How to Disable Integrated Graphics Card

I guess everybody knows what is the graphic card? The graphic cards provide a connection between your computer and monitor. When you want to play some games on your machine, one of the first questions is: “Is graphic card compatible with the game?”. If not, you will not be able to play the game, unless you replace graphic card with the new one. There is a different type of graphic cards, including discrete cards and integrated graphic card (IGP). Example of discrete graphics card is GeForce GTX 980, an example of an integrated graphics card is Intel HD 3000. But, what is the difference between them? The discrete graphics card is dedicated graphic card installed in PCIe slot and can be installed or replaced by the end user or IT Administrator. The integrated graphic card is integrated into the motherboard and can not be replaced. If you are deciding to purchase computer or notebook for playing games, video editing or graphic design, we are recommending you to plan properly. The best practice will include purchasing discrete graphic card. You can choose between AMD and NVIDIA.

Sometimes you will need to disable integrated graphic card due to the different reasons including system issues, application issues, and others. There are two ways for disabling graphic card, by using Device Manager and BIOS or UEFI. So, let’s start.

Method 1: Disable integrated graphic card through Device Manager

In this method, we will disable integrated graphic card through Device Manager. This method is compatible with the operating system from Windows XP to Windows 10. If you want to disable your integrated graphic card please follow procedure on here SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION (igdkmd64.sys), method 3.

Method 2: Disable integrated graphic card through BIOS or UEFI

We talked about BIOS or UEFI so many times in previous articles. This time you will learn how to disable the integrated graphics card in BIOS or UEFI. If you want to disable your integrated graphic card please follow procedure on here Change Default Display Adapter, method 3.


Jasmin Kahriman

Jasmin is a tech-savvy Systems Engineer with over 15 years of experience in IT infrastructure, holding multiple IT certifications including CNIP, MTA, MCP, MCSA, MCT, Server+, and Network+.