Boost your gaming performance

Boost gaming performance

If you are into gaming, you definitely want to squeeze out the last bit of the performance from your PC/laptop running Windows 10. Here’s a few tips and tricks, that I personally follow, to help boost gaming performance on my PC.


Disable start up applications

These are the applications that auto start on Windows login. The more applications that auto start, the more time the PC takes to get ready after login. Moreover, once these applications are running in the background, they also hog a lot of your PC’s resources.

  1. Go to task manager (ctrl + shift + esc)
  2. Click on the Startup tab.
  3. From this list you can disable any application you know is not very useful to you. If you are unsure, about any application, whether to disable it or not – do not disable it.

Disable background apps

Background apps are mainly the Microsoft apps, like Photos, Mail, etc. and also other apps, that run in the background so that they are up-to-date when you next open them. They continuously run in the background, using memory, disk and sometimes also network. They are better off disabled.

  1. Open the Settings app. (Handy shortcut: win + i)
  2. Go to Privacy.
  3. On the left menu, scroll down until you see Background apps. Click on it.
  4. Now on the right, at the top, you would see the option to disable all background apps. You can choose to disable all the apps (like I did) or you can manually choose specific apps to disable.

Disable services

  1. Press win + r to bring up the run dialog box. In the box type services.msc and press enter.
    – You can also search for services application.
  2. From the huge list presented to you, look for the service SysMain. Double click on it. A properties box would show up.
  3. Set the Startup type to disabled and check if the service is running, if it is click on the Stop button.
  4. These same steps are to be followed for a few more services. The following services are related to Xbox hence if you use any of the Xbox services that come with Windows 10, skip this part.
    – Xbox Accessory Management Service
    – Xbox Live Auth Manager
    – Xbox Live Game Save
    – Xbox Live Networking Service

Clearing temporary files

Clearing prefetch folder
  1. Press win + r to bring up the run dialog box. In the box type prefetch and press enter.
    – Folder path C:\Windows\Prefetch
  2. The prefetch folder will open. Delete all the files in this folder.
Clearing Temp folder
  1. Press win + r to bring up the run dialog box. In the box type %TEMP% and press enter.
    – Folder path C:\Users\<your_username>\AppData\Local\Temp
  2. The Temp folder will open. Delete all the files and folders in this folder.
  3. Since this is the Temp folder, where applications store files and folder temporarily, it might be impossible to delete certain files and folders, most probably because it is currently being used by some running applications. If this happens, you can ignore those files or folders. The idea is to keep the folder contents to its minimum.
  4. Clear out this folder from time to time. I usually do it once a month.

Tweaking the Power Options

This section deals with setting up the power options such that we can drive the PC at maximum performance. For laptop users, you might want to re-think about this, since this would drain your battery quite faster, as for PC users, this is not an issue.

These settings are slightly complicated so instead of confusing you with multiple screenshots, here is a video demonstrating the process step by step.


Manage Graphics performance on per app basis

This is a very important tweak to boost gaming performance. This is built in to Windows so that’s a good thing.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Gaming. Then on the right, under Related settings click on Graphics settings.
  3. In the next screen, add the apps or games for which you want high performance.
  4. By default, the apps or games you add will be set to System default. Click on it and then click on Options.
  5. From the options, select High performance. Then click Save.

Miscellaneous

  1. Make sure that you are not running unnecessary apps in the background. You can kill them from the Task Manager.
  2. Use an awesome program like CCleaner to clear out more temporary files and data, clean up registry and much more.
  3. Defrag your hard disk partitions once a month, using the built in application (Defragment and Optimize Drives).
  4. Keep your graphics drivers up-to-date. This is a very important point, that people often miss out on.
  5. Nvidia and AMD provide their control panel to help tweak games even more. I would definitely fiddle around with those to boost gaming performance.

Conclusion

So that’s it. These settings would definitely help you bring out the maximum performance out of your PC/Laptop running Windows 10.

Happy gaming. Cheers!

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