A lot of users are prompted with “display driver stopped responding and has recovered” on their Windows 10 and earlier operating versions.
It generally occurs while playing games, watching videos, or anything graphically intensive, which puts a load on your graphics unit(preferably a graphics card).
There can be various reasons behind it, ranging from the simple registry to problems with the graphics card itself. We take you through multiple possibilities behind the problem, along with possible solutions. Starting with the solutions that won’t be heavy on your pocket to those that may require some investments.
Solutions #1 Reinstall Graphics Card Drivers
Updated new graphics drivers recently, or are you using the beta version of the drivers? Then they can very well be the culprit. Uninstalling and installing them again is easier than you would think.
1. Open the RUN dialog box from the Start menu. Alternatively, press Window key + R to open it.
2. Type in devmgmt.msc and press ENTER. The device manager wizard’s window will appear on the screen.
3. Find the display adapter of your computer. Click on the right-facing arrow to expand it.
4. Right-click on graphics driver(s) and uninstall them one by one if multiple are installed.
5. Restart your computer and let Windows install the same version of the graphics card. In some cases, graphics cards can use an earlier version, or Windows does not install it, then head to the GPU manufacturer’s official site.
Side note — Multiple graphics are generally installed when you install a graphics card, along with the onboard Intel graphics. In the case of modern AMD processors, starting from the Ryzen series, it doesn’t come with an onboard graphics unit.
Solutions #2 Adjust Visual Effect Settings
Microsoft has started shipping its operating systems with a flair of aesthetics, in line with the modern user-interface standards.
Visual effects do put a load on the available graphic resources. Adjusting the visual effects can help fix the display driver stopped responding and has recovered Windows 8 error.
1. Head to the start search and type in Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows and press ENTER.
2. The Performance Options will appear on the screen. Tick the box that says Adjust for best performance
3. Click on OK and close the window.
This should fix the windows 10 display driver stopped responding and has recovered the error.
In the scenario, when it did not help, it would be best to revert to Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer option.
Solution#3 Increase GPU processing time
Let’s move on to moderately difficult solutions to the problem at hand.
Windows ships with a Timeout Detection and Recovery feature that detects inconsistent delays, lag in operations by your video adapter, graphics card, or graphics drivers.
In an attempt to compensate, Windows tries to recover and reset the graphics unit. When the GPU is unable to reset, it crashes and becomes unresponsive. That’s when the display driver has stopped responding and has recovered error pops up.
You can give the Timeout Detection and Recovery feature another try through a minor registry tweak.
Side Note — Before diving into the registry editing, it is crucial to know registries are tricky. One wrong step and it may make your operating system unusable. There it is wise to backup your registry before going forward.
1. Close all your programs, especially the Windows-based.
2. Head to Start search and type in regedit. Press enter to open the registry editor.
3. Browse and find the following key. Alternatively, you can paste the address into the address bar and press ENTER to directly reach the key.
4. Head to the right pane and right-click. Click onNew and select
● DWORD(32bit) Value — For 32bit Windows users
● QWORD(64bit) Value — For 64bit Windows users
5. Rename it to “TDRdelay” and press ENTER.
6. Double click on it and set the value data to 8. Click on OK to save it.
7. Close the registry editor and restart your computer for changes to take the required effect.
Solution#4 Clean your Graphics Card/Unit
Overheating your GPU is never a good idea. Ideally, it should be below the maximum operating temperature.
Check with a temperature monitor program such as GPU-Z, CPUID, or the manufacturer’s utility program.
GPUs can sometimes overheat because of the heatsink getting dusted. Clean then after turning off the computer.
When nothing else works, and your programs are taking up all the graphics resources, it might be time to look into the cabinet cooling options. General high-RPM fans and liquid cooling are the most popular ways to dissipate the heat away from the critical components.
Solution#5 Reset your Hardware to default settings.
Overclocking or underclocking your CPU, GPU, or even the RAM can send the computer haywire. Reset all the components to default settings to check if that was the cause of the error.
The factory reset of components often helps in straightening out irregularities with the drivers.
Solution#5 Reinstall Windows
After the hardware, faults are ruled out, and other options have dried up, consider this. Reinstalling Windows can sometimes fix peculiar bugs, problems with the general working of the OS.
Issues with display drivers are not as uncommon as one would think. They are erratic for users who prefer keeping restore points, backup images of when things were hunky-dory.
Your best bet to solve the issue would be to start with the first solution, which involves manually installing the graphics drivers.
After that, the registry edit should be followed that takes advantage of the in-built Windows feature. Be cautious of the registries, and do not touch the ones that don’t seem familiar.