Cool tools – Game Booster

Even the best Windows-based computer rigs can get bogged down, when you want to get the most performance out of them, whether you want that performance for Second Life or for general gaming.

In your average Windows system, your RAM and your CPU cycles get nickle-and-dimed away by all sorts of background tasks and services, few or none of which you actually need at the time you want your system performing at its best.

I was really quite impressed when I stumbled onto a tool called Game Booster.

It’s tiny, it’s lightweight, it’s free, and as near as I can tell it does exactly what it says on the tin.

Start it up, and it allows you to ‘switch to gaming mode’. It stops your choice of services and background tasks (proffering a recommended list) and remembers the ones you chose for next time.

Game Booster, ready to do its thing

Having cleaned all the dross away, it minimizes itself to the system-tray, and you can call it up again when you’re done, click the ‘back to normal mode’ button, and it’ll restart everything that it stopped for you.

It also offers the option to defragment applications/games on a per-application basis. It costs nothing, doesn’t (as far as I can tell) nag you about anything, and has a noticeable positive effect on Windows system-performance.

Grab it here.

2 thoughts on “Cool tools – Game Booster”

  1. it only show some of the services, and none of the programs that are running, and just the name and whether they’re running or not, not enough details that would help figuring out which ones can be safely disabled or not, and if I just click on switch to game mode without unmarking anything it crashes 🙁

  2. TigroSpottystripes… You can easily check out what all the processes are at

    I find this a nice little util. I used to have something for Win98 called ‘Enditall’ this is a lot like it.
    Only the defrag part, when directed at my SL texture directories seems to analyze ad infinitum…

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