FIX: Display not working after Windows 10 update

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Fix Display not working after update

Every Windows 10 update is supposed to bring major improvements and new features, but it seems that emerging issues are nothing out of the ordinary either.

Some users reported that their display suddenly stopped working and all they stand as bare witnesses of the black screen.

There are various reasons why a new Windows update can instigate such malfunction. In order to help you fix this problem, we prepared a few troubleshooting steps.

If you’re stuck with the nonfunctional monitor, make sure to check them out.

How to resolve display issues after Windows 10 update?

  1. Update drivers automatically
  2. Reinstall display drivers
  3. Check GPU drivers
  4. Check the default resolution
  5. Perform a factory reset

1. Update drivers automatically

  1. At first, download DriverFix.
  2. Once installed, the tool will start scanning your PC for all outdated drivers, including the display driver.
  3. DriverFix will compare your installed driver versions against the ones from its database and recommend proper updates.
  4. Upon scan completion, choose to update a single driver or all of them at once.DriverFix updating drivers
  5. Restart your PC.

Things are always serious when it comes to drivers. We all know how many issues users had after the initial upgrade to Windows 10. Sadly, it looks like this trend continues with regular updates.

Now, the majority of device drivers will work fine in their generic form or transferred from Windows 7 or 8, but just one faulty driver is enough to invoke a world of conundrums.

In case you are not sure about how to update your display driver, we strongly recommend to do it automatically by using DriverFix.

After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution at the moment. You can find above a quick guide on how to complete this task.

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2. Reinstall display drivers

  1. Press the Windows key + I shortcut to open the Settings app.
  2. Select Update & security section.display not working
  3. Highlight Recovery from the left pane.
  4. Click on the Restart Now button.display not working after windows 10 fall creators update
  5. Choose Troubleshoot.
  6. Open Advanced options.
  7. Select Startup Settings and then Restart.
  8. Now, press 4 or F4 to boot your PC in Safe mode.
  9. Once the system boots, right-click on the Start menu and open Device Manager.
  10. Navigate to Monitor.display not working after windows 10 fall creators update
  11. Right-click and uninstall the device.
  12. Restart your PC.

Windows 10 updates often tend to install unsuitable drivers and that can cause a lot of problems. And maybe that’s what is bothering your monitor too.

Therefore, we’ll need to make sure that the display driver is properly installed. In order to do so, follow the steps we provided above.

Once the system starts normally, the Windows update feature should install proper drivers and you should be good to go.

On the contrary, if you’re still bothered with the display malfunction, make sure to continue with the steps below.


If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.


3. Check GPU drivers

  1. Right-click on the Start and, from the Power-user menu, select Device Manager.
  2. Navigate to Display adapters and expand this section.
  3. Right-click on your graphics device and open Properties.
  4. Select the Details tab.
  5. From the drop-down menu, open HardwareIds.display not working after windows 10 fall creators update
  6. Copy the first row and paste it into your browser’s address bar.
  7. The search results should show you the exact drivers you’ll need to install.

Now, this is where you’ll need to act with caution.

Drivers are often distributed by some suspicious sources and you need to avoid those like plague. Here are the official sites where you should find your drivers in their true and pure form:

While most of the monitors are PnP (Plug and Play), graphics cards are much more driver-dependent.

In other words, your monitor drivers are rarely an issue, but GPU drivers can and will occasionally pose as an incredible annoyance.

Here you may ask Why?. Well, long story short, older graphics processors need a proper legacy driver that will enable you to run them on Windows 10.

Hence, drivers provided via the Windows update feature won’t suffice most of the time, especially after an update.

Luckily, there’s a simple solution to this problem, so make sure to follow the instructions above.


4. Check the default resolution

  1. Right-click on the desktop and open Display settings.
  2. Make sure that your Screen resolution is set on recommended settings.display not working after windows 10 fall creators update
  3. Change if needed and look for resolution.

Another unwelcome trait of Windows updates is the tendency to change your preferences and custom settings by its own will.

With that in mind, it’s justified to believe that the FCU 1709 changed your resolution to a non-supported value.

The system response is the black screen. What you’ll need to do if something like this occurs is to switch to your native resolution supported by your monitor.

If you’re unsure how to do it, follow the instructions above.

Does Windows change the resolution on its own? Fix the problem in no time with our quick guide!


5. Perform a factory reset

  1. Open Start and click on the cog-like icon to open Settings.
  2. Select Update & security.display not working after windows 10 fall creators update
  3. Highlight Recovery from the left-side pane.
  4. Click Get started.display not working after windows 10 fall creators update
  5. Choose whether you want to keep your files or delete everything.
  6. Click Next and then Reset.
  7. After the procedure ends, your monitor should perform just like before.

Finally, if none of the previous steps proved fruitful, there’s only a reinstallation left.

The one good thing about Windows 10 is the Reset this PC option which enables you to perform a factory reset without losing any data or relying on installation media.

It’s easily located and the only drawback, in our opinion, is that it can take some time until it’s done restoring your system.

You can perform a factory reset on your PC and resolve all monitor problems by following the instructions detailed above.


Learn more about factory resetting your PC from our comprehensive guide!


That’s it. In case you’re experiencing additional problems or have on your mind an alternative solution for monitor issues, make sure to tell us in the comments section.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • If the monitor stopped working…u can’t see anything to do these steps. 3rd windows update killed my monitor. I see the pattern

  • Just installed Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Now the PC won’t boot. Hope your suggested solutions work.