Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Solved: Windows 10 brightness not working (can’t adjust screen brightness ) 2019

Laptop’s brightness setting has been screwed after windows 10 1809 upgrade? While trying to adjust it (Screen Brightness) in the brightness setting, the 0% brightness and 100% brightness yield the same amount of light (laptop brightness won’t change). For some others, the brightness control bar grayed out, didn’t allow to change this issue. Or cant adjusted screen brightness by holding the Fn key and pressing f5 or f6 to lower or raise it.

This issue might be occurring because of corrupt or incompatible Graphic/Display drivers installed on your computer. Again sometimes incorrect power configuration, third-party application, Windows update bug cause “windows 10 brightness not working“. If you are also facing issues in adjusting the brightness of your laptop after installing Windows 10 operating system, Here some effective solutions you must apply.

Windows 10 Screen brightness not working

If the problem started after install windows 10 version 1809, them make sure you have installed the latest Cumulative Update. You Can check And install latest updates from

  1. Settings ( Windows + I )
  2. Update & Security
  3. windows update
  4. And check for updates.

Restart windows and check This will fix “can’t adjust brightness ” bug.

Enable Generic PnP Monitor

Sometimes Generic PnP Monitor had somehow got disabled and was causing the issue. Here are the steps to fix it:

  1. Click on Start and search for Device Manager. Open it
  2. In the list of devices, locate Monitors and double click on it
  3. Right click on it and click on Enable

Change brightness settings

  • Go into “Control Panel” search and select “Power Options”
  • Click the “Change plan settings” link next to whichever plan you are currently using and then click “Change advanced power settings”.
  • In this new window click “Display” to open up the listings under it.
  • Now locate and click each of the following…”Display brightness”, “Dimmed display brightness” and”Enable adaptive brightness”.
  • Change each of these to the settings you wish, then click the “Apply” button and finally the “OK” button.

Change brightness settings

That’s all, restart your system and check on next login windows allows adjusting screen brightness.

Note: some users report Turnoff Adaptive brightness option from power options, allows them to customize the screen brightness. you can also try this “Turnoff Adaptive brightness ” and check it may help you.

Update the Display driver

As discussed this is a graphics driver related issue, and Reinstalling the display (Graphics) driver is the ultimate solution to fix screen brightness not working/increasing issue.

Follow the steps to update the Display driver:

  1. Press Windows Key + X key and click Device Manager.
  2. Expand ‘Display Adapters’.
  3. Right-click on the Display Adapter listed and click on ‘Update Driver Software’.
  4. Select the option to automatically search for the updated driver software.
  5. Restart the computer after its updated and verify brightness control working now.

Reinstall the display driver

Also, try to access the computer manufacturer website and download and install the latest display and chipset, drivers. To do this

  • Open device manager using devmgmt.msc 
  • Expand display driver,
  • Right click on installed graphics driver and select uninstall.
  • Click ok When asking for confirmation
  • Restart windows to completely uninstall the display driver.
Uninstall Graphic Driver
Uninstall Graphic Driver

Now on next login install the latest graphics driver which previously downloaded from the device manufacturer website. Again restart windows and check this time you can adjust screen brightness.

Follow the steps to install the drivers in compatibility mode.

  1. Download the drivers from the manufacturer’s website.
  2. Right-click on the installer and click on “Properties”.
  3. Click on the ‘compatibility’ tab and check the box “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select previous Operating System from the drop down.
  4. Click on ‘Apply’ and click ‘OK’ and run the file to install it.

Update Generic PnP Monitor Driver

  • Press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.
  • Expand Monitors and then right-click on Generic PnP Monitor and select Update Driver. ( Also right-click on Generic PnP Monitor and select Enable)
  • Select Browse my computer for driver software.
  • Click on Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer option at the bottom.
  • Now select Generic PnP Monitor and click Next.
  • After performing this action restart your system and check it helps to fix “can’t adjust brightness windows 10”

update Generic PnP Monitor driver

Did these this help to fix adjusting the brightness problems on your laptop? Let us know which option worked for you. Also, Read

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