How to Change Default Display Adapter on Windows 10: (The Easy Way)

How to Change Default Display Adapter on Windows 10

Are you having problems with your default display adapter? Does your computer keep defaulting to the wrong one? If so, don’t worry – we can help! This blog post will walk you through the easy steps of changing your default display adapter on Windows 10.

So whether you are using an old video card and need to update drivers, or you want to change your settings for some other reason, follow these instructions, and you will be good to go!

Method One: Manually Flip the Switch

There are two settings on many laptops that can help solve the problem of low graphics performance. The first is found near your CD/DVD drive and changes between “Stamina” for using a less powerful card than what’s being offered by default or “Speed,” which will use whichever GPU has been designated as a stronger option at the time you change this switch from steady-state to active one; try flipping them around until something works!

Method Two: Manually Add the Program to the Display Adapter

The graphics card’s control center allows you to adjust various settings that affect your gaming experience. You can also access it through the right-click context menu when clicking on the Desktop, giving users more options for customization during game starts or pauses without opening up another program.


  1. Right-click on Desktop and open NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. Select Manage 3D Settings
  3. You will find two tabs: Global Settings and Program Settings
  4. Select Program Settings
  5. Click Add
  6. Find the .exe file of the software you will use the NVIDIA display adapter for and click OK
  7. To use the NVIDIA GPU for all programs, go to Global Settings
  8. In the dropdown menu, click Preferred graphics processor
  9. It will allow you to choose Integrated Graphics or the NVIDIA GPU. Select that, allow it to apply the changes, and then close the control panel.


  1. Right-click on Desktop, and click Catalyst Control Center
  2. Then click Gaming
  3. And then 3D Application Settings
  4. Click Save.
  5. This will allow you to search for the .exe file for the software you want to use AMD.
  6. Once found, click OK.
  7. Please select it from the dropdown menu
  8. Tweak any settings you want and manage them within the Application Profile within Gaming.

Method 3: Disable the Integrated Display Adapter from BIOS

To change the default display adapter on Windows 10, you’ll need to access your computer’s BIOS settings.

To do so, restart your computer and press the key that appears on your screen during startup (usually F2 or Del). Once in the BIOS, navigate to the section that controls your display adapter settings.

Here, you should see both your integrated and discrete display adapters listed. You want to locate the Primary Graphics Adapter file. Once you have, you need to set the IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) to the lowest priority and the PCI-E to the maximum.

Restart your computer, and Windows will now use your chosen display adapter as the default. If you’re still having trouble, consult your computer’s manual or manufacturer for more specific instructions.

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Edison Joshua