What to Do When Your PC Game Lags

What to Do When Your PC Game Lags

It's aggravating to lose a multiplayer battle because your computer froze for 50 milliseconds. The good news is that you can avoid this PC game lag in most cases. This article will look at software-related issues that current gamers face. These 7 pointers will help you minimize game lags due to poor performance.

How to Minimize Game Lags

These 7 suggestions will help you get the most out of your PC's gaming performance.

  • Rule Out Internet Issues

  • Optimize Your Game’s Video Settings

  • Optimize Your Power Settings

  • Halt Unnecessary Applications 

  • Set Up Antivirus Properly

  • Set Up Windows Update Properly

  • Keep Your Computer Tidy

Rule Out Internet Issues

Ensure that your Internet connection has a consistent speed and latency (signal delay). Navigate to a thorough speed testing service, such as speedtest.net, via your Web browser. Check for acceptable Internet speed and short delays (ping). Ping times on modern fiber-optic connections are 5–50 ms, which is fine for most games. A delay of hundreds of milliseconds could be a significant barrier to winning a battle royale.


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Experimenting with your router's Wi-Fi settings. Moving it closer to your gaming machine. Switching to a wired connection between computer and router. Transferring your Internet provider may be necessary to resolve this issue. All of this will be covered in a separate essay later, but for now, let's focus on software concerns and changes.

Optimize Your Game’s Video Settings


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The gaming experience could be annoying if your graphics card cannot deliver enough processing power. Lowering the resolution in the game settings can make a big difference. Concentrate on decreasing eye candy to help you win. Turn on an FPS meter and fine-tune the settings until you can get 30–60 frames per second out of your system. More is better for dynamic games like shooters; less is usually unplayable. More than 60 frames per second are suitable for online gaming.

Optimize Your Power Settings

This method is essential for laptops, but it also applies to other devices. Ensure that you're using AC power and that the optimal performance mode is on. The most straightforward approach is to go to the task bar's battery symbol and drag the "Best performance" slider to the right.

Halt Unnecessary Applications 

Any apps that compete with the game for resources can cause the dreaded lag. Closing all browser windows and anything else that isn't system-level and unrelated to your playing game may be beneficial. This simple method can address the latency problem on its own.

Utilize Windows' Task Manager program to see which apps use the most memory and processing resources. It will show you details on all processes operating if you click the "More Details" button. Sort this table by the "Memory" and "CPU" columns, and close the processes using the most resources.

Set Up Antivirus Properly

Many gamers believe that an antivirus is the software that should be off. Some people even uninstall it completely. In actuality, this strategy is obsolete and ineffective. It may cause your games to run more slowly! 

First, you can't have any antivirus on Windows 10. If you disable a third-party solution, Windows Defender takes over. Second, not all antivirus software is the same. Some security solutions include a specialized gaming mode that reduces the impact on PC performance.


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Remember that you have another "extra" antivirus installed that you aren't aware of. It's tucked away in Google Chrome! That AV also has a small number of options, none of which are relevant for gaming. Another reason to dismiss browser windows while trying to speed up your computer is to do so. 

However, the best way to deal with the antivirus issue is to install one of a few security solutions. We'll show you how with Kaspersky Internet Security. It is a product that has continuously gotten high marks for performance and efficiency for several years.

Set Up Windows Update Properly

Background operations in several Windows 10 subsystems can cause unexpected delays. When Windows Update is downloading and installing something, it impacts performance. That's why it's a good idea to schedule updates for times when you're not gaming. Change the active hours in Windows 10 settings by clicking "Change active hours." Although active hours only affect restart timings, this setting also affects other update tasks.

Keep Your Computer Tidy

Over time, every computer slows down. The collection of garbage files and programs is the primary cause of this delay. Clean away temporary files and uninstall games to help your computer perform quicker. Many dedicated apps, such as Kaspersky Total Security, do this maintenance for you.


These are a handful of the 7 suggestions to do when your PC game lags. After completing all of the procedures above, your computer should be a fail-safe gaming machine. In this case, winning the game becomes a question of strategy, practice, and teamwork.

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Jessica Vieira
Jessica Vieira
Jessica Vieira is ProductReviews's senior media reporter, covering the intersection of entertainment and technology.