Optimize Windows 7 for Gaming!

January 12, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Playing games on your PC should be a pretty straightforward task – you turn your speakers on (or connect a headset if you’re playing online) prepare your mouse, keyboard or game controller and click the desktop icon.

However it isn’t always as straightforward as this; there are various pieces of software that run in the background that can cause you a few problems while gaming, leading to stuttering gameplay or auto-minimizing windows, even crashes.

In order to prevent these problems from occurring and allow for trouble-free gaming, you need a utility like Game Fire.

Opimize Windows 7 for gaming wit Gamefire

Download Game Fire

Available from www.snapfiles.com/get/gamefire.html, Game Fire is a free app that prevents any other applications from interrupting your gaming session.

Game Fire does this by disabling services and programs that are considered unnecessary for gaming, putting your PC or laptop into a so-called “gaming mode”. It also defrags your system RAM in order to remove any application data that isn’t required and optimise your computer’s memory for gaming.

The Game File download is just 4.3MB and can be quickly installed on your PC. Once running you can take advantage of the features that it offers and enjoy interruption-free gaming, avoiding all of the usual stutters and FPS freezes that you have previously experienced.

Note that when installing Game Fire you will be prompted to install a toolbar; you might prefer to not do this, so stay aware as you click through the wizard.

Optimize Your Windows 7 Gaming with Game Fire

When you first launch Game Fire you are presented with four drop down views, System Status, Running Processes, Files Defragment and Windows Tools.

System Status displays your current CPU usage, Memory usage, System Disk usage and Virtual Memory usage, and is displayed for information purposes. This is useful for comparing the system resource usage in Gaming Mode and normal mode.

Running Processes displays all background processes that are running. These can be ended if necessary, while others can be added to your gaming profile, which is particularly useful if you’re using software such as WeGame, for instance, something that you would want running while gaming.

Files Defragment allows you to defrag your game folder, although note if you are using Steam this shouldn’t be necessary.

Finally Windows Tools gives you access to various Windows 7 performance tools such as Startup Items and Display Settings. These can all be used to tweak your system before using the software’s main feature, Turn on Gaming Mode.

Using Game Fire’s “Gaming Mode”

The real power of Game Fire can be found in the Settings menu. The General Settings tab is pretty self-explanatory, offering a toggle between various operational options such as checking for new updates and defragging system memory.

However the Gaming Profile tab allows you to limit support for printers, imaging and tablet input devices, restrict network file shares and even disable the Windows Aero glass effect. You can also use the Gaming Profile tab to switch to the “classic” Windows theme and set your visual settings for best performance or best visual effects. All of these settings will be applied when you click the Turn on Gaming Mode button, resulting in a desktop environment more suited to gaming.

Disabling Gaming Mode is simply a case of clicking the button again in order to return Windows 7 to normal working order!

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