Gaming Turn On or Off Optimizations for Windowed Games in Windows 11


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Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, Microsoft introduced a feature called Optimizations for windowed games and is designed to significantly improve latency and unlock other exciting gaming features including Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). Latency improvements can benefit all gamers – from improving your input lag to creating a competitive edge in your gaming experience.

The "Optimizations for windowed games" setting affects presentation modes used in Windowed and Borderless Windowed DX10/DX11 games. Presentation is the method for getting your game’s rendered frames on your display in the most optimal way.

This new optimization specifically applies to Windowed and Borderless-Windowed games because when you’re running in Fullscreen, a similar optimization already exists, and this new setting brings a consistent experience no matter which mode you are running in.

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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off "optimizations for windowed games" for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Optimizations for Windowed Games in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Optimizations for Windowed Games using REG file
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Optimizations for Windowed Games Per-App in Settings




Option One

Turn On or Off Optimizations for Windowed Games in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Display on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Graphics on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Graphics settings

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4 Click/tap on the Change default graphics settings link. (see screenshot below)

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5 Turn On (default) or Off Optimizations for windowed games for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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6 You can now close Settings if you like.

7 You will need to restart your game for changes to take effect.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Optimizations for Windowed Games using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Turn On Optimizations for Windowed Games

This is the default setting.


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

Turn_ON_optimizations_for_windowed_games.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\DirectX\GraphicsSettings]
"SwapEffectUpgradeCache"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\DirectX\UserGpuPreferences]
"DirectXUserGlobalSettings"="SwapEffectUpgradeEnable=1;"

3 To Turn Off Optimizations for Windowed Games

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

Turn_OFF_optimizations_for_windowed_games.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\DirectX\GraphicsSettings]
"SwapEffectUpgradeCache"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\DirectX\UserGpuPreferences]
"DirectXUserGlobalSettings"="SwapEffectUpgradeEnable=0;"

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 will need to restart your game for changes to take effect.

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




Option Three

Turn On or Off Optimizations for Windowed Games Per-App in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Display on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Optimizations_for_windowed_games-1.png

3 Click/tap on Graphics on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Graphics settings

Optimizations_for_windowed_games-2.png

4 Click/tap on an app/game (ex: "The Outer Worlds"), and click/tap on Options. (see screenshot below step 5)

5 Check (off) or uncheck (on) Don't use optimizations for windowed games for what you want for this specific app, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

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6 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

7 You will need to restart your game(s) for changes to take effect.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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