How to Enable Windows 10 Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling

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The new graphics feature has some caveats and limitations: It is only available on Windows 10 version 2004 or later, requires a relatively new GPU and requires drivers that support this feature. This option is only available if the system meets all requirements.

What to Expect when Upgrading to the new GPU Scheduler

The transition should be transparent and users should not notice any significant changes. While the new scheduler reduces the overhead of GPU scheduling, most applications were designed to hide scheduling costs through buffering.

The goal of the first phase of hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling is to modernize a fundamental pillar of the graphics subsystem and set the stage for the future – but that will be a story for another time.

How to Enable Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling

To enable hardware-accelerated GPU programming at the hardware level with Windows 10 settings, follow these steps

  • Open settings
  • Select the System > Display tab.
  • Locate Multiple Displays
  • Click Graphics Settings.
  • Select the Change Default Graphics Settings option.
  • To enable the function, turn the knob next to “Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling ON”.
  • Restart your Windows device to apply the changes.

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Enabling Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling from the Registry

Use these steps to apply hardware-accelerated GPU programming on Windows 10:

  • Open Windows search.
  • Search for “Registry” and select the first option.
  • In the Registry Editor, navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers”.
  • Locate the DWORD tile “HwSchMode”. Use the value 2 to activate it and 1 to deactivate it.
  • Restart the system.
  • Open Settings > Display > Graphics Settings and toggle the option.
  • Reboot the system.


Please note that you must download and install the latest drivers for the function to appear in the Windows settings. In our tests, we have seen a performance increase of about 5% in games (Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti), but it depends on the GPU. Higher-ranked cards with more VRAM, such as the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti, will benefit less from this feature, while lower-ranked GPUs, such as Nvidia’s 16 Series, should benefit more from hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling. AMD also added support for hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling in the latest beta update. Some AMD Navi-based GPUs currently support this feature, and you can enable it by following the steps above after downloading the latest beta drivers from the AMD website.

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