Today, intense gaming calls for a PC with Windows 10. Windows 10 is the newly launched operating system by Microsoft which has enhanced interactive entertainment For all the game freaks, Windows 10 also allows optimization of the system for gaming purposes.
- 1 How to Optimise Windows 10 for Gaming
- 1.1 1. Upgrade your GPU driver
- 1.2 2. Disable Automatic Updates
- 1.3 3. Change your Power Plan
- 1.4 4. Manage Steam Automatic Updates
- 1.5 5. Disable Mouse Acceleration
- 1.6 6. Disable Visual Effects
- 1.7 7. Revert to Game Version
- 1.8 8. Get DirectX 12
- 1.9 9. Disable Automatic Restart
- 1.10 10. Disable Nagle’s Algorithm
In order to optimize Windows 10 for gaming, the following steps should be taken:
How to Optimise Windows 10 for Gaming
1. Upgrade your GPU driver
A GPU driver is a software that enables communication between Windows 10 and games on a PC. The latest version of GPU driver enhances communication for better work performance.
The major GPU drivers are AMD and NVIDIA. Installation and update of GPU driver is an easy task. AMD driver makes the use of Radeon Software to manage the driver, GPU settings and gaming controls.
It automatically detects the GPU you have. NVIDIA drivers are in direct competition with AMD drivers. It works on effective gaming and professional visualization. AMD and NVIDIA drivers can be easily downloaded by visiting their respective websites.
2. Disable Automatic Updates
Automatic Updates disrupt playing a game At times while playing a game n auto-update occurs amidst the levels that a gamer might have crossed.
The users are required to wait until the update process is completed and after it, they are redirected to their gaming zone.
However, optimization of Windows 10 involves smooth working of games. Disabling automatic updates is one of the steps of optimization. Auto updates can be disabled following the given steps,
- Press the Windows Key+Q shortcut.
- Type ‘updates‘ from the appearing window
- Choose “Windows Update Settings“
- Click on “Advances Options“
- Disable Auto Updates.
Auto updates can be turned off the by the above method. This will prevent the game from being paused in between and would pause Windows automatic download for up to 35days.
Thereafter, auto update may be disabled again. It is also possible to enable auto-updates immediately after you finish up playing a game and wish you Windows to be updated.
3. Change your Power Plan
Changing power plan may or may not be required for optimization of Windows 10. It may or may not affect the working of the game. Power plans are a useful tool in Windows 10 to manage and handle the Operating System in a better way. It makes better manage of the draw from a battery in a laptop. In order to change your power plan, undertake the following steps,
- Hit the Windows Key + Q shortcut
- Click on “Choose a Power Plan“
- Choose “Show Additional Plans“
- In the end, you need to click on “High performance“
- Press Windows Key + X.
- Go on “Control Panel“
- Then click on “System and Security“
- Enable “High Performance“
These steps would help you to enable better performance by changing your power plan.
4. Manage Steam Automatic Updates
One of the largest grievance using Steam is their auto-update feature. Again just like Windows Update it disrupts the smooth working of a game and may at anytime auto-update the game. It may eat up your battery and network usage on the games you don’t play. As a result, these auto updates need to be prevented from creating any additional disturbances. Follow the given steps to disable steam auto update,
- Hit on “Steam“
- Click on Settings
- Then go on “Downloads“
- Switch if Auto updates by unchecking the auto updates square.
To prevent Steam from downloading updates for highly unused games, Right click on every installed game in your library and then click on Properties. Under update option switch from “Always keep this game up-to-date” to “Update this game when I launch it” This would help in battery saving and memory saving on the unused apps.
5. Disable Mouse Acceleration
The mouse acceleration feature of Windows 10 causes a mouse to move not only based on physical movements detection but also based on speed. along with this, you may also like to read you may also like to Speed Up Windows.
Changing this feature would help in proper working of mouse preventing acceleration thereby enabling efficiency in shooting games where player need to aim the target.
- Hit Windows Key + Q shortcut
- Type “pointer“
- Choose to Change the mouse pointer or speed
- Uncheck “Enhanced Pointer Precision“
6. Disable Visual Effects
The new versions of Windows 10 would come up with some extra UI effects to enhance visual effects. This is not good for gaming which requires as much of processor as required for the game. Users will have to disable all of the following,
- Show Thumbnails instead of icons
- Show Windows content while dragging
- Smooth edges of screen font
To reach Settings and disable all of the above options follow the given steps,
Step 1: Press Windows Key + Q shortcut.
Step 2: Go to Advanced Settings.
Step 3: Choose “View Advanced system settings”
Step 4: Then go on Performance.
Step 5: Click on “Settings”
Step 6: Hit on “Custom”
Step 7 Uncheck all the options discussed above.
Disabling visual effects would provide a processor for the game. Though UI effects are good for better work performance of the PC. But as far as gaming zone is concerned, visual effects trouble the gamers by limiting the processor availability and also using up the battery.
7. Revert to Game Version
To revert game version, follow the below given steps
- Open steam
- Right click on the game
- Click on Properties
- Hit Betas tab
- Opt-in to a specific version using the drop-down menu.
This relies on the game developer releasing the specific versions and keeping them available on Steam. Certain titles allow you to revert to older versions if you are not a fan of the current changes and feel that the older one were better.
8. Get DirectX 12
DirectX 12 js the latest version of Microsoft’s popular API tools. It is a big step towards an enhanced PC gaming. With present and future supports for GPU and CPU processors, better frame rates, lowered power consumption and enhanced graphical effects, DirectX 12 brings a new era for the PC gamers. To check the latest version of DirectX 12, undertake the following steps,
- Click on Start
- Go on run
- Then again go on Run
- Click on dxdiag
- At last click on DirectX version.
If you do not have a DirectX on your PC when a software update with the following given steps,
- Click on Start
- Type Update
- Click on Check for updates
- Update your DirectX 12 then.
9. Disable Automatic Restart
In order to disable Automatic restart, access your update settings under
- Click on Start
- Type Update
- Click on Check for Updates
- Go to Advanced Settings
- Choose how updates are installed
- Then click Notify when restart is scheduled.
10. Disable Nagle’s Algorithm
Nagle’s Algorithm essentially bundles data packets at the cost of a smoother internet connection. Having Nagle’s Algorithm enabled may contribute to latency issues while playing games online. To disable it follow the given steps,
▪Go to Registry settings under Start>Type Regedit>Regedit
Then click on the drop-down menu and you’ll reach
In the drop-down menu under Interface, you will notice some file names comprised of letters and numbers. In order to access the correct file, match your IP address with the listed address in one of these files.
You can check your IP address by undergoing the following,
- Windows Key +X shortcut
- Go to Control Panel
- Then click on Network and Internet
- Go to Network and Sharing Center
- Click on Details
- Then find the IP address
Once you’ve tracked down the IP address of your internet connection, right click on the folder and select New Dword. Create two DWord values. Once created double click on each and set their parameters to one.