How to Choose NVidia Graphics Card as the Default in Windows

I recently bought a new NVidia graphics card from Amazon and got a really good deal. The GeForce 610 series based graphics card is manufactured by ASUS and is working very well with my Windows 10 PC. Before this I was using the GPU that came integrated on the motherboard. But as you know the integrated GPUs are usually not very good if you decide to run graphics rich applications or newer games. But even after installing the new NVidia GeForce graphic card in the PC, it failed to be used by any application. All the games and apps would report the older integrated GPU.

After messing around for 20  minutes in the UEFI of the computer, I finally figured out how to set the new NVidia graphics card as the default in Windows. And here is how:

  1. Download and install the latest NVidia graphics device driver for your model of the graphics card. This will take some time and might need Windows to be restarted.
  2. Right-click anywhere on the Windows desktop and select NVidia Control Panel from the context-menu.Set Default Graphics Card in Windows
  3. In the NVidia Control Panel, select 3D Settings → Manage 3D Settings on the left side.
  4. Select the tab labeled Global Settings and then choose High Performance NVidia Processor from the drop-down list.Set Default Graphics Card in Windows
  5. Click on the Apply button to save the settings.

While you can choose to use the integrated graphics or the add-on graphics card from the system BIOS or UEFI, you do not have to mess around these settings. You can just use the NVidia control panel to make any of the graphics cards available as the default graphics processor.