How to set an app or a game graphics performance on Surface Book

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How to set graphics performance for an app or game on Microsoft Surface Book?


In Windows 10, you can now easily force an app or a game on your Surface Book to use integrated or discrete graphics without the help of the NVIDIA control panel. To do so:

Note This method applied to all Surface Book models with a dGPU base.
  1. Go to Start > Settings.
    First, you need to access Windows Settings by going to Start and click the Gear icon (or by using Win + I shortcut key).
    Start > Settings
  2. Go to System.
    In Windows Settings, select “System“.
    Settings > System
  3. Go to Display > Graphics settings.
    On the Display tab, scroll down until you can see a link to the Graphics settings.
    Display > Graphics Settings
  4. Choose an App Type.
    There are two app and game types available on Windows 10, Desktop app and Microsoft Store app.
    Choose an App
  5. Choose Microsoft Store app.
    In this case, we chose the Microsoft Store app as the game that we want to run on discrete graphics is installed from the Microsoft Store.
    Choose Universal App
  6. Click Select an app.
    It will show a list of installed Microsoft Store app.
    Choose an App from Store
  7. Select an app or game.
    Select an app you want to set a graphics preference. In this case, we choose a game called “Microsoft Solitaire Collection”.
    Select Microsoft Solitaire
  8. Click the Options button.
    Microsoft Solitaire Graphics Options
  9. Choose the High performance.
    Now pick your preferred graphics option you want the app to run with.
    Choose High Performance
  10. Now the preferred graphics is set.
    Solitaire with High Performance

From now on, the app or game you added to the graphics performance preference list will always run with the predefined graphics you’ve set.

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