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How to enable Hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling in Windows 10

by Mohsin Raza
Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling

Microsoft introduced a cool new feature in Windows 10 called hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling . This feature is part of WDDM 2.7 which effectively reduces latency and increases video playback performance. It allows the computer’s graphics card to manage its own video memory instead of the operating system.

What is hardware accelerated GPU programming?
Hardware-accelerated GPU programming enables more efficient GPU programming between applications. The GPU manages its own VRAM, rather than having it managed by the Windows operating system. This reduces latency and increases video playback performance.

If you want to use this feature, you must first activate it through Windows Settings or Registry Editor. But before that, make sure you are using the updated version of the Windows and NVIDIA drivers. If you are using the AMD graphics driver, you may need to wait a while for the driver to support this feature.

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In this guide, we will show you how to enable hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling in Windows 10.

Enable hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling

To enable hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling with Windows 10 settings, follow these steps:

  1. Open configuration
  2. Select System> Display tab.
  3. Locate multiple screens
  4. Click the Graphics Settings.
  5. Select the Change default graphics settings option.
  6. To activate the function, activate the button next to hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling.
  7. Restart your Windows device to apply the changes.

Before you begin, make sure your user account has administrative privileges. Now let’s look at this in detail:

Graphic Settings

To activate this feature, you must first open Windows settings using the keyboard shortcut Win + I.

  1. Once it opens, select System> Display tab.
  2. On the next page, go to the right pane and scroll down a bit.
  3. Here you will find Multiple Displays >  click on the link called Graphics settings.
  4. Then select the Change default graphics settings option.
  5. To activate the function, activate the button next to hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling.Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling
  6. Now restart your Windows device to apply the changes.

If you ever need to disable this feature on your Windows 10 PC, just disable the same toggle button.

Using Windows Registry Editor

You can also use its registry editor to enable hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling on your Windows 10 device.

Windows Registry Editor

To do this, open the Registry Editor on a Windows 10 PC.

In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers

On the next page, go to the right pane and right-click HwSchMode. Now, in the menu list, select the Modify option to modify it.

In the context menu, set Data to value 2 and click the OK button.

Once done, restart your Windows device to apply the changes.

If you want to deactivate this function, set the data to value 1, then save it.

Conclusion:

The new GPU scheduler will be compatible with recent GPUs that have the necessary hardware, combined with a WDDMv2.7 driver that exposes this support to Windows, says Microsoft. Although some GPUs have the necessary hardware, the associated driver exposed by this support will not be published until after having undergone a significant number of tests.

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