Here are the simple and easy steps to optimize Windows 10 for gaming in 2020By the end of 2020, Microsoft Windows has become the most popular Operating System in the world by getting control of 83% of desktops. However we almost lost our beloved OS, Windows 7 the last December and many people say that Windows 7 is the best OS of all the time. It was well-optimized especially when it comes to gaming. But with the arrival of Windows 8, 8.1, and Windows 10 most of the users were unhappy because everyone experienced that their PCs are getting slow and slow.
Microsoft fixed some of their issues with updates but yet the low performance in gaming is not completely fixed. Here we bought the best practices on how to optimize Windows 10 for gaming in 2020. This will also help you to speed up your Windows OS to get better performances.
1. Windows Power Options
This isn’t a brand new feature but many people don’t know the real reasons for the different power plans and which time they should use it. First, go to Control Panel, and in there under the Hardware and Sound category, we can see Power Options. Simply go to Change Power settings. (You will get the same window; Settings>Power and Sleep Settings>Additional Power Settings)
From there see which power plan you are using currently. If you are using Power Saver Mode change it to Balanced Mode (For AMD Ryzen users this will be named as AMD Ryzen Balanced). When you are in Power Saver Mode the system is ordered to use minimum power for each and every process on your laptop or desktop. Because of that CPU, RAM, Hard Drive, and each and everything is not giving the best performances for you.
And if you wish you can switch the High-performance mode remember that you are using more power in this mode.
2. Windows Startup Programmes
Another way to speed up your system is to close or disable unwanted programs that are starting automatically when you are turning on your PC. Press Windows+R to enter the Run command and type msconfig. After that, you’ll get a window like this. Go to Startup that’s showed here. The same menu can be accessed through Task Manager in Windows 10
Here you can see a complete list of programs that are starting when you are booting your PC. You can get rid of unwanted items by simply Selecting and Disabling the program.
3. Windows Search and Indexing
In Windows 10 they use a special feature called Search and Indexing that automatically index all your files and that helps you to get search and find any file from your computer quickly. But if your PC is a little bit old there will be a slowdown in your system. This occurs because it’s reading the Hard Drive to do the indexing process.
To top this enter Run command (Windows+R) and type services.msc and you’ll get a dialogue box like this.
Scroll down to the bottom and find the service named “Windows Search”. You can open its properties either by double-clicking on it or right-clicking on it. Find the Startup type of that service and change it to Never (Default one will be Automatic Delayed Start). Then click on Stop and then Apply the settings and press OK. For a brand new one, this won’t be a big issue. If your system is old, this will boost your system after you restart your PC.
4. Cleaning Temporary Files
For previous versions, this has to be done manually but in Windows 10 we have an in-built program located in our system. Go to Settings>System>Storage(on the left sidebar) and enable Storage Sense Option.
By enabling this feature you can select how frequently that the system should be clean up itself. This will delete the things such as files in the Recycle Bin, Backups of previous Windows Updates. To select the frequency click on Configure Storage Sense or run it now then select the frequency. The default one will be selected as During Low Disk Space. You can either choose Every month or Every week.
For temporary Files keep it on 30 Days and If there’s any unwanted folders or files in your Downloads folder, you can automate the deleting program from here or keep it as Never.
5. Registry Cleanup Process
Windows Registry is the thing that tells your PC which Softwares you are installed and used, which files you are associated with, Startup programs with those Softwares, and the .dll files used by this software. When you are uninstalling or deleting software sometimes the registries don’t get erased or cleaned up correctly. With that when you are booting or working with your system, lots of unwanted programs and services are running in the background causing a slowdown.
You can use software like CCleaner or any other registry cleaning software that works for you and clean up those unwanted registry files. If you don’t know any other software to use search it from Google or YouTube. Do the cleaning process twice or thrice to get the best performances after cleaning
6. Windows Maintenance
This feature is for you to fix problems that come up with your system but don’t worry you don’t have to be an expert to do this. Go to Settings> type and Search Maintenance>Security and Maintenance>Maintenance
From there see which time the system is supposed to run automatic maintenance. The default time will be 02.00 AM Midnight. Change it to a relevant time that you are using your PC and that’s it. If you don’t want to do it automatically keep it as usual but do it manually. This is a completely Self-fixing Programme.
7. Defragmented Storages
If you are a good user of Windows XP you must be familiar with this. When we are installing something on our Hard Disk, Windows used to break those huge files into small pieces and store them in different areas on your Drive. This is why it takes some time to read and deliver the result or load and run our program.
From Windows 7 they have already automated this process but check if it’s working better. Simply type defrag in the search bar and enter Defrag Tool
Here you can see a complete list of your hard drives and the percentage of fragmentation. If it’s over 15% most of the files are fragmented and you need to fix them. Make sure it’s already running it automatically once a week by clicking on Change Settings.
8. Restart and Give a Break
This is not for all of you. If you are doing a Studio or you are Live Streaming and playing games for 15-20 hours your PC needs to run consistently for a long time. When you are running a program many temporary files are going to be stuffed inside your RAM. By restarting your PC those temporary files are getting erased from your RAM and you can get the maximum performances given by your system.
By doing these Easy simple steps you can boost your Windows 10 system and optimize it for gaming. If you want to know more tips on how to make your PC faster, read this and you’ll have the best ideas than can help you with