If you have landed on this article, you must be gaming enthusiast and should be aware that PC is no doubt the best gaming platform with the best graphics, gaming controls, and performance. There are several operating systems like Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris, etc. But according to research windows is still the most commonly used operating system for gaming as it supports almost every game out there except some.
But you can never get the best performance out of your PC if your operating system settings are not optimized for gaming. You might get frequent lags, drop in frame rate and glitch in gameplay. You might already be facing these problems even though you have bought the PC which meets the requirements of the game.
It has been quite some time that Windows 10 has been released and tested. Many gamers have tested the windows 10 in different settings and reported the best settings for gaming. This article reviews all those aspects you need to optimize before playing the game.
But before jumping into this article in detail you need to make sure that your system meets the minimum requirement for the game otherwise you won’t be able to get the good performance or won’t be able to run the game at all no matter how much you optimize windows 10 for gaming.
Enable Overclocking (if supported)
The overclocking feature is specially designed to boost the performance of your processor incredibly, but this feature is not supported in every PC. To enable the overclocking you need to make sure that your processor supports the overclocking feature.
The major function of the processor is to perform the instructions and it performs these instructions on the clock cycle. The more the number of clock cycles in one second, the more instruction will be performed by the processor in one second. Let say normally your processor was running at 2.7 Giga Hz clock speed which means it was performing 2.7 trillion instructions in one second, now you enable the overclocking feature and clock speed jumps to 3 Giga Hz and starts performing 3 trillion instructions per second. That’s how you boost the performance of your processor. But there is also a problem related to it, if you enable the overclocking your PC will heat up extremely because you are making it work beyond its normal working limit and it will also consume more power and drain the battery really fast. To enable the overclocking it is necessary to have a proper liquid cooling system installed in your PC and fan cooling might not be enough.
Now the question is how to overclock your processor, for this you need to access the bios of the computer.
First of all, restart the computer. As the computer restarts continue pressing Delete, F2, or F10 key depending on your manufacturer.
Message something like this should be available on the screen “Press F2 to enter setup”, “Press F10 to enter setup”. It will make you enter the BIOS settings. Bios settings and the look of it will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. There should be the option of an Advanced Computer Core setting or OC (overclocking). From there you can enable the turbo mode and choose between manual or automatic overclocking whatever is provided by the manufacturer.
Enabling the Gaming Mode
The most basic feature that is specially introduced for gaming by windows 10 itself. This feature was not included in previous versions of windows but keeping in view the need of the latest gaming, they have introduced it in windows 10.
To know how this gaming mode works you must be aware of the priority system of tasks of an operating system. Depending on your PC you might have 2, 4, 6, or 8 cores. Each core is capable of running a separate task independently of other tasks. For example, you might be running Google chrome, Media player, and Photoshop. To run all these tasks in parallel each core of your processor must run each task so a number of tasks you can run on your PC must be equal to the number of cores of PC. But it is not the case your PC might have only 2 cores and you might be running 10 tasks at a time all in parallel. How the operating system achieves it? This process is called context switching where the operating system keeps switching between the tasks at really high speed which enables each core to run more than one task. But how the operating system decides which process should be loaded in the core and how much it should be awarded? This is usually decided based upon the priority of the task. Higher the priority more time will be given to each task and more frequently.
If you enable the gaming mode, it will automatically prioritize your gaming over all the other tasks so that you get lag-free gameplay.
To enable this setting:
- Type settings in a bar at left bottom corner and open the settings.
- When new window pops up type Game mode settings in that window
- Enable the Game mode
You can always change your settings by pressing “Windows + G”.
If you have low-end PC and maximum visual effects enabled it might intervene in your gaming experience. If you have a high-end PC this step will not make much effect but to improve your gaming performance you can always follow this step.
- First of all press “Windows key + I” and a window of settings will pop up.
- Type “Appearance and performance of Windows” and press enter.
- Click Adjust for best performance
- Press Apply and then OK
When using the windows normally our PC’s processor is also indulged in providing visual experience but during gaming, we need every bit of our processor in gaming so we need to minimize the visual effects during gaming.
Maximum Power Plan:
There is always a trade-off between power consumption and performance. When you decrease the power consumption of the battery, the performance of the PC is also decreased to save the battery. While gaming you need to maximize the performance on the cost of battery life. This will drain the battery faster will boost the performance of your PC.
To change this option:
- Open control panel
- Press All control panel items
- Press Power options
- Now Select High performance from the settings
By default, windows select optimized or balanced settings to maximize the battery life of your PC. So it necessary to change this setting too high performance.
Windows keep providing driver update for GPU, audio, video, etc. You must make sure that your PC is running the last driver updates to eliminate any chance of game interruption due to outdated drivers that can’t support the latest high-end gaming needs. You should check for updates once per week.
To check if your latest updates have been installed or not:
- Go to settings
- Now press Update and Security
- Now press check for updates
This update window will not show for any hardware driver update provided by your PC manufacturer you can update your hardware driver by visiting the site of your laptop manufacturer for example dell to install the latest hardware drivers for maximum performance and output.
Graphic card update:
GPU stands for graphics processing unit and is responsible for rendering the graphics of your game. You can’t even wonder to play any good game without GPU because normal CPU is not capable of rendering the graphics rather it is designed to make the calculation and do non-hectic stuff for the PC. So we are assuming that you have a good graphic card installed on your PC.
Now, it is necessary to keep the drivers of your graphic cards updated and windows can help you with that. But this process is extremely slow and usually takes hours to install the latest updates. So it is convenient to install the driver from the manufacturer website.
To install the latest driver for GPU:
- Find the manufacturer of your graphics card
- Go to the manufacturer website
- Select the model of your graphics card
- Download the driver
- Install the driver
- Restart your PC
To escape all this hassle automatic tools are also available which do all the work for you. You can install the software like an easy driver to install the driver automatically.
Install DirectX 12:
DirectX has been accelerating graphics and videos for ages. Even Microsoft has admitted officially that usage of DirectX can boost the performance of your PC by up to 20%. DirectX is not something new and is recommended for every game. If you play games there is a great chance it is already installed on your PC if not then install it. If an older version of DirectX is installed upgrade it to DirectX 12. You can easily download DirectX 12 from the Microsoft website and install it.
Disable unnecessary straup programs and background processes:
Startup programs are those which start automatically in the background when you turn on the windows. These programs consume your ram and processing power without you knowing so you should turn off the unnecessary startup programs so that they don’t run in the background when you play games and your ram is only equipped with your game.
To turn off unnecessary startup programs:
- Open settings
- Click on the apps and then click on startup
- From the list, you can turn off the apps at startup
To turn off unnecessary background processing:
- Go to task manager
- Scroll down to background process
- Turn off unnecessary process before starting the game
Clean up registry with CCleaner:
When you play games and use applications, frequently used data is stored in the registry which is then accessed by the processor through proper channel. When you use your PC for weeks this data collects and hinders the performance of your PC while gaming. If you clear the registry using CCleaner, it will take the load off your PC and you will see the clear difference in the gaming experience. But there is no automatic way to delete useless registry data and you have to delete it manually using the CCleaner.
There is a professional and free version of CCleaner available, but you need to download the professional version as you just need to delete the useless registry data thoroughly. But if you need to go deep you can also buy the professional version.
To clean the registry data:
- Download CCleaner on your PC
- Install and run the program
- Click on the registry section
- Now tick mark the registry data that you don’t want to save and clean it
Uninstall useless software:
No one uses every software available on their PC. We usually download some software for a specific need and when we are done with that software and we don’t need it anymore, we don’t get in the hassle of uninstalling it. With time the list of such software piles up and burdens our processor as many software runs their processes in the background. So you should make sure that you delete every useless software on your PC.
To uninstall useless software:
- Go to settings
- Select Apps
- Now go to Apps and features section
- Now uninstall the applications and software that you don’t want to keep
Disable automatic updates:
An automatic update is a good thing and keeps your windows updated with the latest security patches to save you from any hacking attacks. Moreover, the update comes improvement in the visual and audio experience. But the problem with the automatic updates is it burdens and hinders the performance of your processor.
When you are playing the game, you need every bit of the processor into the gaming and if your processor is burdened with installing updates you will get poor frame rate and lags in gameplay. Moreover, it might automatically restart your computer during gameplay. You need to make sure that automatic updates are disabled when playing games so that you get the maximum performance out of your processor.
To turn off automatic updates:
- Open Settings
- Select updates and security
- Select Advanced options
- Uncheck the automatic updates
Our Conclusion About Optimizing Windows 10 for Gaming:
You might have bought the gaming PC, but still won’t be getting the best performance or might lose the performance after some time. There are several reasons for that, and most common is that your operating system settings are not optimized according to gaming. These articles guide you through steps to optimize your Windows 10 performance for gaming.