How to restart Graphics Driver in Windows 10

If you work on your Windows PC for a very long time, I am sure you must have faced the situation where your display doesn’t work as expected. Scenarios can be different which includes a black screen, screen frozen, keyboard and mouse inputs don’t respond at all. This points out to one thing–the display or the graphics driver has some problem. While Windows 10 can recover the graphics driver on its own, you can always restart the Graphics Driver in Windows 10 manually. Let’s get to know about it.

Restart Graphics Driver in Windows 10


In this guide, we will talk about multiple methods which can help you restart, and recover your graphics password. Rest assured that your work will not be lost – the screen may only flicker for a second or two.

1] Restart Graphics Driver using Win+Ctrl+Shift+B Shortcut

Use the key combination Win+Ctrl+Shift+B on your Windows 10/8 keyboard. The screen flickers and goes black for a second, and will be back in less than a second. In case it is not working for you, make sure to check if your Windows Key is not disabled. In many gaming PCs, the onboard software disables the windows key as it can accidentally shift the focus.

This is the easiest method to restart your driver without the need of an admin account.

2] Remove & Update corrupt Display or Graphics Driver

If the graphics driver is misbehaving a lot, chances are that your driver has gone corrupt. You will have to either re-install the driver or update to the latest version. Many a time old drivers are not compatible with latest Windows Update as a result of which Display drivers stop responding.

There are two ways to fix this. You can remove it manually using Device Manager or from the Control Panel. You may need administrative privileges to complete this.

A] Uninstall the drivers using Device Manager

restart Graphics Driver in Windows 10

  • Open Device Manager by either searching in Start Menu or type devmgmt.msc and press Enter in the run prompt.
  • Find Display Adapters and expand it.
  • Right click on the adapter select Uninstall.
  • Restart the computer.

Post this, Windows should install the required driver using Windows Update system automatically. In case it doesn’t, you can always install the driver manually using the Update Driver option.

B] Uninstall the drivers from Control Panel

Uninstall Display Driver Program from Windows 10

Many OEMs develop software that could give users more control over features that run on top of the driver. Nvidia offers a control panel which can help you optimize few display settings. After removing the driver from the device manager, it’s a good idea to remove OEM software as well.

  • In the search box, type Control Panel, and when the program shows up, click to open it.
  • Type Programs & Features > Add or Remove Programs.
  • Find the Driver program, select and uninstall it.

You may want to install the software & driver again post these two steps to make sure your graphics card is completely utilized, and not using the basic driver.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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