How to control the computer fan in Windows 11

Kazim Ali Alvi
by Kazim Ali Alvi
Kazim has always been fond of technology, be it scrolling through the settings on his iPhone, Android device, or Windows. And at times, unscrewing the device to take a look at the hardware, although... Read more
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  • A lot of users have wanted to control the computer fan in Windows 11, however, they can't seem to find the right way for it.
  • You can either control the fan using a tool provided by the OEM, via the BIOS settings or use a third-party tool.
  • Also, find out all about the fan speed and how it affects the system.
Fan control in Windows 11
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You may have had to, at least once, shut down the system owing to overheating or it may have turned off by itself. We have all been there. But, what if you can manually control the fan in Windows 11 for optimal results?

Most of you would be thrilled by the very idea of manually controlling the fan speed, but it’s not that simple and straightforward. You will have to find the right application, one that’s both compatible and offers the option to not just view but also control the speed.

In the following sections, we will list out the various methods to get the right tool, either from the OEM or a third-party source, along with fan control in Windows 11 via the BIOS.

What are the things I must know about fan control in Windows 11?

While the built-in settings should work just fine to keep the system temperature in check, you may need to sometimes manually control the fan in Windows 11.

When doing so, you can set it to the desired value for optimal results. For instance, during operations that consume a lot of resources, the speed can be changed to high while if you are just scrolling through the web, keeping it low should be fine.

Also, when the fan runs at full throttle, it will produce a lot more noise and cause discomfort than somewhere near the mid-range. You will have to consider this factor as well when using the manual fan control approach in Windows 11.

How can I control the computer fan in Windows 11?

1. Check for a software released by the OEM

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the Search menu.
  2. Enter System Information in the text field at the top and click on the relevant search result that appears.System information
  3. Locate the System Manufacturer and System Model in the in the System Summary tab.Check computer name and model
  4. Next, go to Google or any other effective search engine, and search for the fan control software in Windows 11 using the Manufacturer’s name and model followed by Fan Control Utility as the keywords.Search for fan control utility in Windows 11
  5. Next, open the OEM’s website, locate the relevant utility and download it.
  6. Navigate to the folder where the downloaded file is stored, and double-click on it to launch the installer.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

After the software is installed, you can right away start controlling the computer fan and set it to run at the desired speed.

2. Use the BIOS settings

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The following steps will be different for various computer manufacturers. However, with a basic idea of the concept, you can navigate to the relevant section and make the changes.

  1. Navigate to the desktop and press Alt + F4 to launch the Shut Down Windows box.
  2. Select Shut down from the dropdown menu and click on OK at the bottom.Enter BIOS to control fan in Windows 11
  3. Next, press the Power button to turn on the computer.
  4. As soon the screen lights up, press Esc or F12 key (depending on the computer settings) to enter the BIOS.
  5. Navigate through the different options (Advanced, Overclocking, or something similar) and look for any settings related to the computer fan.
  6. After finding the relevant options, you can now control the computer fan and run it at the desired speed for optimal results.
As found on the Intel website (interface may be different for other manufacturers)

Controlling the PC fan from the BIOS is both time-consuming as well as an intricate affair. You have to be careful while making the changes since a minor lapse can prove fatal for the computer. Also, do not make changes to any other settings unless you are aware of its results.

3. Download a third-party utility

  1. Go to the GitHub page of Fan Control, scroll down, and click on Download the latest archive under Installation.Download fan control
  2. Navigate to the folder where the downloaded file (.zip format) is stored, right-click on it, and select Extract all from the context menu.Extrack Fan Control files
  3. Choose a destination to store the files and click on Extract in the window that appears.
  4. Open the folder where the extracted files are stored, and double-click on the FanControl.exe file to launch the app.Launch fan control in Windows 11
  5. Choose the appropriate response in a case a warning pops up and then click on Yes in the UAC (User Account Control) prompt that appears.
  6. Let the Fan Control app now scan the system, and choose the relevant response when prompted.
  7. Once it’s done scanning, it will list out all the fans connected to the system under Controls and their subsequent running speed under Speeds.Fan control app in Windows 11
  8. You can now make the relevant changes to the fan speed and set it to the desired value.

Fan Control is one of the best open-source third-party utilities available in the market and is free to use. It offers a simple interface and allows users to quickly change the settings and control the fans in Windows 11.

Why am I unable to control the fan in Windows?

Some users might not be able to control the fan in Windows 11 or even the previous iterations. This is primarily because of the BIOS settings. In case these don’t permit modifying the fan speed, the third-party utilities will be of no use.

Apart from that, the utility may not be compatible with the hardware, in which case you wouldn’t be able to make any modifications.

Can I turn off the computer fan to reduce noise in Windows 11?

You should never turn off the computer fan or set its speed too low since it wouldn’t be able to cool down the system.

Whenever you run a bunch of apps or there are major processes in the background, your computer may heat up and the need to reduce overheating will arise. This is where the computer fan comes into the picture.

If the temperature inside the system reaches close to 95° C, the chances of damage to delicate components are high. Hence, it’s recommended that you either let the computer choose the optimal fan speed or set it to normal levels when following the manual approach.

What can I do if the fan is always running in Windows 11?

The fan starts functioning when the temperature inside the system is to be brought down to optimal level. In case the computer fan is always running, it indicates a constant overheating.

If you are running high-end applications or perform multiple tasks at once, try eliminating those. When the problem persists, it’s the dust build-up to blame.

In case of severe dust build-up inside the vents, the hot air from the inside cannot escape which leads to an increase in temperature, thereby prompting the computer fan to start functioning. And, since the fan is unable to bring down the temperature to optimal levels, it keeps running.

That’s all there to know about PC fan control in Windows 11. Before you take control and start making modifications to the fan speed, do thorough research to understand the required settings.

You can also check the best available fans in the market, in case you are facing trouble with the one currently installed.

Tell us which of the above methods worked for you or whether you want to choose a utility that’s not listed here, in the comments section below.

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