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I have difficulties with Hardware Acceleration (hardware failure, cannot be fixed) and I want to disable hardware acceleration for many apps, since win 7 does not support it with display drivers installed.

There is a program named "Windows Photo Viewer". It's the default program for image viewing. I am looking for a configuration or registry entries that will tell the program to avoid using hardware acceleration. I have done this to many applications, even in Windows Live 2011, I am sure there is a way to do it!

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I don't know for sure, but for something that lightweight it wouldn't surprise me if you COULDN'T do it. You may be able to globally disable this though - could you provide info on your graphics adapter? – Shinrai Dec 13 '11 at 22:28
I have made my research on that but anyway, if you can help i would appreciate it. My card is Geforce Go 6150 – Odys Dec 13 '11 at 22:33

It is difficult to disable hardware acceleration only for a single application, because the graphic pipeline used to render images is not implemented in the application but in your system.

I would suggest the following:

  1. Try switching your interface to Windows Classic. That would render your graphics using GDI+ engine rather than DirectX.
  2. Try using WindowsXP compatibility mode for selected application -- it might work.
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