This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to enable or disable Hardware Acceleration in Microsoft Edge Chromium.
The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open-source project code base and offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.
Edge browser is cross-platform, and supports all Windows, macOS, and Linux systems. If you’re currently using Microsoft Edge and want to learn how to enable or disable the new Edge Hardware Acceleration feature, the steps below should show you how to do it.
Microsoft Edge Hardware acceleration is there to improve the browser’s performance by moving all graphics and text rendering from the CPU to the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) when available. This frees up resources on your computer so it can run other applications faster.
In some instances, Hardware acceleration may render your computer to perform slowly if your computer isn’t equipped with high-performance graphics cards. If this is the case, you should disable hardware acceleration.
To get started with enabling or disabling Hardware Acceleration, follow the steps below:
Enable Hardware Acceleration
To enable Hardware Acceleration in Edge, open the Edge settings page by clicking the three horizontal dots ( . ) at the top corner of your screen, then go to Settings.
When the Settings page opens, click on System on the left side menu. To the right, under System, turn on Hardware Acceleration as shown in the image below.
Click Restart to apply the changes when done.
That’s it! If it’s already turned on and you want to disable it, click the button to turn it off.
Enable via registry
You can also enable Edge v via the Windows registry if you’re logged in as an administrator. To do that, use the steps below:
Using the Windows registry is one way to force all users on the System to use Hardware Acceleration. There are multiple ways to do this in Windows, however, using the Windows registry is the easiest and most effective way.
To enable, press the Windows Key + R on your keyboard to open the run command box. Or use the search function to search for the Run app.
In the command box, type the commands below and press Enter.
Then the registry opens, navigate to the path below.
From there, right-click on the Edge key and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option to create a REG_DWORD value if you don’t see the existing HardwareAccelerationModeEnabled value already created.
Name the new DWORD value as:
After saving the DWORD above, double-click it to open. Then enter the value of 1 to enable.
(delete) = Default
0 = Always disabled
1 = Always enabled
That should do it!
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