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PC games, while the most up-to-date, customizable, and easy to play, often cause speed issues and bugs, etc.

Fortnite, the great success on all kinds of devices, is one of those games. Many people have reported that it runs slowly on their PC, unlike the likes of XBox or other consoles.

The main reason for this problem lies in the way that PCs can work with a multitude of hardware, when the many consoles out there have been specifically designed to work in a certain way.

Due to the nature through which the likes of Windows have to be versatile enough to work with all types of hardware, it is vital that if you plan to run a game like Fortnite, you are sure that you have the correct settings for the software.

This tutorial seeks to dispel any scruples you may have in this regard.

Fortnite running on Windows

As with any Windows application, certain system requirements must be set for the game to run:

  • DX11 GPU equivalent to Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870

  • 2 GB of VRAM

  • 25 GB + hard disk space

  • 2.8Ghz Intel Core i5

  • 8 GB RAM

  • 64-bit Windows 7/8/10

By virtue of having different specifications on different systems, the above is obviously meant as a “recommended” / “entry-level” set of specifications for the system.

If you have the above, or preferably better, you will be in a position to run the game.

The speed of the game is determined by the effectiveness of Windows in optimizing it for use with the various hardware components.

To this end, if you don’t have the required hardware (at least comparable to the old one), that’s the first port of call.

If you have the right hardware, you should look to optimize for any of the software-level issues that may be preventing your system from working properly.

Software issues preventing Fortnite from running smoothly

The main problem with Windows / Mac is that each system is designed to run on a massive spectrum of hardware + software, making it difficult to optimize.

Microsoft has often been criticized for this setup, but as far as the entire PC industry is concerned, it was unavoidable.

The point is, if you have the right hardware support, you will need to ensure that a number of software requirements are met:

1. Remove unwanted programs running in the background

The first step is to stop the applications running in the background of the system.

This includes the likes of Antivirus and any apps you may have running, but don’t actually need to open …


  • If you have a third-party antivirus tool running, you probably have a “game mode”

  • To enable it, you need to click on the “lower right” part of the Windows taskbar.

  • Select the antivirus application icon, right-click and select “Game Mode” or similar

  • If you can’t identify how to enable it, you need to Google “Game Mode + [[your antivirus]]”

Other programs

  • If you have * any * other software running on your system (other than your game), you should close it

  • The best way to do this is to press CTRL + ALT + DEL on your keyboard and hit “Task Manager” (if you use Windows 10)

  • From the list of applications that appears, select the ones that are not running and click “End Task”.

  • After doing this for any of the apps you don’t want / need, you should try running the game again.

2.Remove third-party graphics drivers

If you have third-party graphics drivers (which will normally run constantly on the system), you’d better remove them.

The important thing to note here is that this does not remove the driver itself, but rather the “application” / “control panel” that accompanies most of them.

Some of the extended applications cannot be stopped / removed, but the premise persists, especially if applications like NVidia or ATI are used:

  • In Windows 7, press “Start”> “Control Panel”> “Programs and Features”

  • In Windows, right click “Start”> select “Applications and Features”

  • From the list that appears, select any references to NVidia or ATI / AMD Radeon and uninstall them

  • This will show the branded applications for the various systems, but it shouldn’t remove the drivers (which is the most important thing).

Once this is complete, restart your PC and see if Fortnite will run faster.

3. Clean the hard drive

Next, we should delete any of the temporary files that often clutter hard drives.

This is simply done with the “Disk Cleanup” tool in Windows:

  • Press the “Windows” + “S” keys on your keyboard

  • Type “Disk Cleanup”

  • From the list that appears, select the one produced by Microsoft

  • It will do a little scan and then load a simple interface

  • Look for the button that says “Clean System Files”

  • Select it and let the scan continue again

  • From the list that appears, check all the available options

  • Click OK “

  • Reboot your system after it completes

4. Edit the graphics driver settings

After doing the above, you should consider the specific corrections that you can make.

One of them is to edit the “graphics driver” settings that you may still have installed.

I know it was recommended to remove the third party application that manages the graphics driver (which is correct); If it installed automatically again, or you just don’t want to remove it, you can follow the steps below to improve its performance (specifically for Fortnite):

  • Scroll to the “right” of the Windows taskbar (bottom of screen)

  • From the “icon tray” select the “NVidia” icon

  • Right click and select “NVidia Control Panel”

  • Select “Manage 3D Settings” from the menu on the left.

  • Select the “Program Settings” tab

  • Under “Select a program to customize”, choose “Fortnite” (if it is not there, click “Add” and select the .exe file for the game from your hard drive)

  • Once the game is selected, change “Maximum pre-rendered frames” to 1

  • Set the monitor technology to “G-SYNC” (if you have a G-SYNC compatible monitor)

  • Then select “Multi / Mixed Display GPU Acceleration” and set it to “Single Display Performance”

  • Disable “Vertical Synchronization”

  • Enable “Thread Optimization”

  • Set “Preferred refresh rate” to “Maximum”

After doing the above, exit the control panel and reboot the system again.

5. Optimize the Fortnite executable

The next step is to make sure the Fortnite executable works as smoothly as possible.

To do this, you can follow the steps described here:

  • Find the Fortnite executable file

  • It is usually located here: C: / Program Files / Epic Games / Fortnite / FortniteGame / Binaries / Win64

  • The actual executable file is called “FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe”

  • Once you have located it, right click and select “Properties”.

  • Select the “Compatibility” tab

  • Check the “Override High DPI Scaling Behavior” box.

  • Click OK and try loading the game.

6. Optimize game settings

Finally, there are a number of settings that can be optimized to ensure maximum game performance:

  • Click on Fortnite to load it.

  • Select “Battle Royale” from the game menu.

  • Open the “Settings” menu by selecting the 3 lines in the upper right corner of the screen and then the “gear” icon

Once in this menu, you must use the following options:

  • Set the “Window” mode to “Full Screen”

  • Change “Frame rate limit” to “Unlimited”

  • Set “3D Resolution” to 100.0%

  • Set “Vsync” to “Off”

  • Set “Effects” to “Low”

  • Set “Motion Blur” to “Off”

  • Set “Shadows” to “Off”

  • Set “Anti-aliasing” to “Off”

  • Set “Viewing Distance” to “Average”

  • Set “Post Processing” to “Low”

  • Set “Show Grass” to “Off”

Once this is complete, exit Fortnite and restart your PC.

After the reboot, you will be in a better position to know whether or not your system has revved up.

Obviously, there could be other issues preventing the game from working optimally.

The gist of the article is that you basically need to make sure that the game has enough system resources to keep it running at a proper level, which is further expanded with how you can slow down some of the more graphically intense elements of the game.

If you are still having trouble, after doing the above you may benefit from speaking to a specialist with direct knowledge of your system and / or the game.

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