Intel is one of the biggest CPU and GPU manufacturers in the world. Some users have reported that their Intel Graphics Driver keeps crashing on their computers. In this article, we are going to address this issue in detail and see what you need to do to resolve the issue.
Why does my Intel graphics driver keep crashing?
Drivers are not supposed to crash on a system, but if they are doing that there is something wrong. The first cause of this issue is a bug. There can be a bug in the latest version of the software making it crash. The bug can also be in the Windows Operating System. Whatever the case is, the only thing we can do is wait for the developers to deploy an update, and then download and install that update to fix this problem. Hereinafter, we have mentioned several methods to update the driver.
The next cause of this issue is corruption. Your driver can get corrupted because of reasons such as missing files in the installation media, viruses and malware, and force shutdown in the middle of a process. The best part is that Windows allows you to remove the corrupted piece of software and replace it with a new one. Check the second solution to see how to do the same.
Some other reasons include incompatibility and conflicting software, both of which are addressed later in this article.
Fix Intel Graphics Driver keeps crashing
If Intel Graphics Driver keeps crashing on your Windows 11/10 computer system, check out the following solutions to resolve the issue.
- Update your Windows computer and Graphics Drivers
- Uninstall and Reinstall Graphics Driver
- Try Compatibility Mode
- Troubleshoot in Clean Boot
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Update your Windows computer and Graphics Drivers
First of all, check if there are any OS updates. If there is an update available, install it and check the issue status. If it persists, try any one of the following methods to update the Graphics Driver.
- Download Driver and Optional Updates.
- Go to intel.com and use their automatic driver updater to update your drivers. You may be asked to install Intel Driver & Support Assistant.
After updating the driver, see if the issue persists.
Read: How to restart Graphics Driver in Windows
2] Uninstall and reinstall Graphics Driver
You may also experience abrupt crashes of the Intel Graphics Driver if it is corrupted. We need to uninstall the driver and see if it works. Be aware of the fact that your screen will go blank for a few seconds. So, to uninstall Graphics Driver, follow the prescribed steps.
- Open Device Manager.
- Expand Display Adapter.
- Right-click on your Intel Graphics and select Uninstall device.
- Click Uninstall to confirm your action.
Now, click on the Scan for hardware changes button and a generic driver will be installed on your system. You can use it, if you want, you won’t see driver crashes, but the quality won’t be as good as it was before. So, we need to use Intel Driver and Support Assistant from intel.com. It will automatically detect and install a compatible driver on your system.
Hopefully, this solution will do the trick for you.
3] Try Compatibility Mode
Some users were able to resolve the issue by running the driver setup file in Compatibility Mode of an older Windows, we are going to do the same and see if that works. Follow the given steps to do the same.
- Right-click on the driver executable file and go to Properties.
- Now, click on Compatibility.
- Tick Run this program in compatibility mode for and select an older version of Windows from the drop-down menu.
- After doing that, click Apply > Ok.
Then, restart your computer and check if the issue persists.
You could also run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter.
4] Troubleshoot in Clean Boot
As mentioned earlier, a third-party application can interfere with your Intel Graphics Driver and make it crash. This issue is pretty common and Microsoft is aware of it. That’s why they have Clean Boot. In this, you need to stop all the processes excluding that Windows and Intel Graphics. Then keep on enabling five of them at a time to boil down the possibility and eventually find out the culprit. So, troubleshoot the issue in Clean Boot and see if it works.
This post offers more suggestions to troubleshoot Intel Graphics Drivers’ problems.
Hopefully, these solutions will do the trick for you.
Is it safe to uninstall Intel Graphics Driver?
Uninstalling Intel Graphics Driver won’t have an effect on the general performance of your computer. However, you will that the generic graphics are inferior and that a task that demands a bit of Graphical power, such as games, won’t run smoothly on your system. So, while it may be safe to uninstall Intel Graphics Driver the effects may be unwanted.