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How to Disable Game Mode on Windows 11 and 10

How to Turn off Game Mode on Windows 11 and 10

The Game Mode feature in Windows 11 and Windows 10 focuses system resources on games, but some users experience stuttering end freezing when enabled. This guide will show you how to disable Game Mode.

How to Disable Game Mode Windows 10

Windows Game Mode was first introduced with the Windows 10 Creators Update in 2017 and is turned on by default. Windows 11 had Game Mode from the get-go and is also enabled by default.

As the feature is on by default, it detects games and gives them priority to a computer’s resources, namely, GPU and CPU.

The feature contributes to minor FPS increases with some games, but also FPS decreases with other games. Therefore, it doesn’t work reliably for everybody. Also, Windows Game Mode doesn’t have a huge impact on higher-end PCs.

Some have suggested that the feature may take resources away from other vital tasks, resulting in stuttering and freezing.

Instead of relying on Game Mode to optimize your PC for gaming, disable unnecessary, resource-hogging software running on system startup.

Video Guide on How to Disable Game Mode on Windows 11 and Windows 10

Table of Contents:

How to Disable Game Mode on Windows 11

Right-click Start and click Settings

1. Right-click the Start menu button and click Settings.

Select Gaming and select Game Mode

2. In the right pane, select Gaming, and select Game Mode.

Turn Game Mode Off

3. Toggle the Game Mode feature off.

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How to Disable Game Mode on Windows 10

Right-click Start and click Settings

1. Right-click the Start menu button and click Settings.

Select Gaming

2. In the Settings window, select Gaming.

Select Game Mode

3. In the right pane, select Game Mode.

Turn Game Mode Off

4. Toggle the Game Mode feature off.

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