How to fix Display driver failed to start error on Windows 10

You can see the error message Display Driver Failed to Start at the notification area at the computer start up. When there is an issue happened with the display driver installed in the computer or if the driver is corrupted, you may encounter this issue.

The error message at the start up appears as

Display driver failed to start.

Display driver failed to start; using Microsoft Basic Display Driver instead. Check Windows Update for a newer display driver.

When the default driver failed to load because of some issues, second driver, which is Microsoft Basic Display driver, loads automatically.

If you are facing the issue with Display driver failed to start error, this guide helps you to fix the error and get the driver works properly.

How to fix Display driver failed to start error on Windows 10?

Follow the below resolution steps in order and check if the issue gets fix after each resolution step. If the issue remains, you can proceed with the further steps.

Quick Note: Before proceeding with the troubleshooting steps, we suggest you to create a System Restore point first. If something goes wrong during the troubleshooting, you can restore your computer back to previous working state.

Run Automatic Troubleshooter:

In Windows 10, you can try fixing most of the issues by running the in-built troubleshooter. Windows troubleshooter helps you to fix most of the common issues on your computer. You can run the Troubleshooter now and try fixing the issue with Display driver failed to start error on your computer.

To perform the same, follow the below resolution steps.

  1. Press Windows logo + I keys on keyboard to open Settings window. Click on Update & Security.

2. On your left hand side, select the option Troubleshoot. Then search and locate the option Hardware and Devices.

3. Select Hardware and Devices, click on Run the troubleshooter option.

4. It will start detecting the problems. If found any issues, it will fix them automatically.

After that, reboot your computer and check if the issue with display driver failed to start gets fix. If the issue remains, you can proceed with the further resolution steps.

Reinstall graphic card drivers:

If there is any issue with display driver on your computer, reinstalling the graphic card driver helps to fix the issue and get it work properly. Therefore, you can try reinstalling the display driver on your computer to fix the issue with display driver failed to start error message.

To reinstall the display driver on your computer, follow the below resolution steps.

  1. Press Windows logo + R keys on keyboard to open RUN window. Type devmgmt.msc and hit enter. It will launch the Device Manager.

2. Expand Display Drivers, right click on Display Driver and select the option Uninstall device.

3. Once it is completed, reboot your computer.

4. Now, try to download the updated driver from the driver manufacturer’s website and install in on your computer. You can use the AutoDetect tool to download the compatible version for your computer.

NVIDIA

AMD

Intel

You can also refer the other display driver manufacturer’s website to download the updated graphics driver and install it on your computer.

After reinstalling the display driver, reboot your computer and check if the issue with display driver failed to start error gets fix. If the issue remains, you can continue with the further resolution steps.

Install Windows Updates to fix the issue with display driver failed to start error:

Some of the drivers will be updated by installing the Windows Updates on your computer. Therefore, to fix the issue with display driver error message, you can try installing all the available updates on your computer.

Refer the below steps to install Updates on your computer.

  1. Press Windows logo + I keys on keyboard to open Settings window and click on Update & Security.

2. Click on Check for updates option.

3. Computer will now check for the updates. If found any, it starts installing them.

4. It will take a while to download and install all the available updates.

Once the updates are installed, reboot your computer and check if the issue with the display driver get fix. If the issue remains, you can proceed with the further steps.

Perform System Reset:

If none of the above troubleshooting steps helps, you can proceed with the System Reset. It will reset the Windows settings to default. You will get an option to select Keep your personal files or remove everything. You can select any option and proceed with System Reset. Refer the below link to proceed further.

Learn how to perform System Reset on Windows 10.

I hope that the above troubleshooting steps help you to fix the issue with display driver failed to start error on Windows 10 computers. If you need any further assistance, do comments below. We are happy to assist you.

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