Available article translations:

Black background in Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7

  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Standard Edition


While trying to view any web page using Internet Explorer 9 in Windows Virtual Machine, you see black background which makes it hard to use browser.


Hardware acceleration is a new functionality of Internet Explorer 9 that allows Internet Explorer to move all graphics and text rendering from the Central Processing Unit (CPU) to the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). In some cases it’s necessary to enable or disable hardware acceleration to check for hardware or software compatibility issues with viewing certain internet websites.


To disable hardware acceleration and use software rendering instead of hardware rendering to view the web page, follow the steps below:

1. Click Start > Control Panel > Network and security and then click Internet Options 
2. Click the Advanced tab, and then browse to the Accelerated graphics section.
3. Click to select the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering check box.

4. Click Apply, and then click OK.
5. Close all open Internet Explorer 9 windows, and then restart Internet Explorer 9.

Now you can view any web pages in Internet Explorer 9 without any problems.

1e5db16426987d561060acdf56d947b4 a9c6e0b6a5209e617a7c0dd5eace86cf 7f7551051651be47612fed81ddb2b30e 38f7bd743dfc92af584ba5b137dce6dc 223eaea75536b1878213dd8e38ab608d

Was this article helpful?
Tell us how we may improve it.
Yes No