This post shows students and new users the steps to disable or enable game mode when using Windows 11, which can help to resolve some performance issues. Game mode is enabled by default in Windows 11.

With this feature enabled, Windows prioritizes your gaming experience by preventing Windows Update from performing driver installations and sending reboot notifications, and attempts to achieve a more stable frame rate based on the specific game and system.

On some systems, this can cause performance issues, especially when Windows incorrectly detects an application that it thinks is a game in progress. Then reconfigure optimized gamer systems when a game is not being played.

If you’re having performance issues or are noticing strange display errors, you may want to turn off game mode to see if that solves your issues. The steps below will show you how to do it in Windows 11

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including a centered start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts about it.

To start turning game mode on or off when using Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to disable game mode in Windows 11

As mentioned above, game mode can be a cause of performance issues in Windows 11. To quickly disable it, continue below.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its setup applications. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from the System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Gamingand select Game mode on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

In the Game Mode settings panel, move the button on the Game Mode tile to the Off position to disable.

Configuration changes made in the Windows Settings application are applied immediately. You can leave when you are done.

How to enable game mode in Windows 11

If you change your mind about disabling Game Mode above, you can simply reverse the steps above to enable it by going to the Start menu ==> Windows Settings ==> Games ==> Game Mode and changing the button to the Upon position as highlighted below.

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In this tutorial we have seen how to disable or enable game mode in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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