How to Optimize Windows 10 for Gaming and Performance

How to Optimize Windows 10 for Gaming

For PC gaming, Windows 10 is the best optimized operating system you can find in the market. Not only the newest titles, if you love to play retro titles, but you will also be able to find some way to play it on Windows. But you can optimize it further to make your gaming experience more smooth and powerful. If you want to know how to optimize Windows 10 for gaming, start with the basics.

Let us dive into details.

Optimize Windows 10 for Gaming and Performance

1. Game Mode

Game Mode
Game Mode

The first thing to do before starting your gaming on a brand new Windows machine is to turn on Game Mode. This is Windows’ built-in solution for better performance while playing games, like increased frame rate and better GPU performance.

  • Press Start and go to ‘Settings’.
  • Select ‘Gaming’.
  • Go to the ‘Game Mode’ tab and turn it on.

2. Faster DNS

DNS stands for Domain Name System, in which your internet traffic speed is relying on. If you are an online gamer, you want the lowest ping in any game to get a split-second advantage over your opponent. To do that you need to change your default DNS to a better one, like the one provided by Cloudflare.

  • Press Start and go to ‘Settings’.
  • Select ‘Network and Internet’.
  • Click on Change adapter option.
  • Right-click on the ‘Ethernet icon and select ‘Properties’.
  • Double click on ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPV4)’.
  • First, take a note of your default DNS server address, so in case you get into any problems you will be able to reset.
  • Now replace them with and
  • Click OK.

3. Disable Automatic Windows Update

Windows Update
Windows Update

Windows 10 updates automatically in the background and also auto restarts. Although it does not occur every day, I am sure you do not want your PC to shut off in the middle of a game. Another thing to note, while it updates, online games suffer as downloading the OS steals most of the bandwidth.

One thing to note, you cannot stop Windows 10 update fully, but pause it for a certain period.

  • Press Start and go to ‘Settings’.
  • Select ‘Update & Security’.
  • Go to ‘Advanced options’.
  • Disable ‘Restart this device as soon as possible when a restart is required to install an update’.
  • Use ‘Pause updates’ to delay the installation of updates for up to 35 days.

4. Disable Notifications

Focus Assist
Focus Assist

Windows 10 has a feature called ‘Focus Assist’, which lets you specify which notifications you want to get and which ones to ignore.

  • Press Start and go to ‘Settings’.
  • Select ‘System’.
  • Go to ‘Focus Assist’ tab.
  • Select ‘Alarms Only’ to hide all other notifications.
  • On the ‘Automatic rules’ section turn on ‘When I’m playing a game’.

5. Disable Steam from Auto-Updating Games


Steam is the biggest market to buy games online and play. The platform automatically updates games in the background, which will lower the bandwidth of the game you are playing also create extra pressure on your CPU. So you should turn off the feature.

  • Launch ‘Steam’.
  • Open ‘Settings’ and go to ‘Downloads’.
  • Uncheck ‘Allow downloads during gameplay’.

6. Disable Enhance pointer precision

When you flick your mouse the pointer change the position on the screen depending on how much you moved the mouse and how fast you did it. With a basic workflow, it might help but while playing games it will create some unintended movement.

  • Press Start and go to ‘Settings’.
  • Select ‘Devices’.
  • Go to the ‘Mouse’ tab and select ‘Additional mouse options’.
  • On the new window go to ‘Pointer Options’.
  • Deselect ‘ Enhance pointer precision’.

7. High-Performance Power Mode

There are a few power consumption mode on Windows 10 and it will affect your gaming performance, especially if you are on a laptop. Changing it to ‘High performance’ mode will make sure you are getting the full power from your hardware.

  • Press Start and go to ‘Settings’.
  • Go to ‘System’ and select ‘Power & sleep’.
  • Open ‘Additional power settings’.
  • On the new window select ‘High performance’.

8. Update GPU Driver

GPU Update
GPU Update

The graphic card is the core of your gaming performance and to get the best value out from it you should always keep the drivers updated.

  • Press Start and go to ‘Settings’.
  • Go to the ‘System’ tab and select ‘Display’.
  • Select ‘Advanced display settings’.
  • Click on the ‘Display adapter properties for Display 1’.
  • On the new window select ‘Properties’.
  • Go to the ‘Driver’ tab and select ‘Update Driver’.

Another thing to mention, while gaming on your PC you might face other issues like blue screen error. You might want to be prepared to solve those as soon as possible to continue your gaming session. So check out our other articles on kernel security check failure and IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL issues.

Wrapping Up

So these were all the settings you might want to change to better optimize Windows 10 for gaming needs. Hopefully, you will enjoy a smoother gaming experience after applying these settings. The only thing left to say is good luck, have fun.


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