Windows 10

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Disabling driver updates[edit]

Driver updates can only be disabled before they are actually downloaded.
Not all driver updates will be listed at first, however they can be disabled gradually.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download the following file and run it.
  2. Disable the desired updates from the list.


This can be useful if the video drivers are for example being overriden. After the driver update has been stopped a full driver reinstall is advised.

Error connected with "dxgmms2.sys" error with DirectX 8 or older games[edit]

This happened after the November 2015 update on Nvidia video cards that do not support DirectX 12 hardware features. Issue was resolved with Windows update KB3140743.

"To use this, you need to upgrade Windows" notification on Microsoft Store pages[edit]

Ensure Windows 10 is Version 1511 or later (run winver from the start menu search box to verify).[1] The update can be installed through Windows Update (if listed) or manually from Get Windows 10.

Game Bar[edit]

The Game Bar allows easy recording of gameplay video (default Win+G when in any game). It is enabled by default in Windows 10. Unfortunately, some games suffer from sporadic but severe FPS drops when the bar is enabled.[citation needed]

Disable Xbox DVR[2]
  1. Open the Xbox app and log in if necessary.
  2. Scroll down the menu and select Settings (gear icon) > Game DVR.
  3. Disable Game DVR.


Requires you to login to a Microsoft account.
Modify the registry[3]

Download, extract and run this registry hack file.


Does not require you to login to a Microsoft account.
Will only disable the DVR function for the current user.

DirectDraw is broken[edit]

This issue actually first materialized in 8.1,[4] unfortunately there is little more that can be done than use a DDraw wrapper:

DgVoodoo 2, a glide wrapper, also has a DDraw wrapper built-in.
Direct3D 8 has a very similar issue on 8.1 and later as well[5], however the ddraw wrappers (with an exception to the ones that include a d3d8.dll) do not fix the issue as D3D8 doesn't use ddraw, being the first version of DirectX to deprecate it. Instead use a patched d3d8.dll, the DX8 to DX9 convertor or the d3d8to9 wrapper.
Users of Windows Vista and on-wards actually benefit from a DDraw wrapper due to it no longer being hardware accelerated on such systems, however the built-in DDraw wasn't completely broken until 8.1.

Microsoft removed the MIDI Mapper[edit]

Starting Windows 8.1 and later, Microsoft removed the ability to change the default MIDI device, at least officially

Modify the registry[6]

Go to: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Drivers32"
Then open "midimapper" and replace "midimap.dll" with "VirtualMIDISynth\VirtualMIDISynth.dll"

Use a MIDIMapper replacement[7][8]

Use the CoolSoft MIDIMapper or KaleidonKep99's (A.K.A. Riccardo Loi) ReactOS MIDI Mapper (no longer availible).