Fix: Frame rate problems in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
6 minute read

We really enjoy using Windows 10, but this new operating system from Microsoft isn’t without flaws. Users have complained about frame rate problems in Windows 10 while gaming and today we’re going to explore what is causing these issues.

According to users, before upgrading to Windows 10 they had no problems with frame rate, but now gaming is almost impossible because frame rate drops drastically. So what is the cause of this problem? In most cases, the problem is your display driver that isn’t compatible with Windows 10, but luckily you can try to fix this by trying out these steps.

How to fix Frame rate problems in Windows 10

Table of contents:

  1. Remove and reinstall the latest display driver
  2. Install the drivers in compatibility mode
  3. Check your cooling and clean the dust from your computer
  4. Switch the Game Bar off 
  5. Install the latest updates
  6. Uninstall the latest updates
  7. Run the SFC scan 
  8. Disable Game DVR
  9. Disable DiagTrack

Fix: Frame rate drops in Windows 10

Solution 1 – Remove and reinstall the latest display driver

  1. Open the Device Manager and find Display Adapters.
  2. Left click on it to reveal the list of your drivers.
  3. Select the driver on the list, there will be the only one available in most cases.
  4. Right-click it and select Uninstall and when uninstall is completed restart your computer.
  5. Find the manufacturer and model of your graphics card, and visit the graphics card manufacturer’s website.
  6. Go to the Drivers section and find your model from the list.
  7. Download the driver and install it.

Update drivers automatically

If you don’t want the hassle of searching for drivers on your own, you can use a tool that will do this for you automatically.

Tweakbit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus) will help you update drivers automatically and prevent PC damage caused by installing the wrong driver versions. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution.

Here is a quick guide on how to use it:

  1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updaterdriver updater starting window
  2. Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
    scanning proccess of Tweakbit driver updater
  3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
    Automatically Update complete
    Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Solution 2 – Install the drivers in compatibility mode

Sometimes, if the manufacturer doesn’t have Windows 10 drivers available on its website, you might need to install them in compatibility mode, but don’t worry, it’s actually easier than you think.

  1. Uninstall the currently installed driver and download the display driver from manufacturer’s website like we have explained in the previous solution.
  2. After you’ve downloaded the setup file, right-click it, and choose Properties from the menu.
  3. When Property window shows up, press the Compatibility tab.
  4. Find the “Run this program in Compatibility mode” checkbox and check it, then choose the operating system from the dropdown list.
  5. Press Okay and run the setup file.

Solution 3 – Check your cooling and clean the dust from your computer

According to some users, Windows 10 is throttling your CPU when the temperature gets over 71 Celsius while older versions of Windows don’t do that. Why does this happen, we aren’t sure, but it might help if you clean your fan from dust, or by adding an additional cooling. If you’re not sure how to do it, please contact a professional.

Solution 4 – Disable the Game Bar

Windows 10’s built-in Game Bar may also cause some frame rate drops. So, we’re going to disable it to see if there’s any difference. You’re probably not using it, anyway.

Here’s how to disable the Game Bar in Windows 10:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Head over to Gaming > Game bar.
  3. Switch off the Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar option.
  4. Restart your computer.

Solution 5 – Install the latest updates

If you’ve recently installed a major update for Windows 10, there’s a chance for some frame rate drops or other gaming issues. In fact, users already reported similar issues before. Luckily, Microsoft usually acknowledges these issues relatively quickly. Therefore, the company releases a patch through Windows Update.

To remove any doubt, simply keep your system up to date, and you’ll get all the potential patches. Windows 10 usually installs updates automatically, but it won’t hurt if you check for updates every once in a while. To check for Windows 10 updates, go to Settings > Updates & Security, and check for updates.

Solution 6 – Uninstall the latest updates

Contrary to the previous solution, there’s also a chance the latest Windows 10 update you installed actually causes the frame rate drops. In that case, your best bet is to uninstall that update, and wait for Microsoft to resolve the issue and deliver another patch.

Here’s how to uninstall updates in Windows 10:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Head over to Updates & Security > Windows Update.
  3. Go to Update history > Uninstall updates.
  4. Now, find the latest update installed on your computer (you can sort updates by date), right-click it, and go to Uninstall.
  5. Restart your computer.

Solution 7 – Run the SFC scan 

If none of the previous solutions resolved the low FPS problem, we’ll try with a universal troubleshooting tool like the SFC scan. Although the SFC scan doesn’t directly affect gaming, it may fix a problem that actually causes the frame rate drop. Here’s how to run it:

  1. Go to Search, type cmd, right-click Command Prompt, and select Open as Administrator.
  2. Enter the following command, and press Enter: sfc/scannow
  3. Wait for the process to finish.
  4. Restart your computer.

Solution 8 – Disable Game DVR

Game DVR is a part of the Game bar that allows you to record your gameplay. So, just like it’s the case with the Game bar itself, Game DVR may also cause some frame rate drops. So, we’ll go and disable this option. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Head over to Gaming > Game DVR.
  3. Switch off the Record in the background while I’m playing a game option.
  4. Restart your computer.

Unfortunately, this may not be enough to eliminate the frame rate drops. So, launch your game after disabling the DVR, and if the drops still occur, do the following:

  1. Go to Search, type regedit, and open Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to to the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > System > GameConfigStore
  3. Double-click the GameDVR_Enabled DWORD to open the Edit DWORD window.
  4. Set the value to 0.
  5. Save the changes.
  6. Now, navigate to this path in Registry Editor: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft >Windows
  7. Right-click Windows and select New > Key to set up a registry key.
  8. Set GameDVR as the title.
  9. Right-click GameDVR and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value from the context menu. Then enter ‘AllowGameDVR’ as the DWORD’s title.
  10. Double-click the AllowGameDVR DWORD to modify its value. Enter ‘0’ in the Value data box, and press the OK button.
  11. Save the changes and restart your computer.

That’s about it. We hope at least one of these solutions helped you resolve the frame rate issue in Windows 10. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, just let us know in the comments below.

If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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