Windows 10 optimized for gaming & performance in 2019

Hey guys, Windows 10 is the most popular operating system among gamers. 90% of PC gamer using this OS. We all know for better gaming, you need a solid high-end gaming PC. But due to poor Windows 10 optimize, things did not turn out as expected. As a result, it causes a heating issue, frame drop, poor gaming performance, etc.

But you can easily optimize windows 10 with some clicks to get better performance. Here I list all the possible way you can use to optimize Windows 10 for gaming.

1. Update to the latest version of windows

Always keep your windows up to date to the latest version. It keeps your PC bug free, optimizes plus update all the Microsoft service for better performance.

Step by Step guide to update windows 10

  1. Open settings > Update & security
  2. Click Windows update
  3. Check for updates
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If any update available, it will download and install automatically. But sometime you may need to restart your PC.

2. Disable automatic windows update

Some time automatic update can be the worst thing while gaming. Because after download updates your PC restart without warning. No matter what you are doing right now. Plus automatic update limit network connectivity.

So always keep this off…

Go to settings > windows update > Advanced options

Or, you can set Active hour to let windows know to your working hour and it won’t restart during that time.

Settings > windows update > change active hour.

3. Turn on Game mode to optimize windows 10 for gaming

In Windows 10, it has a feature called Game Mode. Keep it on while gaming. When you use Game Mode, windows prioritize gaming experience.

  1. Go to Settings > Gaming.
  2. Select Game Mode from the left hand side options
  3. Turn it On or Off.
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Keep Game Mode on to help you to prevent automatic restart after an update. Plus it gives you a more stable frame rate depending on the game and system.

So make sure it turns on while playing games.

4. Disable Steam Auto-update games.

Steam is one of the largest game distributors across the globe. And I’m pretty sure you also use steam to buy games.

Like I said before windows auto-update, similarly steam update games automatically from your game library.

As a result, it uses resources and decreases your performance. Plus it limits your network speed.

To prevent update games in the background…

  1. Open Steam > settings.
  2. Select Download.
  3. Unchecked “Allow downloads during gameplay.”

Steam also update games which you don’t play form long time. To prevent update games which you don’t usually play…

  1. Right-click to the games and go to properties.
  2. Click Update from the top menu
  3. Choose Automatic update  to “only update this game when I launched it”

5. Update the latest graphics drivers (AMD/Nvidia)

Graphics card is the most important component of a gaming PC. And it is recommended to always keep graphics driver up to date.
AMD and Nvidia both provided frequent updates for a better and faster experience.
You can update the graphics driver from two different ways…

  1. Right-click on Windows > Device Manager
  2. Select Display Adapter (It will show you the graphics card you running)
  3. Right-click on the graphics card and click update driver.
  4. Click “Search automatically for updated driver software”
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Or, you can use NVIDIA Geforce Experience (If you using a Nvidia card) or AMD Radeon settings (if you using a AMD card).

The diver update process for the both(AMD or NVIDIA) card is pretty straight forward.

For AMD…

  1. Open AMD Radeon settings or Download(If you don’t have).
  2. On the bottom menu click Updates > Check for updates.

It will check and download the latest driver. Then, Simply install it.

For NVIDIA…

Open Geforce Experience > Driver > Check for update.

If any driver available it will start download the driver. After successfully download the driver click “Express Installation”.

Or, you can download the latest driver from the official website of AMD and Nvidia.

6. Install DirectX 12

DX 12 or DirectX 12 is the latest version of Microsoft’s API(application programming interface). DirectX API Allows 2D and 3D vector graphics, rendering videos, etc on windows platform.

DirectX version 12 optimize  for better performance, graphical improvement, frame rates, and low power consumption.

You can check if DX12 install on your PC or not…

Windows+R > Type “Dxdiag”

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If you install fresh windows you probably don’t have DX12 install. It can be install through windows update.

7. Optimize Windows 10 Visual Effects

For best Graphical user interface (GUI) experience, windows 10 itself set the visual effects for the users.

The default settings consume more resources and power. Therefore the gaming performance may decrease due to low resources.

You can adjust the visual effects settings to optimize windows 10 for gaming performance.

  1. Start > Type “Control Panel.”
  2. System > Advanced system settings
  3. Performance > Settings…
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Choose “Adjust for best performance” > Apply > OK.

8. Max Power plans to optimize windows 10 for gaming.

In the Power plan setting, you can set power for high performance. It manages the system settings such as brightness, sleep, etc to improve the performance.

Some gamer notice differences, while some not. Anyways, keep this to high performance for max output.

  1. Go to Settings > System > Power & sleep.
  2. In Right-hand side choose “Additional power settings”.
  3. Choose “High performance”.
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If you don’t see the “High performance” option, click “show additional plans”. High performance option should be there.

9. Disable Unwanted Startup Software

Disabling startup software not directly affect on gaming performance. But it can fast boot tine of your PC.

It reduce the extra resources usage of your system. And gives you a smooth and fast performance.

  1. Right-click on Task-bar.
  2. select Task Manager.

On the top menu, click “startup”. You can see all the application start running while booting your system.

You can disable by Right-click on the application. Click disable.

10. Uninstall Unnecessary programs

When you fresh install windows 10, it comes with lots of unnecessary program installed.

Those consume your resources, and storage and make your overall system slow.

To uninstall the unwanted program…

  1. Go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Select the Application > Uninstall

You can see all the program installed on your PC.

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Or, you can go…

  1. Control Panel > Program & Features.
  2. Right-click on the Program > Uninstall.
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These are the some tips you can follow to optimize windows 10 to increase gaming performance.

Also read: PC building guide | How to build your first gaming PC in 2019

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