19 Ways How to Improve Gaming Performance on Laptop (Windows 11)

How to Improve Gaming Performance on Laptop

If you want to learn how to improve gaming performance on laptop Windows 11 and 10. Follow these steps, they will help you get the most out of your new laptop. And the good thing is, there are quite a few things you can do to optimize your laptop without spending a ton of money.

Another great thing is I use these tips myself on my gaming laptops. I always enjoy the highest frame rates in any of the computer games I play and a stress-free gaming experience.

So, without further ado, lets dive in!

There is nothing worse when your games are lagging, loading times are taking forever, and your graphics are not as sharp as you would like. Do not worry these laptop optimization tips will help.

Here you will find easy to follow tips on how to Optimize Windows 11 for Gaming, some of these tips also work with Windows 10 laptops so you can compete in your favourite video games.

Tip#1 Update Your System Drivers

If your games are lagging, the first thing you should do is check for updates. Developers are always releasing patches that can improve gaming performance, so it’s worth it making sure you are up to date. 

The first thing you should do is update the Windows operating system. Outdated drivers can cause all sorts of performance issues including lag and can even result in your laptop crashing.

How to Update Windows

  • Click Windows Key and type Updates
  • Select Windows Update Settings
  • Click the big blue Check for Updates button
  • After the update, restart your laptop.
Windows Updates
Windows 11 Updates

How to Update Hardware Drivers

To help improve gaming performance on your laptop, ensure the hardware drivers are up to date. Most importantly, the graphics card drivers, and the process is the same for AMD and NVidia graphics.

However, most hardware updates happen when you update the operating system. Including Intel’s drivers. However, if you are having issues, you can download Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant.

If your gaming laptop is brand-new, you must check for updates as soon as you can. More than likely, the drivers will be out of date. Although this will depend on how long the laptop has been on the shelf.


Tip#2 Disable Start-up Apps & Programmes

Unfortunately, gaming laptops comes shipped with a crazy amount of software already installed. By default, many of the programmes will start up when you boot up your gaming laptop. The good thing is you can disable programmes and apps that you do not use or need.

Disabling programmes and apps from starting up will help free up system resources, like system RAM, and processing power. By disabling programmes will help improve the performance of your laptop.

How to Disable Start Up Programmes?

  • Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE to launch the Task Manager
  • Navigate to the Start Up Apps Tab
  • Scan through the list of programmes, Right Click & Select Disable
  • Then Restart Your Laptop for the changes to take effect.
Task Manager Sheet Disable Start Up Programmes
Task Manager Sheet Showing Start Up Programmes

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Tip#3 Remove Unwanted Bloatware

Removing unwanted bloatware from your laptop is an excellent way to free up resources and optimise performance. Unfortunately, manufacturers pack new laptops with as much bloatware as possible.

Bloatware includes news, weather, and music apps. Personal assistant software and system update applications. Bloatware will reduce gaming performance, battery power and memory.

Windows Sheet to Remove Installed apps
Windows Sheet to Remove Installed apps

The good news is there are several ways to remove bloatware. You can either install a clean-up tool. Such as CCleaner or try removing the bloatware yourself but removing bloatware yourself can be time-consuming. But worth it, for a better-optimised gaming laptop.

Remove Bloatware Using Windows Settings

  • Press Windows Key
  • Type Settings select Apps
  • Sift through the Applications
  • Click three dots Click Uninstall
  • Next, Restart Your Laptop

Remove Bloatware Using Windows Command Line

  • Press Windows Key + X
  • Select Terminal (Admin)
  • Select YES
  • To open Windows PowerShell window

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Please Note: messing around with the PowerShell Window can have irreversible consequences for your gaming laptop. That said, the PowerShell method is the best way to remove bloatware.

Next, copy and paste the following line of code into the Windows PowerShell sheet and press Enter. You should see the following sheet. The sheet shows all the programmes installed on your gaming laptop.

Copy this Code: DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagename

Paste the code into the Windows PowerShell sheet (see below)

Windows PowerShell Sheet: DISM /Online /Get-ProvisionedAppxPackages | select-string Packagename
Windows PowerShell sheet

Carefully look through the lines of code to see which programmes you do not need. Then highlight and copy the line of code. (See image below as an example of the line of code you need to copy)

Windows PowerShell Sheet Highlighted App Code
Highlighted Programme in the Windows PowerShell sheet

Next, paste the code you have just copied at the end of the line of code below. Replacing the words AppPackageName with the programme code you have just copied from the step above.

Use Microsoft word or Notepad to copy and paste the codes.

Code: DISM /Online /Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage /PackageName:AppPackageName

Use the Windows PowerShell Sheet to remove bloatware
Windows PowerShell sheet

Finally, paste the full line of code including the app code at the bottom of the PowerShell Window. (See image above) And then, press enter. You should see Operation Completed Successfully.

You can repeat the steps above to remove as much bloatware as you can. After you have finished, restart your laptop. By removing bloatware this way ensures all files associated with the programme is removed.


Tip#4 Close Background Apps for Improved Performance

After removing bloatware from your laptop, the programmes and apps you will never use or need. You are left programmes you need but you do not use as often. Some of these programmes are not needed for playing video games. But they could still be useful for other tasks you might use your laptop for.

So, instead of removing the programmes from your gaming laptop. You can use the Windows task manger sheet to prevent the programmes from running in the background, unless you need them.

Programmes running in the background can have a huge impact on the performance of your laptop because of the resources like system RAM, processing power and disk space they will use.

Task Manager Sheet Processes Tab
The Processes Tab Task Manager Sheet

How to Close Background Apps

  • Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE to launch the Task Manager
  • Navigate to the Processes Tab
  • Scan through the programmes, Right Click & Select Disable
  • The changes will take effect immediately.

Tip#5 Clean Your Gaming Laptop

One of the best ways to improve gaming performance on your laptop is by keeping your gaming laptop clean. Removing dust and debris from not just the outside of your laptop but also from the inside too.

Regular maintenance is a must, you must always ensure your laptop is clean. If dust is clogging up the vents or preventing the fans from working properly, the system cannot dissipate heat efficiently.

Poor maintenance can lead to all sorts of issues, not only can it result in poor performance. The lifespan of your gaming laptop will be shorter and poor maintenance could also lead to overheating.

My Clean Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop

How to Easily Clean Your Laptop?

  • Turn off your laptop and remove any devices that are connected to it.
  • Lightly wet a lint-free microfiber cloth with an alcohol-based cleaning solution
  • Gently wipe the surface of your laptop with the cloth. (DO NOT LET MOISTURE INTO OPENINGS)
  • Hold your gaming laptop on its side and use compressed air to blow dust off the vents
  • Hold your gaming laptop upside down and use compressed air to blow dust off the keys
  • Clean the screen by using a cleaning solution made specifically for laptop displays
  • Before switching on your gaming laptop, ensure the laptop is dry and clean

Tip#6 Use Lighter Apps and Programmes

Gaming laptops come equipped with many default programmes and applications that the manufacturer’s assumes users will love. However, this is not always the case. So, one of the first tasks I do when I receive a new gaming laptop is replace many of the programmes and apps with lighter alternatives.

The first thing I do is go to Ninite.com, which is an extremely useful online one-stop-shop for hundreds of computer applications. For the most part, the software is free and extremely simple to use.

At Ninite.com you can choose from a variety of Windows applications, with many superb alternatives to the Windows programmes and apps you already have installed on your laptop.

To download an app or programme check the box next to the app and click the download button. Ninite.com will then download your chosen apps. The best thing is Ninite will also keep your apps up to date. Saving you precious time, energy, and most importantly system resources.


Tip#7 Optimize Windows to Improve Gaming Performance

Microsoft Windows has evolved over the years and has become a household name for everyday laptop users. Windows is now also optimized better for gamers with the introduction of DirectX 12.

DX12 has enabled game developers to add advanced features to Windows based PC computers and laptops. Such as, variable rate shading and ray tracing to help improve your gaming experience.

Microsoft has also added additional settings, including Windows Game Mode, and GPU scheduling both designed to increase FPS in-game and deliver a more consistent gaming experience. Moreover, Windows Game Mode is especially helpful for laptop users with lower-end hardware.

How to Enable Windows Game Mode

  • Press Windows Key
  • Type Turn on Game Mode press Enter
  • Toggle Game Mode On
Windows Game Mode
Windows Game Mode

From the same window you can also enable GPU scheduling by clicking on the graphics settings tab. GPU scheduling allows the graphics card to manage its own video memory. Toggling this on will help reduce latency and improve your laptops gaming performance.

How to Enable GPU Scheduling

  • Press Windows Key
  • Click Change Default Graphics Settings
  • Toggle Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling On
  • Then, Restart Your Laptop
Windows GPU Scheduling
Windows GPU Scheduling

How to Enable Window Storage Sense

Microsoft Windows storage sense will automatically free up space, by removing file you do not need including temporary files and file storage on your cloud apps such as OneDrive.

  • Press Windows Key
  • Type Settings then Enter
  • Scroll Down Click Storage
  • Enable Storage Sense

Tip#8: Clean Your Laptop Storage

Over time, your gaming laptop can fill up with junk files and temporary files which can drag down performance. So, you can carry out a disk clean up and remove the files completely.

To do this in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Open the Start Menu or press the Windows key and type Disk Cleanup. Select the drive or drives you want to clean up and then OK.

If you want to remove even more files you can press the Clean Up System Files button. The go ahead and delete anything that looks unnecessary; this will help speed up your gaming laptop in general.


Tip#9: Turn off Windows Notifications

Windows 10 and Windows 11 gives you the opportunity to turn off or pick and choose which notifications you receive when your laptop computer is in operation. Reducing or turning notifications off will use fewer resources and therefore improve performance and keep you focused on the task at hand.

Windows Notification Settings
Windows Notification Settings

How to Turn off Notifications

  • Press Windows Key
  • Type Settings and the press Enter
  • Select Notifications and then Toggle Off

Tip#10: Manage and Reduce Page File Size

As a gamer myself I understand there are times when you will have several programmes running simultaneously. These programmes can quickly eat away at your available RAM and other resources. If you don’t have enough RAM, your laptop may start to feel laggy, and not run as intended. 

The good news is there is a hidden feature stored on the system drive of all Windows based laptops. This is called the Page File. The page file holds all the data your physical RAM cannot hold. This process is called paging, and it works as a secondary memory or better known as your virtual memory. 

There is a setting in Windows 10 that allows you to manipulate the page file size to accept more data. So, follow the steps below, if you need increase size of your page file.

How to Change Page File Size

  • Press Windows Key, type Settings
  • Click on System, Scroll Down Click About
  • Click Advanced System Settings
Windows 11 Advanced System Settings
Windows Advanced System Settings

For Windows 11 laptop users, you can select Windows to manage the page file size automatically by keeping the Auto Manage Page File Size box ticked.

  • In the Performance tab click Settings
  • Click the Advanced Tab
  • In Virtual Memory Box Click Change
  • Untick Auto Manage Page File Size
  • Select Custom Size
  • Change maximum size (MBs)
  • Click OK then OK again
  • Then, Restart Your Laptop

Please note: You should only increase the page file size between 1.5 times and a maximum of 3 times the size of your installed physical RAM. Never increase the page file size to the max of what your system has.

Calculating Virtual Memory

The following calculation is for laptops with 8 GB or RAM, your Virtual Memory should be….

  • Minimum should be 1024x8x1.5 = 12288 MB
  • Maximum should be 1024x8x3 = 24576 MB

Tip#11: Adjust Windows Appearance

When your operating system is running, there will be many visual effects in action. Things like animations, shadow effects, thumbnails, and icons. All using up system resources and slowing down your laptop.

For users who you only have a small amount of RAM installed. By disabling visual effects will save your RAM, and free up other resources for what matter most, the performance of your games.

Windows Visual Effects Sheet
Windows Visual Effects Sheet

How to Disable Animations on Windows

  • Press Windows Key type Settings
  • Select Accessibility then Visual Effects
  • Toggle off Animation Effect

Tip#12: Adjust Performance of Windows

The Windows operating system has many visual effects, including shadow effects and different animations. Most of the animations are not really necessary and they consume system resources.

So, you can adjust the appearance and performance of Windows to better suit your needs. Doing this will free up resources such as RAM and therefore speed up your gaming laptop.

However, adjusting the appearance of Windows does affect how saved images may look and Windows itself looks a little choppy. This option should be considered if you have less than 8GB of RAM.

How to Adjust Visual Effects in Windows

  • Press Windows Key, Type Performance
  • Select Adjust Appearance & Performance of Windows
  • Select Adjust for Best Performance
  • Next, Restart Your Laptop Computer
Windows 11 Performance Options
Windows 11 Performance Options

Tip#13: Adjust Power Settings

One of the best ways to improve gaming performance on your laptop is by adjusting the power settings. First, ensure the battery power mode is set to Best Performance when plugged into a power source.

Windows Best performance Battery Mode
Windows Battery & Power Sheet

How to Optimize Windows Power Mode

If you play high fidelity game titles such, as Call of Duty Warzone or Apex Legends or run any other resource hogging application like Adobe. You will know gaming laptops can get quite hot.

What you can do is change the min and max processor state that not only improves performance. But by using the following settings can also ensure your gaming laptop runs cooler.

  • Press Windows key, type Control Panel
  • And then select System and Security
  • Select Power Options, then Change Plan Settings
  • Click Change Advanced Power Settings
Windows Power Plan
Windows Power Plan Sheet
  • Scroll Down Click Processor Power Management
  • Change Both Min Processor State to 5%
  • Change Both Max Processor State to 95%
  • Click Apply then click OK
Windows Power Options
Windows Power Options

Tip#14: Edit Custom Power Plan & Disable Boost Mode

One of the best ways to improve gaming performance on a gaming laptop is to create a custom power plan and then disable processor performance boost mode.

This step involves changing a value in the Windows Registry Editor. But first you need to create a new power plan and it is best to keep the default power plan, that was created by your manufacture.

You can then use the custom power plan for gaming only. This step is helpful if your gaming laptop is experiencing high CPU temperatures. It will reduce temperatures without losing performance.

How to Create a Power Plan

  • Press Windows type Control Panel Enter
  • Select Hardware & Sound then Power Options
  • Select Create a Power Plan
  • Name You Power Plan Gaming
  • Click Next then Create
  • You have created a custom power plan
Custom Power Plan
Naming A Custom Power Plan

You can now make changes to your power plan without affecting the original power plan. Next, you need to add a field in the advanced power plan settings to be able to reduce processor boost mode.

See the image below with the Processor Performance Boost Mode visible. However, the boost mode option is not available by default. Check for yourself by following the steps below.

Windows Power Options

  • Press Windows Key
  • Type Edit Power Plan, then “Enter
  • Select your new custom power plan
  • Click Change Advanced Settings
  • Click Processor Power Management
  • Is the option there?
  • Don’t worry we will create it

Processor Boost Mode Visible

Windows 10 processor power management settings

How to Disable Processor Boost Mode

  • Press Windows Key type Registry Editor Press Enter
  • Select Yes to allow changes to your device
  • Click the folder HKey Local Machine
  • Select the System folder then Current Control Set
  • Click Control then scroll down and click Power
  • Then the Power Settings folder

You should now see a sheet that looks like the image below.

Windows Registry Power Settings Folder
Windows Registry Sheet
  • Next, click on the folder starting with 54533251-82be-4824
  • Next click on the folder starting with be337238-od82
Windows Registry Sheet Folder
Windows Registry Folder be337238-od82
  • Double click on the Attributes file on the right panel
  • Change the file data from 1 to 2 and Click OK
Windows Registry Attributes Folder
Windows Registry Attributes Folder

Shut down the sheets and go back to your custom power plan.

  • Press Windows type Control Panel Enter
  • Select Hardware & Sound then Power Options
  • Select Create Custom Power Plan
  • Select Change Plan Settings
  • Select Change Advanced Settings
  • The select Processor Power Management

You will now see the option Processor Performance Mode. With which you can choose to disable or change the settings Below are the settings I often use with my gaming laptops. However, you can play around with the setting to see which works best with your gaming laptop.

My Custom Power Settings

  • Min Processor State: Both 5%
  • Max Processor State: Both 95%
  • Processor Performance Mode: Disabled
  • For Best Performance: Set to Aggressive
My Custom Power Plan Settings to help improve laptop performance

Tip#15: Install a Performance Booster

Another superb way to maximize and optimize your laptop gaming performance is to install a game booster. To help unleash the full potential of your gaming machine.

The Razer Cortex Booster is designed to help increase FPS by freeing up system resources such as RAM. Moreover, the Cortex Booster uses two core modes, enabling the processor to prioritize gaming and there is it disables CPU sleep mode, again to increase system performance.

Instel Razer Cortex Game Booster

Razer Cortex Game Booster
Razer Cortex Video Game Booster

All you need to do is register an account with Razer and then downloaded and install the software. Razer Cortex is compatible with many popular game titles, such as Fortnite, Call of Duty Warzone, and Valorant.

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Moreover, if your gaming laptop is not quite up to speed or optimized for the latest game titles. Or, you could have a below-par Wi-Fi connection and suffer from jitters while playing games online.

WTfast game booster will ensure you use the fastest and most reliable path via their private global network to the game server. WTfast will improve packet loss, eradicate ping issues, and latency. 


Tip#16: Overclock Your Graphics Card

The MSI Afterburner software is the world’s most used software for improving graphics cards. Afterburner software gives you complete control over your clock speeds in real-time. MSI Afterburner is completely FREE to use and will help improve gaming performance on your laptop.

MSI Afterburner Software
MSI Afterburner

The MSI Afterburner software will work with any gaming laptop with a dedicated graphics card. Afterburner gives you a quick way to overclock your graphics card, designed to give your GPU a performance boost without risk of damage.

However, if you did manage to push the overclock too far, there is no need to worry even if your laptop screen goes black. GPUs are designed to shut down your laptop to prevent unrepairable damage.

How to Use Afterburner

To overclock your GPU using MSI Afterburner, start by setting your fans system to maximum and then run your benchmarking software of choice. I would advise using Unique Valley. You are looking for the GPU temperature to settle at its top value or when the benchmarking software starts to look sketchy. 

When you are confident with your temperatures of your gaming laptop, you can proceed to overclock. Start by increasing the Core Clock by 10 to 15 and then run Unique Valley.

If your GPU can handle the extra Core Clock Speed, continue to raise the clock speed by another 10 to 15, and so on. But do not let the temperature of your graphics card rise above 90ºC or 194°F. Keep raising the core clock until you find the sweet spot of max performance.

Overclocking Tips

  • Overclock your laptops hardware in safe and cool environment
  • Download the Benchmarking tool Unique valley or other software
  • Set the fan speed to maximum, with the MSI app or use your system software
  • Run the benchmarking software for about 15 mins to find max temperature
  • Proceed to overclock your gaming laptop to find the max performance

Tip#17: Use a Laptop Cooling Pad

Placing a cooling pad underneath your gaming laptop will help improve performance. Laptop cooling pads are inexpensive and for that they are one of the best gaming laptop accessories you can buy.

Laptop coolers will also help to elevate your laptop which helps massively improve airflow and therefore improves the cooling of the laptop. And they can help create a comfortable angle for typing on.

The cooler I use is the Thermaltake 20 RGB cooler. By far the best cooling pad for the Razer Blade 15 I have recently tested, and it reduces the core temperatures by as much as 6°C or 42.8°F.

Razer Blade 15 Laptop with the Thermaltake Cooling Pad
Razer Blade 15 Laptop with the Thermaltake Cooling Pad

How to Keep Your Laptop Cool

  • Use a laptop cooling pad
  • Elevate your laptop, to allow for airflow
  • Keep the vents and exhausts clear
  • Clean your gaming laptop regularly
  • Keep your laptop out of direct sunlight
  • Reduce unnecessary graphics settings
  • Close unnecessary programmes & apps
  • Clean out your files & folders regularly
  • Keep your laptop of your bed or carpet

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Tip#18: Undervolt the Processor

If you have an Intel-based gaming laptop, then you have the option to Undervolted the processor. Which is a great way to improve gaming performance on your laptop.

Undervolting is the process of reducing the voltage sent to your CPU. This helps to reduce the heat generated by your hardware and helps to reduce energy consumption without affecting performance.

Undervolting your CPU can be more effective than using a laptop cooling pad. However, the results can vary depending on the processor and other factors. Done correctly, you could reduce CPU temps by as much as 30ºC. More common numbers are between 5ºC to 20ºC, depending on your system.

Advantages to Undervolting

  • Reduced Temperature’s
  • Increased Battery Life
  • Reduce the Fan Noise
  • Prolong the Life of your Laptop

Disadvantages to Undervolting

  • Blue Screen of Death
  • Void the warranty

Tip#19: Add More RAM

If adjusting settings and doing a clean out didn’t help improve gaming performance on your laptop, there’s a good chance that you simply don’t have enough RAM for your laptop to run smoothly.

The good news is that adding more RAM is relatively inexpensive and easy to do; just make sure you get compatible RAM modules for your specific laptop model. Most gaming laptops come with at least 8GB of RAM, but if yours only has 4GB, adding another 4GB could make a big difference when playing games.

How to Add More RAM

  1. Turn off your laptop, and let the laptop cool down.
  2. Disconnect all cords, cables, and peripherals.
  3. Put your gaming laptop upside-down on clean, flat surface.
  4. Unscrew and remove the bottom of the laptop
  5. Remove static discharge from yourself by touching metal surface
  6. Remove your existing memory modules by gently pushing aside the clips
  7. Be careful, and do not touch the gold connectors on top of the module
  8. Insert your new RAM sticks and press down until the stick clicks in place.
  9. Replace the bottom casing and turn your laptop back on.

PRO TIP: Ensure the new RAM sticks are the same speed, size, and the same brand.

Conclusion

Learning how to improve gaming performance on laptop will help you get the most out of your system. Even if you manage to act upon some of the steps above you will see a notable difference.

If you have followed all the steps, you will have a well optimized gaming laptop and be well on your way to the next Warzone victory, or first. Or the best goddam builder in Fortnite.

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