In this tutorial we will show you how to set the GPU for certain applications on a Windows 10 PC (set or change the default graphics card in Windows 10). In general, the integrated GPU (IGPU) is more power efficient, while the discrete GPU is better for heavy games and applications. On multi-GPU computers running Windows 10, you can manually specify which graphics card Windows apps should use as default to increase performance or improve battery efficiency.
So if you want to maximize performance without sacrificing power efficiency, in this tutorial we will show you how to set up GPU for specific apps in Windows 10. Here’s how to set the GPU for certain applications in Windows 10 (PC/Laptop):
1. Press the button Windows + I simultaneously to open your PC Settings. Now click System.
2. Next, click Display in the left pane and select
Graphics settings on the right side.
3. From the drop-down menu, select whether you want to specify the settings for
desktop (classic) apps or Microsoft Store apps. For
desktop (classic) appsyou have to click the button Browse to manually specify the executable file of that application.
4. Navigate to the program’s installation directory. Now select the file
.exe from that application (example: firefox) and click Add.
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If you choose Microsoft Store appshere’s how to choose the Microsoft Store application that you want to set the GPU for:
1. From the drop-down menu in step 3select Microsoft Store Apps. You will soon get a second drop-down menu.
2. From the second drop-down menu, select app for which you want to set its GPU preferences.
3. After you select the app, click on Add.
4. After you add the app, click on the button Options in the box that appears.
5. You will get three options for GPUs:
- Let Windows Decide
- Power Saving (typically the integrated GPU)
- High Performance (typically the discrete GPU)
6. Select the option you want and remember to click the button Save after you choose.
7. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
There he is. You have now successfully determined which GPU your Windows 10 computer should use for a particular application.
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Using the above method, you can set your default graphics card preferences (either Nvidia or AMD) for a number of apps in Windows 10. Starting with build 20220, Windows 10 also lets users specify graphics cards on a per-app basis for more granular control. It was launched late last year for Windows Insiders on the Dev channel.
That’s how to set the GPU for certain applications in Windows 10 (PC/Laptop). Hopefully the tutorial above is useful for you. Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to share it with your friends too.