4 solutions to fix OpenGL issues on Windows 10

  1. Remove display drivers and reinstall the latest version
  2. Install the latest display drivers in Compatibility mode
  3. Run SFC
  4. Adjust your PC for best performance

Windows 10 is an excellent operating system and despite all the major improvements it received, it still comes with some issues and bugs.

Users have reported OpenGL problems, FPS lag and graphic card issues as one of them. However, there are a few things that you can do in order to fix these issues. These issues are caused in most cases by lack of optimization of drivers for Windows 10.

This means that if you ran your favourite games smoothly in previous versions of Windows, you might experience some graphic cards issues in Windows 10. So, how can you fix this?

How can I fix OpenGL errors on Windows 10?

Solution 1 – Remove display drivers and reinstall the latest version

  1. In order to remove the display drivers go to the Device Manager.
  2. Find Display Adapters and click them to reveal the list of installed drivers.
  3. Now you need to find the graphics card driver from the list, in most cases it will be the only item in the list, right click it, and the press Uninstall.uninstall display adapter driver
  4. After the uninstall process is complete, you need to restart your computer.
  5. Go to your graphic card manufacturer and find the latest drivers for your graphic card model.
  6. Install the drivers, and see if the issue still persists.

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Solution 2 – Install the latest display drivers in Compatibility mode

  1. Find the name of the model of your graphic card and download the latest drivers from manufacturer’s website.
  2. When download is completed, find the driver setup file.
  3. Right click the setup file and choose Properties from the menu.
  4. Go over to the Compatibility tab.
  5. While you’re at Compatibility tab, find and check “Run this program in Compatibility mode” and select the operating system you want from the drop down list.Run this program in Compatibility mode
  6. Click OK and run the setup file.

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Solution 3 – Run SFC

If some of the system files that your game is using are missing or corrupted, you’re going to experience quite a few issues and errors, including OpenGL errors.

You can quickly fix this problem by using the System File Checker tool. To do this, open Command Prompt as an administrator and enter the sfc /scannnow command.

sfc scannow

Hit Enter and wait until your system has finished the scanning process. Reboot your machine and check if the OpenGL problem persists.

If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look on this guide.

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Solution 4 – Adjust your PC for best performance

If your computer doesn’t direct enough resources to power your game, you may experience OpenGL issues, among other problems. So, make sure that your settings are adjusted for the best possible game performance.

  1. Go to Settings > select PC Info
  2. Go to Advanced system settings
  3. Select the Advanced tab > Performance > click on Settingsperformance settings
  4. Check Adjust for best performanceadjust for best performance visual effects

You can’t find High Performance mode in your Windows 10 PC ? Check out this guide and solve the issue once and for all!

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

As you can see, most of FPS lag, graphic card issues and OpenGL problems in Windows 10 are caused by driver incompatibility with Windows 10.

For more info on the subject and other potential fixes you can also check out this dedicated guide.

If these solutions didn’t fix your problems, you’ll have to wait for hardware manufactures to release new sets of drivers optimized for Windows 10.

If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.

For more suggestions or questions, reach for the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.