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How to Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10

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Starting with Windows 10 build 15019, a new Game Mode feature has been added that can optimize your Windows 10 PC for an improvement in game performance and best possible experience.

When you turn on the Game Mode feature, you will be able to use the Game bar to turn on Game Mode for each UWP and Win32 title you play.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Game Mode for your account in Windows 10.

Note   Note
It's possible that not every game will work with Game Mode right now.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Turn On or Off Game Mode in Settings
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Game Mode using a REG file
  • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Game Mode for Individual Games in Game Bar


EXAMPLE: Introducing Game Mode for Windows 10







Game Mode - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Game Mode - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Game Mode in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Gaming icon.

2. Click/tap on Game Mode on the left side, and turn on (default) or off Use Game Mode on the right side for what you want. (see screenshots below)
Note   Note
In Windows 10 build 15019, Game Mode is enabled system wide by default, however, the ON/OFF toggle in Settings will incorrectly show it as being OFF until the user manually toggles the Setting to ON which will cause it to update and accurately display the status of Game Mode system wide.



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Game Mode - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Game Mode - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Game Mode using a REG file

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The .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\GameBar

AllowAutoGameMode DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On Game Mode

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_on_Game_Mode.reg

download


 3. To Turn Off Game Mode

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_off_Game_Mode.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





Game Mode - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Game Mode - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Game Mode for Individual Games in Game Bar

Note   Note
You will need to have Game Mode turned on using Option One or Option Two above to use Game Mode for individual games from the Game bar.


1. While playing a UWP or Win32 game, press the Win+G keys to open the Game bar.

2. If prompted, check the Yes, this is a game box. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on the Settings button. (see screenshot below)

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4. Check (on) or uncheck (off) the Use Game Mode for this game box for what you want, and close the Game bar.(see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn