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Fix display driver stopped responding and has recovered Windows 10

Sometimes While Working on windows, playing a game or watching movie users notice windows display suddenly blink and get unresponsive for a second. And a popup will Show Display driver stopped responding and has recovered. Mostly this problem start after windows upgrade. And also If you Recently update the Display Driver or while using heavy graphics applications like 3D Max, Photoshop and high graphics games you may also face this Display driver stopped responding and has recovered Error.

This problem mostly occurs when the Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR) feature detects that the Graphics card has not responded within the permitted time. Then the display driver is restarted to prevent the need to reboot.

Cause of display driver stopped responding and has recovered

The most common reason is The video/display driver you’ve installed is old and not fully compatible with your version of Windows. And some Other Reasons may be Visual effects or if too many programs are running in the background. Also This problem can occur if The Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is taking more time than permitted to display graphics to your monitor.

Display driver stopped responding and has recovered

This hardware issue is caused by the default setting of TDR (Timeout Detection and Recovery) feature and happens with NVIDIA and AMD driver in Windows 10. It is used to detect response problems from a graphics card and recovers to a functional desktop.

If you are Also frequently getting This “Display driver stopped responding and has recoverederror on your Windows 10, 8.1 or 7 computer here some applicable solutions to fix this Error permanently.

Reinstall and update your Display driver

As we discuss the most common reason behind this error is the Display Driver. If this is not compatible with the Current windows version, or the driver software gets corrupted then windows will popup Error like Display Driver has stopped working and recovered successfully. So First start Troubleshooting with your installed graphics driver. Try updating the graphics driver, Use the Roll back driver option if both options not work then simply uninstall the driver and download the latest driver from the manufacturer website and install.

Update Display Driver

First press Win + R from keyboard to open Run Now Type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter. This will open the Device manager screen now Find and expand Display Adapter. There you should see your Installed graphics card drivers like AMD Radeon / Nvidia and Intel HD graphics etc. Just right-click on it, and choose Update driver software.

update graphic driver
update graphic driver

When update driver software screen opens Choose Search automatically for driver software. This will search for available updated driver from windows update and install it after complete simply Restart the windows. Also update other drivers like check on all installed drivers if you find any driver listed with yellow mark tingle then this driver is not working properly. Then you have to update the installed driver or just reinstall the Driver. Or you can visit manufacturer website to Get the latest updated driver for it.

Use Rollback option 

If this problem Display Driver Stopped working and recovered Started after a recent Driver update. Then you can use the Rollback Driver option to go back your installed driver software to the previous version. Here follow below to use the Rollback Driver option.

To use this option move to Device manager windows from Win + R type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter. On device manager screen Expand Display Adapters and select the Graphics driver right click on it and select properties. Now on selected Driver properties move to Driver tab. you will find The Roll Back option.

Roll back Display Driver
Roll back Display Driver

Note: you will only find the Roll Back Driver option If you updated the driver from old version to new one.

Now Click on Roll Back Driver option this will prompt a message sure to go back to the previous version of this driver. Confirm with yes. Now simply Restart the windows and check.

Reinstall Driver

If after performing Both options Still Getting the problem. Make sure nothing problem on the Display Driver side. So simply Uninstall the installed driver And Restart windows. Now Visit Device Manufacturer website download latest driver software and install on it.

After performing this if you still getting the problem Display Driver stopped working and recovered successfully. Then you are now sure nothing wrong with the Display Driver So we have to look for the other solution fallow bellow for next steps.

Use built-in Hardware and Device Troubleshooters

Windows 10 have inbuilt Hardware troubleshooting tool that can fix your basic errors problems. Run this tool and let  Widows to find out if there any hardware device problem causing this error.
Click on Windows start menu search Type Troubleshooting and open this. When the troubleshooting window opens click on Hardware and sound, now Hardware and devices.

Hardware and Device Troubleshooter
Hardware and Device Troubleshooter

Click next to Run the Troubleshooting tool. During this process, this will automatically Check for windows hardware device Errors if detect any problem This will fix itself or display message the problem so that you can easily fix this. After that close the Troubleshooter and Restart the Windows and check the problem solved.

Increase the GPU Processing Time by adjusting the Timeout Detection 

If after performing above methods still problem not solved. Then you can Increase the GPU processing time by adjusting the Timeout detection using Windows Registry to fix this problem permanently.

To Make this changes first we need to open the Windows Registry editor. Press Windows + R, put regedit in Run dialog box and click on ok to open Registry Editor.

Note : Before making any changes on Windows Registry its recommend backup registry database. So that If any things go wrong while making changes on Windows registry. We can restore them using the previous backup.

Now On Windows Registry edit window navigate to following registry key:


Now In the right pane of GraphicsDrivers key, Right click create New DWORD (32 value ) and name it TdrDelay. Next double click the TDrDelay to modify its Value data. Set the Value data of DWORD to 8. Now click OK to make save changes. Close the Registry Editor and Simply reboot Windows. This will fix your issue.

Increase the GPU Processing Time by adjusting the Timeout Detection 
Increase the GPU Processing Time by adjusting the Timeout Detection

Change frequency and set energy option for Maximum power

Go to Nvidia Control Panel and change the frequency to 50Hz and set energy option for Maximum power. This might not work for all users but it’s worth checking out.

That’s All these are some best Solution to fix display driver stopped responding and has recovered successfully problem on Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 7 Computers. Have any query or new way to fix this problem feel free to comment below. Also, Read Tips and Tricks to Speed up Windows 10 october 2018 update

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