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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable video enhancement with video super resolution (VSR) in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

Video super resolution uses machine learning to enhance the quality of video viewed in Microsoft Edge by using graphics card agnostic algorithms to remove blocky compression artifacts and upscale the video resolution, so you can enjoy crisp and clear videos on YouTube and other video streaming platforms without sacrificing bandwidth.

Due to the computing power required to upscale videos, video super resolution (VSR) is currently offered when the following conditions are met:
  • The device has one of the following graphics cards (GPUs): Nvidia RTX 20/30/40 series OR AMD RX5700-RX7800 series GPUs.
  • The video is played at less than 720p resolution.
  • The device is not on battery power.
  • Both the height and width of the video are greater than 192 pixels.
  • The video is not protected with Digital Rights Management technologies like PlayReady or Widevine. Frames from these protected videos are not accessible to the browser for processing.
Video super resolution is automatically enabled by Edge and indicated by an HD icon on the address bar. The feature can be computationally intensive, so this icon allows a user to be in full control of enabling or disabling the feature.

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Turning off video super resolution persists for all sites in Edge preferences. This will also restore any video super resolution features supported by the graphics card driver on your system.

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Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Video Super Resolution (VSR) Enhancement in Microsoft Edge Address Bar
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Video Super Resolution (VSR) Enhancement in Microsoft Edge Settings




Option One

Enable or Disable Video Super Resolution (VSR) Enhancement in Microsoft Edge Address Bar


1 While playing a video that supports VSR in Microsoft Edge, click/tap on the HD icon on the address bar. (see screenshot below)

2 Turn On (default) or Off Enhance videos for what you want.

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Option Two

Enable or Disable Video Super Resolution (VSR) Enhancement in Microsoft Edge Settings


1 Open Microsoft Edge.

2 Click/tap on the Setting and more (Alt+F) 3 dots button, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on System and performance in the left pane. (see screenshot below)

If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.


4 Under System, turn On (default) or Off Enhance videos in Microsoft Edge for what you want.

5 You can now close the Settings tab if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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if it's not available on settings page, which flags should I choose to enable it?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 (22H2)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire VX 15 (VX5-591G)
    CPU
    Intel i7-7700HQ
    Motherboard
    KBL-HM175
    Memory
    Corsair 2x8GB DDR4 2400 MHz CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC225
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    Adata SX8200 Pro 512GB
    Crucial MX500 1TB
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 X Plus
    Internet Speed
    20 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
if it's not available on settings page, which flags should I choose to enable it?
Hello, :alien:

That would be the correct flag to have enabled, but the setting will not be available if your system doesn't meet the requirements below:
  • The device has one of the following graphics cards (GPUs): Nvidia RTX 20/30/40 series OR AMD RX5700-RX7800 series GPUs.
  • The video is played at less than 720p resolution.
  • The device is not on battery power.
  • Both the height and width of the video are greater than 192 pixels.
  • The video is not protected with Digital Rights Management technologies like PlayReady or Widevine. Frames from these protected videos are not accessible to the browser for processing.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
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    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
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    Google Chrome
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
That would be the correct flag to have enabled, but the setting will not be available if your system doesn't meet the requirements below:
  • The device has one of the following graphics cards (GPUs): Nvidia RTX 20/30/40 series OR AMD RX5700-RX7800 series GPUs.
  • The video is played at less than 720p resolution.

I have a desktop RTX 3080 with up to date drivers and the setting was missing until I manually enabled that flag, the revealed setting was then set to disabled by default.

It also now works for videos played at up to 1080p resolution.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro (22H2)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    Memory
    G.Skill Flare DDR4-3200 32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 3080 12GB
    Sound Card
    SoundblasterX AE-5
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