However, the Settings app includes a page that lets you select the preferred graphics card for legacy and Microsoft Store apps to improve system performance or battery life. This guide will teach you the steps to set the GPU an app uses on your Windows 10 laptop or desktop with multiple graphics processors.

Specify preferred GPU for apps on Windows 10

To force an app to use a discrete GPU instead of the integrated adapter, use these steps:  Once you complete the steps, the selected app will use the graphics processor you specified to optimize battery life or performance the next time you launch it.

Classic app — traditional (Win32) desktop programs. Microsoft app — apps available through the Microsoft Store.

System default — (default) Windows 10 decides which GPU to use automatically. Power saving — runs the app on the GPU that uses the least power, usually the integrated graphics processor. High performance — runs the app on the most capable GPU, usually an external or discrete graphics processor.

It is important to note that these settings will take precedence over the same options available in other control panels (which you can continue to use).  While you can manually set the preferred GPU for an app on Windows 10, the app always decides which processor to use. This means that if you change the settings and the app continues to use a different GPU, you may need to change the preferences in the app itself. If you want to stop an app from using this feature, then in the “Advanced graphics settings” page, select the app from the list, and click the “Remove” button. Or select the app, click the “Options” button, and select the “System default” option. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.