Fixing Switchable Graphics on Windows 8 Consumer Preview
If you’re like me, then you must be playing around with the just released Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Experiencing how awesome as it is, some of you might be noticing a decrease in your battery life or very poor graphics performance. This can probably be because of the switchable graphics you have in your laptop and Windows 8 may not know which one to use unless we install the drivers properly. By default it may use the dedicated graphics all the time and may drain your battery unnecessarily or it may use the integrated graphics and give you a poor performance.
For those you using AMD’s dedicated graphics such as the Radeon and Mobility series, the drivers given by AMD should do the trick for a few of us but still switchable graphics is not getting enabled. In case you haven’t tried it yet, you can download the drivers here :
[button link=”http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Windows8ConsumerPreviewDrivers.aspx” variation=”slate”]Download AMD Drivers for Windows 8[/button]
[button link=”http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us” variation=”slate”]Download Nvidia Drivers for Windows 8[/button]
If none of these work for you, try uninstalling them, and then try installing the drivers you had with Windows 7 using the Windows 7 Compatibility mode (You can set the compatibility mode in the Properties windows of the installation file). This fixed the problem for few users.