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

By April Cai in Driver Error Tags: graphicsWindows 10

Finally, amazing time for playing your video games. You open your computer and want to access the game as usual. Ah oh… Something wrong happens. You don’t see the game loading page. Instead, you are seeing this error saying: Application has been blocked from accessing Graphics hardware. It’s wired that you didn’t make any change of game since the last time you played it.

But rest assured, you’re not alone. Many Windows users have this problem as you do. And the good news is you CAN fix this problem easily by yourself.

How do I Fix Application has been blocked from accessing Graphics hardware?

This small guide covers 2 easy but most effective fixess to fix the problem. Try the first one and if it doesn’t work, then try the second one.

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

Fix 1: Run System File Checker and DISM commands

If unfortunately, updating driver doesn’t fix your problem. Don’t be frustrated. Be sure to follow this fix.

This problem could be also caused by the corrupted or damaged system files on your Windows.

Follow 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: Update your display driver

This problem is mostly caused by an out-of-date graphics card driver, or so-call display driver and video driver, on your Windows 10. You can fix it easily through updating your display driver.

There’re two ways you can update your display driver: manually and automatically.

Manually — To update the display driver, you can choose to download the latest one from your display adapter manufacturer’s website, such as IntelAMDNVIDIA… 

Automatically — However, manual driver update is really time-consuming. If you are not a tech savvy or, if you don’t have enough time, patient,  We highly recommend you update your display driver automatically by  Driver Easy.

1) Click Scan Now. It will quickly detect all drivers problems of your computer. Your display driver is no exception.

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 by Update.

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.

  • zach

    If any of you have steam and one of the games on there do it then go to the steam file for that game, right click on the .exe for the game, click troubleshoot compatibility, wait until it finds the problem (it may say run with windows 7 or something), then click try recommended settings, if it works close the game and the popup should ask you if you want to keep these settings, lastly enjoy the game! (please note that this is what i did for Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen and it works perfectly fine now, i will try it on paladins soon and tell you if it works)

  • the original gamer

    lies driver easy needs pro to work

    • Cosmic Owl

      Not really, after it updates it downloads the necessary files,u need to right click the file with a gear symbol on it and click install.
      Hope this helped

  • Oka Rezki

    not work.

  • Pooja Kanaujia

    I followed every step which suggested in the blog, but still my problem is not resolved. Every game on my pc is blocked. I am not able to play any game not more than 30 seconds. My computer specification is mentioned below:
    1. Windows 10 64 Bit pro
    2. ZOTAC GTX 1070Ti 8GB DDR5
    3. Intel I7 8700K
    4. MotherBoard Asus Z370-P Prime
    5. SSD 250GB
    6. RAM 16GB DDR4 2400
    All graphic drivers and windows drivers are updated.But still, I am not able to play any game for more than 30 seconds on PC.

    I bought this PC 20 days back and since I am facing such issue. Not able to play any game with it. 🙁

    Please Help!!

    • Twisted VorteK

      Did you update GeForce Experience?

      (BTW im an indian gamer too. Lets play a game sometime)

      • Data Grab

        Unless it’s free to play or with cracked online play, most pirated games you indians download can’t go online.

        • E Alex

          Hilarious that you would make fun of him being indian when you’re using a fake profile picture.

          • Data Grab

            That’s actually me dumbass. And how is that related to my previous comment? Are you a triggered 3rd world indian?

  • Michael A Tessler

    I have a fix for those who are running a CLONED TV or monitor. That is your problem. Nvidia helped me with this after a dozen other suggestions this finally worked. I unplugged the HDMI serving my secondary cloned HDTV and just ran the video card on my primary desktop monitor (which is using Display Port cable). Voila !!! No more error message!!! Nvidia suggests if you want to clone a secondary monitor or TV to try using the EXTEND function instead, which I will try when I get the time. But in the mean time just unplugging my cloned TV has eliminated this error message and now I can play my 3d games again. Hope this helps………let me know!!!

    • Thibo Steels

      your a genius i was searching for this a long time .thank you verry much

      • Michael A Tessler

        You are most welcome Thibo! I too searched and searched and online was of no help. Again I must credit the 6th Nvidia tech rep. I used to be frustrated that Nvidia would give you a new rep even when responding to the exact same case-file, but now I think its a great idea that Nvidia lets a different rep look at returning questions each time as each tech rep had something new for me to try. 6th time a charm!! They also followed up with that this situation is not always permanent and advised me to shut down the PC and remove my video card pysically and then put it back in and try my cloned setup again and MAYBE clone mode will work once again properly instead of having to use EXTENDED mode which I have not figured out yet how to clone. Good luck all !!

  • Fitzy

    I did fix 1 and it worked, but it has blocked it again. I was wondering if there is something else I should be doing?

    • April Cai

      Hi, Fitzy. Sorry for my late reply. Generally, this problem is caused by an out-of-date display driver on your Windows. So be sure to update your display driver to solve the problem. And also I’ve updated the sequence of the fixes in my post. We recommend users update the display driver before trying other solutions. I hope updating the display driver help you and you can enjoy your game soon.

  • Vgames GR

    I clicked restart and windows are loading.Any help

    • Vgames GR

      I’ve been waiting so long that monitor
      Went to sleep

      • been waiting so long i came all over my sleeping monitor.

  • After performing the first scan this is what appeared to me

    I dunno whether it’d be useful or not, I’m running my PC on windows 8.1 and the main issue showed up with FIFA 18, it only happens with it.
    I hope you could help me.

    • April Cai

      Hi, Mohamed. Sorry to hear that you get the error. But don’t worry. Just go on with the step 3) & 4) in the Fix 1. It should help you fix the problem.

  • zuhairi afifi

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

    • Data Grab

      Probably. My tower is running Win 7 and my ROG laptop runs windows 10 and i’ve never encountered this error on Win 7.

  • 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

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/972b1120e1d519a2f4da2f76a1e155849e2883fb69e2bde826ccb523c1116654.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f558cc99db838b95f98c7ed5d9db36a973b7a015627eae2819c8d4d4199f945.jpg

    • 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.