed here.

4. Windows 11 Is Short on Space

Shortage in space is one of the most common issues that Windows 11 users are dealing with. This is quite common, especially with those who have recently upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10. One of the reasons is that Windows keeps the previous Windows 10 files for a while and  good – Just in case, you don’t find the upgrade right, you can revert to Windows 10.

Here, you can take the aid of the inbuilt Disk Cleanup utility and get rid of Previous Windows installations. To do that –

  1. In the Windows search bar,type Disk.disk-cleanup
  2. Click on Open from the right-hand side.
  3. Click on OK.
  4. Locate Previous Windows installations(s)and delete them (That is if you do not have any issues with the Windows 11 you have).


You could also refer to this post and focus on clearing temporary files, reclaiming precious disk space, and enabling storage sense.

5. Windows 11 Causes Internet Issues

This is indeed a subjective issue. Still, many early adopters of Windows 11 are reporting that they are either noticing slow internet speeds after upgrading to Windows 11 or have apps and software that refuse to connect to the internet. In either case, you can check this post and try out the methods to resolve the issue.

Still couldn’t resolve the issue, quite possibly your network driver has become corrupt or incompatible. Microsoft itself has reported compatibility issues between some Intel networking software and Windows 11. You can lookout for an appropriate update that could have resolved this issue and even check this post and update the aforementioned driver.

Also Read: How To Fix DNS Server Not Responding On Windows 11?

6. Windows 11 Slows Down SSD

Quite strangely, some users who have recently upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11 have reported a dip in their SSD’s (Solid State Drive) performance. Microsoft and Reddit’s support forums are filled with such complaints.

Now, this is a classic example of why as a Windows user, you should keep an eye out for upgrades. For this issue, Microsoft has released the KB5007262 patch that can be downloaded from Microsoft Update Catalog manually. The update patches issues with NVMe, SSD, and hard drive performance.

7. Search Not Working Correctly

Windows 11 has arrived with a new search menu which is quite decent to look at and works well. However, many users have come across an issue where they could not find files that are already on their hard disk. At the outset, we’d like to mention that it takes a while to build the search index. Though, even if after a couple of days, you can’t find the files you are looking for, you can try the following steps –

  1. In the Windows search bar, type Index.indexing
  2. When the Indexing Options window opens,click on Advanced.advanced
  3. Under Troubleshooting, click on the Rebuild option that you can find next to Delete and rebuild index.


Also Read:  Windows 11 Search Bar not Working? Here’s the Fix!

Wrapping Up

Common problems in Windows 11 are meant to be fixed. So, in your exploration of Windows 11 what are those common problems that you have to face. Do let us know in the comments section below.  For more informative tech-related content, keep reading WeTheGeek.


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