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How to optimize Windows 10 to speed up your PC's gaming performance

How to optimize Windows 10 to speed up your PC's gaming performance

 Introduction to Optimization in Windows 10

In these times, it is necessary to learn to optimize the use that we can give to our PC , be it laptop or desktop. As of November 2018, the price of RAM is growing, graphics cards are through the roof, and the worst thing is that it does not seem that any of these components will drop in price. The solution is to make the most of the resources that Windows 10 has in order to speed it up and save us a few euros by not having to update our PC to play all possible games, even if time passes.

In this computer optimization guide for games we seek, without using additional software, to increase the performance of our computer without changing absolutely any part, it costs nothing and is completely free, all you need is to have a computer and Windows 10 installed , regardless of the specific version of the OS.

Disable processes and free up resources

One of the best ways to optimize Windows 10 is to disable processes that start automatically without our consent, thereby improving Windows startup time . To do this we second click on the bottom bar of Windows, where there is no icon, and we click on "Task Manager". Once there, we go to the "Home" tab and order the list by clicking on the "Status" column.

Now we are going to proceed to disable some unnecessary processes . The problem is that this varies quite a bit depending on the user and the programs installed on the PC, but in general you can disable anything that is not essential. With this we do not mean, for example, not disabling the icons in which a speaker appears (they are usually sound drivers), nor disabling "Windows Defender ...". We can also enable processes that we identify with programs that we use on our PC, in my case I leave enabled "Razer Synapse" which is my mouse software. If you are not convinced by disabling processes yourself, you can leave us a screenshot of this window in our forum and we will help you, don't worry. 

Well, with this we have improved the startup time of the computer, we have also made so many things do not start and have more memory available to play . The next step in this guide to improve computer performance is to manage the power of the PC , which we will only apply if the PC is a laptop. To do this, we look at the bottom right for the Windows power icon and right-click on “Power Options”.

n the options on the left we click on "Create an energy plan" and inside we select "High performance". The following options are at the user's discretion. With this we have created a plan that keeps the processor at maximum performance when the laptop is connected to the electrical network.

We now proceed to activate a time slot in which Windows does not spend resources searching, downloading and installing updates. To do this, we click on the Windows icon and write "Active hours" and click on the first option. After this a window will open, we click on " Change active hours " and then select a time range in which Windows will stop all update activity, leaving us all resources and free bandwidth.

The next step is to uninstall programs that we do not use . Windows 10 comes standard with numerous programs and games that we will never use, for this we follow the same procedure as before, clicking on the Windows button and searching for "Programs", and click on "Add or remove programs".

Well, here we have enough to get our hands on, since there will be plenty of useless software for what we want, which is the gaming field . To begin with, we can remove all those games that we do not use, with Windows 10 there are quite a few installed. Then we can also remove software from the computer manufacturer (common in preconfigured desktops and laptops), everything that is from the PC manufacturer can be removed without remorse. Going down the list to the end we will find Xbox software, we can remove it without problems too. As in the previous case with the processes, if you do not dare or are not sure, you can go to the forum so that we can help you.

There is also the possibility that in some game you have too much power to play it and the graphics will be a thousand, which is unnecessary most of the time. In this case, it is recommended that, if you usually play games that do not require great graphic power and you have no problems running them, you limit the power of the graphics to generate less FPS, which reduces consumption, heating, the bill and increases shelf life.

Priority in games and game mode when Optimizing Windows 10

Now we are going to prioritize the use of resources to the game that we want, which is a form of optimization offered by Windows 10. To do this we start it and go to Windows, click on the bar below and give, as before, to "Task Manager". We go to the "Details" tab and there we look for our game. It is useful to sort the list by name, clicking on that column. What we will do is right click on the game or application in question, move the cursor to "Set priority", and select "High".

It is not recommended to put it in real time unless you do not want to do anything else with the computer, since this is not permissive and if we give that option, Windows takes it personally and neglects many necessary processes.

The next thing will be to activate the game mode in Windows 10 , for this we search "Game mode" and click on "Control game mode to optimize the equipment for games". Then, in the resulting window we click on "Graphics Settings" and there we choose "Classic application". Now we look for the executable file of our game or application and add it, then click on it and click "Options", and make sure that the dedicated graphics card is selected .

This is very useful (and possibly necessary) on laptops. Another necessary thing for notebooks is to remove the throttling limitation, by which the CPU performance is reduced, many times below the necessary limit so that it does not heat up. 

Finally, as far as essential configuration is concerned, we are going to configure that in Windows 10  applications do not run in the background , or that those that we really need run and no more. To do this we search "Background" and select "Choose which applications can be run in the background". In the list that will appear, we can either deactivate some that we do not need or deactivate all of them, it is up to the user.

With this, what we are looking for is to try to optimize Windows without installing any additional software, simply modifying values ​​within the system and optimizing resources. 

Windows 10 services and logs for gaming

From now on we are going to enter the technical part of the guide to improve performance in games based on Optimize Windows 10 . We are going to proceed to see which Windows services we can deactivate and which registers we can modify to improve performance even more.

The Windows services are complements, in many cases necessary for the proper functioning of the computer. However, with Windows 10, numerous services have been added that, although they have their utility, are of absolutely no use to us if we are interested in playing games. Therefore, in order to optimize Windows, some services are unnecessary. To open the list of services we search "Registers" by clicking on the Windows icon, as before.

The key is in the "Startup Type" column. This column marks how the service starts, if at all. However, we will sort the list by name to have a logical order. We will start by deactivating the "Downloaded Maps Manager" service, we double click on it and in "Startup type" we look for the "Manual" option.

In this way, the process will only start if we open an application that is going to use it, otherwise it will be disabled by default. We leave the rest as a list, following the recently described scheme. To disable Windows 10 services, you just have to follow the steps mentioned in the following list.

Print queue: If we do not use a printer it is useless. Deactivate.

  • NetBIOS over TCP / IP auxiliary application: This allows users on the local network to share files between computers, so if we are the only computer on the network or do not use file sharing, we can safely disable it. Deactivate.

  • IP auxiliary application: Improves connectivity in IPv6 networks, which is not yet in widespread use. Handbook.

  • Sensors service: Only valid for devices that detect orientation, such as tablets and convertible laptops, nothing gaming. Deactivate.

  • Handwriting panel and touch keyboard service: Nothing useful if our screen is not touch. Deactivate.

  • Microsoft Office Click and Run service: If related applications are not used, they can be disabled, but as they are quite common applications, we will not disable it Manual.

  • Service of the Windows Defender Security Center: This is the antivirus that comes by default with Windows, so if we are using another, we can deactivate it, otherwise we leave it in automatic. Disable / Automatic.

  • dmwappushsvc: Maintains some data collection by Microsoft. Handbook.

  • Acquisition of Windows images (WIA): Only useful if we have a scanner or transfer image from a camera connected to the PC. Deactivate.

Now that we have disabled numerous system services that will allow us to Optimize Windows 10, the next step to finish improving the performance of the computer in games is to modify some values of the Windows 10 registry . This is usually more sensitive, that is why we will list the services that are most relevant and least useful for our purposes, in order to minimize possible errors that arise from these modifications. Clarify that, although there is no danger if you follow these steps, we are not responsible for the possible damage to your PC due to modifications that do not appear in this list.

We press the Windows key and the "R", we type regedit and we press enter. The list is immensely long, so you have to look carefully. Our first objective is in the following route:

Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Multimedia \ SystemProfile

In it we will create a new DWORD value with the exact name "SystemResponsiveness" and we will give it a hexadecimal value "00000000" (eight zeros). If we already have this value created, we modify it to this number. With this we will be using the MMCSS service used by numerous games by which the use of CPU and GPU is prioritized in games and streaming.

The next value to modify is in the following path, close to the previous one:

Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Multimedia \ SystemProfile \ Tasks \ Games

Here we will modify several values, in "GPU Priority" we will change it to 8, in "Priority" to 6 and "Scheduling Category" we will change it to "High". Now we have already redefined the new values ​​of these registers to Optimize Windows 10 that offer a slight improvement to the gaming aspect.

Latest tips and recommendations

Now finishing, you must have the drivers of the graphics cards up to date . The ones from AMD can be found here while those from NVIDIA here. It is not often that driver updates deteriorate game performance, so it is always better to keep them updated.

It is also worth commenting, before finishing this guide to Optimize Windows 10 for PC games , that it is necessary to have the computer in good condition. It is useless to do this to a computer that is literally covered in dust, the problem there is external cleaning, not internal cleaning, so you should proceed with both methods if necessary.

Finally, we must also take into account the programs that are running in parallel to our game, programs such as Google Chrome or Office services can drastically slow down our PC , especially in the case of Chrome, so it is advisable to close them all before starting to play.