The new “Creators Update” of Windows 10 comes with an interesting little feature intended to let gamers focus the resources of their PC more on the games, and less on all the clutter running on the background. This is simply called “Game Mode,” and need to be activated manually in order to work.
Basically, it tells Windows 10 to give the game of your choice higher priority over whatever else the operating system is handling. While the effect won’t be groundbreaking, it will at least give you peace of mind on the fact that the power of the gaming rig you spent a whole salary on isn’t being used mostly on those 20 tabs of Google Chrome.
In order to take advantage of the new mode, all you have to do is to follow the steps below. As usual, DualShockers takes no responsibility for any damage you cause to your PC (or anything else) during the update process.
The first step, of course, is to get the Creators Update. This may be a bit trickier than many expect, because the update not being sent to everyone at the same time, and many will have to wait for quite a while before Windows’ own update feature to download it.
Get into your Windows Settings menu, and go on Update & Security. Click on “Check for Updates” and make sure to download and install all the mandatory updates. Even after doing this, it’s likely that you still won’t have the Creators Update.
To check is simple, if you got the right update, there will be a big “Gaming” option right in the middle of your Windows Settings menu. If, as it’s likely, it’s not there, it’s time to force the update.
In your Update & Security menu, there should be a mention that the Creators Update is coming, asking you if you want to be among the first to get it. Clicking on “Show me how” will send you to this page. Here all you have to do is to click on the Update Assistant link, which will download a small app designed to force the update on your OS.
Launch the app, and follow the instructions on screen. It will download the Creators Update and prompt you to install it. A reboot will be required when prompted, and the update will go through the usual series of boot cycles until your PC will be all ready for Game Mode.
Access your Windows Setting menu once again, and you will notice a big “Gaming” option right in the middle.
Click on the option, and you’ll find a handy menu that will let you customize many elements like the Game Bar, Game DVR, Broadcasting feature, and the Game Mode itself. Select “Game Mode” on the left.
Now make sure that Game Mode is active (or activate it if it isn’t), and close the Windows Setting menu.
Now, the bad news is that you’ll have to activate Game Mode manually for every game you want to use it with. The good news is that from that on, Game Mode will be used with that game automatically every time you launch it.
Launch a game, and open the Game Bar (the default key is Windows+G, or the Xbox logo button on your Xbox controller). I noticed that with some PCs, getting the game bar to appear may require a few tries, so if it doesn’t immediately, persevere. Keep in mind that the game bar will appear on games played in full screen only if they’re verified by Microsoft. If that’s not the case for one you want to play with Game Mode, you’ll need to switch to windowed or borderless windowed.
Once the game bar appears, click on the gear icon.
Select “Use Game Mode for this game,” and you’re done. You can close the menu and the game bar.
Now, all you have to do is to repeat the last two steps for all the game you want to use the Game Mode with, and you’re all set to keep the grubby claws of those those pesky background applications off your resources, or at least part of them.