Windows 10 ‘Game Mode’ Problems Impact Call of Duty: Warzone, Destiny 2, League of Legends, and more.
If you’ve been noticing hiccups in your games, despite having a capable system, Windows 10’s Game Mode might be to blame. A number of users have reported experiencing stuttering or a dip in framerates with Game Mode enabled on their systems. Once Game Mode is disabled, things start running smoothly once again.
The issues appear to surface with both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards. Games like Call of Duty: Warzone and League of Legends are cited as experiencing hitches with Game Mode enabled, though it’s likely to impact others as well.
If you’re experiencing issues with your games, you can try to turn off Game Mode to see if it has any effect. Head to your Windows 10 settings menu by clicking the option in the Start menu. From there, click the “Gaming” option. On the left-hand menu, you can select the “Game Mode” option and then turn the toggle off.
The bug was introduced by the (increasingly infamous) ‘Windows 10 May 2020’ update and it breaks an important feature for many: Fresh Start. This allows users to reinstall Windows 10 without losing their data. It’s a crucial tool for many if their PC runs into a serious problem.
This issue is not listed in Windows 10 2004 known issues document Microsoft maintains on its website.
The issue has been plaguing Windows Insiders for quite some time but Microsoft did not take note of it and pushed the May 2020 Update without fixing the problem.
Since May, Windows 10 updates have impacted premium games, kicked users out of their profiles (twice), broken printers, cut Internet connections, caused boot failures and, yes, once again deleted user data.
As stated in my last post I am postponing updating my machines, until I absolutely have to.
To prepare yourself you can check what version you have and the potential release update for your machine
Get the details about your Windows 10 installation The easiest way to do this is to open Settings > System > About. Scroll to the section headed Windows Specifications where you will find details about the current installation, including two that are crucial here: the edition (Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education) and the version number. This screenshot shows a system that’s running Windows 10 Pro, version 1909
Step 2: Look up the availability date and end-of-service date for that version
You’ll find both of these dates in a table on Microsoft’s Windows 10 release information page. Look for the entries alongside the Semi-Annual Channel servicing option. (Ignore entries for the Semi-Annual Channel [Targeted], which is no longer supported.)
Anyone running Windows 10 Home or Pro has two options:
You can wait three months or less after a Windows 10 feature update is released before upgrading. On that schedule, you can safely skip the next version and upgrade every other version, once per year. In this example, assuming this year’s feature update is released in May 2020, I would plan to install it in August, and then follow the same schedule in subsequent years.
You can wait four months or more after a Windows 10 feature update release before upgrading. Here, that would mean installing the version 1909 feature update sometime between February and August 2020. If you choose that option, you should then commit to installing each succeeding feature update six months later. On that calendar, you can’t skip a feature update or you will run smack into the end-of-service deadline and potentially end up with an upgrade scheduled against your will.