Fix Low FPS in Games After Windows 10 Update

Last Updated on October 9, 2016

Microsoft has messed up yet another thing with the new anniversary update. This time, the problem is of low FPS for a lot of people in their games. The game like CS:GO which averages around 200+ FPS drop to less than 100 ever few seconds. This is the same for a lot of other games too like League of legends and Overwatch which have been showing low performance since the update.

For a few people, this is happening at regular intervals of 15-20 seconds. Turns out, this is a problem with the DVR feature of the Xbox app. Turning off that feature fixes the low fps and other performance issues in the games for most users.

One thing you should check for before doing the steps below is to check for power saving features in the GPU settings. Both AMD Catalyst and Nvidia control Panel have these options. If power saving is turned on, then try turning it off, then check if the same low FPS issue shows up or not.

Disable DVR on Xbox app

  • Search for xbox on the start menu and open the Xbox app windows 10
  • Sign into the Xbox app if you already aren’ app settings
  • Click on the gear icon in the left gutter to open the app game dvr
  • In the Settings screen, click on Game DVR heading and turn it off. For that, click on the On button below the “Record game clips and screenshots using Game DVR” heading.

Disable Xbox DVR using Registry

If you are among the few who are getting Access is denied error in the Xbox app, you can also use the registry to perform the changes above.

  • Search for regedit on the start menu and open the Registry editor.
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\System\GameConfigStore and set GameDVR_Enabled to 0.
  • Now, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows. Right-click on Windows and go to New > Key.
  • Give that key a name of GameDVR. Now, right-click on the GameDVR select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Give that DWORD a name of AllowgameDVR and a value of 0.
  • Restart your PC for the registry changes to take effect.
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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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