How to Turn On or Off Optimizations for Windowed Games in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable optimizations for windowed games in Windows 11. Window has introduced a new feature starting with PCs enrolled in Microsoft Insider Program called Optimizations for windowed games that significantly improve latency and unlock other exciting gaming features including Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).

This new optimization specifically applies to Windowed and Borderless-Windowed games without worrying about DX12 games as they already take advantage of the new presentation mode. Optimizations for windowed games works by upgrading the legacy presentation model used by a game to a modern one.

This feature is currently only available in the Windows Insider Program (dev channel); you will want to click here to join and get access to build 22545 or above.

Below is how to enable or disable Optimizations for windowed games in Windows 11.

How to enable or disable optimizations for windowed games in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Optimizations for windowed games significantly improve latency and unlock other exciting gaming features including Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).

If you want to optimize your gaming experience on your Windows PC, then use the steps below to enable this feature.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its Settings app.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

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

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System> Display tile to expand it.

windows 11 display settings

On the Display settings pane, under Related settings, select Display tile to expand it.

windows 11 display graphics

On the Graphics settings pane, under Default settings, click the Change default graphics settings link.

windows 11 display settings change default graphics settings

Change the Optimizations for windowed games setting to On or Off.

windows 11 optimization for windowed game button

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app and exit.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable Optimizations for windowed games in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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