Windows 11 includes a “Game Mode” enabled by default which automatically optimizes your system for play when it detects a game in progress. Usually it works fine, but if it causes performance issues, you can easily disable it. That’s how.

What is game mode?

Game Mode is a special mode that prioritizes game processes while they are running, ideally allowing them to run faster with fewer performance issues. Gaming mode also temporarily prevents Windows Update from installing drivers (which could interrupt your game) or prompting you to restart your PC. The function is originated with Windows 10 Creators Update in 2017.

Very rarely, the gameplay may cause performance issues when in use. If that’s the case, you can easily turn it off in Settings. Otherwise, you can safely leave Gaming Mode enabled as it only kicks in when Windows 11 detects that you are gaming.

How to disable game mode in Windows 11

First, open Windows Settings by pressing Windows + i. Or you can right-click the Start button on the taskbar and select “Settings” from the menu that appears.

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In Windows 11, right-click the Start button and select

In Settings, click on “Games” in the sidebar, then select “Game Mode”.

Under Settings, click

In the Game Mode settings, click the switch next to “Game Mode” to turn it off.

Flip the switch next to

After that, close Settings. If you ever want to re-enable Game Mode, revisit Settings> Game Mode and change “Game Mode” to “On”. Happy game!

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