How can I make PC games work better?

To optimize your Windows 10 PC for gaming, make sure your PC is ready for action. In the Microsoft Store, check the system requirements for your game. Choose a game that works on your PC, or, upgrade your PC to meet the requirements for the game you want to play.

The following tips can also help your games work better on your PC.

Use Game Mode

When you’re playing games on Windows 10, Game Mode makes gaming your PC’s top priority, so you get the best possible game performance. For more info, see Use Game Mode while gaming on your PC.

Update your Windows and device drivers

Make sure you have the latest drivers for your PC’s graphics card. Updating drivers often resolves performance issues.

Check compatibility

Find the executable file for your game (likely somewhere under C:\Program Files), then:

  1. Right-click the executable file and select Properties.
  2. Select the Compatibility tab and then choose Run compatibility troubleshooter.

Check your settings for Captures

Captures lets you record and share your gameplay in any PC game. Two components of captures can affect PC gaming performance: background recording and video quality.

Background recording

When turned on, background recording lets you save a clip of something that just happened in a game, even if you didn’t plan to record a clip. Captures uses hardware encoding for recording, which helps ensure the best possible PC performance. However, background recording may affect game performance on most PCs. Background recording is turned off by default.

If game performance is low, make sure background recording is off. To check, press the Start button , and then select Settings > Gaming > Captures. Set Background recording to Off.

With this setting, Captures runs only when you activate it and won’t affect game performance.

Video quality

Press the Start button , and then select Settings > Gaming > Captures. In Recorded video, check the video frame rate and the video quality settings and adjust them as needed. For better performance, 30 frames per second (fps) and standard quality are recommended.

Disable fullscreen optimizations for a single game

Find the executable file for your game (likely somewhere under C:\Program Files), then:

  1. Right-click the executable file and select Properties.
  2. Choose the Compatibility tab and select the Disable fullscreen optimizations check box.
  3. Select Apply > OK.

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