How to Disable Hardware Acceleration in Microsoft Edge
The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser is recently out of beta, and is now available to most users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and macOS. Under certain conditions, you may find out that the Chromium engine used in Edge fails to properly render a web page. Fonts may appear blurry or broken, or the overall browser performance may be slow. To resolve it, you can try to disable hardware acceleration.
Microsoft recently released the first stable version of Microsoft Edge Chromium to the public. Surprisingly, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium.
Interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.
If you are facing notably slow web page rendering or issues with HTML5 videos or font rendering, you can try to disable hardware acceleration. The current video adapter driver may have compatibility issues or the display adapter might not support the proper acceleration profile, so it decreases performance instead of improving it.
Luckily, it doesn't involve editing of hidden settings or flags. This can be done using settings.
To Disable Hardware Acceleration in Microsoft Edge,
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- Click on the menu button with three dots.
- Select Settings from the menu.
- In Settings, click on System on the left.
- On the right, turn off the toggle option Use hardware acceleration when available.
- Now click on the Restart button.
You are done! The hardware acceleration feature is now disabled. You can re-enable it later at any moment.
For pre-release versions, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android.
Actual Edge versions
The actual versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:
- Stable Channel: 79.0.309.65
- Beta Channel: 80.0.361.33
- Dev Channel: 81.0.389.2 ( see the change log )
- Canary Channel: 81.0.400.0
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