How to make your Windows 10 PC perform faster when gaming [by using Game Mode]

Microsoft’s latest operating system delights regular Windows users and gamers alike by bringing a lot of new (and “secret”) features. Gamers can benefit more from Windows 10 though because of Game Mode brought about by the latest Creator’s Update. This mode is basically a streamlined way to help a machine perform better during a game. If you haven’t hear of Game Mode yet and you’re running Windows 10 in your PC, now is the time to use it.

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Difference between Standard Windows Mode and Game Mode

For millions of Windows users around the world, running the default configuration of operating system on their machines is enough to do what they want. This means leaving Windows settings as they are. This standard Windows mode can, in fact, do more than enough for a lot of people and that’s fine. A lot of these folks don’t bother tweaking settings for the CPU, memory, power, etc. but for those smaller slice of users that value performance, current setup may be wanting.

Gamers need their computers to run faster and be more reliable. Gamers don’t settle with what manufacturers and OS developers give them. Old school gamers improve performance of their machines by changing least known Performance settings in Control Panel or even going to the extreme of modifying parameters of their hardware to extra every power they can get. It’s not uncommon for gamers to share their experiences in gaming forums on how to overclock their processors, or do similar minute hardware enhancements.

Microsoft clearly understood, albeit belatedly, this need. But as they say, it’s better late than never, hence Game Mode. In this mode, your Windows 10 configuration changes without any intervention from you. The changes are done mostly under-the-hood by:

  • restricting non-critical tasks and processes to run in the background
  • changing processor (CPU) settings to prioritize gaming tasks
  • freeing more RAM

Restricting unwanted tasks and processes running in the background is an important consideration since they can significantly slow down the system. Such background processes can take the form of antivirus scans, installation of software updates, hard drive defragging, among others. With these tasks suspended, your machine can focus solely in providing better gaming experience. The aim of designing Game Mode is to configure the operating system to allow it to focus on one active program — the game you’re running. The obvious perceptible effect of Game Mode is both improved frame rate speeds and overall smoothness called by Microsoft as consistency.

By concentrating all relevant resources for this one activity and temporarily blocking unimportant tasks at the moment, you can be assured of a faster and reliable performance.

How to activate Game Mode in Windows 10

In order to take advantage Game Mode feature in Windows 10, the game you’re playing must be a whitelisted Microsoft game for Windows, or a compatible third party game. Microsoft did not officially release a list of games that Game Mode is supporting although a general consensus was raised that it should work with any game at this point.

There are two ways to activate Game Mode. First is by agreeing to a prompt by placing a check in the option that pops up. This usually occurs when playing a game after you’ve installed the Creator’s Update.

If you missed the Game Mode prompt, you can go under Settings. Here’s how:

  1. In your desktop, click the Start button.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Find Game Mode at the left side of the Gaming Window and click it.
  4. Move the slider to ON.
  5. If possible be sure to also configure the following entries according to your preference. These options are located on the left:
  • Game Bar
  • Game DVR
  • Broadcasting

Alternatively, you can also enable Game Mode via Windows 10 Game Bar. You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Launch your game.
  2. Press Windows key + G.
  3. Once Game Bar has opened, click on Settings icon (cog) at the right side.
  4. Look for Use Game Mode for this game at the top and put a check on the box next to it.
  5. Close the dialog box and Game Bar menu.


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