Gaming Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 11

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When you use Game Mode, Windows prioritizes your gaming experience. When you’re running a game, Game Mode:
  • Prevents Windows Update from performing driver installations and sending restart notifications.
  • Helps achieve a more stable frame rate depending on the specific game and system.
Game mode operates independently of power mode.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Game Mode for your account in Windows 11.


Contents







OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Game Mode in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Gaming on the left side, and click/tap on Game Mode on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Game_Mode-1.png

3 Turn On (default) or Off Game Mode for what you want on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Game_Mode-2.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Game Mode using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.


2 To Turn On Game Mode

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_on_Game_Mode_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\GameBar]
"AutoGameModeEnabled"=dword:00000001

3 To Turn Off Game Mode

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_off_Game_Mode_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\GameBar]
"AutoGameModeEnabled"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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