How to Turn Off Game Mode on Windows 11

Game Mode aims to help Windows users get a better gaming experience by reducing background tasks and processes. However, some people are experiencing performance issues with the feature. Here’s how to turn off Game Mode on Windows 11.

Windows 11 turns on Game Mode by default. Whenever the system detects that you are playing a game, Windows will switch to Game Mode.

When turned on, Game Mode reduces background tasks and prevents other windows processes from interfering with your game. This results in a faster and better gaming experience.

However, some users report that they do not see and feel any differences when playing games with and without Game Mode. The claim is partly valid because mid to high-range systems handle Windows processes and games well. But for those on low-end PC units, Game Mode helps a lot with the system efficiency.

If you prefer to turn off Game Mode on Windows 11, this article can guide you on the step-by-step process. 

What is Game Mode

Game Mode is a feature introduced in Windows 10 Creators Update. Windows claims that the feature provides a better overall gaming experience by dedicating more system resources to the currently opened game. 

The feature works by analyzing an opened app if it’s a game or not. Windows detects if the user is playing a game. When confirmed, it allocates resources to the opened app by disabling unneeded background processes. Windows then disables applications, processes, and notifications that may disturb a user playing a game.

Game Mode is enabled system-wide by default. When turned on, the feature helps to:

  • Improve speed by disabling unneeded background processes.
  • Prevent Windows Update from downloading and installing updates.
  • Prevent Windows from automatically restarting or sending restart notifications. We know how annoying it is when Windows restarts to update the system while we are in the middle of doing an important thing.

How to Turn Off Game Mode on Windows 11 Settings

You can always change the Game Mode settings anytime. To turn off Game Mode on Windows 11, follow the steps below:

1. Open Windows Settings by clicking the “Start” button and then clicking on “Settings.” Alternatively, you can press “Windows+i” keys as a shortcut to quickly go to your Windows Settings. 

Windows start and Settings menu

2. Then, from Settings, click on “Gaming.”

Gaming option for game mode on windows 11

3. The “Gaming” settings panel opens. Click on “Game Mode.”

game mode menu

4. In the Game Mode panel, click on the toggle switch in the Game Mode option to turn the feature off. A grey toggle switch indicates that the feature is off, while a colored switch means that the feature is on.

game mode toggle switch

5. You just turned off Game Mode on your device. To turn it on again, simply do the same steps.

Game Mode on Windows 11 Using Registry File

You can turn off Game Mode on Windows 11 by using a registry file. The following two sections guide you on how to turn on and off Game Mode on your computer.

Warning: Registry files may contain codes that could put your system in danger of being corrupted, damaged, unusable, or vulnerable to malicious programs. Before proceeding with this option, make sure that you know what you are doing. If you have no basic understanding of how registry files work, we suggest you go with the manual steps outlined in the previous section. 

Turn On Game Mode on Windows 11 Using Registry File

1. Download the registry file to enable Game Mode on your computer. Double click on the downloaded file to open it.

enable game mode registry file

2. A dialogue box will appear asking for your permission to proceed. Click on “Continue.”

registry editor confirmation box

3. You just turned on Game Mode on Windows 11 using a registry file.

Turn Off Game Mode on Windows 11 Using Registry File

1. Download and open the registry file to disable Game Mode on your computer.

Turn off Game Mode register file

2. After that, Windows will ask for your permission to proceed; click on “Continue.”

registry editor confirmation box

3. You just turned off Game Mode on Windows 11 using a registry file.

Game Mode When in Power Mode

Windows power mode

Power Mode allows users to choose between having a high-performance machine or having a longer battery life. Users are trading off machine performance for more extended usage. 

Depending on the user’s preferred mode, some features may be disabled during Power Mode – except Game Mode. Game Mode works regardless of the Power Mode chosen by the user. 

So whether you choose to deprioritize high performance for longer battery life, Game Mode will still work to improve a game’s experience. This may require your PC to work harder and, in turn, require more battery power. Don’t worry, though, since we just taught you how to turn off Game Mode on Windows 11.

Game Mode is a great utility to help gamers get a better gaming experience. Lately, there’s been a lot of movement in tech focusing on gaming development. Windows is in parallel with this move by introducing and improving Game Mode.

But, just like anything good, Game Mode may not be for everyone. If you are one of those who prefer to have the feature turned off, we hope that this article helped you.

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