Fix: Screen Resolution Changed after Nvidia Driver Update in Windows 8/10
Screen resolution changed by itself on your computer? Updating drivers is essential action in all Windows operating systems. But some users of NVidia graphics cards reported that after they updated the video driver, screen resolution changed and they were unable to bring it back to normal.
This error could occur in both Windows 8 and Windows 10 operating systems. But we expect it to appear more to Windows 10 users, because Windows 10 gets more updates, and new improvements and compatibility fixes are being released every day.
So there’s a big possibility that your NVidia driver is just not compatible with Windows 10, just like a lot of other drivers or software. Incompatibility of the driver with the operating system could cause a lot of problems, and messed up screen resolution is just one of them.
How to fix screen resolution changes after Nvidia driver update
Without further ado, here’s what you need to do if screen resolution changes after update:
1. Roll back your graphics driver
So, to bring your screen resolution back to normal, or solve whichever graphical problem you have, you’ll have to roll back your driver to the version that worked well for you. To roll back your driver to the previous version, follow these steps:
- Right click on This PC and go to Properties
- From the left pane select Device Manager
- Under Display Adapters, find your NVidia driver, right-click on it and go to Properites
- Under Driver tab, go to Roll back driver
- Restart your computer
This solution could be applied on both Windows 10 and Windows 8/8.1 operating systems, and it should solve your problems with screen resolution. On the other hand, if you’re unable to roll back your driver, go to NVidia website, find the working version of the driver, download it and install it manually.
Update drivers automatically
Downloading drivers manually is a process that carries the risk of getting the wrong driver installed, which may lead to serious malfunctions. The safer and easier way to update drivers on a Windows computer is by using an automatic tool such as TweakBit Driver Updater.
Driver Updater automatically identifies each device on your computer and matches it with the latest driver versions from an extensive online database. Drivers can then be updated in batches or one at a time, without requiring the user to make any complex decisions in the process. Here is how it works:
- Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
- Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
- Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.
2. Update Windows
All the drivers running on your computer depend on Windows 10 to work properly. In other words, running outdated Windows versions may trigger various issues, including driver incompatibility problems and driver errors.
To avoid that, install the latest Windows 10 updates on your computer. Here’s how to do that:
- To access the Windows Update section, type “update” in the search box. This method works on all Windows versions.
- Then go to Windows Update, check for updates and install the available updates.
3. Disable your screen saver
Some users said that disabling the screen saver helped them fix the problem. So, go to Settings > Lock Screen >scroll down to Screen Saver settings > disable screen saver.
4. Manually change resolution
If none of the solutions listed above worked, you only have one option left: manually adjust your display resolution.
- Right-click on desktop > select Display Settings
- Go to Resolution and use the drop down menu to select the right resolution for you.
Have you found other solutions to fix unexpected screen resolution changes? Let us know in the comment section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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