Recently Windows 10 builds include a new feature for its gamers. It is known as “fullscreen optimizations”. When enabled, it permits the operating system to optimize the performance of games and applications when they are running in full-screen mode. But, some of the users have noticed that this optimization might not work properly and does not improve performance app performance as expected. If you are getting side effects such as performance hits for your games with this feature enabled, then you can try to turn it off. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Disable Fullscreen Optimizations in Windows. Let’s begin!
The Fullscreen Optimization feature is turned on by default. It is also available starting with Windows build 17093.
As you may already know, Windows 10 actually comes with a special Game Mode feature that is made especially for gamers. When turning on, it boosts the performance and priority of games. It prioritizes CPU and graphics (GPU) resources in order to make the game run faster and smoother. The new Fullscreen Optimization feature is part of the game optimizations in Windows 10.
If you still have issues with gaming performance with the Fullscreen Optimizations feature enabled, there are several ways to disable it. You can use either Setting, a Registry tweak, or compatibility options for classic (non-Store) games. Let’s take a look at these methods.
What Are Fullscreen Optimizations?
Fullscreen optimization is actually a new Windows 10 feature designed in order to improve your PC’s performance during gaming sessions. As well as it runs the game on a borderless fullscreen. When the fullscreen optimizations feature is turned on, then it allows the operating system to optimize the performance of games and applications. Whenever they are running in full-screen mode. The fullscreen feature is enabled by default and it is also available starting with Windows build 17093.
But, some of the users have noticed that this fullscreen optimization feature might not work properly and does not improve application performance as expected. Even worse, it also causes a drop in the framerate. So, they wonder whether it is possible for them to turn off the fullscreen optimizations Windows 10.
Therefore, in the following section, we will show you how you can disable the fullscreen optimizations.
Disable Fullscreen Optimizations in Windows 10
In order to disable Fullscreen Optimizations in Windows 10, do the following.
- Launch Settings.
- Hover over System – Display.
- Now on the right, to the Advanced graphics settings link(“Graphics settings”).
- Then on the next page, turn off (uncheck) the option Enable fullscreen optimizations.
You are all done. The change will be applied for all the applications you use under your user account in Windows 10 on the current device.
Alternatively, this option can turn on or off along with a Registry Tweak.
Disable Fullscreen Optimizations with a Registry tweak
Enable or Disable Fullscreen Optimizations with a Registry tweak
- Open the Registry Editor application.
- Hover over the following Registry key.
See how to go to a Registry key with just one click.
- On the right, you need to modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value GameDVR_FSEBehavior.
Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows then you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
A value data of 0 will turn on the feature. Set the GameDVR_FSEBehavior value to 2 if you want to disable it.
- In order to make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.
Finally, you can turn off the Fullscreen Optimizations feature for individual apps. It is actually applicable to classic games that implement as Desktop applications.
Disable Fullscreen Optimizations for Specific Applications
- Right-click the executable for the app you wish to turn off Fullscreen Optimizations for.
- In the context menu, choose Properties
- Hover over the Compatibility tab.
- Turn on the option Disable fullscreen optimizations.
This will turn off the fullscreen optimizations for the specific app for the current user only. It is also possible to disable them for all users. Let’s see how.
Disable Fullscreen Optimizations for all the Users
- Right-click the executable for the app that you wish to turn off the Fullscreen Optimizations for.
- In the context menu, you need to choose Properties.
- Hover over the Compatibility tab.
- Tap on the Change settings for all users button
- Then check (turn on) the Disable fullscreen optimizations option.
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