Display Driver Failed To Start: Get Effective Workarounds To Overcome This Issue

Did you get the error message display driver failed to start when you turn on your PC? Then, look further at this article to learn more about this particular error and know how to solve it. 

The probable causes responsible for this error are damaged or corrupt display driver, virus infection or due to current changes made on your computer. So, if you get this error message, don’t worry and try out the below methods one-by-one as arranged here.

Stepwise Instructions to Solve the Display Driver Failed to Start Issue:

Be patience and read the instructions beforehand you try them. Try all the methods until the problem gets fixed. It is advised to scan your computer with strong antivirus software, before proceeding with the core methods. 

Scanning your PC not only enhances the safety of your computer but along with that it also helps in fixing the problem fixed.

Run a Virus Scan

Windows Defender, the default Windows Security tool works well in eradicating the virus infection from your computer. So, to perform this task, go through the steps cited below:

At first, move the mouse pointer on to the Windows logo and then right-click on it. After that, from the Menu window, select the Settings option. Alternatively, press down the Windows keys along with the letter X to get the Menu window and then select Settings among the available options.

Further, under the Settings window, click on Update & Security. Next, from the left-hand side panel of the window, click on Windows Security. After that, click on the “Open Windows Defender Security Center” button from the right-hand side panel.

To continue, click on the Shield symbol under the Windows Defender window. This will open the Virus and threat protection window. From here, click on the Advanced scan link.

Under the Advanced scan window, enable the check-box for full. After that, click on the “Scan now” button. 

Now, wait until the virus scanning is completed, and then restart your computer. After that, check whether the error message still returns or not. And if still occurs, then try the core methods now, as explained below.

Method 1: Uninstall the Display Adapters Driver and Restart your Computer

After a virus scan, if still, the error returns back on your computer, in that case, uninstall the display driver first. Then restart your computer. If you are lucky, then trying this method will get the problem resolved. Follow the steps listed below:

At first, press down both the Windows button and the letter R at a time. After that, in the Run bar, type devmgmt.msc. Next, click on OK or hit the Enter button to get the Device Manager window on the screen.

Now, scroll down the Device Manager window and get the “Display Adapters” section. Double-click on Display adapters to expand. Next, under the expanded options, right-click on the graphics hardware name. 

Further, from the Menu window, select Uninstall and to confirm the task click on OK from the next window.

As the Display driver successfully gets uninstalled, close all the windows that are open on your computer. Next, restart your computer and then check if the issue gets sorted or not. 

Hopefully, this method will give you a positive result. But, if still, you get the error message on the screen, then try the further method.

Method 2: Update the Display Driver

This is the most effective method to get rid of the error message display driver failed to start on Windows 10. Follow the steps cited below to apply this method.

Firstly, tap the Windows button to activate the search bar. Next, type run in it. After that, from the search result, click on the Run option to open the Run bar window.

Further, make sure nothing is present in the Run bar. And if you find that anything is present, then to remove the present command, use the Backspace key. After that, in the Run bar, type devmgmt.msc. Next, click on the OK button to open the Device Manager window.

Now, scroll down the Device Manager window and get the Display adapters section. Double-click on the Display adapters to expand. From the expanded list, right-click on the graphics hardware name. Next, from the Menu window, select the Update Driver Software option.

After clicking on the Update Driver Software option, you will get the “How do you want to search for driver software?” window open with the options listed below:

  • Search automatically for updated driver software
  • Browse my computer for driver software

Click on “Search automatically for updated driver software” option. This will start browsing the internet to search for an update. If an update is available, then the window will navigate you to the update download page. In the other side, if no update is available, then the window will show you that.

In case, an update is available, continue with the on-screen instructions to install the update. Once the process is done successfully, restart your computer to get the complete effect of this method.

Hopefully, now you will not get the error message back on your Windows.

Utilize System Restore To Fix Display Driver Failed to Start Issue:

After trying all the above methods, if still, the error persists, then utilize the System Restore feature of Windows to fix the problem. The steps to perform this method are as below:

Firstly, open the search bar by tapping down the Windows button. After that, in the search bar, type “control” without the quotations. Next, from the search result, click on the Control Panel option to open the window.

Now, check the “View by” section of the Control Panel is it set as Category or not. And if not, then expand the options for View by first. After that, from the Menu, select the Category option.

Further, under the Control Panel window, click on “System and Security”. After that, click on System, and then from the left-hand side of the window, select the “System protection” link. Further, go to the System Properties tab and click on the System Restore button.

Click on the Next button. This will get the window open as it contains the list of stored Date and Time restore point of your PC. From the Date and Time list, select an option on which you want to get your system return. After that, click on Next and follow the further instructions that get on your screen.

After successfully restoring your PC, check whether the issue is resolved or not. Most probably, this method will get you the desired result, that is, the problem will get resolved.

All these are complete instructions regarding how to solve this error message display driver failed to start. Hopefully, after going through the article, you can solve the error efficiently. For further query, you can contact a professional for your help.

Nathaniel Villa
Nathaniel Villa