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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 Windows 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.

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[5]

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[6][7]

Use the CoolSoft MIDIMapper (requires sign-in to download) or KaleidonKep99's (A.K.A. Riccardo Loi) ReactOS MIDI Mapper (no longer availible).


  1. Can't buy Quantum Break in Windows 10 - Microsoft Community
  2. How to fix CS 30 FPS cap after Windows 10 anniversary update! :: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive General Discussions
  3. Verified by User:Hawaii_Beach on 2016-10-09