Aug. 29, 2018 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10
"Display driver failed to start" is another new bug that many Windows 10 users encounter after the system update. Each time the key Windows update released, Windows 10 OS will be the focus due to its varied bugs and problems.
The "display driver failed to start" error appears on all the Windows 10 versions, like Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Creators Update, Anniversary Update, etc. And users often receive an error message which says
"Display driver failed to start; using Microsoft Basic Display Driver instead. Check Windows Update for a newer display driver."
The main culprit of the Windows 10 display problem is the dedicated or the integrated graphics card driver. During the computer power-on, BIOS will check the hardware devices to see if they can work properly. If there are problems with the display device, it will boot into Windows and notice you to repair the graphics driver issue.
Note: If your computer has two graphics cards (the dedicated one and the integrated one), you can still enter the Windows desktop. But if there is only an integrated graphics card, the computer may runs into black screen and fail to access the desktop. In this case, you need to boot into BIOS and perform the factory reset of the motherboard. Then start up to the system.
Incompatible graphics card driver can result in all the common display problems, such as blue screen error, distorted screen problem, display brightness issue, etc. One of the viable methods to fix the "display driver failed to start" error is to remove the faulty graphics driver, then download and install the stable one for your Windows 10.
You can manually install proper driver version. But if you prefer a one-click solution, we recommend Driver Talent to fix the hitched display driver. The professional and safe driver manager is available via the button below:
Here's how to fix the "display driver failed to start" with Device Manager and Driver Talent:
Step 1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + X. Select the Device Manager on the pop-up menu.
Step 2. Expand the Display adapters entry.
Step 3. Right-click the problematic display device and select Uninstall device. Then the device will back to the early state when the original driver was installed. (Note: After that, DON'T select the Scan for hardware changes in case Windows installs incorrect driver version.)
Step 4. Launch Driver Talent and click the Scan button to detect driver problems.
Step 5. Click the Repair or Install button to automatically download and install the stable display driver version compatible with current Windows 10 build.
After that, perform a computer restart to make the driver changes take effect.
If the method above did not work and you fail to fix the graphics driver file all the time, it is recommended you to reinstall the Windows OS to say goodbye to the "display driver failed to start" error. You can refer to How to Reinstall Windows 10 on Your Desktop or Laptop to make it.
All of the above are the effective solutions of how to fix "display driver failed to start" issue on Windows 10 computer. If you still have questions on this topic, or if you encounter any problems after installing the latest Windows 10 update, please write them down in the comments section below.
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