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    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10
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    10 Jun 2017
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    How to Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10

    information   Information
    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 Settings
    • Option Four: To Turn On or Off Game Mode for Individual Games on Game Bar


    EXAMPLE: Introducing Game Mode for Windows 10







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

    Note   Note
    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.





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

    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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    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Game Mode for Individual Games on Game Bar

    Note   Note
    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 16215. Its icon will be updated soon in a future flight.

    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 Game Mode button to turn Game Mode on or off for the current game, and close the Game bar. (see screenshots below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    30 Apr 2017 #1

    Worth a watch.

      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 21,626
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    Thread Starter
       30 Apr 2017 #2

    Interesting. Thank you for sharing.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 1,519
    Win-7Prox64 Win-8.1Prox64 Win-10Prox64
       30 Apr 2017 #3

    Hi,
    Yep it's been posted a few times to disable game mode even before benchmarking it does make a difference
    Just more cool-aid for win-10 possibly it works great on a windows phone or surface
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.   My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 12,022
    Windows 10 Professional x64
       02 May 2017 #5

    Game mode is on thank you Shawn, great tutorial
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  6. Posts : 2,395
    Windows 10.3 Home 1703 x64 (Home per choice)
       02 May 2017 #6

    I have noticed this running, with gamebar disabled:

    %WinDir%\System32\GameBarPresenceWriter.exe

    what is GameBarPresenceWriter.exe - Microsoft Community

    I have removed it, I just find it annoying, how MS pushes it on.
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