Why Is There No GPU In Task Manager In Windows 10

If you haven’t heard yet, the Task Manager in Windows 10 will start showing you GPU performance in the Fall Creators Update. Task Manager has been a part of Windows for a long time but it’s never supported GPUs. A GPU is an integral component in a PC so it makes little sense for Windows to not show you how well it’s performing. This shortcoming is finally going to be fixed in the Fall Creators Update. All you need to do to view GPU performance in the Task Manager is update to the Fall Creators Update when it arrives. If you’re already on the Fall Creators Update via the Windows Insider program but there is no GPU in task manager, then we’ve got some bad news for you.

This new feature supports both on-board and dedicated GPUs but there is one catch. Your chip’s driver must support WDDM version 2.0 or above. If your GPU’s driver doesn’t support WDDM version 2.0 or above, you simply cannot view your GPU performance in the task manager.

If there is no GPU in the Task Manager in Windows 10, try the following.

Check WDDM 2.0 Support

Open the run dialog box via the Win+R keyboard shortcut. Type in Dxdiag.exe and tap the Enter key. If you see a prompt of any sort on you screen, click ‘Yes’ on it.

When the dxdiag tool opens, go to the Display tab. In the Drivers section, look for Driver Model. If it doesn’t say WDDM 2.0, or anything above 2.0, then your driver is not compatible with this new feature.

Update Driver

Although it’s a long shot, you can try checking for a driver update. Perhaps your chipset is compatible with the new feature and it’s just the driver that needs to be updated. Once the Fall Creators Update rolls out later this year, wait a few months to see if your chip manufacturer releases a driver update for your particular model.

Chip manufacturers have in the past released driver updates after a major Windows 10 update so this isn’t a long shot. We should warn you though that as per Microsoft, about 70% of Windows 10 systems are compatible with this new feature. If your system is particularly old, the driver update may not help.

Third Party Tools

As mentioned earlier, this is the first version of Windows that will show GPU performance in the task manager. Users on the other hand have needed this information for ages so naturally, there are third-party apps available for just this purpose. If your system is too old for the new default feature, look for a third-party GPU performance measuring tool.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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