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How To Change Default Graphics Card In Windows 11

Changing the default graphics card in Windows 11 can significantly improve your PC’s performance. Follow these steps to make the necessary adjustments:

  1. Open the Settings app on Windows 11.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Go to the Display page.

  4. Under the “Related settings” section, click on Graphics.

  5. Use the “Add an app” dropdown menu to select the type of app you want to set (Desktop app or Microsoft app).

  6. Click the Browse button to select the application.

  7. Click the Options button.

  8. Specify the GPU for the app:

    1. Let Windows decide (default)

    2. Power saving (integrated graphics processor)

    3. High performance (external or discrete graphics processor)

  9. Click the Save button.

These settings will override any graphics settings available in other control panels like AMD or Nvidia. If the app defaults to another GPU, you may need to adjust the settings within the app. To remove the feature, select each application using a custom setting and click the “Remove” button.

There are two ways to set the default graphics card in Windows 11:

  1. Through the Settings app:

    1. Launch the Settings app using the Windows+I shortcut.

    2. Click on Display.

    3. Scroll down and select Graphics under the Related Settings section.

    4. Choose an app and click the Options button to assign a graphics preference.

    5. Save the changes.

  2. Through the graphics card app:

    1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel (or the respective graphics card app).

    2. Go to 3D Settings > Manage 3D Settings.

    3. Select the Preferred graphics processor option and choose High-performance Nvidia Processor.

    4. Apply the changes.

Make sure to check the resolution and scaling settings in the Nvidia Control Panel to avoid issues with resolutions and scaling in video games.

These steps ensure that the Nvidia video card is set as the default and not the integrated Intel HD video card option.

It’s important to note that Dell does not support processor or video card overclocking, and if you overclock your video card, you must reset it to defaults

How to Change Default Graphics Card Through the Settings App

One way to change the default graphics card in Windows 11 is through the Settings app. Here’s how you can do it step by step:

  1. Launch the Settings app using the Windows+I shortcut.
  2. Click on Display.
  3. Scroll down and select Graphics under the Related Settings section.
  4. Choose an app and click the Options button to assign a graphics preference.
  5. Save the changes.

By following these simple steps, you can easily customize the default graphics card settings to optimize your PC’s performance.

It’s important to note that these settings will override any graphics settings available in other control panels like AMD or Nvidia. However, if the app still defaults to another GPU, you may need to adjust the settings within the app itself. To remove the feature, you can select each application using a custom setting and click the “Remove” button.

Now you have the option to set your preferred graphics card through the Settings app in Windows 11. However, if you are more comfortable using the graphics card app, such as the Nvidia Control Panel, there is another method you can try.

How to Change Default Graphics Card Through the Graphics Card App

If you prefer using the graphics card app, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel (or the respective graphics card app).
  2. Go to 3D Settings > Manage 3D Settings.
  3. Select the Preferred graphics processor option and choose High-performance Nvidia Processor.
  4. Apply the changes.

Once you’ve made these changes, make sure to check the resolution and scaling settings in the Nvidia Control Panel to avoid any issues with resolutions and scaling in video games.

Remember, with these simple steps, you can ensure that the Nvidia video card is set as the default, providing you with optimal graphics performance in Windows 11. Just keep in mind that Dell does not support processor or video card overclocking, so if you have overclocked your video card, make sure to reset it to defaults.

Pros Cons
+ Easy to change default graphics card settings – Some apps may still default to another GPU
+ Provides control over graphics preferences – Requires adjustment within the app for some applications
+ Allows for customization of graphics settings – Dell does not support overclocking

How to Change Default Graphics Card Through the Graphics Card App

Another way to change the default graphics card in Windows 11 is through the graphics card app. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it using the Nvidia Control Panel.

1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel (or the respective graphics card app) on your Windows 11 PC.
2. Go to 3D Settings and click on Manage 3D Settings.
3. In the Global Settings tab, select the Preferred graphics processor option.
4. Choose High-performance Nvidia Processor from the dropdown menu.
5. Click Apply to save the changes.

By following these steps, you can set your Nvidia graphics card as the default option, ensuring optimal performance for your PC. However, it’s essential to also check the resolution and scaling settings in the Nvidia Control Panel to avoid any issues with resolutions and scaling in video games.

It’s worth noting that Dell does not support processor or video card overclocking. If you have overclocked your video card, make sure to reset it to its default settings to avoid any potential complications.