How to Turn off Hardware Acceleration

Two Methods:Windows 7 and 8Windows Vista

If you have an older computer or if you are simply running software that is very demanding on graphics and system resources, you can improve the performance of your computer by reducing hardware acceleration or turning it off completely. This option may not be available on newer computers, but can help get more life out of your aging computer.

Steps

Before You Start

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    Not all computers will support this. Most newer computers using Nvidia or AMD/ATI graphics cards will not have the ability to change the amount of acceleration through. These options are typically only available on older computers or computers using onboard video.[1]
    • In order to change the acceleration settings for these cards, you'll need to open the control panel for your card. You can access it by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting your video card control panel.
    • The acceleration settings will vary depending on the manufacturer and the card model. You'll generally it in the "System settings" or "Image settings" sections.

Method 1
Windows 7 and 8

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    Open the Start menu and click the Control Panel.
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    Select "Personalization".
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    Choose "Display Settings".
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    Find and select "Advanced Settings".
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    Click the .Troubleshooting tab.
    • If you don't have a Troubleshooting tab, your video card drivers do not support this Windows feature. Updating your drivers may add this feature back, but chances are you'll need to adjust settings using your video card's control panel.
    • You can access the Nvidia or AMD control panels by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting it from the menu.
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    Click .Change Settings.
    • If the Change Settings button is grayed out, your video card drivers do not support this Windows feature. Updating your drivers may add this feature back, but chances are you'll need to adjust settings using your video card's control panel.
    • You can access the Nvidia or AMD control panel by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting it from the menu.
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    Adjust the Hardware acceleration settings as desired. Move it all the way to the left if you want to disable hardware acceleration completely.
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    Hit the .Apply button, and then choose OK to exit the dialogue window.
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    Click . OK , and then exit the Display Properties box.
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    Restart your computer to activate the changed settings.[2]

Method 2
Windows Vista

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    Click the Start button to open the Start menu.
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    Open the Control Panel.
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    Select "Appearance and Personalization".
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    Pick "Adjust Screen Resolution" from the menu.
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    Choose "Advanced Settings" within the Display Settings window.
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    Click on the .Troubleshooting tab within the monitor properties window.
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    Select .Change Settings.
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    Choose .Continue within the security window.
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    Adjust the Hardware acceleration settings as desired. Move the setting all the way to the left if you want to disable hardware acceleration completely.
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    Hit . OK , and then restart your computer.

Tips

  • Reducing or disabling hardware acceleration can become necessary if a computer is running very slowly. This typically happens in computers that are older or when a computer with a weak video card attempts to run software or games which demand many of a computer's systems resources and require a higher tier video card. If a computer begins to run slowly, particularly when you start a video or play a game, turning off the hardware acceleration can sometimes alleviate the problem without having to immediately invest in a new computer system or to upgrade an existing system.


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