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Optimize Windows 10 for Gaming

The PC is definitely the best way to game. With excellent graphics and outstanding precision, it offers the ultimate experience for a passionate gamer. There are lots of AAA games coming, and Windows 10 is the best platform to play.

However, many users complain of slow performance and fps drops while gaming in Windows 10. This is because the operating system offers many different customization options, and you need to optimize it in a way to maximize the gaming performance. In this article, we will be listing out some ways by which you will see a noticeable performance boost in gaming.

Optimize Windows 10 with Gaming mode

Gamie mode on

Using gaming mode will help to improve the performance. Follow the steps given below.

  • Hold the Windows, and I Key simultaneously to open the Settings window.
  • On the settings window, tap the Gaming button.
  • In the window that opens up, head to the Game Mode panel, and then toggle the Game Mode button to active.

Disable Nagle’s Algorithm

The Nagle algorithm will help to improve the working of TCP/IP networks. This is achieved by decreasing the number of data packets transferred over the internet. However, this will help to improve the performance in certain multiplayer games.


  • Open the run box by holding down both Windows and R key together.

Disable Nagle's Algorithm

  • In the run window, type in regedit and hit ok.
  • Navigate to hkey local_machine and choose system and then currentcontrolset\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces in that order.
  • Here, you can view many different files. Search for one listed as DhcpIPAddress.
  • Right-click on it and select the new DWORD value.
  • Create two keys with the names TcpAckFrequency and TCPNoDelay.
  • Finally, modify their value to 1, and the algorithm would have been disabled.

Optimize Windows 10 Online Gaming With Faster DNS

If you experience slowdowns while playing online multiplayer games, the following tweak will help.

  • Tap the Windows + I button together to open Settings

Windows + I button

  • Search for Network and Internet and then click on Change Adapter Settings.
  • Right-click your Wi-Fi and choose the properties option.
  • Select the Internet Protocol Version 4 option
  • Note down the two DNS entries for any needs in the future.
  • Modify those entries with and
  • Tap the OK button and hit close.
  • Restart the browser again.

Disable Automatic Updates for Better Windows 10 Gaming

Disable Automatic Updates for Better Windows 10 Gaming

While updating Windows is good, sometimes it might cause unexpected restarts and impact your network bandwidth. As a result, we would suggest you stop the updates while gaming.

  • Press the Windows key + I together to open Settings.

Windows + I button

  • Tap on Update and Security and then click Windows Update option.
  • Search for Advanced options, then hit on Update Options
  • Uncheck the option called “Restart this device as soon as possible when a restart is required”
  • Checkmark the option “Show a notification”. This will offer warnings and messages prior to a restart after updation.
  • Make use to Pause updates option to delay installation of updates for around 30-35 days.

Disable Notifications in Windows 10

Disable Notifications in Windows 10

Notifications can often stop the flow of the gaming, and we recommend disabling them.

  • Tao on the Windows + I keys together to launch Settings
  • Tap on System and then Focus Assist
  • Choose Alarms Only to hide all other kinds of notification.
  • Now, close the Settings window.

Prevent Steam Auto-Updating Games

This method is relevant only if you use steam. The auto-update feature on steam will use up a lot of memory while limiting the network connectivity, and it is best to disable it.

Prevent Steam Auto-Updating Games

  • Open the Steam launcher.
  • Select Settings and then choose Downloads option.
  • Uncheck the option called “Allow downloads during gameplay”.

However, you also have the option to stop updates for games you rarely play.

Only update this game when I launch it

  • Go to the Steam Library
  • Right-click on a game you rarely play.
  • Choose Properties and look for Automatic Updates
  • Modify the option “Always keep this game up to date” to “Only update this game when I launch it”.

This will prevent all unnecessary updates on Steam.

Tweak Windows 10 Visual Effects for Game Improvements

By adjusting the graphical interface, you can save a bit of processing power which then can be redirected to your gaming activities.

  • Press the Windows key + I together to launch the settings window.
  • Type in performance in the search box.
  • Choose the option to adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.
  • From the settings box, choose the Adjust for best performance option.
  • Hit the Apply button.
  • Now, tap on the Advanced tab
  • Verify that the ‘Adjust the best performance’ option is adjusted to Programs
  • Apply again, then OK to confirm

Tweak Your Mouse Settings for Windows 10 Gaming

Disabling mouse acceleration might improve the movement of the mouse while playing games.

  • Head to Settings option.
  • Tap on Devices and then Mouse button.
  • Head to the tab called Pointer Options.
  • Uncheck the Enhance pointer precision option.
  • Hit Apply
  • Tap on the OK button to exit—you can also adjust the pointer speed if needed.

Max Power Plan to Improve Windows 10 Gaming Performance

Sometimes you might need to alter the power settings if you feel the game lagging. This might be because of insufficient power supplied to the GPU or other components.

  • Open up the Settings window
  • Search for power
  • Click on Power & sleep settings and then click on Additional power settings
  • Choose the high-performance option
  • If no plan is available, then tap on the Create a power plan option to configure a new, custom power plan

While this would increase the performance of the pc, it would also result in higher temperatures and increased power consumption.

Keep Your Windows 10 Drivers Updated for Improved Gaming Performance

Keep Your Windows 10 Drivers Updated for Improved Gaming Performance

Updating the GPU is necessary to play the latest games flawlessly.

  • Right-click on the desktop window
  • Choose display settings and then select advanced display settings.
  • Search for display adapter properties.
  • From the properties label, choose driver and then click update driver.

Alternatively, you could also visit the site of the GPU manufacturer as well.

Install DirectX 12 to Optimize for Gaming

Install DirectX 12 to Optimize for Gaming

DirectX allows for enhanced graphical effects and smoothens the GPU and CPU performance for gaming.

First of all, check if your DirectX version is up to date.

  • Start up Windows PowerShell
  • Type in dxdiag
  • Hit the Enter key.

You can view the DirectX diagnostic tool soon.

If, by chance, you need to install DirectX, then follow the steps below.

  • Simultaneously press the Windows key + I together to launch the settings window.
  • Choose Update and security
  • Search for Windows Update and then click Check for updates
  • Wait until the updates are installed.

Wrap Up

We hope that you would have enjoyed this article on how to configure Windows for improved gaming performance. Follow these tips and get a better gaming experience on Windows 10.

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