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Is there a way to freeze a game?

Open up Resource Monitor (you can do so from Task Manager from the "Performance" tab), go to the CPU tab, find the app name, right click on it, and select "Suspend process"

 

You can also use Process Explorer.

 

EDIT: If you suspend a process, do not try to interact with it. Upon resuming the app may hang.

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Or have it go into a hibernated mode sort of speak? A way where the system no longer attributes resources to it or as little as possible to keep it going minimized in the background (until user demands otherwise). Is something like that possible at all?


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It's called saving and closing the game?

There are ways to "freeze" a game, but it won't clear its memory usage or anything, because then it'd crash.


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you can do something similar with cheat engine by pausing the game entirely, but im not sure about its resource allocation and if any functions keep up in the background like as if you were farming something in minecraft and came back and its all grown, but you can always try


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Just going off the title I was like "I got this radical concept where you can just pause a game with the push of a button" lol. Anyway yeah, save and close is the closest you're gonna get


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Just run all your games in a VM and suspend the VM when you want to pause. EZ.


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Open up Resource Monitor (you can do so from Task Manager from the "Performance" tab), go to the CPU tab, find the app name, right click on it, and select "Suspend process"

 

You can also use Process Explorer.

 

EDIT: If you suspend a process, do not try to interact with it. Upon resuming the app may hang.

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1 minute ago, Mira Yurizaki said:

Open up Resource Monitor (you can do so from Task Manager from the "Performance" tab), go to the CPU tab, find the app name, right click on it, and select "Suspend process"

 

You can also use Process Explorer.

I assume i'll be able to unsuspend it later? Also, won't that make the game crash as @TetraSky said?

 

1 minute ago, Arika S said:

there are ways as listed about...but why? what's wrong with just closing the game?

Uh... It's complicated... Actually, it's not. Its just inconvenient. Why, you ask? Currently, summer's overly hot where i live and it rains all the fucking time. Its a rural area where rain makes the energy unstable (frequent power outtages), right now, it's happening daily. My thought is, the PC under a heavy load of AAA game, my UPS will hold the PC for less time vs idling. As i said, closing the game and re-opening later is inconvenient as the outtages are unpredictable. It may last 5mins or 30. Sometimes it comes and goes repeatedly in a short amount of time which makes my UPS a bit crazy with all the beeping switching from battery to power outlet energy. I know, 1st world problems. Just thought there could be a way of playing my games and "freezing it" when necessary so it is not longer a heavy load while i wait power to return. Just pausing the game through ingame menus and alt-tabbing reduces a bit of cpu and gpu usages but not enough and my old cpu still keeps its high temps.


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2 minutes ago, ReggieGRS said:

I assume i'll be able to unsuspend it later? Also, won't that make the game crash as @TetraSky said?

Yes, there's an option to resume the process. And no, it should not make the game crash. All it should do is freeze the RAM contents and stop the CPU and GPU from servicing it. Assuming that everything the game used can be ready at the drop of a pin, it should continue on as if nothing happened.

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