Windows' Game Mode doesn't just boost your framerates in video games.It also helps you squeeze more performance out of any application on your PC.
Game Mode is Windows 10/11's performance-boosting tool, it's not just a few extra frames per second in your favorite FPS games.It can also be used to improve the performance of other applications with just a few clicks in the Game Bar settings.
If you're interested in getting more performance for your application, be it gaming or otherwise, let's take a look at how this is achieved.
How Game Mode Works
Game Mode was added to Windows 2017 back in 10.It was designed as an easy way for Windows users to improve the performance of their PC games.There are no complicated options or settings, you just toggle Game Mode on or off.
When Game Mode is enabled, Windows makes some changes in the background.Once it detects that the game is running, it gives the game priority access to system resources.If no game is running, resource allocation will continue as normal.Game Mode also turns off notifications and services that may be running in the background, such as Windows Update.
Game Mode is designed to improve gaming performance on less capable computers.That doesn't mean it turns your 10-year-old laptop with an integrated graphics chip into a gaming monster rig.If you have a powerful PC, enabling Game Mode is unlikely to have an impact on how well the game will run.
How to Enable Windows Game Mode
Game Mode is automatically enabled in both Windows 10 and 11 if you never change the settings.If you've disabled it before, or just want to check if it's enabled, here's how.
1. Open the main Windows Settings app by clicking the gear icon or pressing Windows key+i.
2. Select the Gaming section in Settings, then select the Gaming Mode section.
3. If Game Mode is disabled, use the slider switch to enable the mode.
How to Apply Game Mode to Any Windows Application
You can make Game Mode work with almost any application in Windows.Performance gains will vary from application to application and from computer to computer.
1. Open the application you want to apply Game Mode to.If you have multiple apps open, make sure it's selected.
2. Now open the Windows Game Bar from the main application menu, or press the Windows key + G shortcut.
3. Several Game Bar widgets should be active.Click the "Settings" button in the top toolbar.
4. Click the "General Settings" tab and look for the "Remember this is a game" option.
5. Check the box next to this option.Make sure the app you want to apply game mode to appears below it.
From now on, every time you launch the app, Windows will recognize it as a game.The resource boost from Game Mode will be applied, hopefully improving the performance of the application.
How to Disable Game Mode for Apps
As mentioned, how much of a performance boost you see will depend on several factors.If you see performance degradation, you can simply prevent Game Mode from recognizing other apps, such as games.
To disable Game Mode for a specific app, you can repeat the steps above.Then uncheck the box next to "Remember this is a game".It's important to make sure the app you're applying Game Mode to is open and selected.If you have Game Mode applied to several apps, open each app in turn and repeat the process to disable Game Mode.
Of course, you can disable Game Mode directly in the main settings.If you're not seeing improvements in games or other apps, this is an easier option.Just be aware that if you enable it again, Windows will still treat any app you assign to Game Mode as a game.
Improve the performance of any Windows application
As a booster for gaming performance, Game Mode is a bit of a bummer.But that doesn't mean it can't help improve the performance of other Windows apps and programs.This change is easy to make, so why not give it a try?
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