FIX: Windows 10 changes resolution on its own

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  • Many users reported that their Windows 10 resolutions settings change automatically when they restart their devices.
  • Follow our list of solutions below for steps on how to fix this issue.
  • You can find even more extensive guides on our Troubleshooting page
  • Our articles in the Windows 10 Hub will help with more tips & tricks for your Windows 10 laptop, so check it out.
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The Windows 10 resolution setting doesn’t usually reconfigure itself. Yet, some users have said that their VDUs’ resolutions change from the default setting whenever they start Windows.

After adjusting the display resolution to a higher setting, it then dropdowns to a lower resolution after the users restart Windows. It is a somewhat baffling issue that arises for some users.

The resolution changing can often be due to incompatible or corrupted graphics card drivers and the Base video option.

In addition, conflicting third-party software might adjust the resolution. In this article, we’ll show how you can fix the resolution in Windows 10 when it automatically changes.

Table of Contents: 

  1. Update your drivers 
  2. Deselect the base video option
  3. Clean boot Windows
  4. Rollback graphics card driver update 
  5. Reinstall the graphics card driver
  6. Restore Windows to an earlier date

What can I do if Windows 10 changes resolution by itself?

1. Update your drivers

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The resolution changing can often be due to incompatible or corrupted graphics card drivers so it can be a good idea to make sure they are up to date.

You can update the card drivers using dedicated software, such as DriverFix.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Download DriverFix and launch the tool.
  2. Wait for Driverfix to scan your PC.
  3. Select the graphics card drivers from your list.
  4. Wait while DriverFix deals with your drivers.
  5. Restart your PC.
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2. Deselect the base video option

  1. Press the Windows+ X key.
  2. Click Run on the menu to open that accessory.
  3. Enter msconfig in Run, and click the OK button.
  4. Then click the Boot tab on the System Configuration window.
  5. Deselect the Base video checkbox.
  6. Press the Apply button to confirm the new settings.
  7. Click OK to close the window.
  8. Restart windows after closing System Configuration.

3. Clean boot Windows

  1. Open Run with the Windows key + R hotkey.
  2. Input msconfig in Run and click OK.
  3. Click the Selective startup radio button on the General tab.
  4. Deselect the Load startup items checkbox.
  5. Select the Load system services and Use original boot configuration options.
  6. Select the Services tab and click the  Hide all Microsoft services option.
  7. Press the Disable all button.
  8. Select the Apply option, and press the OK button.
  9. Then select the Restart option on the System Configuration window.

4. Rollback graphics card driver update

  1. Press the Windows key + R to launch Run.
  2. Then input devmgmt.msc in Run and click OK.device manager windows 10
  3. Double-click Display adapters.
  4. Right-click your video card and select Properties.
  5. Then press the Roll Back Driver button on the Driver tab.

5. Reinstall the graphics card driver

  1. Open the Device Manager window.
  2. Expand the Display adapters category.
  3. Right-click your video card and select the Uninstall device option.uninstall bluetooth drivers device manager
  4. Select the Delete the driver software for this device option on the Uninstall Device dialog box.
  5. Press the Uninstall button.
  6. Windows will automatically reinstall a video card driver when you restart the desktop or laptop.

6. Restore Windows to an earlier date

  1. Open Run with the Windows key + R hotkey.
  2. Input rstrui in Run’s text box and press Enter.Cannot find script file Windows 7
  3. Click the Choose a different restore point radio option, and press the Next button.
  4. Select the Show more restore points checkbox.
  5. Select a listed restore point, and press the Next button.Run.vbs error Windows 10
  6. Press the Finish button to confirm your selected restore point and roll back the OS.

Those are some of the fixes users have fixed the display resolution with. In addition to those fixes, turning off the screen saver and fast startup mode might also resolve the issue.

If you have additional suggestions or recommendations, let us know in the comments section below.

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

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