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How to Enable or Disable Hardware Acceleration on Windows

Hardware acceleration allows applications to use certain computer hardware for more efficient performance, especially in graphic-intensive programs. While it generally improves functionality, there may be times when you need to disable it to fix graphical glitches or compatibility issues. This guide walks you through the steps to enable or disable hardware acceleration on Windows.

1. Right-click on your desktop> Select “Display settings” from the context menu

2. In the Display Settings window, scroll down and click on “Advanced display settings”. This will open a new window with detailed information about your display and monitor.

3. In the Advanced Display Settings window, click on the link titled “Display adapter properties for Display 1.”

4. In the Display Adapter Properties window, navigate to the “Troubleshoot” tab. If your hardware and drivers support hardware acceleration, you will see a button labelled “Change settings”.

5. Click on the “Change settings” button to open a new window. Adjust the hardware acceleration settings using the slider bar:

  1. Drag the slider to the left to disable hardware acceleration.
  2. Drag the slider to the right to enable hardware acceleration.

6. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to confirm the changes.

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