How To Optimize Windows 10/11 for Gaming Increase FPS and Performance for free!

As your computer ages, it gets slower and you start to question why is that happening? Even high-end computers tend to get slow and laggy if not managed properly. The storage and memory start getting used more and more as you use your computer and they need to be cleaned up to ensure the best performance. If your computer has been running slow we have the perfect and the only steps you’ll need to optimize Windows for gaming.

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Making Windows faster

1. Enable ‘Adjust for best performance’ in performance options.

Steps to follow:

  • Search system settings in windows and open it.
System settings
  • From there, navigate to the Advanced system settings.
  • Under the Advanced tab click on settings in the performance section .
  • In the Visual affects tab select ‘Adjust for best performance’.

Changing the systems performance settings to ‘Adjust for best performance’ allows windows to prefer performance and disable any extra visual settings which can slow down your computer.

2. Choose the High performance plan in ‘power options’.

Steps to follow:

  • Search and open the control panel.
  • From there navigate to the power options(if you don’t see change view by to large icons from category to see more settings).
Control Panel
  • Under the preffered plan section choose ‘High performance’
Power options

The ‘High performance’ plan favours performance and tries to work at the full potential of the hardware. However, as the computer consumes more energy and the temperatures may increase. If you want to read a full guide on how to reduce your temperatures for free! Check out our guide on Undervolting and how it is good for your computer and how to reduce your temperatures with it here!

3. Disable startup Apps in task manager.

Steps to follow:

  • Press Ctrl+alt+del key on your keyboard and open task manager.
  • Navigate to the Startup tab.
  • Disable the Apps which you don’t always use.

Some apps automatically launch up when you boot up windows and fill up the memory in the process. Disabling the Apps you don’t always need to be running will save up some Ram and make windows quicker.

4.Disable background Apps & services.

Steps to follow:

  • Press Ctrl+alt+del key on your keyboard and open task manager.
  • While in the Processes tab.
  • Disable the Apps & services which you don’t need.

Windows runs a lot of processes in the background. While some of them are important for windows to function correctly. Similarly, third party Applications continue to run in the background even when you aren’t using them. Some good examples would be an Antivirus or a browser service.

5. Delete temperorary files.

Steps to follow:

  • Open settings and navigate the Storage section in the System tab.
Storage settings
  • From there head to the Temporary files.
  • Delete the Temporary files.
Temporary files

It’s important to clear your storage once in a while. A full hard drive slows down the computer significantly.

6.Enable storage sense.

Steps to follow:

  • Open settings and navigate the Storage section in the System tab.
  • Under there Enable storage sense.
Storage sense

Storage sense is a smart way to keep your Disk clean automatically. It scans for files you haven’t been using and clears them out as per your settings and helps maintain the speed.

7.Enable game mode

Steps to follow:

  • Go to settings.
  • Navigate to Game mode and Enable it.

Enabling game mode allows windows to optimize your computer for gaming and output the best performance.

8. Boot Advanced Options for faster Windows.

Steps to follow:

  • Search system configuration
  • Go to the Boot section
  • Under their Set the Number of processors to the max value.
Boot options
  • Also uncheck the GUI boot box. It disable the UI when Booting Windows up.

9. Use Windowstoolbox to disable additional services(Important).

The above steps are surely useful but nothing quite provides results as effective as the Debloat. The de-bloating method tries to remove as many services and default apps to make windows lighter and free up the memory and CPU used up by those unnecessary apps and services.

This is an important step and will significantly boost your performance. The Windowtoolbox is an open-source program that is simple and easy to use. Windowtoolbox helps to debloat Windows 10 and 11, removes Pre-installed useless applications, Speeds up performance, disables Cortana, Get rid of telemetry, disable unnecessary scheduled tasks and more!

Here is the official link to the Github profile for Windowtoolbox.

Before you debloat your windows, it would be a good idea to create a system restore point to restore your PC and undo the changes in case you want to reverse the changes. Although the windowtoolbox itself creates a System Restore point but just to be on the safer side it is good practice to create one manually before starting the process.

Steps:

  • Search windows powershell and run it as administrator.
Power shell
  • Paste the code below into the powershell.
  • CODE- iex((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString(‘https://ps.microsoft-toolbox.workers.dev’))
  • Hit enter
  • This will bring you to the following screen.

Windowtoolbox provides some amazing features to optimize windows by removing unneeded applications and services. Enabling the UltraPower mode is a gamechanger as it enhances windows to completely focus on performance.

Here is the list of all the features provided by windowtoolbox that help optimize Windows and removes default apps and services.

  • Remove Bloatware and free up CPU usage and memory
  • Ultrapower mode for maximum performance
  • Reduce windows animations and reserve GPU usage to maximize VRAM for gaming
  • Remove One Drive and Ms Store
  • Disable Cortana and free up RAM
  • Disable Action Center
  • Disable Windows search and improve the read/write speed.
  • Disable background apps and reduce CPU usage
  • Improve Timer Resolution
  • Delete Temporary files and free storage

Remove Bloatware and free up CPU usage and memory

Windows includes some pre-installed apps known as ‘bloatware‘ and a lot of tracking services that run in the background and ultimately make your system slower. Clicking the ‘Boost‘ option disables all those services and removes all the bloat from windows making it a lot faster for gaming as memory and CPU usage gets reduced.

Boost and Ultra power mode

Ultrapower mode for maximum performance

Windows includes 3 power plan options by default.

  • Power saver – Favours power reservation
  • Balanced – Balances power consumption and performance
  • High performance – Favours performance

The Ultrapower mode enables a 4th option which is completely performance-oriented and tries to favour performance entirely. Setting up the power plan to ‘Ultimate performance‘ will improve most of the performance alone.

Ultimate performance power plan

Reduce windows animations and reserve GPU usage to maximize VRAM for gaming

The Fast animation option reduces the windows animation and effects and helps in reserving more GPU resources for gaming

Remove One Drive and Ms Store

Windows tends to keep running the annoying One Drive in the background over and over again. Using the ‘remove One Drive’ in windowtoolbox option removes it permanently and prevents it from getting reinstalled as Microsoft tries to reinstall it. You can also remove the MS store if you don’t use it. It is 100% safe to do so as you can always reinstall it.

Disable Cortana and free up RAM

Cortana is one of the windows feature that no one actually uses. It just sits there running in the background eating up your CPU and RAM. You can entirely Disable it and free up memory to boost your system’s performance even more.

Disable Action Center

Windows constantly keeps running the Action Center in the background as it checks for events and notifications. Disabling it can free up CPU usage.

Disable Windows search and improve the read/write speed

If you don’t use the Windows Search bar you can disable it to improve the Read/write speed of your drive massively as the search bar indexes the location of the files. However, a lot of users prefer to use the windows search bar as it can be quite handy hence we recommend keeping it on.

Disable background apps and reduce CPU usage

While playing games you might not even realise how many apps and services windows runs in the background and eat up your RAM and CPU. Windowtoolbox disables all those background services and ultimately makes windows lighter and faster.

Improve Timer Resolution

By clicking the Timer Resolution option you can improve the windows timer resolution from 15 milliseconds to 0.5 milliseconds making the ping and lag much less.


Delete Temporary files and free storage

This option deletes all the temporary files created by windows. It’s important to clear your storage once in a while. A full hard drive slows down the computer significantly.These files

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