[Solved] Application has been blocked from accessing graphics hardware Windows 10

April Cai, in Driver Error Tags: graphicsWindows 10

If you’re trying to play games on Windows 10, and you’re seeing this error saying Application has been blocked from accessing Graphics hardware, you’re not alone. Many Windows users are reporting it. But the good news is you can fix it easily by yourself.

How do I fix it?

Here’re 2 fixes you can try to solve this issue. Try the Fix 2 if the Fix 1 doesn’t work.

Fix 1: Run System File Checker and DISM commands
Fix 2: Reinstall your display driver

Fix 1: Run System File Checker and DISM commands

This problem is probably caused by the corrupted or demaged system files.

To recover your system files:

1)Type cmd in the search box from Start. Then right-click on Command Prompt to select Run as administrator.

Click YES when prompted by the User Account Control.
2) Type sfc /scannow and press Enter. Wait for the scanning till 100% complete.

3) Type the following commands and press Enter after each.

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

4) Reboot your Windows 10 and run your game software to see if it works.

Fix 2. Reinstall your display driver

The problem could be also due to the old or incorrect display driver on your Windows 10. Update the driver may resolve the issue.

To update the display driver, you can choose to download the latest one from your display adapter manufacturer’s website, such as IntelAMDNVIDIA… But that’s really time-consuming. If you are not a tech savvy, I highly recommend you use such nice driver tool —  Driver Easy.

1) Click Scan Now. It will quickly detect all drivers problems of your computer.

2) For its Free Version, Driver Easy will offer the latest display driver for you to install. And you can update the drivers one by one.

But if you upgrade to PRO Version, all your drivers would be updated in one click — Update All.

3) Reboot your Windows 10  and run your game software to see if it works.

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  • zuhairi afifi

    if i change to window 7 from window 10 . will that solve the problem ?

  • zuhairi afifi

    ive done all the uninstall part but when i search for the driver . my graphic driver doesnt pop up there . any help ?

  • every time is started houdini it shows Application houdini.exe has been blocked to access graphic hardware and it crash.

    Got error after running these commands :
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

    error code: 87
    PFA images , so that u can understand the issue

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    • April Cai

      Hi, Utkarsh Gaurav. The Error 87 occurred is probably due to the way you enter the command. There is a blank before each /. Try to run the command again in the a correct-enter way.

      • i tried on powershell also with other codes , every things goes fine , test results are good, but still my application is blocked from using graphic hardwares.

        • April Cai

          Did you try to reinstall your display driver?

      • lemrabot

        i had the same but with the command but it solved when put a space before each / but dont need to put it after dism.exe

  • Hubcap _

    I take issue with the statement that this problem is always caused by the Graphics driver….More accurately it always caused by Windows 10 version 1607 (anniversary)….role back to 1511….problem solved.

    • Alexandre Tolentino

      Boooom! What do you have to say Microsoft ???? Are you gonna ignore this gentleman slap in your face? Thought so.