Display Screen Resolution changes on its own automatically in Windows 10/8/7

This is a common issue many Windows users report – ‘Every time I start up or log out of my Windows computer, it automatically switches the screen resolution to a different from the default one’.  The problem may occur if you have enabled Advanced Performance in the Device Manager, and now even after disabling it, the problem may persist. If this problem is by any installed software, the software should be removed to see if it helps resolve the issue.

In Windows 8/10, you typically set the screen resolution via the Control Panel, as show below in this image.

display screen resolution changes on its own automatically

Screen Resolution changes on its own automatically

In Windows 7, you were forced to reboot to apply all the changes to the display screen resolution. In Windows 8, you are not forced to reboot your Windows PC. But if you don’t, the display changes may not be applied to all items on the screen, like for instance the Start Screen. So if you are facing issues after changing the screen resolution, reboot your Windows 8.1 computer and see if it makes the problem go away.

If you find that your screen resolution keeps changing automatically on its own, after sleep or after reboot, here are a few suggestions you can try:

1] Ensure that your Drivers are up-to-date. Just because you’ve upgraded your operating system to Windows 7 or Windows 8 doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the most up-to-date drivers on your computer. To ensure you have the most up-to-date driver, check the driver version number and compare that with information on the developer’s Web site.

2] Disable the screen saver and see if it helps.

3] Run msconfig. Then, on the Boot Tab, ensure that the BaseVideo option is un-checked. Restart.

display screen resolution changes

4] Try changing the Power Settings, to allow for Sleep Mode, when sharing media. Then from an administrative command prompt, ‘Run’

powercfg -h on

5] Try the Windows Display Quality Troubleshooter.

Hope something helps.

These links may also interest you:

  1. Adjust your Monitor for better screen resolution
  2. Set different screen resolution for each user account in Windows.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, 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.