Learn how to effectively remove lag from your Minecraft (all versions)

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Despite being a relatively light game, it is common for players to have some problems with lag in Minecraft. The amount of mods and updates that the game receives is very large and this certainly affects the performance of the game. To solve this problem, here are some ways to optimize your Minecraft for you to play smooth. But first, check out the game requirements.

Minecraft minimum and recommended requirements

Minimum Requirements Recommended Requirements
Processor Intel Core i3 / AMD A8-7600 Intel Core i5 / AMD A10-7800
RAM 4GB 8GB
But by the full GPU acceleration tech Intel HD Graphics 4000 / AMD Radeon R5 Series GeForce 700 Series / AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series
HD 1GB 4GB

How to Optimize Minecraft

Task Manager

First, with the game open, access the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and choose the “Details” tab. Among several running programs, you will find one (or a few) with the name “javaw.exe”. These are for Minecraft. Identify which one is using the most memory on your PC (just look to the side in the “Memory” column) and right-click on it. Then choose “Set Priority” and select “High”.





It's still in the Task Manager, but in the "Startup" tab. In this menu you will find all the programs that start whenever you turn on your PC. Many of them keep running in the background and slow down your game performance. Identify those that are of no use to you at the moment, right-click and choose “Disable”.

System setup

The next step is to access the System Configuration menu. For that, you can type the name of the menu or type “Run” in the search field of the taskbar. If you follow this last option, when the Run application starts, type “msconfig” and the configuration screen will appear. From there, choose the Startup tab. System>Advanced Options:


On the next screen, check the box “Number of Processors” and click on the tab below. There will be shown the number of cores of your processor. If it is the first time accessing this menu, the number 1 will be selected. Choose a higher number according to your preference, but avoid going to the maximum as it shortens the life of the processor. It is advisable that you select half of the total available capacity.


Configuring Minecraft

Now inside the game, go to Options>Graphics and configure the options as follows:

  • Graphics: Fast
  • Soft Lighting: No
  • Vertical Sync: No
  • Full Screen: Yes
  • Mipmap Levels: No
  • Biome Transition: No
  • Rendering: 2 chunks
  • Frame limit: Unlimited
  • Vision balance: Yes
  • Clouds: Fast or Not

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