Microsoft released the first Windows 10 Creator’s Update earlier this year. This big update brought a lot of new features to the OS, but one of these features applied specifically to gamers: Windows 10 Game Mode.
The Game Mode functionality was described by Microsoft as being a great solution for gamers who want to get the most out of their PC’s performance by tweaking the OS to make use of system resources the same way an Xbox console does. As nice as that sounded, Game Mode didn’t really make too much of a difference, if anything. Ironically, the Creator’s Update has actually caused a degradation in Windows 10 system performance.
A user by the name of Richard Walus on the official Windows forums made a post talking about how the Creator’s Update caused his entire system to start performing poorly. This post caught a lot of attention with others chiming in with similar issues. One of Microsoft’s Support Engineer’s, Paul Aaron responded to the forum post. He admitted that the issue lies within the OS itself and noted that Microsoft is currently trying to figure out a fix.
One of Mr. Aaron’s subsequent replies revealed that one of the latest Windows Insider builds addressed the issue. Some users reported that they have seen an increase in performance, although not a drastic improvement. All we can do now is wait for the upcoming Fall Creator’s Update where Game Mode has been given an improvement. The update is set to come out in October.
I personally haven’t seen a huge drop in performance, although there are various bugs in the OS that I find annoying. I’m thinking of reinstalling Windows completely when I get an SSD later this year. The new Creator’s Update would have already been released by then, so it should be interesting to see how different everything will be then.
Windows is the best OS for gaming, but sometimes I really do wish it was as optimized as Mac OS. Don’t kill me for saying that, but let’s be honest—Windows can be infuriating at times. Some gamers haven’t even touched Windows 10 yet due to some of its issues.
Which Windows version do you use?