Fix Desktop Window Manager High GPU Usage on Windows 11

desktop window manager high gpu usage

Is your Desktop Window Manager taking too much GPU usage on Windows 11? Not to worry, I’m here to help you out, In this article, I’ll try to discuss all the possible and effective fixes for this problem.

What is Desktop Windows Manager?

Desktop Windows Manager as known as DWM.exe is the system manager that generates your PC’s user interface by using the graphics card on your display screen or monitor. It renders all of the visual effects that display like animations, transparent windows, live thumbnails, wallpapers, themes, etc.

When does Desktop Windows Manager act weird?

Dwm.exe can usually use a lot of GPU memory if there’s a problem with your graphic card or if the graphic driver is outdated or faulty. This can happen in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Why you can’t disable Desktop Windows Manager in Task Manager?

If you don’t know let me tell you that you can’t disable it from the task manager. Desktop Windows Manager was originally introduced back on Windows Vista/XP and has since become an integral part of Windows PCs that it has been made in a way you can’t disable it. but since then Resource management has gotten better for DWM over the years and it generally uses 1-3% percent of your GPU, which is normal but if your Desktop Window Manager is using higher than that then the fixes listed below are for you.

How to Fix Desktop Window Manager High GPU Usage

desktop window manager high gpu usage

Fix 1: Change Display Settings

Desktop Window Manager is directly related to display effects. hence, when you face a Desktop Window Manager high GPU usage problem for that you can try changing display settings in the following way:

Step 1: Press “Windows + I” to open Windows Settings.

Step 2: Click System.

system 1

Step 3: On the Display tab, click Advanced scaling settings under Scale and Layout.

Advance scaling settings

Step 4: Under “Let Windows try to fix apps so they’re not blurry“, set the button to Off.

fix apps so they are not blurry

Fix 2: Run System Maintenance

System Maintenance can help troubleshoot computer problems. It may also help you in solving the Desktop Window Manager high GPU usage problem. Here is how you can do it:

Step 1: Open Control Panel and make it into Small Icons.

Step 2: Click Troubleshooting and then click View all.

Small Icons

Step 3: Scroll down to find System Maintenance and click it.

System Maintenanace

Step 4: Click Next and then choose “Try Troubleshooting as an Administrator“.

Step 5: After troubleshooting is completed, click Close.

Fix 3: Update, Rollback, or Reinstall Graphics Driver

Graphics hardware is also responsible for rendering visuals on your computer. If the drivers are corrupted or outdated, they can be the reason for high GPU usage. In this case, you can update, reinstall or roll back the GPU driver to solve the problem. Here is the way to update and roll back Display drivers.

To update drivers:

Step 1: Press the “Windows + X” keys and then select Device Manager from the pop-up menu.

Device Manager

Step 2: Expand the Display adapters and right-click the driver.

Step 3: Click on Update driver. A popup window will appear.

update driver

Step 4: Select Search automatically for updated driver software.

Search automatically for drivers

To roll back drivers:

Step 1: Press the “Windows + X” keys and then select Device Manager from the pop-up menu.

Device Manager 2

Step 2: Expand the Display adapters and right-click the driver.

Step 3: Click Properties. A popup window will appear.


Step 4: Navigate to the Driver tab and click Roll Back Driver.

Roll Back Driver

Step 5: Choose any reason and click Yes.

For a more detailed guide on rolling back the GPU drivers, you can refer to our Nvidia GPU rollback guide.

Bottom Line

And with that said, here comes the end of this fixing guide. In this guide I’ve mainly discussed three major fixes:

  1. Changing Display settings, where we turn off Windows Fix app scaling feature to reduce high GPU usage,
  2. Troubleshooting System Maintenance, where we troubleshot System Maintenance as administrator to let window troubleshooter find the fix automatically if there is any, and
  3. Updating the Display driver, where I’ve discussed how you can update/roll back the display driver in the easiest way possible.

If this fixing guide was helpful for you in resolving your problem please consider sharing it with the needy ones in your circle. Also, comment below which one of the aforementioned fixes resolved the problem in your case.

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