Microsoft is constantly improving the performance of Windows 11 and making small improvements to Windows 10 as well. But not many users think that this is enough. So the company is now working on a new application called PC Manager to help boost the performance of Windows 11 and 10 PCs. Initially launched for the Chinese PC market, the tool aims to quickly improve performance and disable programs affecting your PC’s health and usage. So if you want to learn how to install and use Microsoft PC Manager, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to download Microsoft PC Manager, along with my initial impression of the app. So on that note, let’s jump right in.
Install and Use Microsoft PC Manager in Windows 11 and 10 (2022)
In this tutorial, I have added detailed instructions for using Microsoft PC Manager in Windows 11. In addition, I have also shared my first impressions after briefly using Microsoft PC Manager this week. If you have already installed the app, expand the table below to read about the main features.
Install Microsoft PC Manager on Your Windows PC
Before we begin, make sure your computer is running Windows 11 or Windows 10 (1809 or higher). You can open Windows Settings -> System -> About to check the Windows version of your computer. With that out of the way, let’s move on to the steps.
1. To download Microsoft PC Manager, go to pcmanager.microsoft.com and click “Free Download“. Note that the aforementioned website is in Mandarin, but the program supports English and switches to your default system language after installation.
2. Now, double-click the setup file (MSPCManagerSetup.exe) and follow the on-screen instructions to install Microsoft PC Manager. It’s a lightweight tool (5.7MB), so installation shouldn’t take much time.
Features Overview: How to Use Microsoft PC Manager
Boost PC Performance
After the PC Manager is installed, open it from the Start menu or use the function key. The app resides in the system tray at the bottom right corner. You can access it anytime.
Now, to improve the performance of your computer, you simply have to click on the “Acceleration” button. It will delete the temporary files and free up memory immediately. In my testing, it reduced 65% of memory usage to 50% and junk files were completely removed from the system. Basically, click “Boost” when you feel like your Windows computer is lagging, and it should speed things up.
In addition to performance boost, you also get a “Health check” feature to find potential problems on your Windows 11/10 PC. It is looking for all kinds of rubbish (not just temporary files), including Windows cache, system logs and recent file lists. In addition, it is recommended that you set Microsoft Edge as your default browser if you use a browser like Chrome. It looks like another one of Microsoft’s pushy tactics to market its browser. Finally, the Health Check tool in Microsoft PC Manager also suggests programs that can be disabled at startup to improve boot time.
Under “Storage Management”, you can do a deep cleaning from your computer. This is basically a disk cleanup in Windows 11/10, but it is easily accessible with this program. This tool searches for every single file and lets you delete them all at once. From update files from previous Windows installations to non-critical Microsoft Defender files, you can delete them and free up space on your Windows 11 or 10 PC.
Apart from that, you may find large files taking up space on your computer and decide to delete them. Finally, you can also find rarely used programs and uninstall them immediately.
End Resource Apps
Under the “Process management” section, PC Manager shows programs that often eat RAM while running multiple processes in the background. On average, about 150 processes run on Windows 11 without active programs. If you have a large number of processes running on your computer, you should also use this and terminate the processes that are unnecessarily occupying the RAM. Just click “Finish” next to the program’s name to stop the process immediately.
Disable Startup Apps
And under “Initial applications“, you can quickly enable or disable programs to run after every system boot. We all know that startup programs are one of the most common reasons behind PC crash. Every time you log into your Windows 11/10 system, these programs autoboots which slows everything down.You have to wait atleast 2-3 minutes before you can start.So the best thing is to disable unnecessary startup programs while booting.
Security and Updates
There is also a “Security” tab under Microsoft PC Manager. Here, you can quickly scan your computer for threats and malware. It appears that MSRT (Microsoft Safety Scanner) has been integrated into PC Manager for easy access. Under “Windows Update”, you can find the latest feature and quality updates along with driver updates. You can too choose which update you want to install on your computer.
With “Browser protection”, you can enable a new setting that will prevent malicious programs from changing the default browser on your Windows 11/10 PC. I think it’s a good security feature, but it was limited to only Edge and Chrome in my testing. I couldn’t set the Opera browser as my default browser, and it was annoying that the PC Manager changed my default browser on every reboot.
Finally, you have “Pop-up management”, which blocks pop-ups within programs. It seems that the feature is developed to stop adware from running on your computer.
Microsoft PC Manager: My First Impressions
As the Microsoft PC Manager is released as a Public Beta in selected markers, I cannot make any conclusive judgment as the tool may undergo changes before its stable release. The company is already adding new features and developing updated versions of this tool quickly. However, even in its current form, I really like the idea behind the app. Sure, the app is primarily aimed at Chinese users at the moment, but I see no reason why it shouldn’t be released to users in other regions.
First of all, Windows 11/10 has a lot of options of toggles and settings. And general users don’t know where to find most of these features, what to do with them, and which setting to enable or disable. Microsoft’s PC Manager fixes that.
Microsoft PC Manager streamlines and contains all the essential settings under one application that can be used by general users to quickly improve performance by shutting down offending programs. From freeing up disk space to disabling unnecessary startup programs, stopping programs with high RAM usage, enabling browser protection, etc., it seems that PC Manager is a potential maintenance program for most users.
I wouldn’t compare it to CCleaner like PC Manager is better. The application has no junk, except for the recommendation to switch to Edge. Apart from that, at most it consumes 180 – 200MB RAM and runs seven processes in the background with minimal CPU usage. So to summarize, Microsoft PC Manager is an all-in-one tool for PC maintenance in Windows 10/11, and for less experienced users, it can prove to be very helpful.
Boost Performance in Windows 11/10 With Microsoft PC Manager
So that’s all about Microsoft’s new PC Manager tool. At first, it may appear like another PC maintenance bloatware, but it brings much-needed features to boost performance without diving deep into Windows Settings. Anyway, that’s all from us. If you’re looking for the best Windows 11 settings to change, head over to our linked article. And to learn about the latest Smart App Control feature in Windows 11, follow our detailed guide. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.