This one Windows setting takes up to 10% of gaming performance

With the release of Windows 11, many users noticed that the performance of their computers in games decreased significantly. The culprit turned out to be one of the security settings, which, fortunately, can be easily turned off. The thing is, not only do many people not know about it, updates can reactivate them. Moreover, the situation may also apply to Windows 10.

How to increase gaming performance?

This setting is Virtualization-based Security, or VBS for short. With the release of Windows 11, many tests were carried out that proved that disabling this one option can improve gaming performance by up to 30%, especially on slightly older processors, such as 1st generation Ryzen or 10th generation Core. It’s little better now. Still VBS is a mandatory option to be turned off by all players.

The latest tests were carried out by Tom’s Hardware. For this purpose, they used the powerful GeForce RTX 4090 graphics and 15 games, including Far Cry 6, Spider-Man: Mile Morales and Forza Horizon 5. VBS on means an average of 5% worse performance at 1080p and roughly 2% at 4K. It looks the worst – interestingly – in Microsoft’s game, because Microsoft Flight Simulator achieves 11% better smoothness with the option turned off.

How to disable VBS?

Fortunately, disabling VBS is extremely simple. All you have to do is enter “device security” in the system search engine and confirm with enter. Then, in the launched window, go to “Core Isolation Service Details” and disable “Memory Integrity”. That’s all.

After that, you will need to restart your computer, but depending on the game, you should gain from a few to even a dozen or so percent performance. This will be more noticeable at lower resolutions, where the CPU plays a greater role.

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