Why you should disable Fullscreen Optimizations on Windows 10

Madeleine Dean By: Madeleine Dean
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Microsoft wants Windows 10 users to enjoy smooth gaming experiences on their computers. For this reason, the company has optimized the operating system so as to find the perfect balance between users’ hardware configurations and the system requirements of the games they’re running.

There’s a Windows 10 gaming-oriented feature that’s still pretty controversial among users. It’s called Fullscreen Optimizations and its role is to boost gaming performance and deliver a borderless full screen for you to enjoy your games.

Unfortunately, many reports suggest that, paradoxically, this feature triggers FPS drops.

Windows 10 Full-screen Optimizations: ON or OFF?
Googling around and reading other posts on this sub, it seems like this is a very controversial subject. […] I’ve seen posts saying to most definitely disable it on games like Overwatch and CS:GO.
On the other hand, I’ve seen posts from MSFT engineers and comments expressing how great the feature is and how it’s actually supposed to improve performance slightly.

To use full screen optimizations or not — that is the question

Judging by user reports, it seems that the best solution is to simply disable full screen optimizations. Many gamers described this option as a strange hybrid Fullscreen Exclusive/Borderless display mode that’s not as great as Microsoft says.

Moreover, certain games are particularly affected by low FPS issues when players enable full screen optimizations. If you often play Overwatch, CS:GO, Sundered, and other CPU demanding games, turning this feature off may actually improve your gaming experience.

Here’s how yo can disable Fullscreen Optimizations:

  1. Right-click on the .exe file of your game > go to Properties
  2. Go to the compatibility option
  3. Check the ‘Disable fullscreen optimizations‘ box> hit Apply.

You can also uncheck the option ‘Show game bar when I play full screen games Microsoft has verified‘ from the gaming section of the Settings app.

For more information on how to fix frequent Windows 10 gaming issues, check out the troubleshooting steps listed below:

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