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Published: July 12, 2016 | Applies to:

Learn how to fix "Application has been blocked from accessing graphics hardware" error notification in Windows 10 and allow apps to use graphics hardware.

Many of Windows 10 users has reported that when they play games like Minecraft on their system, they receive a notification regarding application blocked and is not allowed to access graphics hardware.

Here is the actual error message they got in this case:

Application has been blocked from accessing graphics hardware.

FIX Application Has Been Blocked From Accessing Graphics Hardware In Windows 10

If you’re also victim of this issue, this article is for you. As per our research, we found that users have already tried these suggestions to fix this issue:

However, none of these suggestions worked so far and users keep getting this error notification. In such case, here are the possible fixes which can help you to resolve this problem.

FIX : Application Has Been Blocked From Accessing Graphics Hardware

FIX 1 – Using Device Manager

This fix applies to following Intel HD Graphics card running machines:

Intel HD Graphics 515, 520, 530 cards (6th Generation), Intel Iris Graphics 540, 550 cards (6th Generation), Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 card (6th Generation), Intel Iris Graphics 6100 card (5th Generation), Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 card (5th Generation), Intel HD Graphics 5500, 6000 cards (5th Generation), Intel HD Graphics 4200, 4400, 4600, 5000, 5200 cards (4th Generation), Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 card (4th Generation), Intel HD Graphics 5300 card (Intel Core M Processors).

1. Download updated display drivers (of same architecture) from Intel‘s website using this link:

Download updated Intel display drivers

2. Unzip the downloaded compressed (.zip) files using any decompression software like WinZip or 7-Zip and copy the extracted folder to <your system root drive>\Windows\Temp.

3. Run devmgmt.msc command and open Device Manager. Expand Display Adapter and right click your display driver, select Update Driver Software option.

FIX Application Has Been Blocked From Accessing Graphics Hardware In Windows 10

4. Then select Browse my computer for driver software option.

FIX Application Has Been Blocked From Accessing Graphics Hardware In Windows 10

5. Then select Let me pick for a list of device drivers on my computer and click Next.

FIX Application Has Been Blocked From Accessing Graphics Hardware In Windows 10

6. Now click Have disk button on next screen.

FIX Application Has Been Blocked From Accessing Graphics Hardware In Windows 10

7. Then in Install from Disk window, click Browse and navigate to <your system root drive>\Windows\Temp folder and locate the unzipped folder we get in step 2. Inside this folder, open Graphics sub-folder and select igdlh64.inf (for 64-bit edition) / igdlh32.inf (for 32-bit edition) file and hit Open.

FIX Application Has Been Blocked From Accessing Graphics Hardware In Windows 10

8. Now you’ll be asked whether you want to install selected driver, choosing Yes will start installing driver.

FIX Application Has Been Blocked From Accessing Graphics Hardware In Windows 10

Once the driver has been installed successfully, you can close Device Manager and reboot the machine. After restart, the problem will no longer appear.

FIX 2 – Using Registry Editor

If you have a different graphics card installed than the ones mentioned in FIX 1, you can try this registry fix. In this method, you’ve to basically increase Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR) delay, which in turn increases GPU processing time. You can read more about TDR delay and try steps mentioned in FIX 3 (registry manipulation) of article linked below:

Learn steps to increase TDR delay using registry manipulation

We hope after going ahead with TdrDelay value, you’ll be able to suppress this problem.

Hope something helps!


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2 Comments

  • We have seen hundreds of these graphics “fix” suggestions for this error and the “display driver has crashed” error. After upgrading graphics drivers over 100 times (not kidding), including the Intel driver over 10 times, using DISM 5 times, reloading Windows 10 once, and putting in the TDR delay, we still have not seen a reduction in the numbers of crashes for over a year now. When is Microsoft going to acknowledge that the problem is Windows 10? I have two computers that went through Windows 8 to 8.1 without seeing this problem once. They were upgraded to Windows 10 six months apart and both started seeing these crashes at the same time. It’s Windows 10, folks.

  • John, this problem was also in Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 8.1. I must admit that it is frustrating but it’s definatly not a win 10 problem… funny enough I had that on windows 7, 8 and 8.1 but not in on windows 10 (so far …).

    And yes, there is no apparent fix for this problem… it seems more common with AMD GPU’s than anything I’ve ever seem.

    Also, this can be a RAM slot problem… which is also funny because I found that out the hard way :) a.k.a buying a new motherboard and using the same RAM. Again, I wouldn’t go that extreme but it was a thing.

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