Games in Windows 10 Freezing? Disable Game Mode

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In 2017, Microsoft launched a “performance-boosting” Game Mode with its Creators update for Windows 10. Now after all this time more and more users who say they are encountering performance issues, not boosts, with Game Mode turned on.

As pointed out by Guru3D (via TechRadar), this is affecting many games, including Call of Duty: Warzone and League of Legends, according to many accusations. Game freezes and stuttering appear to be the main signs of the problem.

Some gamers think this might be the root cause of problems that were previously attributed to GPU drivers for AMD’s Radeon RX 5000 series.

“I built a new PC last year and I’ve been brutalized by the 5700 XT drivers ever since, or so I thought. Windows added a ‘Game Mode’ apparently, on by default, in some update, and after I disabled it tonight the difference is night and day. The CRAZY intermittent stutters are TOTALLY gone in my testing. I don’t know if this is an established fix that many have tried but I figured I’d put it out there for anyone who doesn’t know yet,” a user wrote on Reddit.

Other people have sounded in saying they’re encountering the same issues, and that disabling Game Mode sorted out the problem. In addition, an AMD engineer said they plan on reviewing the whole situation.

The accusations are not just limited to AMD hardware, let alone the Radeon 5000 series. Older Radeon cards and some Nvidia GPUs have the same problems.

It’s possible that a new Windows update did something to increase the issue, to where more people are abruptly having issues (the Reddit thread is only four days old). However, if this is the actual culprit of the black screen and other problems on Radeon RX 5000 cards that have been going on for many months, then it apparently wasn’t a recent update. Or it could be a mixture of problems.

In any case, if you’re at your wit’s end trying to sort out why your games are stuttering, freezing, or crashing, it’s worth turning off the Game Mode to see if that corrects the issue. To do that, go into Settings > Gaming, click on Game Mode in the left-hand column, and turn the Game Mode toggle to “Off.”

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