Dota 2 on Windows 10 – Problems and Solutions
Microsoft has released their most awaited product Windows 10 on 29 June 2015. However Windows 10 did not satisfy most of the gamer because of its inbuilt problems. Here I will give you an analysis of Dota 2 on Windows 10 – Problems and Solutions.
Problem 1 (Peer to Peer Download System)
Microsoft has changed the way window will update now. Although this method is old but it was never expected to be implemented in Windows. Now Windows 10 update system works exactly like Torrents work. That is a funny thing that Microsoft is against torrent system, but they them self implemented same in their product. Well that is another debate and lets leave it there. So coming over to the issue.
How Windows Update Worked earlier ?
All the downloadable files were present on 1 central server and when downloading you connect to that server and simply down load it to your PC. It was 1 to 1 connection. But now the system is different.
How Update Works in Windows 10 ?
It uses peer to peer network system. So if we talk in easy language, there is no central server where file is hosted. All users with Windows 10 are connected via internet in form of a network and they download bits and pieces of each update from other user’s computer. Image below will help you understand it.
So in other words, Windows has forced you to update other user’s computers too eve if you don’t want.
How does this cause problems for Online Gamers ?
Obviously when you are connected to internet and someone is downloading his Windows update, there are many chances that you computer is helping him download his update by uploading update from your PC to his. So that means your bandwidth and data is being stolen.
However gamers need full and free bandwidth for online gaming whereas your bandwidth is stolen about which you even don’t know. That is why you face sudden lags and delays during your game. Which some time may be very crucial according to game point of view. Imagine you start lagging suddenly while defending your base and you are killed with no buy back gold. So that means your game is over…
Problem 2 (Disabling Windows Update)
So, now you might be thinking, WTF, I am just going to disable my Windows update so at least I don’t get lags and delays. Well there comes another interesting problem. You can not turn off your Windows 10 update system completely. It is almost forced update. Funny ..!! Isn’t it ?
Problem 3 (Scheduling Windows Update)
So another issue about window update is that you can not schedule a window update. As soon as some update is available and you are connected to internet, your update will start automatically. Yes !! Without even asking you. They dont care if you are in middle of a gank or you are trying to evade a gank in game, they will shove this update up your a**.
Problem 4 (New Operating System)
As it is a totally brand new operating system, therefore many software and drivers don’t work properly as it used to work on Windows 7 or 8 variants. However most of the hardware companies immediately released updates to their drivers on emergency basis that are compatible with window 10 but still, there are many old pieces of hardware which do not support Windows 10 and its drivers are still not updated. If you are using some latest equipment, then this might not be an issue for you, but in case you are using old system, then you might be having lots of troubles.
Problem 5 (New Dota 2 Game Client)
Dota 2 has shifted completely to Dota 2 Reborn on 10th September 2015. Old Dota 2 which was running on Source 1 engine is gone now. Although valve stated that Dota 2 Reborn will work properly on all the hardware even if those are old. But personally speaking, I cant play with Dota 2 Reborn without my AMD graphic card. I removed my graphic card and tested with Intel Integrated HD 4000 Graphic Card to check if I can play, but I failed miserably because I was getting 20-30 FPS in Dota 2 with lowest settings. Obviously that does not work. So I had to install my graphic card again to play.
Dota 2 reborn has many bugs to date and valve is releasing continuous and frequent updates to fix the bugs, but in my opinion it will take almost 2 months or so for Dota 2 reborn to get completely stable and almost bug free.
How to disable Automatic Windows 10 Update Permanently
To avoid sudden lags and delays because of internet issues, best thing you can do is to simply disable the Windows Update service. To do so, type “services” in the Windows 10 search box and click “View Local Services”. Navigate to “Windows Update”. After double-clicking the service, you can stop it and disable it so it won’t be bothersome again.
Check out images below for more details.
Now if you want to check if this really worked for you, then simply click on “Check for Updates“. It will give you an error message. So now you have got rid of Windows update permanently. No need to worry about your Windows 10 updates any more.
Remember, keeping Windows up to date is very necessary for many reasons. Security is just one of them. If you want to disable Windows Update permanently, you must take other actions like installing an antivirus with full features to keep your system secure
If you want to enable Windows 10 updates back for any reason, simple follow above mentioned steps and this time instead of Disable, select Enable option. It will start your regular Windows 10 update system.
Well, if you say “Nope, Thank you very much, tell me another way to fix it”. Here is another way. Type “Windows Update” in your search bar and select “Advanced Windows Update“.
Another window will open where you can change Windows 10 Update settings. Lets go step by Step. Please image below for complete details. Each point highlighted on image is explained below.
There are 2 options. “Automatic” and “Notify to Schedule Restart“. Select 2nd option, “Notify to Schedule Restart“. Obviously updates will start automatically. It will just give you a notification when your computer is ready to install updates and needs to be restarted. (Oh thanks a lot Microsoft for being so kind…)
You can tell windows now to install updates for you. However Microsoft is like a stubborn kid and wont listen to you carefully. So even if you defer updates it will still install security related updates. However it will just defer those updates which are related to functions and features of Windows 10. This is what Windows 10 Official says about Defer Updates.
Now click on “Chose How Updates are Delivered“. It will open a new window in front of you and you can choose how you want to get updates.
Best option is to switch is off. This way, problem 1 will be solved. Now you will get updates straight from Microsoft and also you wont be helping other people.
For Problem 4 and 5, you need to wait for stable Window 10 and Dota 2 Reborn Client release.
Magic Solution to All Windows 10 Problems
Revert back to your previous version of Windows till we get a stable version of Windows 10. Here is how you can revert to Windows 7 or Windows 8
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