SOLVED: Windows 10 won’t let me adjust screen resolution

By: Elsie Otachi
3 minute read
screen resolution changes after update

After Windows 10 upgrade, most users find it hard to adjust screen resolution. In order to enjoy a good display experience, screen resolution settings on your computer were set so you can change or adjust them to suit your viewing pleasure.

Much as it may seem to be a typical problem, where the screen literally freezes at the most basic resolution, or you find the setting grayed out so you cannot change it, there is a cause and fixes to it.

The problem is usually as a result of incompatible or outdated display drivers that conflict with Windows 10 hence you’re not able to adjust screen resolution.

Here are some workarounds you can use to resolve the problem.

FIX: Windows 10 won’t let me adjust screen resolution

  1. Update display adapter driver
  2. Uninstall and reinstall the display driver
  3. Update Bluetooth drivers
  4. Install drivers in compatibility mode
  5. Use AMD Catalyst Control Center
  6. Use Graphics card control panel

1. Update display adapter driver

If you’ve tried to restart your computer and still can’t adjust screen resolution, update the display adapter driver either through Windows Updates by going to Start>Settings>Windows Update>Check for Updates.

2. Uninstall and reinstall the display driver

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager

  • Click Display driver/adapter

 

  • Select the name of your display driver e.g. NVidia
  • Click Uninstall
  • Confirm that you wish to continue with the uninstall
  • Once driver files have uninstalled, restart your computer to automatically install the generic display driver.

— RELATED: Fix: Display not working after Windows 10 April Update

3. Update Bluetooth drivers

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager
  • Click Display driver/adapter
  • Right-click your display/graphic devices
  • Click Update Driver Software and then follow the steps in the wizard
  • Restart the computer and check

You can also check the manufacturer’s site for the latest drivers and install from there.

4. Install drivers in compatibility mode

  • Download the driver from the manufacturer’s website.
  • Right-click on the driver setup file and click on properties
  • Click on the compatibility tab and check the box Run this program in compatibility mode for and select Windows 8 operating system from the drop down menu and proceed with the installation.
  • Once this is done, restart the computer and check if the issue persists

5. Use AMD Catalyst Control Center

  • Right click Start and select Device Manager
  • Click Display Adapters and click your display card.
  • Click on Search for a driver on the computer
  • Click Select driver from list
  • Pick the newest one you have
  • Restart your computer. When the AMD Catalyst Control Center works, go under My Digital Flat Panels and from there to Scaling Options and it as needed and click Apply.

— RELATED: How to Fix Screen Problems in Windows 10

6. Use Graphics card control panel

Go to your graphics card control panel and select Resolution setting, then set your screen resolution. For example, for NVidia control panel, do this:

  • Right click on Desktop
  • Select NVidia control panel
  • Go to Display
  • Change resolution and adjust accordingly.

Were you able to adjust screen resolution after using one of these fixes? Let us know in the comments section below.

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