How to Fix Display Driver has Stopped Responding and has Recovered in Windows 10/8/7

Sometimes, when you are trying to open a video game or any other application and the application freezes or crashes suddenly, it displays a message “Display Driver Has Stopped Responding and has Recovered.” When the error message appears on the screen, the system is stuck and does not respond. The situation becomes quite disturbing and irritates the users of Windows 10, 8 and 7. Well! If you also face this situation, don’t worry. I am discussing here some useful methods to fix this error. First, let me explain some reasons why this error occurs so that you could avoid these situations

When you open a lot of applications at the same time, it may cause stopping the display driver from responding. When Graphics Processing Unit is too much heated up, that can be another main reason for this error. If the Graphics Processing Unit is timed out, that will also create this error.

Let’s see how to fix the “Display Driver has stopped responding and has recovered” error.

Method # 1: Install the Latest Graphics Drivers [Most Working Solution]

Just open the website of your PC manufacturer and download the latest graphics drivers from there. Usually, you can find the download links of all graphics drivers in the “Support” section. If it looks like an uphill task to you, just install the “Driver Easy” tool that performs this service for you. You can download its free version from Here.

This tool updates not only the graphics drivers but also all other drivers. It scans the system to detect and update the corrupt and outdated drivers of your system.

  • When you download and launch it, there appears the option “Scan Now” on its Home Page. Now click this option to run a scan.
    Driver Easy tool scan option
  • It starts scanning the system.
    Driver Easy searching for Drivers
  • Now you will see all of the defective drivers with “Download” option with them. You need to download the update for every driver individually. You will also see “Update All” option at the bottom. But you can’t use it because it is available for its pro version only.
    Update drivers
  • When you click the “Download” option for one driver, it will show you the downloading process.
    Driver Easy updating drivers
  • Now you need to create a restore point. Click “Manually Create” option and select “Continue.”
    Create restore point in Driver Easy
  • Now reboot the system and check the error will not display.

Method # 2: Uninstall Graphic Driver

You need to uninstall the current version of the graphics driver that is creating this error. For this, follow the steps below.

  • Press “Windows + R” combination of keys to open “Run” dialogue. Now type here “devmgmt.msc” command and press Enter to open “Device Manager” directly. (You can also access Device Manager by using the “Search” bar. Just type “Device Manager” in the search bar and press Enter)
    devmgmt.msc command in Run box
  • Now click to “Display adapters” category to expand it.
    Device Manager Menu
  • Here, you will see the name of your HD Graphics card. Just right-click and select “Uninstall” option from the contextual menu.
    Display Adapter driver uninstall
  • It will uninstall the graphics card. Now restart the system to apply changes.

It will fix the error for sure. Some users of Windows install multiple display drivers in their systems. They need to uninstall all of them. If they uninstall only one display driver, it will make no difference.

Method # 3: Increase the Time for GPU Processing

You need to follow the instructions very carefully. Because if you show any negligence while following the below guide, it can damage very important files of your system. So, follow this method if you can do the registry editing correctly.

  • Press “Windows + R” keys to open the “Run” dialogue box. Type here “regedit”, and press Enter to open Registry Editor.
    Regedit command in Run box
  • Here, you need to click “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” to expand it.
    Local Machine registry
  • Now select “SYSTEM” folder.
    System Folder in Registry Editor
  • Here, you have to select the “CurrentControlSet” folder to move ahead.
    CurrentControlSet registry
  • Now select “Control.”
    Control folder in registry editor
  • Now keep scrolling down to view “GraphicsDrivers” category. Once you get it, click to view its content.
    GraphicsDrivers registry key
  • The right pane is called “Edit Pane.” Just right-click on the space in the Edit pane. It will show you “New.” When you select it, you will see the contextual menu where you have to select “QWORD (64-bit) Value” option. If you are using a 32-bit system, you need to select “QWORD (32-bit) Value.”
    Add new key
  • Now you type the name of the folder “TdrDelay” and press Enter.
    Add the key name
  • Here, double-click TdrDelay to edit DWORD (64-bit) Value Data and type “8” in the box and select “OK” to close the box.
    Edit Value data
  • Now restart the PC and see if the error is fixed.

Method # 4: Adjust Visual Effects

You can adjust visual effects so that your PC may not be unresponsive when you open many applications at a time. For this follow the instructions below.

  • Open “Control Panel.” You will see here “Search Bar” at the top right corner of the Control Panel window.
    Control Panel menu
  • Type here “Performance Information and Tools” and press Enter. You will see this feature appearing in the search results. Select it.
    Control Panel Search results
  • Here, you need to “Adjust Visual Effects” from the left pane.
    Performance Information and Tools menu
  • Now, in the “Visual Effects” tab, you will see an option with a radio button “Adjust for Best Performance.” Just select this option and click “OK” to apply changes.
    Performance options menu


Method # 5: Keep the GPU Radiator Dustless

When the GPU is overheated, it creates this error. The reason behind the overheating of the GPU is a dusted radiator. So, you need to clean the dust from the radiator and turn on the system. See if the error exists, move to the methods below to fix it.

Method # 6: Close Some Applications

If you have opened too many applications and the system is stuck, you need to close a few applications. For the next time, you have to be careful while opening too many programs at the same time. Just try to open a few programs at one time.

Method # 7: Reinstall Windows

If you clean registry and that does not fix this error, you need to reinstall Windows to get rid of it. Just install a clean version of Windows with updated drivers. If any Graphics driver is missing or corrupt, it will be fixed in this way.

Method # 8: Contact to the Hardware Specialist

If none of the above-discussed methods works for you, I advise you to contact to a hardware specialist who could check whether BIOS of the motherboard, graphics card or processor of your system is working well or defective. If there is any failing issue with any of this hardware, it can be a major cause for this error.


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