Can’t change display resolution in Windows 11? Here’s what to do

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  • Users who don't have their display adapter up to date are prone to experience issues with changing the screen resolution.
  • If the Display resolution option is greyed out, you will have to perform a Windows update.
  • It is possible to improve the overall quality of your Windows display by changing the resolution.
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Changing the resolution of your display can be a good method to improve the overall quality of your visual experience, and Windows 11 makes it just as simple to change the resolution as it has been in previous iterations of Windows.

However, several of the methods in which Windows 11 displays data on the screen have changed from the way it did Windows 10.

If the screen resolution is set to anything other than the default (recommended) resolution or if the Display resolution option is greyed out, you can resolve the problem by following the steps outlined below.

Before we jump into the solutions, we’ll show you how to access the resolution settings, allowing you to simply change your resolution to the greatest quality supported by your display without any difficulty.

How can I adjust the screen resolution in Windows 11?

The process of changing the resolution in Windows 11 is actually quite simple. In reality, you can perform this action at any time from your desktop computer.
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Right-click on your desktop then choose the Display settings. Under the Scale & layout section that is inside the opened window, you can change the screen resolution as you please.

Another method to access the screen resolution option is to open the Settings app by pressing the Windows and I key simultaneously. Once the Settings window is open, click on Display and there you go, you have arrived at the Scale & layout section again.

Now we will move on to the solutions for those of us who either have the Display resolution option greyed out or do not appear to notice any changes when they choose a different screen resolution value. Keep up with us!

What to do if I can’t change Windows 11’s screen resolution?

1. Update the display card adapter driver

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app and click on the Display option.
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  2. Scroll down until you meet the Advanced display setting and click on it.
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  3. Now click on the Display adapter properties for Display 1 option.
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  4. Navigate to the Adapter tab, then click on the Properties button.
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  5. After this, go to the Driver tab and click on Update Driver.
    update display card adapter windows 11 can't change resolution

Windows will automatically search for the latest display driver on your computer and install it. Now you can go back to the Display settings and change your resolution.

We recommend that you use a specialized program such as DriverFix to update your drivers in an automated and secure manner.

2. Update NVIDIA adapter

  1. Right-click on the Start icon then choose the Device Manager option.
    device-manager windows 11 can't change resolution
  2. Now expand the Display adapters section, right-click on the NVIDIA option, and tap on the Update driver option.
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  3. Click on the Search automatically for drivers option.
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Now, wait for the process to end. Windows will update the driver to the latest version available. Make sure to restart your PC once the procedure is completed.

3. Reinstall the Display driver

  1. Right-click on the Start icon then choose Device Manager.
    device-manager windows 11 can't change resolution
  2. Now expand the Display adapters section, right-click on the Intel/AMD option, and tap on Uninstall driver.
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Once the operation is completed, restart your PC. While the computer is rebooting, Windows will automatically reinstall the driver.

4. Update Windows

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app, then click on Windows Update in the left panel.windows-update-settings kernel security check failure windows 11
  2. If you have any new updates to download, click on the Install now button and wait for the process to finish, otherwise click on the Check for updates button.checl-for-updates kernel security check failure windows 11

If you are running an older version of Windows, it is possible that this is a contributing factor to the error, which can be rectified by updating the operating system. Most likely, the bug will be addressed in a subsequent update of the software.

5. Update other drivers

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app, and click on Update & Security from the left panel followed by Advanced options on the right side.
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  2. Scroll down until you find the Additional options section, then click on Optional updates.
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  3. Now click on the Driver Updates option then select all the driver updates you are presented and lastly click on the Download & install button.
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Despite the fact that Windows is generally in charge of driver updates, if you are experiencing an issue, you can perform a manual search for updates.

6. Run the SFC scan

  1. Press the Windows + S key to open the Search bar, then type cmd, and right-click on the most relevant result to run it as an administrator.
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  2. Type or paste in the following command and press Enter:
    sfc /scannow
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After you’ve finished waiting for the process to finish, which could take some time, restart your computer. The SFC scan will find and fix any corrupted files in your system that cause issues with the screen scaling.

How can I get the 1920×1080 resolution on a 1366×768 display?

If your computer automatically sets the display’s resolution to 1366×768, you won’t be able to increase the resolution to 1920×1080 on those displays, at least not right away.
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The reason for this is that the display you are using does not support the 1920×1080 value. It is possible that even if you use third-party software to change the settings, certain text and other items will become illegible as a result of the downscaling required to display items at that resolution.

It is also important to note that many third-party applications that allow you to select custom resolution options may not be completely supported until Windows 11 is released in its final form.

Analog video does not understand the concept of resolution and instead relies on scan rates to fit the image onto the screen of a television set. If you’re using an analog VGA connection to drive your display, there’s a very small risk that doing so will cause damage or destruction to your monitor.

In case your monitor is LCD, you will be unable to increase the resolution over the native resolution since you will have actual pixels in the 1920×1080 range, and you will be unable to do anything to enlarge them in order to achieve greater resolutions.

For the sake of avoiding future problems and UI/UX concerns, we recommend that you stick with the default or suggested resolution that the system has automatically selected.

However, if you want to rotate your screen on Windows 11 in order to have a distinct visual experience, you should read the linked article.

You can find more information and potential solutions to the screen resolution issue, that may be applicable to Windows 11 as well. Just check out our guide on how to fix the screen resolution issue in Windows 10.

Additionally, many users have benefited from reading our post on how to solve the screen dimming issue in Windows 11. If you are experiencing the same issue, make sure to take a look!

Let us know in the comments section below which solution worked best for you as well as what screen resolution you have.

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