If your Surface isn't running as quickly as it once did, try running the Surface Diagnostic Toolkit and using the other tips below to pinpoint and solve the problem.

Newer devices have an adjustable power mode to allow you to balance your preference between best battery life and best performance. To view this setting, select the Start button, then type settings. Select Settings > System > Power & battery. For Power mode, select Better performance or Best performance.

This setting can be set up differently based on when the device is plugged in or running on battery. When you change the setting, make sure the device is plugged in or unplugged—depending on which power state you want to change.

The diagnostic tests and updates in the Surface Diagnostic Toolkit can help you automatically find and solve problems.

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If your Surface is slow, go to Tips to improve PC performance in Windows to learn how to help improve the performance of your Surface.

Your Surface may be too hot. Move your Surface to a cooler spot, wait five minutes, and see if it runs faster. When possible, plug in your Surface.

If you are running a memory-intensive app, such as streaming video or playing a game, try closing it for a few minutes. That may cool your Surface down.

Go to Start, and select Power > Restart.

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If your Surface isn't running as quickly as it once did, try running the Surface Diagnostic Toolkit and using the other tips below to pinpoint and solve the problem.

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Newer devices have an adjustable power mode to allow you to balance your preference between best battery life and best performance. To view this setting, select the battery icon on the task bar. If your device supports it, move the Power Mode slider to either the Better performance or Best performance setting.

The diagnostic tests and updates in the Surface Diagnostic Toolkit can help you automatically find and solve problems.

Get it now

More about the toolkit

If your Surface is slow, go to Tips to improve PC performance in Windows to learn how to help improve the performance of your Surface.

Your Surface may be too hot. Move your Surface to a cooler spot, wait five minutes, and see if it runs faster. When possible, plug in your Surface.

If you are running a memory-intensive app, such as streaming video or playing a game, try closing it for a few minutes. That may cool your Surface down.

Go to Start , and select Power > Restart.

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