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How to turn off hardware acceleration in Windows 10?

Hardware acceleration is something which is interrelated with PC circles. You might hear this term earlier but you don’t exactly know what hardware acceleration means. The entire term can be confusing as it overlaps with various other terms such as video card as well as graphics card rendering. Hardware acceleration is a setting on the computer which Windows and other applications use for speeding up the entire computing process. This significantly results in video games and other programs to perform better. In this article, you will get to know about hardware acceleration and how to turn off hardware acceleration in Windows 10. 

What is hardware acceleration? 

Hardware acceleration is a tool that anyone can take the benefit of.  When a program or an application is performing a task, it makes use of the standard CPU on your computer system. However, if the task is heavy, it needs additional power beyond what the CPU naturally provides and this may affect the performance of your PC.  But with the help of hardware acceleration, the application makes use of dedicated hardware components on the PC for carrying our the work even faster and efficiently. The purpose of the hardware acceleration is boosting either performance or speed but usually, it is used for enhancing both.   

Both videos, as well as sound cards that consists of your Windows 10 PC, are the examples of dedicated hardware which is used by the system for enhancing the output. When a task that consists of rendering graphics is on, for instance, the CPU of the computer offloads some works into the video card which makes the process faster and hence the quality of a graphics display will also be enhanced. Having said that, the quality of the graphics card totally depends on its specifications. Nowadays most of the computers are featured with a dedicated GPU along with the main CPU. The GPU plays a vital role in performing some important tasks such as playing high definition games as well as running complex video processing. For example, when heavy applications such as Google Chrome need extra power for displaying each and everything on the page and frame, they ask the PC for performing the task in hardware accelerated mode. 

These days computers are available with hardware acceleration turned on by default. On the other hand, we have to turn it on manually on a few computers. There is also a setting in some applications to disable the hardware acceleration. Generally, we don’t have to worry about it but in some situations, we have to disable the hardware accelerator for checking out some technical glitches on the PC.  Having said that modern display, gaming, as well as browsing applications, are developed in such a way that they are efficient enough to work with hardware acceleration. But they can’t use it because the computer system needs to support before the applications can utilize its benefits which means that there should be an integrated GPU or a dedicated one present on the computer. If your computer doesn’t have any of these two, there will not be any accelerator for the applications to use.  Now we will check how to turn off hardware acceleration in Windows 10

How to turn off hardware acceleration in Windows 10? 

There are some situations where you have to turn off hardware acceleration. Of course, your CPU is efficient enough to handle the heavy demanding tasks of applications. But you might want to turn it off for a while to save some energy. Whatever may be the reason, if you can’t find hardware acceleration in Windows 10 or if you are asking yourself where do I find hardware acceleration in Windows 10, then following steps will definitely help you out. 

In Windows 10, you have to right-click on the desktop and then select Display Settings

When the Display Settings will open, you need to scroll down where you will notice Advanced display settings

Then click on the Display adapter properties link 

Once you click on the Display adapter properties link, this will open the Graphics Properties box. Next click on the ‘Troubleshoot’ tab. If the current display driver of your computer doesn’t allow you to make changes in the settings, then you will see the Change settings option greyed out and you will not be able to make changes in the settings. If you can’t find this tab, you have to update the graphics driver and check. 

On the other hand, if your current display drivers allow you to make changes in the settings, you will see the Change settings option. Just click on it. 

In this step, you will see that the Display Adapter Troubleshooter will be appearing on the computer screen. Here you have to move the printer to the extreme left side for turning off or reducing the hardware acceleration and then click OK. If you are facing issues related to the graphics hardware then these steps will help you in troubleshooting all the display-related problems. 

 And you are done! 

Lots of users have mentioned that the Change Settings option remains greyed out even after following all the steps. On the other hand, others have reported that they are unable to enjoy the advantage of hardware acceleration even after having a dedicated GPU installed. All these problems are because of the corrupted drivers or the absence of graphics card drivers. So if you are one who is facing the same problem, all you need to do is just visit the official website of your graphics card manufacturer and download the latest drivers for your system. Install all the drivers on your computer and you are good to go. 

So these are all the steps of how to turn off hardware acceleration in Windows 10 and we hope you find this article useful. Hardware acceleration has become one of the most important tools in the computer system ranging from low power smartphones to high-performance PCs. The uses for dedicated hardware are immensely growing with the introduction of machine learning apps. Having said that, generally, the hardware acceleration is used just to save battery life or streaming high-quality videos on YouTube. 

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