How to Set Up Windows 10 for Gaming: Maximum Performance, Gaming Mode & More Tips

 

How to Set Up Windows 10 for Gaming: Maximum Performance, Gaming Mode & More Tips

In the last guide, we covered how to set up an NVIDIA graphics card for gaming. Now let's look at what settings you need to make in Windows 10 to optimize the gaming system. Unlike numerous guides on the network, following which you will completely break the system or kill some of the functionality, we will not go into the jungle. Only those settings and methods that the author of the article personally uses on a home PC.


First of all, make sure you have the latest drivers for your motherboard and other components installed. Go to the manufacturer's official website and look for the latest drivers in the support section. In addition, it makes sense to reinstall Windows 10 if it is already cluttered and lagging.



Disable screen recording in the background

The system can record gameplay in the background, which affects performance. Moreover, you may not even notice that the recording is in progress. This will only be felt in reduced performance and slowdowns, especially if your computer is weak.


Go to Windows Settings. This can be done in different ways:


  • left-click on "Start" and select "Settings" (gear icon),
  • right-click on "Start" and select "Settings"
  • press the key combination "Win + I" (Win - the icon with the Windows logo).

Then go to the "Games" item. Select Game DVR in the left pane. Disable the "Record background games" slider.


Also, if you wish, you can completely disable the "Game Menu" and video recording by the system. In our opinion, it is more convenient to use the overlay from the video card manufacturer. But the choice of the program for recording video and screenshots is entirely at your discretion.



Enable GPU scheduling with hardware acceleration

This is a relatively new feature that appeared with the update to version 2004. Besides, it only works on video cards of the 10th generation and above, starting with the GT 1030. You should not expect miracles from it, but the minimum FPS may increase slightly. Make sure you have the correct OS version. You can check this in the Windows settings. Go to "Updates and Security", then on the right side of the screen, click on the link "OS Build Information".


To enable scheduling, go to Windows Settings and then "System". Select "Display" on the left side of the screen and scroll to the bottom. Follow the link "Graphics Settings". Turn on the "Reduce latency and increase performance" switch. Reboot your computer.



Set the maximum performance mode

Go to Windows settings, then "System" and "Power and sleep". On the right side of the screen, click the "Advanced Power Options" link. Turn on the "High performance" mode. Now you can be sure that no power saving settings will hinder your performance.

If you want to go even further, then open PowerShell as an administrator (just write the name in the system search). Enter the following code.

powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61

After that, an additional mode "Maximum performance" will appear. To restore the original modes, type the following in PowerShell.

powercfg -restoredefaultschemes

It does not interfere with checking the limitation on the use of the processor. Without leaving the power supply settings, click on the link "Setting up the power supply scheme" and then "Change additional power settings". Further "Processor power management" and "Maximum processor state". Make sure it's worth 100%.

However, this point can be reduced if, for example, your laptop is not the most expensive and it overheats. Thus, the system will prevent the processor from operating at full capacity.


Activate game mode

Windows has a dedicated Gaming Mode that optimizes resource allocation for gaming applications. Thus, background tasks will not be able to interfere with the game. Plus, you won't be disturbed by pop-up notifications while playing.



To activate it, go to Windows Settings, then "Games". On the left there will be an item called "Game Mode". Activate the slider. On older versions of Windows, the game mode must be additionally launched from the game overlay (Win + G).

If you have a weak computer, and even loaded with numerous background processes, then the mode can help. But for weak systems, it is better to first close all interfering processes: do not leave the browser open, unload unnecessary processes from startup. But in case of performance degradation or other problems, it is better to turn off the mode.


Disable mouse acceleration

The Improved Pointer Precision feature is also known as Acceleration. Contrary to the name, in games it rather interferes, as the mouse becomes unpredictable. But in everyday work it can be, on the contrary, useful. It works like this: the sharper you move the mouse, the further the cursor moves. That is, it is enough to simply move the mouse sharply so that the cursor is on the other side of the screen. When you have a small rug, this is helpful.

Go to Windows settings, then "Devices". On the left side of the screen, select the "Mouse" item and then click the "Additional mouse settings" link. On the Pointer Options tab, uncheck Enable Enhanced Pointer Precision, if checked.


Switch game API

This is not really a customization of Windows itself, but it is closely related to it. We are talking about DirectX 11 and 12, also Vulkan. You can change the API version in some games that support it. For example,Shadow of the Tomb Raider orRed Dead Redemption 2 . Performance may vary across APIs. For example, games on Vulkan tend to run faster.

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