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How to Enable HDR Support in Microsoft Edge on Windows – PC

Written by Wyatt Surrey

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. However, to view HDR video you need a display that can handle HDR content and a browser that can stream it. You can enable some settings in Microsoft Edge to enable HDR content. In this guide, I’ll show you How to enable HDR support in Microsoft Edge on a Windows 10 PC and laptop. But first, you have to know what the hardware requirements are for HDR streaming.

What are the hardware requirements for HDR streaming on Windows 10?

If you want to enable HDR support in Microsoft Edge, these are the requirements your PC or laptop must meet:

  • Monitor that supports the HDR10 standard and Display Port 1.4 or HDRMI 2.0 or higher.
  • A graphics card that supports Microsoft’s Play Read DRM.
  • At least 1080P resolution and 300 nits of brightness

You can go to the Color Settings in Windows HD to check your monitor’s support and see if the HDR setting is available or not. If you are using multiple monitors, you should change these.

Steps enable HDR support in Microsoft Edge on Windows – PC

Enable HDR support in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
HDP support on Edge

These are the three steps to follow if you want to watch HDR content on Microsoft Edge on your PC or laptop:

  1. You need to enable hardware acceleration.
  2. You need to activate PlayReady DRM.
  3. You need to change the color profile settings.
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Note: You don’t need administrator privileges to fix this.

Step 1. Enable hardware acceleration

  • To enable hardware acceleration, go to first Edge and tap on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner of the browser.
  • Now click on the settings and then tap system
  • Next, turn on the option – Use hardware acceleration when available.
  • Finally restart your browser.
Switch on hardware acceleration
Hardware acceleration

Step 2. Enable PlayReady DRM

  • To enable PlayReady DRM, go to Edge first. Art edge: // flags and press Enter.
  • Enter now Ready to play or DRM in the search.
  • As soon as you have the option “PlayReady DRM for Windows 10 ″ In the list, tap the drop-down menu next to it.
  • Finally, select Enabled and restart your browser.
Activate PlayReady DRM
PlayReady DRM

Step 3. Change color profile settings

In the meantime, you can force color profile settings in Windows 10 to work with HDR.

  • To change the color profile settings, open Edge. Enter edge: // flags and press Enter.
  • Now look for Color profile, and you should see the Force Color Profile option.
  • Next, tap the drop-down menu and select HDR10.
Change the color profile settings
Color profile settings

Note: You can skip this setting if the HDR streaming works unchanged. Windows doesn’t have to be on all the time to adapt to different color profiles depending on the content and renderer.

Fix: If you still cannot get the HDR content after enabling it in your browser, it may not be supported by your streaming service. Some streaming service providers like Netflix and Amazon Prime already support HDR on Microsoft Edge, but only on 1080P. You can go to the service settings and use one of the options to reduce the resolution.

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That’s it! Here’s how to enable HDR support in Microsoft Edge on Windows PCs and laptops, and I hope the guide was easy to follow. Now you can stream HDR content using the Microsoft Edge browser on your PC. Good luck!


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About the author

Wyatt Surrey

Wyatt Serrey has spent over 17 years working in the tech industry and also been a Windows fan since he used Windows XP on his computer. He loves to help and teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps.

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