Windows 10/11 optimization guide for gaming

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edited May 23 in Nitro Gaming

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
*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 10/11 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 (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

                                                                                     Universal tab

                                                                                 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 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) Disable Game bar completely

On both windows 11 and windows 10 Game bar cause random Fps drops and stutters. Even after disabling it from settings, it runs in background and ruined our gaming experience. Those who want to fix this can follow below youtube video which is very easy to apply and easy to revert back.

Follow this video-

Credit for video guide- Panjno (Youtube)

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 Start symbol 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:
-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 mode
Start your PC in safe mode in Windows 10 (
-After safe mode manually, open the “DDU” folder and Double click on “Display Driver Uninstaller.exe
-Choose “GPU” in the first drop-down-Menu
-Choose “NVIDIA” 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 pcLet 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 processor


Image sharpening
Turn ON and select the Sharpen level to 0.50 and the Ignore film grain to 0.17
Ambient occlusion→Turn ON and select it to Performance
Low 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 Card
Power Management mode→ Prefer Maximum Performance
Preferred Refresh rate→ Highest Available
Texture Filtering - Anisotropic Samples→Turn ON
Texture filtering - Quality→Select High Performance
Vertical Sync→OFF
Virtual 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:

  1. Open your browser whichever you use like Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Opera, etc
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Select the Settings option.
  4. Click on System or advanced settings
  5. Turn off the Continue running background apps when Microsoft Edge is closed toggle switch.

    Microsoft Edge disable background processes option

11) 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 (
  • 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 

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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