How to enable and use Game Mode in Windows 10

Microsoft has enhanced several functionalities and add many new settings in the Windows 10 v1703 Settings app. If you open the Settings panel, you will notice that there is a new option added in the Settings panel called Gaming. Under the Gaming category, there is an option called Game Mode. In simple words, Game Mode helps users to optimize their system and play any game more smoothly. According to Microsoft, users can play almost any game with a smoother experience using Game Mode.

Windows 10 Game Mode

Game Mode is a term coined by Microsoft for computer gamers. This mode helps users to use the most of the system resource for the game so that the gamer can get a much better user experience. To get rid of unwanted lagging, frame rate lacking, etc. this mode has been introduced in Windows 10 V1703 or Creators Update.

After enabling Game Mode, your computer will use most of the CPU and GPU power to play the game. Unwanted and non-priority background processes will be stopped automatically. Unwanted background processes include random anti-virus scans, etc. – unfortunately, there is no option for a user to stop or run a particular background process while having Game Mode enabled.

Enable and use Game Mode in Windows 10

To enable Game Mode in Windows 10, open Settings Panel and go to the Gaming section. On the left-hand side, you will see the Game Mode option. Click on it and toggle the button to enable Game Mode right away.

Game Mode in Windows 10

After enabling Game Mode from Settings Panel, you need to activate it in the individual game. For this, you have to enable Game Bar, which can be found on the same screen where you found Game Mode. Open the Game Bar section and enable the option called Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game Bar.

Now open any game and press Win + G to show the Game bar. In the Game bar, you will find a settings gear icon. Click on it.

enable and use Game Mode in Windows 10

Following that, you can will an option called Use Game Mode for this game under the General tab. You have to select the checkbox.

enable and use Game Mode in Windows 10

The Game Mode will now be turned on for that particular game. If you want to disable Game Mode for any game, go to the same screen and uncheck the box.

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