Paint 3D Preview with a Hyper-V Virtual Machine

If you’ve seen the news from the latest Microsoft Event, you’ll know that the next Windows 10 update, dubbed the “Creator Update” will be out early next year.

One of the new tools shown was Paint 3D which looks to make the creation of 3D content more accessible. You can check it out right now, if you are a member of the Windows Insider Preview Program – which anyone can join. Here’s a step by step guide from Microsoft on how to become an Insider. You’ll need Build 14800 or greater to install the app, and you’ll find it in the Windows Store as “Paint 3D Preview”.

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If, like me, you have your Insider install of Windows 10 on a Hyper-V VM, performance of Paint 3D may not be as good as it could be. You can greatly increase graphics performance of your VM by enabling RemoteFX – if your graphics card supports it.

To enable Hyper-V to use the graphics card with RemoteFX:

Hyper-V Manager > Hyper-V Settings > Physical GPUs > Select the GPU and then tick Use this GPU with RemoteFX.

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Next, in the Settings of the Virtual Machine, go to Add Hardware > RemoteFX 3D Video Adaptor > Add. You will now have a dedicated graphics card available to your VM. You can configure it further if you’d like by selecting the RemoteFX 3D Video Adapter in the Hardware list.

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Now, when you boot the VM and load Paint 3D, performance should be closer to what you would expect running it natively.

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