I have Nvidia GT750M in a laptop, with "display GPU activity icon in notification area" activated. Right now all I have open are Google Chrome, Notepad++, and windows explorer, yet it says 2 processes are using the GPU. How do I find out WHICH processes are using the GPU? Without installing extra software.

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    Process Explorer shows GPU activity on a per-process basis, but its not sortable, so you have to select a process and look at its properties to see what GPU impact it has (if any) but once you find the process, you can view its GPU usage and VRAM usage ( dedicated, shared and committed). technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/processexplorer Process explorer does not require installation, but will have to be downloaded from microsoft. Jan 7 '16 at 0:30
  • Not possible to see what process using GPU without installing extra software?
    – Heartcloud
    Jan 7 '16 at 0:33
  • Not in Win7 or older. not sure about Win8+. you could check the resource monitor on them, but on win7, it does not show GPU stats. GPU information has historically be vendor-specific so at least until recent years, you could only rely on utilities from NVidia or ATI/AMD or their resalers. Jan 7 '16 at 0:38
  • This most likely will never be a feature of Windows not all systems have a GPU worth reporting this information or perhaps most users don't care or wouldn't know what it was
    – Ramhound
    Jan 7 '16 at 0:41
  • Is the GT750M the only GPU in your system? No integrated graphics such as Intel HD 4500?
    – MonkeyZeus
    Jan 7 '16 at 19:11

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tick the item shown on the nvidia control panel. then click the tray icon


You can use tool Sysinternals Process Explorer. You can download it from Microsoft website. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer It kind of is extra software, but you download it from Microsoft website, not from some unknown company website. So it's more like extra update form windows. :)

After you run it go to "view -> select columns -> Process GPU" and check "GPU Usage".

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