How to fix the error “Error starting display driver”

If you start to face unusual error on your computer screen saying “display driver could not be started” and your PC starts to hang temporarily and also stops responding certain times. You don’t need to worry, you are not alone facing this error.

Many Windows users complain about this problem. This post will be extremely helpful in troubleshooting this error.

What is a display driver?

display driver  is a controller that makes it possible for your computer to use your video card. Computers without the proper drivers will have a much lower resolution than they would with the proper drivers , and will often  display graphics poorly, slowing down games and other larger applications.

What is the display driver failed to start error

The error message “The display driver could not be started” appears on your screen when the graphics driver installed for your integrated or dedicated graphics card failed to start as usual. This error occurs when the Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR) component discovers that the graphics card (GPU) does not recognize within a period of time and resets it with the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM). The issue occurs when the Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR) feature detects that the graphics card has not responded within the allowed time period, then the display driver is restarted to avoid the need to reboot.

Causes of this error

  1. Too many running programs or specific applications.
  2. GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) overheating.
  3. GPU timeout issues (the most well known cause).

How to fix the error “Error starting display driver”

These are the solutions that can be implemented to solve this error:

1. Reinstall the display driver in Windows 10

If updates cannot be made for your display driver, reinstalling the display driver may fix the problem. Here’s how to reinstall the graphics driver in Windows 10.

Step 1:  Open Device Manager (see Method 1 for instructions), expand Display adapters, right-click the name of your graphics hardware, and then click the Uninstall option.Step 2: Click the OK button when you see the confirmation dialog. If you are prompted to restart, restart your PC once to complete the uninstall process.

Step 3: Download the latest version of the display driver from the PC or graphics hardware manufacturer’s official website, run the installer, and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

2. Increase the processing time of the GPU by controlling the register value detection and recovery time expected

Note: This method will guide you on how to modify the registry. It can help to fix the problem. However, serious problems can occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. So be sure to follow these steps carefully. It is recommended to back up the registry before regulating it so that you can restore the registry if a problem arises.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run search bar.

Type Regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.

2) Find and then press the following registry subkey:
  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Control GraphicsDrivers3) From the Edit menu in the right pane, right-click the blank space. Press New and then select the following registry value from the drop-down menu related to your version of Windows operating system.

If your PC is running a 32-bit operating system, follow these steps:

  1. a) Choose the DWORD value (32 bits).b) Type TdrDelay as the Name and hit Enter.
  2. c) Press TdrDelay twice and add “8” for the Value data and press OK.If your PC is using the 64-bit operating system, follow these steps below:
  3. a) Choose the QWORD (64-bit) value.b) Type TdrDelay as the Name and hit Enter.
  4. c) Press twice on TdrDelay and add “8” for the Value data and press OK.4) Restart your system and check if the problem is solved.

After regulating the registry here, if a problem occurs and you are not sure how to restore the registry, you can remove the added TdrDelay name and reboot your system.

 3. Scan the PC for malware

There are two changes from malware that could be causing the Error starting display driver problem to appear. The mere presence of malware can trigger this error on your PC. The other possibility is that hackers using malware will show Failure to start fake display driver error to appear, which then leads to capture.

What you need to do here is run an antivirus or antimalware scan on your PC. Run a scan and if malware is found, immediately remove it from your PC. When done, restart your PC and see if the problem still occurs.

 4. Reset Windows 10 without losing personal data

You can reset your Windows 10 system without losing your personal data. The process is simple. You can select to keep your files or move them before reinstalling Windows 10.

Step 1. Click Search in the web box and Windows in the taskbar and type reset

Step 3. Select Reset this PC.Step 4. Select Start

Step 5. Select Keep my files.Step 6. Once the restart process is complete, your PC will restart

Note:  Any applications or drivers will need to be reinstalled after the reset is complete.

5. Solution 5: Clean the GPU radiator

GPU overheating can cause the problem. And the GPU is very prone to overheating if the radiator is dusted.

Clean the GPU radiator and see if the error still persists.


These methods will surely solve your problem if they are tested correctly. If you have any difficulty implementing these methods, please let me know in the comments .

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