How to Enable High Dynamic Range (HDR) in Windows 10

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It is a method that helps make a picture look brighter and vibrant which cannot be obtained by using Standard Dynamic Range (SDR). When you connect your Laptop having Windows 10 with an HDR10 capable TV, you’ll get a more extravagant image with HDR enabled than with SDR. There are some limitations to use this privilege with an external device.

HDR and Non-HDR

Requirements for HDR in Windows 10 and paired Device

The external device and PC with Windows 10 must meet the following demands in order to display HDR content:

  1. The TV you are connecting your Windows 10 Laptop with should support HDR10 and DisplayPort 1.4 or HDMI 2.0 (Generic HDR).
  2. For Protective HDR Content, the Laptop using Windows 10 must have an Integrated Graphic Card that supports PlayReady 3.0 hardware digital rights management
  3. The Windows 10 PC must have the latest WDDM 2.4 driver update installed for better video result.
  4. For 10-bit video decoding, the Windows 10 PC should have codecs
  5. The built-in display of PC must have a resolution of 1080p and a max-brightness of minimum 300 nits.

HDR Brightness

If both of your devices have the above-mentioned features and drivers installed, they can be paired using HDMI cable.

Enabling HDR in Windows 10

To turn on HDR feature on in your Windows 10 PC follow the steps:

  1. From the Start menu search for Settings by Typing Settings in the Search bar and click on the result. This will open Settings Window.
    Open Settings
  2. In Settings Window, select System. This will take you to the System Menu, by default it will show Display settings on the screen.
    System Settings
  3. Under the Display settings you’ll find HDR and WCG: option, toggle it on to enable High Dynamic Range Display for your PC.
    Enable HDR

Enabling this will show non-HDR content much dull on the color spectrum because Windows itself adjust the color profile of your system. You can adjust the non-HDR content color palette yourself by following the steps given below:

  1. Go to the HDR and WCG settings given under the HDR and WCG
    HDR and WCG Settings
  2. You will find a Brightness for SDR Content slider from where you can adjust the brightness and color palette for the non-HDR videos and images.

We recommend you to only toggle this on when you’re playing a game or HDR video and toggle it off when you’re done with your work. Hope this article has helped you display HDR Content.


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