How to Disable Hardware Acceleration Windows 10?

Windows 10 comes to the technology market with lots of amenities for the user. Here one of the blissful features is Hardware Acceleration which helps to boost the PC’s performance.

Hardware Acceleration Windows 10?

But the fact is this feature now has been seen replaced by graphics cards and video cards.  That’s why it becomes unnecessary among the users.

So, we come up with a solution on how to disable hardware acceleration in Windows 10

What Is Hardware Acceleration Windows 10?

Most of the processors is seen to execute the instructions sequentially (one after the other). But when you use the Hardware Acceleration from Windows 10 and modify a little bit in the execution process then the process will become so fast. 

Here the mechanism behind is taking all graphics and text rendering from the CPU and moving those to the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit).

Besides, the hardware acceleration Windows 10 also tries to boost up graphics performance by moving the graphics from the CPU to the GPU.

Although hardware accelerators and graphics accelerators help to boost the performance of an application significantly, this feature (hardware accelerators) has been seen to be replaced by graphics cards and video cards.

Before moving forward, we want to notify you that not all PC systems hold this acceleration feature. The latest PC having  NVIDIA or AMD/ATI graphics cards has no option to change the acceleration amount rather available on older systems and systems which use the onboard video.

The Steps for Disabling the Hardware Acceleration Windows 10:

If your PC has Windows 10 and you don’t know how you can disable the hardware acceleration, then ply with the following steps. 

Step 1: You have to commence the steps by pressing the Windows and R keys simultaneously which will bring to you the Run dialog box.

Step 2: So, when you reach the Run box, then type “Regedit” => click OK.

Step 3: After that, a new window named “Registry Editor” will open and you will see an address bar. In the address bar, you need to copy and paste to open it.

Step 4: Hopefully, you will notice the DisableHWAcceleration on the right side. But if unfortunately, you will find nothing like this the create one, so follow this, like ==right click on the empty space on the right side => click New => DWORD (32-bit) Value => type the name DisableHWAcceleration.

Step 5: Now, click twice on the DisableHWAcceleration and change the value from 1 to disable Hardware Acceleration on Windows 10.

Step 6:  At the final stage, you have to press OK to save the setting.

Alternative Way: 

If you face trouble with the above steps, then try to do the following first, and hopefully, the problem will be solved. Such as:

When you discover that the Hardware Acceleration option is grayed out, then check if your PC hardware allows it and make sure the driver is up to date.

When you get an Unexpected Error, it implies that the new settings can not be saved to the registry message box, so, try the following methods.

  • First, open the Display Quality Troubleshooter.
  • After that, run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter.
  • Now, to download and install the latest version of drivers, you have to browse to the manufacturer’s website.
  • Lastly, follow the above method to disable hardware acceleration Windows 10.

Ahnaf Nihin is a senior content writer at Gametechia. He's having 10 years of experience in Technology and troubleshooting topics. Coming from a background in engineering, you will often see his writing stuff related to How To's, Android, and iOS.