If we have a business edition of Windows 10 or 11, we can install and enable the advanced graphics in Microsoft Defender Application Guard to microsoft edge. Thanks to this we will be able to protect our system against malicious malware attacks when we visit untrustworthy websites.

After enabling this option, we can open Microsoft Edge in a new app guard window. Application Guard is an isolated Hyper-V enabled container that is separate from our normal session. So Edge opens in a virtual environment, separate from the session we normally use. Something we have to consider is that some options, such as copy and paste, print files, etc., are not available in this mode.

Enable or turn on advanced graphics in Application Guard for Microsoft Edge

We can enable advanced graphics in Application Guard for Microsoft Edge with two methods. It is a feature that we can maximize video and graphics performance in a Hyper-V virtualization environment while using Edge in the application guard window.

From Windows settings

Advanced graphics from Microsoft Edge.

In case we want to do it from the operating system configuration, we are going to have to follow these steps, they are really very simple:

  • We open Windows Security.
  • We go to Control applications and browser.
  • In the Isolated browsing section, we will have to click on Change application protection settings.
  • Next, we can activate Advanced Graphics by clicking on its respective button.

After performing these simple steps, we will be able to enable advanced graphics in Application Guard for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 and 11. In case we want to disable the feature, we will have to repeat the above steps.

Using the Windows Registry Editor

Activate from Registry Editor.

We can also do it from the Windows Registry Editor. Here we recommend carefully reading the steps indicated and following them to the letter. We recommend creating a system restore point and registry backup before proceeding.

We start by pressing the Windows key, type “regedit” and press Enter. If the UAC prompt appears, we will click on Yes to continue. Once the Registry Editor window opens, we are going to navigate to the following path through the left sidebar: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftHvsi

The easiest way is to copy the path we provided above and paste it into the Registry Editor address bar (works the same as in File Explorer) and hit Enter.

We will need to make sure that we have selected “Hvsi” in the left sidebar. If the Hvsi key does not exist, we will have to create it ourselves. For this we are going to right click on the Microsoft key and go to New> Key. We assign the name Hvsi and accept.

Now we will select the Hvsi key and look for the value EnableVirtualGPU on the right hand side. Again, if this value does not exist, we will proceed to create it. To achieve this, we will right click on an empty space on the right side and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name this value EnableVirtualGPU.

Now we are going to double click on the EnableVirtualGPU value and we will change the value data to 1. Click on Accept and for the changes to be applied we proceed to restart the computer.

In case we want to disable advanced graphics in Application Guard for Edge, we will have to change the value of EnableVirtualGPU to 0.

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