Last year got a new laptop after my old one decided it didn’t want to play any more.

It was one of those frustrating moments where I was upset at losing my old laptop, angry because we don’t really have the money to purchase a new one and excited at the prospect of getting a new and better laptop.

HP Pavilion x360 Convertible

I chose an HP Pavilion x360 Convertible as it is both a laptop and a tablet and like anyone with new tech, I couldn’t wait to get it set up!

I use the laptop for blogging, editing the reviews using the Shotcut software and the usual social media etc.

It isn’t an all singing all dancing model but it isn’t bad either with an Intel Core i3-7100U 2.40GHZ 2400 Mhz 2 core processor, 8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM, IntelĀ® UHD Graphics 620 and 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard drive.

So not a powerful beast but it should handle what I need from it and yet it has been disappointing as it has been slow and frustrating!

But I finally figured out what the problem was!

I had previously tried altering various setting where the laptop would favour performance over battery life in settings but no use and then in a desperate bid to do something I was looking in the various settings and came across this.

Windows 10 settings

Click on the Windows Icon in the bottom left of the screen and then click on the settings Icon that is a gear cog.

Then click on Gaming.

Windows 10 gaming settings

In the Game settings click on Game Mode and switch it off!
Game mode optimises the system to play games and if like me you don’t care about that or any of the other game settings such as the ability to record gaming or stream it, well turn them off and the difference is huge.

My laptop is now responsive, it behaves as I hoped it would and I am no longer sat there swearing at a machine!

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

2 thought on “Windows 10 running slow!”
  1. zec, cheers, this has revolutionized my computer, its old and has a few chunks missing out of it, but it is now far more responsive. WHY DIDNT I KNOW THIS ALREADY? I dont do gaming as im a grown up, hence the beard i guess, and i would rather drink beer.
    thamks, keep up the reviews, Stef From Sunny Cleethorpes (age 55 TODAY!, yes, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME)

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