How to Fix Gray Screen on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Jun. 24, 2022 / Updated by Helia to Windows 10

Many users come across the gray screen after the system was updated to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (v1709). In this case, the screen color turns gray suddenly when users are computing. There are black and white, or a whole screen of gray images on the screen.

In fact, it is an issue related to the color filters on Windows 10. You can use the following two methods to make your screen colorful again:

1. Use Windows Shortcut Keys to Turn off Gray Screen

If you're familiar with Windows OS, you may know some common Windows shortcut keys that can easily access some features.

You can use Win + Ctrl + C keys to switch to the color screen or the gray screen.


2. Fix Gray Screen via Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Settings

You may want to know why the screen will turn gray suddenly. One of the reasons is that you may press the hot keys Win + Ctrl + C by accident. If you go to Windows Settings, you will understand it is the color filters that cause the issue. The color filters help you see images on the screen more clearly. There's a switch that controls the filters.

1. Use shortcut keys Win + I to open Settings.

2. Go to Personalization menu.

3. Select the Colors tab on the left side.

4. On the right side, scroll down and click High contrast settings.


5. Toggle the switch Apply color filter to OFF and you'll turn off the gray screen.


Now your computer displays things in color.

See Also: Fix Distorted Screen or Gray Screen after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

What If You Fail to Fix the Gray Screen?

If the gray screen still persists after you use the hot keys or the switch button, there may be something wrong with the display device driver. Windows 10 v1709 is the latest OS at present. If the graphics drivers have not been updated to the proper versions compatible with the system, Windows 10 will not communicate with the display hardware device. So you may encounter black screen issue, gray screen problem, blue screen of death, etc.

You can download and install the latest graphics driver from your PC brand website to fix the gray screen. But if you cannot find the compatible driver, you may prefer turning to some professional driver download and update utilities, for example, Driver Talent. Such utilities can help to install the best-matched Windows 10 device drivers and keep the machine up-to-date.

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The graphics driver updates are available via the download button above.

Here are 3 easy steps to quickly update drivers:

Step 1. Scan the Graphics/Video/Display Driver on Windows 10

Run Driver Talent after you install it on your computer. Click the Scan button. It will detect those faulty drivers on Windows 10.

Step 2. Update or Fix the Driver

Click the Update button to download and install the driver update. You can also click the Repair button to repair the broken drivers that cause gray screen.


Step 3. Restart the Computer

Restart your laptop or desktop. This will help to finish the driver installation.

Note: You can backup drivers before any changes to ensure you can restore the system and the drivers once your computer runs into other problems.

All of the above are the effective methods of how to fix grey/gray screen problem after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. If you still have questions on this, or if you come across any issues after the latest Windows 10 update, please drop a line in the comments section below.

If you are looking for more solutions for Windows issues, you can go to Windows 10 section on this site or our blog.

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