While playing heavy games (or using other graphic intensive software), users have reported an issue where they get the error:
Application has been blocked from accessing graphics hardware in Windows 10
When an application (usually a game), is new and the graphic drivers are not updated enough to support it, we get the error. However, this might not be the only reason and simply updating the drivers wouldn’t help.
The best prevention of such a situation would be to keep updating your Windows system from time to time. Here’s the procedure for updating Windows. But even that might not be helpful for a few games. We will troubleshoot the issue sequentially as suggested follows:
Solution 1] Update the drivers
The procedure for updating Windows 10 drivers is mentioned here. Use the steps including reinstalling the drivers and downloading them from the manufacturer’s website to resolve the issue.
If this doesn’t work, you might consider downloading the drivers from Intel’s download center. If you check through the links, they mention the latest games covered by each update. It could be helpful in resolving the issue.
Solution 2] Run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter
We could use the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter to resolve the problem. The procedure is as follows:
1] Click on the Start button and then the gear-like symbol to open the Settings menu.
2] Go to Updates and security and then the Troubleshoot tab.
3] Select the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter from the list and run it.
4] Restart the system once done.
Solution 3] Keep your game or application on preference for the Graphic card hardware
While you cannot increase the parameters of your graphic card, you can prioritize it towards a single application. Here’s how to do so:
1] Click on the Start button and then the gear-like symbol to open the Settings window.
2] Go to System > Display.
3] In the Display menu, click and open Graphic settings.
4] In the section “Choose an app to set preference,” either choose your game or application through the drop-down menu or browse for it.
5] Restart your system and check if it helps.