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Optimizations for windowed games improves gaming on your PC by using a new presentation model for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 games that appear in a window or in a borderless window.

When these optimizations are used, games that originally use the legacy blt-model presentation can use the newer flip-model presentation instead (if the game is compatible). This results in lower frame latency and lets you use other newer gaming features; for example, Auto HDR, and variable refresh rate (for displays that support it).

To use optimizations for windowed games

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings .

  2. In Settings , select System > Display > Graphics > Change default graphics settings.

  3. Select the setting under Optimizations for windowed games to turn it On.

  4. Restart your game.

Note: If you turn on Auto HDR, Optimizations for windowed games will be turned on automatically. If you want to turn off Optimizations for windowed games, you’ll need to turn off Auto HDR first.

To turn optimizations off for a specific app or game

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings .

  2. In Settings , select System > Display > Graphics.

  3. Under Custom options for apps, select the app or game you want to change the graphics settings for, then select Options.

  4. In Graphics preference, do one or more of the following:

    • If your PC has more than one graphics processor (GPU), select the graphics performance setting you want to use for the app or game—Let Windows decide (Power saving), Power saving, or High performance.

    • To turn off optimizations for windowed games, select the Don’t use optimizations for windowed games checkbox.

    • To turn off Auto HDR for the selected app or game, select the Don’t use Auto HDR checkbox.

  5. Select Save.

  6. Restart your game or app.

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