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Windows 8.1: How to turn off Hardware Acceleration in Internet Explorer 11?

By Nidhi ,Friday, February 7th, 2014

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Turn of hardware accelerationDo you own a Windows 8.1 PC? Is the software that you are running slowing down the speed of your computer? Do you think that disabling Hardware Acceleration in Internet Explorer 11 can help in resolving the problem, but don’t know how to do so on your Windows 8.1 PC? No problem. Our below given solution steps will help you through the process. Take a look.

To turn off the hardware acceleration, you need to follow the solution steps given below to complete the process. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. First of all create a system restore point before starting the process. To do so:
  2. On the Start screen, start typing ‘System Restore Point’.
  3. From the search results, click on ‘Create a restore point’.
  4. On the ‘System Properties’ window, click ‘Create’ under ‘System Protection’ tab.
  5. Type the name for the restore point and then click ‘Create’.
  6. Wait for the process to complete and then click ‘Close’.
  7. Click ‘OK’ to close the ‘System Properties’ window.
  8. Now you can turn off hardware acceleration in Internet Explorer 11 on your Windows 8.1 PC. To do so:
  9. On the Start screen, click on the ‘Internet Explorer’ tile to open it.
  10. Click on the ‘Wrench’ icon at the bottom menu, and then click ‘View on the desktop’ on the menu that appears.
  11. Click on the ‘Gear’ icon at the top right corner of the window, and then select ‘Internet Options’.
  12. On the ‘Internet Options’ window, click the ‘Advanced’ tab, and then select ‘Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering’
  13. Click ‘OK’, and then close the window.
  14. Reopen Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect.

This is how you can turn off the Hardware Acceleration feature in Internet Explorer on your Windows 8.1 PC. Did the above procedure help you in speeding up the performance of your PC? You can also check out our solution video which is posted below.


About Nidhi

is the Gizmo Gal for iYogi. A writer by choice and Gizmo Geek by nature, she brings the hottest and latest happening in the Gadgets’ world. So, when you need a peek inside the tech world, you know where the action is.

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