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How To Disable MPO In Windows

In this guide, we will be taking a look at how you can disable MPO also known as Multiplane overlay in Windows 10 and Windows 11. When it comes to disabling the Multiplane overlay in Windows, it needs to be done from within the Windows registry editor so you might want to create a backup of the registry before making the changes.

Although it is safe to disable MPO in Windows 10/11 if you were to accidentally edit the wrong thing within the Registry Editor, you could cause damage to Windows. But as long as you follow our easy step by step guide below then you will be fine.

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Why disable multiplane overlay in Windows

If you have been having problems with your display while using Windows for example stuttering or flickering, then disabling the MPO support can sometimes help resolves these problems. Then you will need to wait until a new driver or Windows update is released for your graphics card that resolves the problem.

How to disable MPO in Windows

Below is how to disable Multiplane overlay support in Windows, if you decide you want to enable the MPO support again you can just delete the value that we create below.

1. Before we can do anything first, you need to open the start menu and search for Registry Editor and then open it

2. Now go to the below location or copy and paste the path below into the address bar

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Dwm

3. Right-click on an empty space then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value

4. Now name the entry OverlayTestMode

5. Right-click on the new entry and select Modify and change the Value data to 5

Windows Registry Editor showing the key to disable MPO in Windows 10/11.

That’s it you have now disabled multiplane overlay in Windows 10 and Windows, hopefully this has helped resolve any issues that it was causing. If you liked this guide and found it helpful then I am sure you would like our other Windows guides.

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