Windows 10 optimization guide for gaming

GAMING6698GAMING6698 ACE Posts: 4,560 Pathfinder

Even though Windows 10 keeps getting faster and leaner, and hardware more capable, eventually, the performance of your computer will slow down due to a lot of factors. Pc in today's world have been upgraded with Smarter operating system and advanced hardware. Yet slow performance and sluggishness still remain the biggest problem for computer users. No matter how smart your Operating System is, it still requires a few tweaks  to optimize Windows 10 performance.

How does this guide going to affect your PC you may ask?
*More FPS in games, less shuttering
*overall better performance
*Less resource-intensive
*Reduce input lag
*Makes your windows highly responsive 

🔴: Before starting it is recommended to create a system restore point
-In the search box on the taskbar, type Create a restore point and select it from the list of results.
-On the System Protection tab in System Properties, select Create.
The System Protection tab in System Properties
-The System Protection tab in System Properties
-Type a description for the restore point, and then select Create > OK.

🔴:if something goes wrong, you can run System Restore and point it to a recent restore point

1) Installing Windows updates

One of the best ways to get the most out of your PC is to make sure you have the latest version of Windows 10 installed. When you check for updates, your PC will also search for the latest device drivers, which can also help improve your PC's performance. New updates tend to add bug and stability fixes or, in the case of things like video card drivers, better performance and functionality with newer games and apps.

check for updates-Select the Start button, then select Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Update  > Check for updates

Go to settings> System> Notifications & actions 
Scroll down until you see the ''Get notifications from these senders'' section. Go through the list and toggle off the button for the apps you don't want to receive notifications from.

As long as you're here, there is another adjustment you can make. Under Notifications, you can turn off the option to ''show notifications on the lock screen'' and ''show reminders and incoming VoIP calls on the lock screen''
I disable everything under notification just for personal preference

(Go to settings> System> Focus assist)
Now go to Focus assist tab and make sure under focus assist select ''OFF'' and toggle off every thing under ''Automatic rule''

(Go to settings> System> storage)
Click on storage tab and turn off ''storage sense''
I didn't like this feature windows might delete your stuff and files without your knowledge in the background

(Go to settings> System> Clipboard)
Click on Clipboard tab and turn off ''clipboard history''

(Go to settings> System> Remote desktop)
Now we gonna head into remote desktop tab and turn off ''Enable Remote Desktop''

(Go to settings> System> Shared experiences)
Now finally, Go to Shared experiences tab and toggle off everything

2) Go to settings> Personalization> Colors

Scroll down a bit and under More options turn off ''Transparency effects''

(Go to settings> Personalization>start)
Click on the start tab and here we going to turn off everything
now, click on ''Choose which folders appears on start'' and turn off everything except settings to keep a more minimalistic look

(Go to settings> Personalization>Taskbar)
Finally, Click on taskbar tab scroll down a bit and under Notification area click on ''Turn system icon on or off''
Here we gonna turn off everything except Power, Network, Volume, Clock
(Keep input indicator ON if you're switching between multiple keyboard languages)
Now get back scroll down a bit under people turn off everything

3) Go to settings> apps> Offline maps

click on delete all maps then  scroll down a bit and turn off ''Metered connections'' and ''Automatically update map''

(Go to settings> apps>Startup)
Click on startup tab here Many of the apps installed on your computer can configure themselves to launch automatically during startup and continue to run in the background.
However, if you don't use those apps on a daily basis, or you don't have a powerful device, they can waste valuable system resources, which can significantly slow down the experience

Once you complete the steps, your device should now start faster than before. Of course, levels of improvement will vary depending on the applications you're disabling and your hardware configuration.

(Go to settings> apps> apps & features)
-click on apps & features tab Move towards the right pane and click on the link ''Optional Features'' 
-Select and uninstall those features that you don't use on a daily basis, they can waste valuable system resources

4) Go to settings> Gaming> Xbox Game bar

Here we gonna turn off everything
Turn off Xbox game bar and untick open Xbox game bar using this button on a controller

(This fixes crashes in online games like Fortnite and apex legends)

(Go to settings> Gaming> Game Mode)
Finally, click on Game mode tab there you need to turn off or on this feature
  • For Nvidia users- Ultimately Keep game mode feature on but if you experience any performance problems turn it off
  • For AMD users- No need to check anything just Keep this game mode feature off it may Cause lag, FPS drop, Shuttering, Freezing in AMD GPUs when turn on
(This feature is on by default)

5) Go to settings> Ease of Access> speech

Turn off ''Speech Recognition''

(Go to settings> Ease of Access> Keyboard)
Click on keyboard tab and here we literally gonna turn everything off and untick 
(This is to remove the small annoyances that might occurs with your mouse and keyboard while you're playing games)

6) Go to settings> Privacy> General

Under general, turn off everything

(Go to settings> Privacy> speech, Inking & typing personalization, Activity history, app diagnostics)
one by one click on speech tab, Inking & typing personalization and activity history then turn off everything

(Go to settings> Privacy> Diagnostic & feedback)
Click on Diagnostic & feedback tab then set it to basic then scroll down a bit and set Feedback frequency to Never.
Also, don't forget to delete diagnostic data

(Go to settings> Privacy> location and microphone)
click on location tab and turn off location access then click on the microphone tab and turn off microphone access if you don't use 

(Go to settings> Privacy> Other devices)
click on other devices tab and turn off ''Communicate with unpaired devices''

(Go to settings> Privacy> Background apps)
Click on background apps tab and Turn off ''Background apps''

Note- You can also turn off tasks, Emails, Messaging, radios tabs settings if you don't use

7) Go to settings> Update & security > Windows update

Click on advanced options and make sure everything is turned off then click on delivery optimization and turn off ''allow downloads from other PCs''

8) Go to settings> Accounts> Sign-in options

Under Restart and Privacy Turn OFF all configuration

9) Turn off visual effects

- Hold window key and press R
-Now under run window type sysdm.cpl ,3 and press enter

-Under the advanced tab in the performance, category click on settings then select ''Custom'' and follow below image

-now in the same window click on the advanced tab then click on change under virtual memory> untick automatically manage paging file size for all drives then one by one set all drives no paging files
-now Assign the virtual memory to the fastest drive select your fastest drive> tick system managed size and click on SET 

🔴(SSD is faster than HDD, install your games in the fastest drive)

-In the virtual memory window, press ok> ok> apply
-Now navigate to startup and recovery> click on settings> untick ''time to display list of the operating system'' > ok
-Finally, go to remote tab then click on advanced> untick ''Allow this computer to be controlled remotely'' > ok then untick ''Allow Remote Assistance connection to this computer'' > apply> ok>  restart later 

10) Defragment your Windows 10 PC

Note- Don't do this step if you have SSD, With a solid-state drive, however, it is recommended that you should not defragment the drive as it can cause unnecessary wear and tear which will reduce its life span.

Optimizing your drives can help your PC run smoother and boot up faster. To optimize them:
-Select the search bar on the taskbar and enter defrag
-Select Defragment and Optimize Drives
-select and optimize disk driver one by one

🔴(Also under scheduled optimization make sure it is set to off (untick run on a scheduled)

11) Turn Off Mouse Acceleration

-open settings
-click Devices
-In the Bluetooth & other devices window, click Mouse in the left navigation pane
-In the Mouse window, click Additional mouse options in the right navigation pane
-In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab
-Untick Enhance pointer precision checkbox and select the middle setting, number 6 for mouse sensitivity

-Click Apply

12) Decrease sound quality to improve system performance

This will highly benefits you in games and music
-Head down to bottom right corner where you'll find little speech
-Right click on it and press sound
-A new window will appear and in this window go to playback tab
-First right click on sound device and select show disconnected devices
-Then one by one disable sound devices that you are not using or not plugged in one by one.

-Now right-click on your primary audio device (DEFAULT DEVICE) then go to properties
-In the sound properties window, Go to spatial sound tab and make sure spatial sound format is set to off
-Finally go to the advanced tab (same window) under default format set DVD Quality(16bit, 48000hz) and under exclusive mode untick both configurations.

-Apply and ok
(In the sound window, do these same steps under Recording tab)

13) Delete temporary files

-Click on window icon then search %temp% and press enter
-Select all files and folders. You can click the first file, click the first file and press Ctrl+A to select them all
-Right-click anywhere in the file and click Delete. You will need an administrator account to do this

14) Services tweaks

-Press the Win + R keys and type services.msc in the ''Run'' dialog that opens click ''OK'' and the Windows services will open
-Now find and disable these services
1)Connected User Experiences and Telemetry
2)Distributed link Tracking client
Print Spooler(ignore this service if you use printer)
5)Download maps manager
(ignore this service if you use maps)
6)Windows search/search indexing 
-One by one double click on it to enter its properties window then click the Stop button and set startup type ''Disable''
7)AllJoyn Router Service (If you not use any smart devices then disable this service)
8)Windows insider service
9)Remote Desktop Services 
10)Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel service (Windows 10 is now fully compatible with both touch screens and handwriting recognition, but most desktop and laptop systems don’t have that hardware. Disable this service if you don’t use the touch keyboard or a pen)
11)Windows Error Reporting Service (If you don’t want to send error reports to Microsoft then disable this service)
-Apply and ok

Note- some services will be turned on after every window update.

15)Fix micro-stutters by Disabling HPET, Dynamic tick 

Some users claim that forcing High Precision Event Timer (HPET) as a main timer and disabling dynamic ticks solve latency issues and audio distortion.

-Open Cmd as Administrator then copy and paste these below commands in cmd and press enter 

bcdedit /set useplatformclock true
bcdedit /set tscsyncpolicy enhanced
bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes

-Now close cmd 

(System Restart needed)

16) Optimizing games

-Navigate to the .exe file of the game (it’s likely in Program Files)
-Right-click the file, select properties
-Navigate to the compatibility section of the window that just opened up
-Check the box that says “disable fullscreen optimizations”

-Now go to ''change high DPI settings''
-check the box saying ''override high DPI scaling behavior''
-ok, apply, ok

17) Install/update two important Microsoft gaming software/packages

DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer
Go through link download and run this program

-Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019

18) Update your GPU driver

Installing latest AMD/NVIDIA software will update your GPU driver and solve many bugs, improve performance and optimized for new games


19) Turn on GPU Scheduling

-Open Settings app
-Select System thereafter Display on the succeeding screen.
-Go to the right pane and locate Graphics settings
Graphics Settings
-Once you find this option, click it to reach the “Default graphics settings” page.
-Here, enable the toggle switch present under the “hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling” head.

Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling in Windows 10

How did this feature work?

Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling (HAGS) will pass memory management control from the software to the GPU, which in turn should allow the GPUs to better manage their VRAM and free up the CPU a little to improve graphics responsiveness and performance.
Huge fps gain in Fortnite using this feature

20)Disable Unnecessary Features Using Folder Options

You can disable many unnecessary options using Folder Options to improve system performance and functionality.

-Open This PC and click on “View” tab present in Ribbon. Now click on “Options” button present at the end to open Folder Options window.

-Now go to “View” tab and uncheck following options:

  • Display file size information in folder tips
  • Hide empty drives
  • Hide extensions for known file types
  • Hide folder merge conflicts
  • Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color
  • Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items


-Apply the changes and close Folder Options window.

21) Automatically Clear ram chaches to get smooth gameplay without shuttering

-Download EmptyStandbyList on your computer.

-Open C drive then create new folder name Empty standly list then open this folder and paste EmptlyStandbyLink.exe here after download)

-Close the browser window.

-Click on the Search box beside Windows icon and type “Task Scheduler“.

-Click on “Task Scheduler” from the elevated Search result to open Task Scheduler.

-In the Task Scheduler window, on the right-hand side, click on “Create Task…“.

-In Create Task window, name the task “Cache Cleaner“.

-Now, click on “Create User or Groups…“.

-Click on “Advanced“.

-In Select User or Groups window, click on “Find Now“.

-In the Search results: scroll down and then select “SYSTEM“.

-Finally, click on “OK” to save the changes.

-Now, click on “OK” to save the changes. 

-Go to settings tab then untick "stop the task if runs longer than" and go to general tab

-Coming back to Create Task window, check the option “Run with highest privileges“.

-Click on the drop-down beside ‘Configure for:’ and select “Windows 10“.

-Now, go to the “Triggers” tab.

-Click on “New…“.

-In the New Trigger window, under ‘Advanced settings‘ set the ‘Repeat task every:’ to “5 minutes“.

-And set ‘for a duration of:‘ to “Indefinitely“.

-In the same window, check the option “Enabled“.

-Click on “OK” to save the trigger settings.

-Now, go to the “Actions” tab.

-Then, click on “New…“.

-In the New Action window, click on “Browse“. 

-Now, navigate to the location where you have downloaded the ‘EmptyStandbyList‘ application.

-Select the application and then click on “Open“.

-Now, click on “OK” to save the action.

-Coming back to the “Create Task” window, click on “OK” to save the task.

-In the Task Scheduler window, click on “Refresh” to refresh the tasks list.-

-That’s it! From now on at a regular interval of  5 minutes, this ‘Cache Cleaner‘ task will automatically run on your computer to clean cache memory

22)Turn off Hardware Acceleration

-Go to Settings by clicking the gear icon next to your username.
-Under App Settings select Appearance.
-Under Appearance Settings, scroll down and click Hardware Acceleration to disable it.

If you're a gamer and you experience frame drops while playing, it's recommended you turn off hardware acceleration discord.

Google Chrome

-First, you need to open the Settings page:
Click on the three dots symbol in the top-right of your browser, then select Settings.
-Scroll to the very bottom of the page and click on Advanced.
-Scroll down further until you see System. Here, click on the switch next to Use hardware acceleration when available so it turns grey.
-Click on the Relaunch button to restart Chrome and finalize your change

Note→same way to disable hardware Acceleration in other browsers like opera, firefox, edge

23)Registry tweaks 

Now, let's take a look at the best performance tweaks, registry tweaks is also a notable method, which can improve gaming performance to some extends.
My registry script contain 20+ registry tweaks help you to boost fps, Reduce latency, Reduce Ping, Will optimized CPU/GPU scheduling for gaming,etc.

To apply these tweaks follow  the steps which are shown below-
-First Download my registry script from link
-Then go to your download folder and double click on Gaming tweaks by GAMING6698.reg file
-You’ll be asked to give permission for Windows to changed the Registry based on what’s in the file.

-click on yes then ok. That's it, simple!

Now restart your laptop and enjoy it!
Let me know in the comments below your results or if you have any questions and don't forget to like if this guide is helpful !!!
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  • brummyfan2brummyfan2 ACE Posts: 21,000 Trailblazer
    Thanks for posting this useful guide  =)
  • I will share this topic with users as well. How many fps did you get by running these tips? @GAMING6698.
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  • GAMING6698GAMING6698 ACE Posts: 4,560 Pathfinder
    edited August 2020
    In Fortnite around 75Fps(stable) before it was not able to get stable 60FPS
    Assassin's creed origins around +5fps (high settings)
    Before 35fps(unstable with fps drop)
    After 40-45fps(stable)

    Important is games are not crashing, Freezing, shuttering and getting stable FPS
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  • baCKiNgAMEbaCKiNgAME Member Posts: 2 New User
    10/10 for this guide
    Thorough, easy to follow, and absolutely effective,  I can really see big improvement after doing this.
    Thanks for this amazing guide

    Before guide- There is no perfect aim,  stuttering, freezes for microseconds
    After guide-  No more stuttering, freezes for microseconds, Fps gain and 100% accurate aim
  • tttttttttt Member Posts: 870 Seasoned Specialist
    Dear Gamming6698,

       Even though I don't game a lot (may try to add some low end games later), this guide will help improve( or I should say "Regain")
    performance. May need this in the future.
  • GAMING6698GAMING6698 ACE Posts: 4,560 Pathfinder
    edited August 2020
    Yes, you can try to add low end games 
    This guide will  help you to get playable and stable FPS.
    -Reduce screen tearing 
    -fix crashes and stuttering, etc
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  • NitroBlastNitroBlast Member Posts: 5 New User
    edited August 2020
    Thank you!!!
    I cant believe this actually worked omg nothing ever something works for me but this actually worked thank u
  • WillDoNitro5WillDoNitro5 Member Posts: 337 Seasoned Practitioner
    Hi @ GAMING6698.

    I can't find the hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling option, all of my notebook drivers are up to date but it still doesn't appear.

    Follow the image below:

    Estarei sempre disposto a ajudar no que for possível e compartilhar conhecimentos que adquiri por aqui.
    Sempre utilize o fórum para qualquer tipos de dúvidas, e mantenha moderação e respeito com todos!😉


  • GAMING6698GAMING6698 ACE Posts: 4,560 Pathfinder
    edited August 2020
    Which GPU?
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  • WillDoNitro5WillDoNitro5 Member Posts: 337 Seasoned Practitioner

    NVIDIA GTX 1050

    For more specifications of my product

    Model: AN515-52-52BW
    Processor: I5-8300H
    Graphics: GTX 1050 (Mobile)
    RAM: 8GB 2666mhz
    Estarei sempre disposto a ajudar no que for possível e compartilhar conhecimentos que adquiri por aqui.
    Sempre utilize o fórum para qualquer tipos de dúvidas, e mantenha moderação e respeito com todos!😉


  • GAMING6698GAMING6698 ACE Posts: 4,560 Pathfinder
    What is your nvidia control panel version?
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  • WillDoNitro5WillDoNitro5 Member Posts: 337 Seasoned Practitioner
    Sorry, how do I see the version?
    Estarei sempre disposto a ajudar no que for possível e compartilhar conhecimentos que adquiri por aqui.
    Sempre utilize o fórum para qualquer tipos de dúvidas, e mantenha moderação e respeito com todos!😉


  • WillDoNitro5WillDoNitro5 Member Posts: 337 Seasoned Practitioner
    What is your nvidia control panel version?
    Estarei sempre disposto a ajudar no que for possível e compartilhar conhecimentos que adquiri por aqui.
    Sempre utilize o fórum para qualquer tipos de dúvidas, e mantenha moderação e respeito com todos!😉


  • GAMING6698GAMING6698 ACE Posts: 4,560 Pathfinder
    edited September 2020
    Make sure your window is updated.
    If option still not appears then may be this feature 
    Not available for your gpu yet.

    For more details you can do online chat or send mail to nvidia technical support from link

    Btw, You can follow my others steps and enjoy 
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  • NitroBlastNitroBlast Member Posts: 5 New User
    it was 4-5months that Origin stopped working for me , when i try to open it it immediately crashes and the processes run in task manager.
    Tried all fixes, didnt work

    I can confirm my problem is due to the new AMD drivers. rolled it back to adrenalin 2019 version 19.12.1 and Origin is working as normal.
    But for best Fps i want to use latest adrenalin 2020

    Do you have idea how to solve this?
  • GAMING6698GAMING6698 ACE Posts: 4,560 Pathfinder
    edited September 2020
    I already solved this issue just
    →Open AMD Radeon Software 
    →click on Gaming Tab 
    →click on Global settings 
    →click on GPU 2(dedicated)
    →Set Gaming profile to eSports

    Now, try to open open origin 
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  • Joe9844Joe9844 Member Posts: 295 Practitioner
    The most problematic thing about these sorts of guides is that people blindly follow them and disables everything.

    Then they come back complaining why things like Realtek Audio Console doesn't work --- only to find out later that they disabled Realtek audio universal service because somebody told them to do so to make the computer bootup faster.
  • GAMING6698GAMING6698 ACE Posts: 4,560 Pathfinder
    edited September 2020
    ««The most problematic thing about these sorts of guides is that people blindly follow them and disables everything»»

    This guide does not ask for disabling system app.
    Everything written in the guide above
    windows 10 optimization guide for gaming 
    Windows 10 optimization guide for gaming — Acer Community
  • AnnoyedSpyAnnoyedSpy Member Posts: 16


    i don't understand step 12, what's "little speech"?
  • AnnoyedSpyAnnoyedSpy Member Posts: 16


    after following this guide, most of my desktop shortcut icons disappeared, why could that be?
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