How To Reset Graphics Card In Windows 11 – Complete Guide

Is your Windows computer freezing? Maybe you’re playing a game and it suddenly stops? The screen freezes and stops responding to inputs. A poorly malfunctioning graphics card could be the culprit. A quick way to fix the problem is to reset the graphics card in Windows 10, including a keyboard shortcut, but there are a few other ways to fix the problem. We will discuss all of them so you can get back to what you were doing before the graphics card stopped working.

Reset the graphics card in Windows

How do you know? You will be greeted with a black screen, everything on the screen is pixelated, the user interface freezes, and the keyboard and mouse stop working. That’s when you know the video driver or graphics card is to blame. Most of the time, Windows should be able to solve the problem on its own and the open application may close. But sometimes, you may need a helping hand or want the horror show to end quickly to save time. Try some of the following solutions.

Let’s start.

1. Open Task Manager

printing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard keys to open Task Manager. If it starts, you will see a list of all open applications on the Processes tab. Right-click on the application that is causing the problem and select Final task.

Launch the app or game again and see if it works now.

Sometimes nothing works until you exit the app screen that caused the freeze. Try switching applications using Alt + Tab or Windows key + tab keys. And then try closing the application using Task Manager.

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2. Restart the graphics card

Gaming PC users know this very well. Graphics card malfunction is nothing new and can lead to all sorts of problems.

A quick way to reset or reboot your graphics card is by pressing Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B keyboard shortcut. Doing so will simply restart the graphics card but will not close any of the open applications or even games. So you don’t lose any unsaved work. However, the screen will momentarily go black and you may hear a beep, but that’s it. The keyboard shortcut works for all graphics cards from AMD, NVIDIA, and even Intel.

3. Restart

How to reboot if the screen has completely frozen? Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and wait a few seconds. You should now see a black screen (Windows 10 shows a blue screen instead) with a couple of options. On the lower right side, you will find the power button. Click on it to select the Restart option. This will instantly restart the computer, but you may lose any open and unsaved work. Alternatively, press and hold the power button to initiate a force or force restart.

4. Update or reinstall display drivers

This could also be a display driver related bug.

one. Look for Device administrator in Windows search (Windows key + S) and open it.

two. Double click on Display adapters to open it and then right click on the name of your graphics card to select Update option. Follow the onscreen instructions after that.

3. If that doesn’t work, repeat the same steps but this time select Properties (edit) in the context menu. Under the Driver tab, select the Uninstall Device option to remove the drivers.

Four. Restart the computer and it will search for and install the correct drivers automatically. Alternatively, you can also find and download the necessary drivers from the manufacturer’s website. I have written a detailed guide on drivers explaining how to check the driver version, roll back, uninstall and reinstall the drivers correctly. Check it out for more details.

Summary: reset graphics card in Windows 11

There can be various reasons behind why the graphics card is not working or why you are seeing a message on your screen saying ‘The display driver has stopped responding and has recovered’. Most of the time, it is the result of a faulty driver that is full of bugs or is simply incompatible with your system version. Because each case is unique and each computer configuration is different, it is difficult to identify the problem.

Roll back the driver to a previous version to fix the incompatibility problem. Reinstall or update the driver to the latest version to correct errors. Reset the graphics card with the keyboard shortcut to quickly correct a strange anomaly.

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