How to Optimize Windows 10 for Gaming

By Jonny Lin  Technical Tips  Windows 10   0 Comment

It’s important to optimize your Windows 10 operating system if you want a best gaming experience. You should make sure your system runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible and it won’t bother you when you’re playing your games.

To optimize your Windows 10 computer for gaming

The following are a few methods that have helped many Windows 10 users have better gaming experiences. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Limit your startup items
  2. Configure your power plan
  3. Update your system
  4. Temporarily pause Windows Update
  5. Disable your visual effects
  6. Upgrade your computer hardware

Method 1: Limit your startup items

Startup items mean the programs or processes that run automatically when your operating system starts. They can affect your Windows 10 system and your game performance. You should check these items and disable the ones you don’t need.

This will only stop those items from running automatically at startup. You can still open these programs or services.

To do so:

1) Right click any empty space of the taskbar, then click Task Manager.

2) Click the Startup tab, then disable the items you don’t need.

If you’re not sure what an item is, do some research on the Internet to know what it is and if you can disable it.

To disable a startup item, right click this item and click Disable.

The next time you start your Windows 10 system,  the items you disabled won’t start automatically.

Method 2: Configure your power plan

You can’t release the full power of your Windows 10 system if you’re using a energy saving power plan. To optimize your device, you should check your power settings and change your power plan for better performance. Here’s how to do it.

1) Right click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen, then click Power Options.

2) Click Additional power settings.

3) Make sure the Power saver plan is NOT chosen.

You can choose the High performance plan for better performance. But if you want a longer battery life, it’s recommended that you choose the Balanced plan.

Method 3: Update your system

Installing updates for your system can fix your performance issues and make it run smoother. You should run Windows Update to update your Windows 10 operating system. To do so:

1) Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen, then click the Settings icon.

2) Click Update & Security.

3) Click Check for updates.

4) Wait for Windows Update to update your operating system.

Updating your device drivers is also an effective way to optimize your Windows 10 system and your game. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update your driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can download and install your drivers by using either Free or Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes only 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to each device to download the latest and correct driver for it, then you can manually install the driver. You can also click the Update All button at the bottom right to automatically update all outdated or missing drivers on your computer (this requires the Pro version — you will be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you have any issue with Driver Easy, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com for advice. You should attach the URL of this article so they can help you better.

Method 4: Temporarily pause Windows Update

Pausing updates from being installed prevents Windows Update from installing updates when you’re in the middle of a game (which is quite frustrating). Here’s how to do it.

Note that you should resume your update installation if you have time. It’s crucial for your system security.

1) Press the Windows logo key and Q on your keyboard and type “update“. Then click Check for updates.

2) Click Advanced options.

3) Turn on Pause updates.

Windows Update will be paused for up to 35 days. And after you resume it, you’ll only be able to re-pause it after you install the latest updates.

Method 5: Disable your visual effects

Windows 10 has a lot of fancy visual effects, but they sometimes consume a large amount of system resources. If you don’t need those effects, you should disable them to make your computer run faster.

1) Press the Windows logo key and R on your keyboard to invoke the Run box.

2) Type “sysdm.cpl” and press Enter on your keyboard.

3) Click the Advanced tab, then click Settings in the Performance section.

4) Click Adjust for best performance, then click OK.

5) Click OK.

You’ve successfully turned off the visual effects of your Windows 10 system.

Method 6: Upgrade your computer hardware

Hardware component upgrade is always the most effective optimization method, if you have enough budget. The following are the components you should consider upgrading first:

  • RAM (memory). Adding more memory to your computer increase the speed of your program and the number of tasks your operating system can do at a time. To add RAM, install new memory on your computer (it must be the same model as your own). Or replace your memory module with the one that has more memory.
  • Hard drive. Use a larger hard drive for more disk space for your Windows 10 system. Or use an SSD instead for faster speed.
  • Graphics card. If you’re optimizing your Windows 10 system for gaming, you should always check your graphics card. Installing a better dedicated graphics card always improve your game performance. (Note that you might need to replace your power supply at the same time due to the increased power consumption.)
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