[Tip] How to Use Game Mode in Windows 10

If you are a gamer, you might have used many 3rd party game booster software to improve your PC performance while playing PC games. Game booster software claim to provide better computer performance so that you can play resource intensive games on your PC.

Now if you are using newer Windows 10 versions such as Creators Update, you'll not need to use any 3rd party software to improve gaming performance of your computer. Windows 10 new versions come with a built-in feature called "Game Mode" which can be used to enhance your Windows 10 device performance for games.

"Game Mode" feature automatically optimizes Windows 10 performance by restricting resources used by other services and applications. When you turn on "Game Mode", it reduces amount of resources used by other programs and services so that your Windows 10 machine can provide more CPU power and RAM amount to your running game. When "Game Mode" is enabled, Windows 10 gives less priority to background services, apps and tasks and gives top priority to your game.

"Game Mode" is used in 2 steps:

Step 1: First "Game Mode" should be turned on system wide.

Step 2: Then you'll need to enable "Game Mode" for each game manually.

Step 1: Enable Game Mode System-Wide

By default, "Game Mode" is enabled in Windows 10. You can check the status of "Game Mode" using Settings app. Open Settings app from Start Menu or press WIN+I keys together to directly launch Settings app.

Now click on Gaming icon in Settings app and then click on Game Mode tab in left-side pane.

PS: Alternatively, You can directly launch this page using "ms-settings:gaming-gamemode" command in RUN dialog box as mentioned here.

The "Use Game Mode" option should be set to ON to enable Game Mode system wide.


Step 2: Enable Game Mode for Particular Game

Once "Game Mode" is turned on system wide, now its turn to enable "Game Mode" for a particular game. We need to enable "Game Mode" for every game separately because Windows 10 can't decide whether an application is a game or not. That's why we need to tell Windows 10 that the running application is a game by turning on "Game Mode" for that specific game.

To enable "Game Mode" for a particular game, launch the game and press WIN+G keys together to launch Game Bar.

Now click on Settings icon present in Game Bar and enable "Use Game Mode for this game" option.


That's it. If you play more than one game in your PC and want to enable "Game Mode" for all games, you'll need to repeat Step 2 for all games.

Also Check:

[Tip] How to Disable Game Mode and Game Bar in Windows 10


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