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How to Enable and Use Game Mode in Windows 10

Learn how to enable Game Mode in Windows 10 and what you must do in order to use it for all your games.

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How to Enable and Use Game Mode in Windows 10

One of the newest features of the Windows 10 Creators Update that everyone was anxiously waiting for was the new Game Mode. Game Mode in Windows 10 will be available to you as soon as you run the update, but you have to enable it in order to take advantage of the new feature. If you have to update, you should quickly be able to take advantage of this new feature to increase the performance of your games.

What Does Game Mode in Windows 10 Do?

Game Mode is a new feature on Windows 10 that is designed to limit the resources of other apps running in the background so your game has more resources available to it while it is running. It turns on and off when you load a game so you can set it and never think about it again.

The hope is gamers will spend less time tweaking their install of Windows and more time enjoying their games without all the complicated system tweaks to improve gaming performance.

Enabling Game Mode in Windows 10

So now that you know what game mode is, it’s time to learn how to turn it on. It’s actually quite easy and can be done with just a few clicks of your mouse.

1. Click on Start and then click on the Cog icon on the left side of the Start Menu to open Windows Settings.

2. Click on the Gaming icon in your Windows Settings screen.

3. Click on Game Mode in the left hand side of the Game Settings windows.

4. Turn the switch to On and close your Settings.

That’s all there is to it. With just a few clicks, you can enable gaming mode and start enjoying some of the small boosts in performance you will get by using it.

What Else Must You do?

Many people assume they have to do something else to further configure and tweak Game Mode in Windows 10. However, you don’t. All you have to do is turn it on. In theory, you should see a slight boost or more in performance with your games.

But, keep in mind that this is a new feature in Windows 10. Some games don’t support it at all and others will only see a minimal increase in performance. In fact, it may be so low you won’t even notice the difference. Still, you can expect Microsoft to expand this feature in the future and even a small boost is a boost, so why not use it?

Final Thoughts

Game Mode in Windows 10 is a nice little feature that shows that Microsoft is starting to recognize the importance of gaming on their platform. While its features and actual enhancements may be minimal at this point in time, I would recommend turning it on so you can take advantage of even more features as games release that will use this mode and Microsoft improves this new feature especially if you are running a cheap gaming laptop where resources may be limited.

Have you used Game Mode in Windows 10? If so, what was your experience like? Did you notice any improvements in performance when playing your favorite games? Let me know in the comments below.

By Matt Garrett

Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing on our sister ShopNinja sites where he enjoys talking about anything and everything tech.

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