Facing the issue of your laptop not using a dedicated GPU? This can be very annoying when playing a video game. But the good news is that it can be fixed easily. In this post, we will tell you some tricks to fix this problem.

Before you begin to try the fixes below, make sure your laptop is connected to the power supply.

Try these fixes:

You don’t need to try them all. Just walk your way from the top down until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Update your graphics driver
  2. Install all Windows updates
  3. Switch to the dedicated GPU manually
  4. Change the Windows Graphics Settings
  5. Make sure your dedicated GPU is enabled in BIOS
  6. Update your BIOS

Fix 1: Update your graphics driver

When you’re facing the issue of your laptop not using a dedicated GPU, updating the graphics driver should be your go-to option since a faulty or outdated graphics driver can cause many problems. So always make sure you have the latest correct graphics driver for your operating system at all times.

There are two ways you can try to update your graphics driver: manually and automatically.

Option 1: Update your graphics driver manually

You need to find the model of your graphics card and visit the manufacturer’s website(NVIDIA, AMD, Intel). Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your Windows version. This needs some computer skills.

Option 2: Update your graphics driver automatically (recommended)

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your graphics driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact graphics, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version — you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
    Or you can click Update next to the flagged device driver to do it for free, but it’s partly manual.

The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

After updating your graphics driver, restart your computer and check if your dedicated GPU is being used normally.

If not, don’t worry, there are other fixes you can try.

Fix 2: Install all Windows Updates

By updating your operating system, your laptop will get the latest fixes and security improvements. Many users reported that they fixed this issue by installing the Windows updates. So you should give it a try. To do so:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I key together to open the Windows Settings.
  2. Click Update & Security.
  3. Under Windows Update, click Check for updates. Then wait for the process to complete.
  4. Restart your computer.

Now you can check if your dedicated GPU is being used.

If this method doesn’t help, continue with the next fix below.

Fix 3: Switch to the dedicated GPU manually

Usually, your laptop will use the integrated GPU for easier tasks to save power and switch back to the dedicated GPU for better performance. But if it doesn’t switch to the dedicated GPU when needed, you can do it manually via NVIDIA Control Panel or AMD Radeon Settings.

Switch to the dedicated NVIDIA GPU:

  1. Right-click your desktop background and select NVIDIA Control Panel from the menu.
  2. In the left panel, click Manage 3D Settings, then select High performance NVIDIA processor from the dropdown menu and click Apply to save changes.
  3. In the left panel, click Set PhysX Configuration. Under Select a PhysX processor, select your dedicated GPU from the dropdown menu, then click Apply to save changes.

Your laptop should now run with the dedicated NVIDIA GPU.

Switch to the dedicated AMD GPU:

  1. Right-click your desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings from the menu.
  2. Navigate to the System tab.
  3. Select Switchable Graphics. This view lists recent and current running applications.
  4. Select a program and choose High performance from the drop-down menu.
  5. Running the program again.

It should now run with the dedicated AMD GPU.

But if not, you can take a look at the next fix.

Fix 4: Change the Windows graphics setting

Another way to force your laptop to use the dedicated GPU is by changing the Graphics settings. To do so:

  1. Right-click your desktop and select Display Settings from the menu.
  2. In Display settings, scroll down the page and click Graphics settings.
  3. Click Browse and select the executable file of the program you want to use the dedicated GPU.
  4. Then click Options.
  5. In the pop-up window, select High performance and click Save.

After doing so, open Task Manager to check if the program is using the dedicated GPU.

If not, see below for more solutions.

Fix 5: Make sure your dedicated GPU is enabled in BIOS

If your laptop cannot detect your dedicated GPU, it won’t use it until you enable it directly from BIOS. To do so:

  1. While your computer boots, keep pressing your BIOS key to enter BIOS. (The exact key to press depends on your laptop’s manufacturer, which could be F10, F2, F12, F1, or DEL)
  2. Go to Chipset, and search for dedicated GPU Configuration.
  3. Find the dedicated GPU feature and set it to Enabled.

Once done, restart your laptop and see if the issue is fixed.

If this trick doesn’t work for you, check out the last solution.

Fix 6: Update your BIOS

If none of the fixes above help, you may need to take into account updating your BIOS. By updating your BIOS, your motherboard will provide support for new hardware, like your dedicated GPU.

You can update your BIOS by going to the motherboard manufacturer’s website and downloading the latest BIOS version.

Please note: An incorrect BIOS update might cause serious problems. For detailed instructions on how to update your BIOS, you can take a look at our handy guide or check your motherboard manual.


That’s all about how to fix your laptop not using GPU. Hopefully, this post helped. If you have any other suggestions or questions, please feel free to post them in the comments section below.

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