Microsoft Adds Graphics Settings for Power Users to Windows 10


This week, Microsoft released the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (20190), and with it, offered more control over when your high-performance GPU or multiple GPUs are used.

Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager on the Windows Insider Program, announced the new build via the Windows Blogs. The headline new feature is what LeBlanc refers to as the “improved graphics settings experience.” It’s aimed at power users who may have access to more than one high performance GPU in their Windows 10 PC. Using the new settings, it’s now possible to select which GPU is the default when an application asks for use of a high-performance GPU.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20190 Specific GPU Options

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The control gets more fine-grained than that, though. A second option allows users to select which GPU to use on a per application basis. As well as options to let Windows decide, power saving, and high performance modes, Build 20190 introduces the “Specific GPU” option with a dropdown box so you can select which available GPU is assigned for the software you use.

LeBlanc also explains how Microsoft realized it can feel like little has changed when major updates roll out for Windows, which in turn means users may miss new features or improvements. With that in mind, Microsoft is “introducing a new first run experience via the Tips app that highlights the most exciting changes on your PC after a major Windows 10 feature update is installed.” The Tips app will pop-up showing what the latest Insider Preview build includes. Insiders can enable it by making sure the “Show me the Windows welcome experience” checkbox in Settings > System > Notifications & actions is checked.

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