On a per-app basis, Windows 10 allows you to customize Graphics Performance Preferences. This enables you to optimize some apps for better performance while others are optimized for longer battery life. The options are especially useful on devices that have both integrated and dedicated graphics chips, as they allow you to limit low-power apps to just the integrated processor.
How to Set Graphics Performance Preferences in Windows 10
Click the “System” category in the Settings app from the Start menu. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the “Display” page that pops up. Select “Graphics settings” from the drop-down menu.
You can see a list of all the app-specific performance configurations you’ve assigned on this screen. If you’ve never used these options before, the list will be blank.
You must first choose whether the app is “classic” or “universal” before you can register a new preference for it. Classic apps are traditional Windows desktop programs, whereas universal apps are apps downloaded from the Microsoft Store. From the drop-down menu that appears, select the appropriate type.
For classic apps, you’ll need to manually browse to the program’s executable file (an .exe). You’ll probably find it under
C:Program Files or
C:Program Files (x86).
A second drop-down menu will appear when selecting a universal app. This displays a list of all Microsoft Store apps installed on your computer. You can quickly choose the app for which you want to set preferences. To add it to the list, click the “Add” button.
All apps are set to use the “System default” performance setting by default. To change this, select an app from the list and then select “Options” from the menu that appears.
You can set an app’s graphics to default, power saving, or high performance. In general, simple apps will run smoothly in power saving mode. More demanding, graphically complex apps, such as games and video streamers, should use high performance.
The high performance mode will assign the dedicated graphics card to the app on devices with multiple GPUs. This will allow the app to run at the highest possible frame rate while also drawing more power. The app will be limited to your device’s integrated graphics chip in power saving mode, which uses less power but has lower performance.
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- Open the Settings app.
- Go to System – Display and scroll down to the Advanced graphics settings link(“Graphics settings”).
- On the next page, set the app type to either Universal or Desktop app depending on what you want.
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