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    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10
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    27 Feb 2020
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    How to Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10


    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 use Game Mode, Windows prioritizes your gaming experience. When you’re running a game, Game Mode:
    • Prevents Windows Update from performing driver installations and sending restart notifications.
    • Helps achieve a more stable frame rate depending on the specific game and system.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16251, some users may see Game Mode enabled in the Game Bar by default for some of their games.

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

    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







    OPTION ONE

    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 Game Mode on the right side for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10-game_mode_settings.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    To Turn On or Off Game Mode using a REG file


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

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\GameBar

    AllowAutoGameMode and AutoGameModeEnabled DWORDs

    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

    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 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

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






    OPTION THREE

    To Turn On or Off Game Mode for Individual Games in Game Bar Settings


    This option is no longer available starting with Windows 10 build 17692.


    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.

    The Game bar will only be available if you have Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar turned on in Settings->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)

    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10-game_bar_for_game_mode-1.png

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

    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10-game_bar_for_game_mode-1b.png

    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)

    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10-game_bar_for_game_mode-2.png






    OPTION FOUR

    To Turn On or Off Game Mode for Individual Games on Game Bar


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 16215.

    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.

    The Game bar will only be available if you have Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar turned on in Settings->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)

    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10-game_bar_for_game_mode-1.png

    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)

    (ON)
    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10-game_-mode_on.png

    (OFF)
    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10-game_-mode_off.png

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17692, you will turn on or off Dedicate resources for Game Mode instead.

    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10-game_mode_dedicated_resources.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 115
    Windows 10
       #1

    Worth a watch.

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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,987
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21376
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       #2

    Interesting. Thank you for sharing. :)
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  3. ThrashZone's Avatar
    Posts : 7,128
    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64
       #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
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #4
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  5. Stephanie's Avatar
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       #5

    Game mode is on thank you Shawn, great tutorial :)
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  6. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows Home Dev 21xxx x64
       #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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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,987
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       #7
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  8. Posts : 699
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #8

    ive got a bit of an intersting issue and im pretty much at a loss. If you cant help, its gonna be what it is.

    I upgraded from creators update to redstone 3 yesterday. All the issues it presented I was able to resolve except this one.

    My gaming section within pc settings has the game mode subsection. Said subsection says "this pc supports game mode" however there is NO slider/option to toggle it on or off lol.

    If i check the registry its disabled fwiw. Its unlikely i'll use it but should I decide to I'd like to have the option wh ere its supposed to be and i question what else could be effected by whatevers causing it to be missing.

    Anything in group policy or tweakable that could/would effect that? Annoys me it was just present in 1703 and I dont want to roll back over just that but ugh.
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  9. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 4,777
    Windows Home Dev 21xxx x64
       #9

    If the PC supports it, it is enabled by default, you have to disable it via game bar, try option 3 or 4.

    Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10 Gaming Tutorials
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