How to Disable Hardware Acceleration (GPU Rendering) in Microsoft Internet Explorer to Fix Font and Crashing Problems?

"Hardware Acceleration" (GPU Rendering) is the most interesting and important feature of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). It was introduced to increase performance of the web browser but some IE users face font related problem in the browser. The text in Internet Explorer doesn't look well for some people so they want to disable this new hardware acceleration feature. Also this feature is causing random crashing problems on some computer systems.

If you also want to disable Hardware Acceleration in IE9 or newer versions, following trick will help you:

1. Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools icon and select "Internet Options".

2. Now go to "Advanced" tab and enable "Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering" option.


3. Click on Apply button and restart the browser.

That's it. It'll completely turn hardware acceleration feature off in Internet Explorer and you'll not face any blurred or hard to read font problem or crashing issues in the browser.


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  • The bit about the "Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering" is greyed or can not be unchecked is annoying but found a work around for that!

    Navigate to the following key:


    & DELETE : "UseSWRender"

    No restarts required, just open your browser & check the advanced tab, ISSUE RESOLVED!! :D

  • Thanks asadAhmad for you tip mine was grey out too, it worked but still can't start IE Grrrr

  • I was getting garbage text when printing from IE 11 or IE based applications, and have been trying off and on for 6 months to find a solution. I ran across this setting in IE Advanced tab, then your page on figuring out how to uncheck it (the registry mod). I'm happy to say I can again print from IE. I don't recall ever changing that setting.

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