How to Install and Uninstall Graphics Tools in Windows 10


With Windows 10, the graphics diagnostic tools are now available from within Windows as an optional feature. To use the graphics diagnostic features provided in the runtime and Visual Studio to develop DirectX apps or games, install the optional Graphics Tools feature.

Graphics diagnostics features include the ability to create Direct3D debug devices (via Direct3D SDK Layers) in the DirectX runtime, plus Graphics Debugging, Frame Analysis, and GPU Usage.

Graphics Debugging in lets you trace the Direct3D calls being made by your app. Then you can replay those calls, inspect parameters, debug and experiment with shaders, and visualize graphics assets to diagnose rendering issues. Logs can be taken on Windows PCs, simulators, or devices, and be played back on different hardware.
Graphics Frame Analysis in Visual Studio runs on a graphics debugging log and gathers baseline timing for the Direct3D draw calls. It then performs a set of experiments by modifying various graphics settings and produces a table of timing results. You can use this data to understand graphics performance issues in your app, and you can review results of the various experiments to identify opportunities for performance improvements.
GPU Usage in Visual Studio allows you to monitor GPU use in real time. It collects and analyzes the timing data of the workloads being handled by the CPU and GPU, so you can determine where bottlenecks are.

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This tutorial will show you how to install and uninstall DirectX Graphics Tools support in Visual Studio in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to install or uninstall Graphics Tools.



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OPTION ONE

To Install Graphics Tools


1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

2 Click/tap on Apps & features on the left side, and click/tap on the Optional features link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Add a feature. (see screenshot below)

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4 Check Graphics Tools, and click/tap on Install. (see screenshot below)

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5 When finished installing, you can close Settings if you like.






OPTION TWO

To Uninstall Graphics Tools


1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

2 Click/tap on Apps & features on the left side, and click/tap on the Optional features link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Graphics Tools, and click/tap on Uninstall. (see screenshot below)

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4 When finished uninstalling, you can close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn