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How to Optimize Your Windows 10 PC for Gaming

How to Optimize Your Windows 10 PC for Gaming

Microsoft did intense research & analysis before launching mighty Windows 10 version. With this new version, users were able to perform different tasks seamlessly with powerful built-in utilities and features. Though Windows 10 is better compatible to perform different tasks effortlessly, still it is not immune to some basic computer problems.

One such issue is slow system performance due to prolonged use and while being a gaming enthusiast, nobody likes to play their favorite games on sluggish machines. In this article, we have discussed ways to optimize your Windows 10 PC for the seamless gaming experience.

#1 Disable Special Effects

Special effects & animations make your system look impressive but they come with a price as these effects consume lot of system resources. These special effects run every time you turn on your system or system screen thus consuming more CPU cycles, RAM and other resources. Thus, these special effects affect your system speed & performance negatively including make your system run slowly while gaming.

Disable Special Effects
Disable Special Effects

To disable special effects on your system, go to Start menu > System > Advanced System Settings and click on System Properties here. Alternatively, you can search “Advanced System Settings” in the search bar to open System properties. Now click on Advanced tab and tap on Settings under Performance section to open Performance Options window. Now on this new window under Visual Effects tab, select “Adjust for best performance”. It will stop all unnecessary special effects to recover precious system resources for an improved gaming experience. Alternatively, you can select “Custom” to tweak settings as per your needs.

#2 Upgrade System Graphics Card or Add Multi-Graphics Card Setup

Upgrade System Graphics Card
Upgrade System Graphics Card

Your gaming speed & performance on Windows system is somehow directly proportionate to the health of your graphics card. If you are using some old & obsolete graphics card on your system than its sure going to backfire. Further, if you find graphics card on your system is delivering diminishing returns then it is time to move on to advanced technology graphics card for improved gaming experience.

In addition to this upgrade, you can also look for adding multi-graphics card setup on your system to improve animations of game graphics and improve rendering. Here, you will get high frame rate and smooth graphics movement with high-resolution graphics card. Just to check the difference of moving to this new upgrade, you can use game recorder software to record and compare the performance of game.

#3 Remove Bloatware

Bloatware is bundle programs that come pre-installed on your system when you buy it. These bundled programs include apps from manufacturer or other third-party apps. You may find these programs on trial versions, in-app purchases or in other ways. The irony is lot of these programs remain idle for long time on your system as you rarely use them. These unnecessary programs not only occupy precious system resources but many of these items also run in the background continuously making your system slow.

Remove Bloatware
Remove Bloatware

To do this on Windows 10, open Start menu and click on Settings > System. Now select the Apps & Features from the left pane. Here, scroll down the list to find all unnecessary items. Select the program that you want to remove and select Uninstall.

#4 Update Windows

If software update notification is lying there in notification pane for long time than it is the time to instantly download all available updates if you want to optimize your Windows 10 system for improved gaming experience. Though Windows 10 search for all updates automatically and install them to improve system performance still you should be careful about all software update notifications.

Update Windows
Update Windows

Apart from it, you can check for updates manually by searching “Windows Update” in search bar. Select “Check for updates” from given options. It will open a new window where you need to again click on “Check for Updates” under Windows Update section. After scanning it will display all updates which you can download from here. Click on Download button to install all such updates.

#5 Disable Background Services

On your Windows 10 system, you can find numerous apps & programs that keep on running in the background all the time. It includes lots of unnecessary programs as well that only consume your system resources and makes your system run slow. By default, Windows 10 allows each app to run in the background thus you need to tweak this setting if you want to disable certain programs running in the background. To do this, go to Settings > Privacy > Background Apps. Here, you will find apps with “On/Off” toggle. Here, turn off toggle of all those apps that you don’t want to run in the background. It will instantly boost your system performance.

Disable Background Services
Disable Background Services

#6 Defrag Hard Drive

Your system hard drive gets fragmented over time due to prolonged use. It may get fragmented due to regular addition & deletion of different apps, programs &files, improper program removal, and other reasons. It finally affects your system performance negatively and makes your system run slow. Here, you can’t enjoy your favorite game on slow PC. To defrag your Windows 10 hard drive, search “defrag” and select “Defragment and Optimize Drives” option. Now on “Optimize Drives” window check for fragmented drives. Select the fragmented drive and click on “Optimize” button below to defrag selected drive instantly. To check fragmentation level of any drive, click on “Analyze” button.

Defrag Hard Drive
Defrag Hard Drive

#7 Upgrade to Solid State Drive (SSD)

Upgrade to Solid State Drive (SSD)
Upgrade to Solid State Drive (SSD)

This is a quick fix if you want to enjoy seamless gaming experience on your Windows 10 system. Solid State Drive or SSD is futuristic solution to deal with problems caused due to traditional hard drives. SSD doesn’t have moving parts or read/write head like traditional hard drive instead it stores all information in microchips.

Further, it uses a grid of electrical cells to quickly receive or send data. This basic structural change makes your gaming experience seamless and coherent.

Conclusion:

Windows offers multiple built-in utilities and features to help you deal with almost any performance related problem. Here, it not only helps you fix some common computer problems but it also helps you improve your system performance.

We have discussed some basic steps here to guide you through the ways you can optimize your Windows PC for gaming. In addition to that, you can also increase RAM and upgrade driver software as a quick fix for an improved gaming experience.

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