If you’re having graphics issues with your computer, ruling out a driver issue is a great first step in troubleshooting your PC. If you’re using the latest version of Windows, here’s a brief overview of how to reset graphics drivers in Windows 11, from a quick reboot to a full reinstall.
Resetting your graphics driver can take a few seconds and be very quick, but if it involves a reinstallation, it can take a bit longer and be a bit more complicated.
How to Restart Your Graphics Driver in Windows 11
If your PC seems to be working fine but the visuals have frozen, or if you had a sudden black screen but the PC seems to be working otherwise, you may need to restart your graphics driver.
Step 1: Hurry windows key + CTRL + Gap + B.
2nd step: Your screen(s) will flash black (if they aren’t already) as the driver refreshes.
If it worked, you should find that your PC is working again. If this problem persists, you can still consider reinstalling your graphics driver.
How to reinstall your graphics driver on Windows 11
The best way to reset your graphics driver in Windows 11 is to reinstall it. If you have an AMD, Nvidia, or Intel graphics card, skip to the section below. However, if you’re using a Windows 11 PC with an Intel or AMD integrated graphics card, you can let Windows do all the heavy lifting for you.
Step 1: To research Device Manager in Windows search.
2nd step: look under Screenshot taken for your graphics chip. It will be listed as AMD Radeon, Intel UHD or some variant.
Step 3: Right click on the entry and select Uninstall the device. It might take a second and your screen might turn off and on, but when it’s done, restart your PC.
When Windows 11 restarts, it should reinstall the latest Intel or AMD integrated graphics driver for you, hoping to fix the issue you were facing.
How to reinstall your graphics card drivers in Windows 11
If you have an AMD, Nvidia, or Intel graphics card, the process of reinstalling your graphics driver is a bit more involved, but not much more involved.
Step 1: Use the Windows 11 search bar to find Add or remove programs and select the appropriate result.
2nd step: Scroll down or use search to find Nvidia, AMD, or Intel graphics drivers. Select the three-dot menu on the right side and select Uninstall.
You can also remove GeForce Experience, Nvidia Control Panel, AMD Radeon Adrenaline, and other related apps and drivers.
Step 3: Optional: If you want to be doubly sure that your drivers are completely removed, you can also run the third-party application, Display Driver Uninstaller, also known as DDU. Find out how to download and use it, on the official website.
Step 4: Restart your computer and wait for it to restart.
Step 5: Visit your graphics card manufacturer’s website and download the latest version of the driver most suitable for your graphics card. Their respective download sites are:
Step 6: Run the graphics card driver installer and follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall your graphics driver.
Now that you’ve reset your graphics drivers in Windows 11, how about improving gaming performance? Make these adjustments in game settings to get the most out of what you have, or consider overclocking your graphics card to get more performance.
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