Devices Enable or Disable Integrated Graphics (iGPU) in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable your integrated graphics (iGPU) in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Some motherboards will include onboard graphics or integrated graphics (iGPU) that uses a shared amount of system memory. The iGPU port is usually located on the back of the motherboard.

If you also have a graphics card (aka: discrete graphics), then you can choose custom graphics performance settings. This allows you to specify which GPU you prefer to use by default for specific Microsoft Store and Desktop apps. Preferences may provide better app performance or save battery life.

If you prefer to only use the graphics card, then you can disable the iGPU to free up memory, save power, and reduce heating.

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Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Integrated Graphics (iGPU) in Device Manager
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Integrated Graphics (iGPU) in BIOS/UEFI


EXAMPLE: Integrated graphics (ex: "GPU 0") and graphics card (ex: "GPU 1") in Task Manager

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Option One

Enable or Disable Integrated Graphics (iGPU) in Device Manager


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

2 Click/tap on the arrow next to Display adapters to expand it open. (see screenshots below step 4)

3 Right click on the iGPU you want to enable or disable.

The iGPU will not be listed in Device Manager if the iGPU was disabled in BIOS/UEFI in Option Two.


4 Click/tap on Enable device (default) or Disable device.

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5 If you are disabling the iGPU, click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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6 You can now close Device Manager if you like.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Integrated Graphics (iGPU) in BIOS/UEFI


1 Boot to UEFI BIOS firmware settings.

2 Navigate to your iGPU settings in BIOS/UEFI, and select Auto, Enabled, or Disabled for what you want in the iGPU Multi-Monitor drop menu. (see screenshots below)

You will need to check your motherboard's manual for the exact steps to enable or disable the iGPU since they will vary per motherboard manufacturer.


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3 Click/tap on the Exit tab, and click/tap on Save Changes & Reset to apply. (see screenshot below)

You will need to check your motherboard's manual for the exact steps to save changes and exit since they will vary per motherboard manufacturer.


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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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I have been experiencing issues with my iGPUs, as it doesn't seem to work with all of them. If I try to disable the iGPU, the dedicated one doesn't work at all. This has been a persistent problem with Photoshop, where 80% of the time it fails to recognize the correct vRAM during startup, even if I set it in "Graphic Settings". Unfortunately, Windows 11 has very poor settings for systems with dual graphics, which makes it difficult to resolve this issue. I have been struggling with this headache for years, and it seems like others have faced similar issues as well, as there are many complaints about it on Adobe and AMD forums.

Microsoft had added an option to "Graphic Settings" in the Windows 11 Insider program, which allows users to force apps and Windows to use the discrete graphics card permanently. This feature was expected to be released in the Stable Channel, specifically in the 22H1 or 22H2 updates, but it has not yet been made available.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD
How would this work on a laptop? ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DT-WB52 and it bugs the crap out of me using the amd graphics instead of the 1650 that's inside.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus FX505DT-WB52
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX505DT (FP5)
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4-3200 • CL=22 • NON-ECC • SODIMM • 260-pin • 1.2V • 2Rx8/1Rx8 • PC4-25600
    Graphics Card(s)
    4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (ASUStek Computer Inc) 128MB ATI AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    (1920x1080@60Hz)
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 860 Evo 500GB
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock
    Keyboard
    Stock
    Mouse
    Stock
    Internet Speed
    30 MBPS
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton 360 Deluxe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    Intel i7 8700k
    Motherboard
    TUF Z390M-PRO GAMING (WI-FI)
    Memory
    OLOy WarHawk RGB (Intel/AMD Ready) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) 16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    PNY GeForce RTX 3060 12GB XLR8 Gaming Revel Epic-X RGB Single Fan Graphics Card
    Sound Card
    Stock
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG UltraGear FHD 24-Inch Gaming Monitor 24GL600F-B
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 @ 144Hz
    Hard Drives
    PNY CS2140 500GB (SSD)

    Seagate BarraCuda 4TB (ST4000DMZ04/DM004)
    PSU
    EVGA 750 BQ 80 Plus Bronze PSU
    Case
    NZXT H510 Flow
    Cooling
    Cooler Master MA620M dual tower air cooler and SP120 RGB Elite Performance 120MM PMW Triple Fan
    Mouse
    GM702 GAMING MOUSE
    Keyboard
    PICTEK RGB Gaming Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    30mbs
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton 360 Deluxe
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