Fix: Windows 10 low FPS until restart

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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FPS (frames per second) rates for games are not always what they should be for some Windows users. A few Windows users need to restart the OS immediately after every first startup to restore the FPS back to a standard frame rate. One Win 10 user stated, “My PC is pretty decent, but every time I power up my rig I get low FPS in all games until I reboot the system; and then it works just fine.” This is a more regular frame rate issue for Windows desktops and laptops with NVIDIA graphics cards. Here are a few potential fixes that might resolve this FPS issue.

How to fix low FPS issues

Check the G-Sync Settings

NVIDIA G-Sync usually ensures that your games’ frame rates don’t drop down by significant amounts. As such, check that you have G-Sync enabled for both window and full-screen mode. You can configure the G-Sync settings with the NVIDIA Control Panel as follows.

  • First, right-click the desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel from the context menu.
  • Click Display on the left of the control panel, and then select Set up G-SYNC to open further options.
  • If the Enable G-Sync option isn’t selected, click its check box.
  • Select the Enable G-Sync for windowed and full-screen mode radio button.
  • Click the Apply button to confirm the new settings.

Check the 3D Settings on the NVIDIA Control Panel

Power management mode is another setting worth noting on the NVIDIA Control Panel. Adjusting this setting to maximum performance is a potential fix for the low FPS issue. You can configure the option by clicking 3D Settings > Manage 3D settings on the left of the window. Click the Global Settings tab, and select Prefer maximum performance from the Power Management Mode drop-down menu. Then press the Apply button.

Update Your Graphics Card’s Driver

Your games probably won’t have the best FPS rate if the graphics card’s driver is outdated. This low FPS issue could be due to an outdated or corrupted graphic card driver. So it might be worth checking if there’s a more update driver for the video card. You can update a driver manually or with the Device Manager.

  • To check for video card driver updates with Device Manager, press the Win key + X hotkey in Windows 10 or 8.1.
  • Select Device Manager to open the window shown directly below.

  • Double-click Display adapters to expand its device list.
  • Now right-click the graphics card on the Display adapters list. Select the Update driver option to open the window shown below.

  • Select the Search automatically for updated driver software option on the window. Windows will automatically install a more update driver if the wizard detects anything.

Some prefer to manually download and install drivers. You’ll need a specific graphics card title keyword, and the card details included under Display adapters on the Device Manager window are usually sufficient. Furthermore, you’ll also need details for whether your Windows system is 32 or 64-bit. The System Information window includes those details under System Summary.

You can download the update drivers from graphics card manufacturer websites such as NVIDIA or Intel. For example, this is the NVIDIA driver page. Most sites usually include search boxes to enter graphics card keywords, but the NVIDIA page has drop-down menus to select a video card and platform from. Download and install a more update driver that matches your platform version. Restart Windows after updating the driver.


Update drivers automatically (third-part tool suggested)

If Windows Automatic Update process doesn’t get the job done,  we strongly recommend Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool. It automatically identifies each device on your computer and matches it with the latest driver versions from an extensive online database.

Here is how it works:

    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.
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    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.
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      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.

Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.

Reinstall the Graphic Card’s Driver

You can also fix a corrupted graphics card driver by uninstalling it. Windows will then automatically reinstall a video card driver after restart, which might not always be the most updated one. To reinstall the driver, right-click the graphics card listed in Device Manager and select the Uninstall device option. Then restart the Windows OS.

Optimize System Resources for Games

As new games usually have fairly high system requirements, they don’t always run so well when lots of software and other processes are hogging system resources. Depleted system resources might also impact the games’ FPS rates. This is how you can free up some RAM in Windows 10.

  • Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  • The Processes tab lists background processes. There you can close superfluous background processes and apps by selecting them and clicking End task.
  • Click the Start-up tab to open a list of software that automatically opens during the Windows startup. You can remove startup software by selecting listed programs on the tab and pressing the Disable button.

You can also maximize system resources with game booster software. For a better gaming experience, we recommend downloading GameFire 6 Pro (free). It will focus your computer resources and processes on the game without overclocking your hardware. It includes a Game Boosting optimization mode. It also has a Defrag tool with which you can defrag game folders with.

Those are a few remedies that might ensure your desktop’s or laptop’s FPS always remains at a standard frame rate. Check out this article for further details on how you can update video card drivers and boost the FPS in Windows.