Most native Windows 11 apps are either slow to launch all the time, or become slow after a while


ribasmudj

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I'm having an issue with many native W11 apps on the most recent update as they can launch slowly at first, taking about 2-4/5 seconds, and then they become fast for what seems like a random amount of time before getting slow again.

This constantly happens to Xbox Game Bar because it can take like 3-4 seconds to launch at first, then it starts launching instantly on subsequent launches, and after 20-40 minutes (I couldn't establish a set pattern), it will become slow again. This also applies to the HDR shortcut because it's tied to the Game Bar, and as someone who uses HDR and SDR modes often, this becomes very annoying as the controls are unresponsive at random times. It's like Windows 11 hibernates these apps and then has to launch them anew every time, but I don't even know why the initial launch is so slow on a fast PC with a 7800x3D and an NVMe.

I am sure this wasn't happening the last time I was using Windows 11 which was about 6 months ago, but then I moved back to W10 and now back again to 11 because of Auto HDR. .Microsoft Store also has the same behavior, and some apps like Photos and Xbox are just permanently slow. Admittedly, store and Xbox were always a bit slow but now it seems more pronounced than usual.
Photos is embarrassingly bad because opening any random photo takes over 2 seconds with a blank screen on the Photos app, something that has been instantaneous with the old versions of the app and especially prior to W11. What's even funnier is that I tried using the Legacy Photos app and that's even more ridiculous, taking 6-8 seconds to open any picture.

Another thing I've noticed that is likely related to this is that native app windows become very choppy after an unspecified amount of time using the PC. Moving their windows is very choppy and unresponsive which isn't the case for regular, non-native apps. I'm using the balanced power mode if that's of any relevance.

Is there anything I can do about this or is there a reason why the native apps are so slow?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 7800x3D
    Motherboard
    Asrock B650M-HDV/M.2
    Memory
    G.SKILL 32GB Ripjaws S5 DDR5 6000MHz CL30
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 4080
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG C1 48
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
You are not alone at this party! The new XML-based apps have many poor performance. They work like a F1 car. They need a first warmup round to get warm! After that, they get a bit faster speed! The "Photos" app is very sluggish at the first load (cause it needs to load its image database!).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD
Maybe the first time, it's not in the cache and then it is faster because it's in the cache?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10/11, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-8750H 8th Gen Processor 2.2Ghz up to 4.1Ghz
    Motherboard
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Memory
    32GB using 2x16GB modules
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD 630 & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB DDR5
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC3266-CG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" 4K Touch UltraHD 3840x2160 made by Sharp
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba KXG60ZNV1T02 NVMe 1024GB/1TB SSD
    PSU
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Case
    Dell XPS 15 9570
    Cooling
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock
    Mouse
    SwitftPoint ProPoint
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    Comcast/XFinity 1.44Gbps/42.5Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE (Chromium based) & Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender that came with Windows
Maybe cache or prefetch, I don't know the exact technical term.
Another weird discovery! On systems with hybrid GPUs (iGPU and dGPU), by disabling the dGPU, the apps are significantly faster. I am sure Windows 11 has a problem dedicating integrated OR discrete GPU to the app at the startup. It causes a bit of lag (like inertia in turbo lag! :woozy: ).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD

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