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Windows 7: Disable Hardware Acceleration

17 Dec 2010   #1

W7 64 Bit
Disable Hardware Acceleration

This is a big problem for everyone for amateur to professional with Windows 7, we cannot disable the hardware acceleration.

All the buttons are grayed out in dxdiag and Display/Advanced/Troubleshoot.

No way to be able to make a nice desktop recording in W7 32 or 64.

As you can see in my signature, I have an Nvidia 460 GTX. I have scoured the Internet and both ATI and Nvidia drivers cannot be adjusted to disable the acceleration. From what I have gleaned from all the threads out there, Windows 7 and Vista, due to Aero, do not allow users to easily do this...

Who's got the answer?

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17 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

You might want to try to disable Windows Aero and switch to the Classic Theme.

Then try this (or try this first just to see):

  • Right-click on desktop and choose Personalize
  • Click on Display
  • Click on Change Display Settings
  • Click Advanced Settings
  • Click the Troubleshoot Tab
  • Click Change Settings (if it's not grayed out; mine is)
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21 Dec 2010   #3

W7 64 Bit

There is no way to disable hardware acceleration with ATI or Nvidia driver's installed. You would have to remove the software and run a generic Windows driver to disable the acceleration problem. According to two major developers of desktop software, one is, you don't need to disable the acceleration if you are using Camtasia Studio. However, not everyone needs such an expensive desktop recording suite.

Bottom line: The sofware we buy from 3rd parties needs and "will" develop programs that do not require disabling hardware acceleration. :)
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