Windows 11’s advanced security features can negatively affect game performance. So how to turn these features off?
Microsoft sees security as a critical factor in Windows 11 and has even made some hardware-based security features a minimum requirement. Security is of course important, but some security measures can have a negative impact on games running on Windows 11 PCs.
Virtualization-based security, also known as VBS, allows Windows 11 to create a secure memory region that is isolated from unsafe code. Another built-in feature called Hypervisor-Enforced Code Integrity (HVCI) uses the capabilities of VBS to prevent unsigned or suspicious drivers and software from entering memory. VBS and HVCI provide a layer of protection that limits the damage that malware can do, even if it bypasses your antivirus.
As we reported earlier, these features can negatively affect performance, especially when it comes to games. Tests showed differences of up to 5% with these settings on and off. Yet another post that did some testing saw drops of up to 25%.
If you have upgraded to Windows 11, the VBS feature is not active. But if you install with Windows 11 with clean install or get a new computer that came with Windows 11, VBS/HVCI can be enabled automatically.
If you are using Windows 11 and performance, especially gaming performance is very important to you, you can check if VBS / HVCI is enabled and turn it off in the following way.
Checking VBS in Windows 11
Before turning off VBS, you can find out if it is active with the following method.
- 1. Open System Information. For this, you can search for “system information” in Windows search and click on the first option.
- From here, find the “Virtualization-based security” option. If it says “running” next to it, this feature is enabled.
How to Disable VBS/HVCI in Windows 11?
- Search for “Core isolation” in Windows search and click on the top result.
- If asked which application to use, click Windows Security and OK.
- If “Memory Integrity” is on, turn it off.
- Restart the computer after shutting down.
- Double-check the system information to see if virtualization-based security is listed as “disabled”. If this option is disabled, there is no problem. But we will use the registry to disable VBS if it is still running.
Disabling Via Registry
- Press Windows + R keys and type “regedit” in the text box and click OK.
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControlDeviceGuard yolunu izleyin.
- Open EnableVirtualizationBasedSecurity and set it to 0.
- Close the registry and restart your computer.
You will now see that VBS is disabled in the My Site Info app.
Source: Technopat by www.technopat.net.
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