IE9: Disable GPU Rendering to Improve Performance on Low End Computers and Laptops

By default, Internet Explorer has accelerated graphics (GPU rendering) enabled. If you are using a low end/low power computer or laptop, you may experience some performance issues. By disabling hardware acceleration and using software rendering instead, your IE9 performance will be dramatically increased.

1. Open Internet Explorer 9.

2. Click the Tools icon (the gear) on the far right side of the toolbar (or use the keyboard command, Alt+x) and select Internet options.

3. When the Internet Options window appears, select the Advanced tab.

4. Under Accelerated graphics, check the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering checkbox.

5. Click the OK button.

6. Restart Internet Explorer.


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  • Abc

    IE9 BETA should automatically select the SW rendering mode on configurations with known perf/compatibility issues. So if the above steps improve performance on your configuration, please let Microsoft know by opening the tools menu or hitting “Alt-X” and clicking the “send feedback” link.

    Make sure you use the very latest GPU driver from Windows Update, your system manufacturer’s website, or,,, etc.

  • Improve Performance on my¬†Low End Computers and Laptops is a hard work.

  • John S

    Also I think software rendering eliminates some issues with certain graphic cards such as Intel’s HD onboard graphics which for some reason do not play nice with Adobe Flash in hardware rendering. I think their is some bugs to work out with hardware rendering. Actually hardware rendering might take away some of the workload of the CPU. But many graphic chips on cheaper laptops are not that great. Even the dedicated cards in desktops on the low end are not that fast in 2D mode. They slow them down to save power consumption.