Even though Windows 10/11 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 10/11 performance.
How does this guide going to affect your PC you may ask?
*More FPS in games, less shuttering
*overall better performance
*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
-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 10/11 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.
Make sure you completely update your windows before following next steps
Check for updates- Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates
2) Optimizer Tool Settings
-Download optimizer tool from below link
https://github.com/hellzerg/optimizer/releases (Under Assets Click on Optimizer.exe to download)
-Open Optimizer and apply the settings according to the pictures below
-The options I disable to optimize are the ones I recommend. Don't blindly follow what I do if you use: OneDrive, Cortana, one drive then don't select that option
-Other tabs are not important just leave them
Windows 10\11 tab
-Close the program after completing
3) O&O ShutUp 10++ settings
O&O ShutUp 10++ is one of the most popular software that gives you the ability to disable any and all available Windows 10/11 telemetry.
This app great improve system performance and enhance privacy.
-Download this tool from below link
-Open this app as administrator and apply the settings according to the pictures below
4) 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
🔴(Also under scheduled optimization make sure it is set to off (untick run on a scheduled)
5) Turn Off Mouse Acceleration
-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
6) Delete temporary files
- Press the Windows logo and R keys.
- Type %temp%
- Press Enter key.
- Delete everything in the Temp folder
- Again, Simultaneously press the Windows logo and R keys.
- Type temp
- Press Enter key.
- Delete everything in the folder
- Again, Simultaneously press the Windows logo and R keys.
- Type prefetch
- Press Enter key.
- Delete everything in the Prefetch folder
(Some files may not be deleted in these folders that case press skip)
Finally, empty the Recycle Bin
7) Use static picture as wallpaper or solid background
Make Windows 10/11 not change wallpapers while gaming.
If you have slideshow running in Windows 10/11 background, that also changes the system accent colors when the wallpaper does, this causes the PC to drop a few FPS for a few seconds, freezes, stuttering.
Use static picture as wallpaper or for best performance use black solid background.
To do this- Select the Start
button, then select Settings > Personalization.
In Background, Use the drop-down menu under “Background” in the main windows to choose whether to use a picture, or solid color as a wallpaper
8) Clean re-install of graphics drivers with DDU Uninstaller
Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) is a driver removal tool that can help you completely remove AMD (ATI), NVIDIA and Intel graphics drivers from your system, without leaving leftovers behind (such as registry keys, folders, files, driver store). Over time these leftover files can cause compatibility issues, such as drivers failing to install, reducing performance or system crashes/freezes. By using DDU you can remove these leftovers and solve many common issues related with GPU drivers.
: These instructions in this post are for NVIIDA Cards but the steps are the same for AMD or Intel Graphics Cards.
Follow these instructions-
-First download the newest drivers for your graphics cards from the manufacturer site:Nvidia- https://www.nvidia.in/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-in
-Download the newest version of DD from here
-Take your device offline (This means, cut the Internet connection for the device you want to clean install the drivers on).
-Go to your Download folder then Double click on the file “DDU .exe"
-Click on three dots select desktop path and Extract it
(DDU folder will be created on your desktop after extract)
-Now Start your pc in safe modeStart your PC in safe mode in Windows 10 (microsoft.com)
-After safe mode manually, open the “DDU
” folder and Double click on “Display Driver Uninstaller.exe
” in the first drop-down-Menu
” in the second drop-down-Menu
(if you have an AMD or Intel card, choose accordingly).
-Click on “Clean and restart – Highly recommended
(DDU will now remove the drivers completely and reboot your computer in normal mode)
-Close all unneeded background programs and deactivate the real-time protection from settings
-Install the Nvidia/Amd drivers you have downloaded in starting
-Reboot your Computer > Reactivate your internet connection > Done
9) Nvidia Control Panel Settings
-Open NVIDIA Control Panel under 3D Settings
-Go to the Adjust image settings with preview tab.
-Click the “Use my preference emphasizing“ (If you have a mid&high end pc, Let the 3D application decide
-Put the bar in Performance mode then click on apply
-Go to Manage 3D Settings then Select Global Settings tab then click on restore and follow these below settings for best performance (Don't change anything else)
-Select High Performance Nvidia Processor
under preferred graphics processorSettings:-Image sharpening
→Turn ON and select the Sharpen level to 0.50 and the Ignore film grain to 0.17Ambient occlusion
→Turn ON and select it to PerformanceLow Latency mode
→Turn ON for higher FPS and lower Input lag.Max Frame Rate
→Turn OFF (if not by default)OpenGL Rendering GPU
→Select your NVIDIA Graphics CardPower Management mode
→ Prefer Maximum PerformancePreferred Refresh rate
→ Highest AvailableTexture Filtering - Anisotropic Samples
→Turn ONTexture filtering - Quality
→Select High PerformanceVertical Sync
→OFFVirtual Reality Pre - Rendered Frames
→Set value 1-Now click on apply
10) Closing browsers from running in background
All browsers like Microsoft Edge, Chrome, opera keeps running in background on startup and taking RAM/CPU usage which affects gaming sometime
To stop browsers from running in the background after it's closed, use these steps:
- Open your browser whichever you use like Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Opera, etc
- Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
- Select the Settings option.
- Click on System or advanced settings
Turn off the Continue running background apps when Microsoft Edge is closed toggle switch.
11) Disable High Precision Event TimerDisabling HPET
removes the micro-stuttering and screen tearing that may occur during gameplay.
You can use the device manager to disable the High Precision Event Timer. I’ll show you how to use device manager settings to disable HPET.
-From search, type Device Manager and press Enter to open settings.
-Locate and expand System devices.
-Right click on High Precision Event Timer and select Disable to stop the HPET service.
Note- If disabling this device make your games or system lag then enable it again. You need check this in every game because in some games it work great and in some cases game get slow down
12) Intelligent Standby List Cleaner (ISLC)
Intelligent Standby List Cleaner monitors and free memory and standby list memory and acts whenever a set threshold is reached. It fix stutters
To use this tools follow the steps which are shown
-First download ISLC from this link
-After download double click on ISLC 188.8.131.52.exe and extract it on desktop then go to ISLC folder
-Open ISLC application and Set "The list size is at least:" to 1024
-Set "Free memory is lower than:" to half of your total system memory (written on top left side)
-Tick Wanted timer resolution and set it to 0.5
-Set polling rate 1000 for Mid-end CPUs and 500 for high-end CPUs
-Now, finally click on start then click on Purge Standby List and minimize it to tray
(Now your settings will be saved and next time
when you open this app you just need to click on
Now restart your laptop and enjoy it!
start and minimize it)
Always keep this app running in background while playing games
13) MSI Mode for GPU
Enabling MSI mode
for your GPU can decrease your system latency. MSI
in this context stands for Message Signaled Interrupts
, which has nothing to do with the motherboard company Micro-Star International Co. Ltd., also known as MSI.
MSI increases the number of interrupts that are possible. While conventional PCI was limited to four interrupts per card (and, because they were shared among all cards, most are using only one), message signalled interrupts allow dozens of interrupts per card, when that is useful.
This fixes Fps drops, stutters in games cause by Gpu usage drop while playing
To enable MSI mode for your GPU you will be using MSI mode utility v3. This program is free, and can be downloaded from the following link:- MSI_util_v3 (mediafire.com)
- Open MSI mode utility v3
- Look for your NVIDIA/AMD GPU on the left column
- Under "supported modes", look to see if it reads "Msi"
- If it shows Msi is a supported mode, check the box under the MSI column (If Msi is not next to your Gpu under supported mode then don't follow this step otherwise you will not able to boot)
- Change "interrupt priority" to High
- Press Apply at the top-right of the window
Everything shown in below image you can easily check-
Reboot your PC for this change to take effect.
--------------------------------------Note- If you have system will two GPUs then set both GPUs interrupt priority to High - This setting reset whenever you Reinstall your GPU driver
Credit- Official page of this step here- Steam Community :: Guide :: Gaming Optimization Settings [2021 Update]
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