PC gaming remains popular despite the recent additions to the console world. However, to get the best experience from PC gaming, we need to ensure that we’re using the right operating system. Although operating systems like Linux serve a purpose, they can be somewhat limiting when it comes to the choice available to them. This can be why so many gamers adopt Windows 10 as their operating system of choice.
However, this isn’t to say that the experience we have on Windows 10 is without issue. Although some issues can be due to the device that is being used, in other instances, it can just mean that some settings must be adjusted for a more streamlined experience before you have to a restore using this guide.
Review What Programs Start During the Boot Process
When starting Windows 10, you will often find that a series of other programs start as well. This can mean that the booting process takes much longer than it should, and in some instances, the background activities could affect your gaming experience.
Fortunately, this can be resolved easily within the Task Manager. To open the Task Manager, simply enter Ctrl + Shift + Esc and then click on More Details. From here, select Startup, and you will be met with a list of programs that are scheduled to Startup. Simply disable the non-relevant programs to ensure that the booting position is sped up, as well as less interruptions when gaming.
Uninstall Any Irrelevant Software
Once you’ve checked what programs are starting up during the boot process, you may find that there are some programs that you don’t use anymore. It’s easy to assume that just because these programs or apps or aren’t being used, they’re not using any memory. However, there can be background processes occurring, and depending on what programs they relate to, this could lead to the device to start lagging.
As such, it can be a good idea to dedicate some time to the removal of these programs. It may take some time for some, but it’s it worth doing if you’re looking to enrich your gaming experience when using Windows 10.
Check for Viruses
Although anti-virus software does a stellar job of protecting users from all manners of online threats, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant. As such, we need to be more pro-active to ensure that our devices of free of viruses and intrusive malware.
All we need to do is run our own check at regular intervals. Although the automatic scans may pick up some viruses along the way, you must account for new threats that are introduced.
It’s also important to ensure that your anti-virus software is kept up to date, otherwise some attacks could find their way through.
Defragment the Hard Drive
In some instances, those who use Windows 10 for gaming may be using an older device. This is especially true for those who enjoy retro gaming. However, the hard drive may be struggling, which means Windows 10 also struggles. This is especially true if the hard drive has been in use for some time.
This can be rectified by carrying out a defragmentation on the hard drive. To do this, simply type in ‘defrag’ into the search bar located at the bottom left-hand side of the screen. You then need to select ‘Defragment ad Optimise Drives’ and you will be met with a screen showing the partitions on your device.
You can choose to select one or all of the partitions, and you then need to click ‘Analyze.’ You should take into account that this can take some tie, so patience is key.
Once the process has completed you will be met with a fragmentation percentage. You then need to choose the relevant partitions and click ‘Optimise.’ Again, it’s important to allow time for the process to complete.
Once done, you should see an improved performance to your gaming experience.
What If Nothing Improves?
The performance of your device is always due to the operating system, and it could mean that the computer or laptop you’re using needs to be updated to allow for a better gaming experience.
The type of updates that are required will really depend on the type of gaming the user is undertaken. For example, children’s games will be less power-intensive than the latest online RPG. As such, it’s important to factor in what you want to achieve when approaching PC gaming.
Whereas an update can be just the ticket in some instances, others may find that they need to update every piece of hardware they have. However, being realistic in your expectations can mean you can get the best out of Windows 10 when it comes to PC gaming.