Windows Will No Longer Interrupt Your Games To Annoy You About Updates

We’ve all been there: you’re in the zone with a game—so dialed in that you can practically smell the body odor of the man you just kicked off a cliff—but then, suddenly, it’s gone. Windows has decided it’s update time, and also that you can go fuck yourself. Mercifully, that problem is now history.

The latest big Windows 10 update includes, among other things, improvements to Game Mode. Most are just standard quality-of-life things, but this one, spotted by PCGamesN, is a lifesaver:

“Now auto-enabled for all games with a master On/Off toggle in Windows Settings, Game Mode suppresses Windows Update driver installs and blocks Windows Update interruptions such as restart notifications while you’re gaming. You may also see improved game performance with less FPS variability depending on the specific game and system.”

Finally. Thank goodness. Is it too late to declare today a national holiday?


    How about removing it entirely so I don't go to the toilet or get a shower and come back to find that Windows has reset itself for an update? Microsoft has pretty bad UX designers if they think it's ever ok to intentionally cause users to lose data and state.

      So now you just need to constantly run minesweeper in the background and it'll be fine, right?

    Could they enable this for not-Game Mode too? Game Mode is useless if you're trying to run a game and encode video for streaming at the same time, so it'd be nice if this instead just worked anytime you were running an exclusive fullscreen application.

    Don't they claim something like this every year with some new change designed to make it less intrusive and it ends up being mostly bullshit?

    I've always kept Windows Update disabled at the service level, because such a demon needs to be kept shackled otherwise it seems to start doing whatever the fuck it wants regardless of selected settings.

    I just re-enabled it periodically to check for updates, as opposed to letting Microsoft decide how I'll be using my computer.

      It seems to be getting better at breaking those shackles. I need to shut the damn thing off at least once a week so it doesn't sponge up my entire bandwidth.

    Yes but will Kotaku no longer interrupt my music to annoy me about adverts?


    I've never had this problem. I keep my computer up to date, but when there's an update it tells me it's available and needs to restart to complete the update. It never forces the restart on me though, just gives one of those notifications.

    Go into your windows update settings and change the active hours. Although I wish you could set it for 24 hours, the devs at M$ assume you sleep, so you can only set it for an 18 hour period..

    Last edited 05/10/18 9:06 am

      I cam to say roughly the same thing. The only time I notice updates is when my menu says "update and shutdown" instead of just "shutdown"

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