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Published: November 30, 2015 | Applies to:

If your Windows 10 hangs/freezes and then recover itself with "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" message, fix it permanently here.

It is often recommended that you should update your system drivers for flawless operation of machine. By default, Windows has capability to automatically update your installed drivers. You can also update your installed manually using instructions mentioned here. In case a driver has not been updated for a long time either from you or from product vendor, you may start facing weird issues with it.

Today, we came around a crucial error regarding display driver on one of the machine running Windows 10. In this case, the system became unresponsive for some interval and then everything became normal. Following message was received then from Action Center:

Display driver stopped responding and has recovered.

FIX Display Driver Stopped Responding And Has Recovered In Windows 10

If you’re also facing this problem, there may be following reasons for it:

  • The video/display driver you’ve installed is old and not fully compatible with your version of Windows
  • Visual effects or if too many programs are running in background
  • The Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is taking more time than permitted to display graphics to your monitor

Technically, the issue may also occur if Timeout Detection and Recovery feature inside Windows is not working properly. This feature basically detects whether if any video adapter hardware or system driver is taking much more time for its operation rather that what is permitted for it. If this happens, Windows tries to recover itself and when it fails to recover as well, you get the Display driver stopped responding and has recovered message after a while, when system hangs for some seconds.

Following fixes may help you in resolving this issue:

FIX : Display Driver Stopped Responding And Has Recovered In Windows 10

FIX 1 – Using Built-in Troubleshooter

The first step of troubleshooting this problem is to run built-in troubleshooters for checking hardware and drivers compatibility issues. Please perform the steps of following tutorial and run Video Playback and Hardware and Devices troubleshooters:

How to use built-in troubleshooters in Windows 10

FIX Display Driver Stopped Responding And Has Recovered In Windows 10

The troubleshooter may automatically detect issues and try to fix them. If they are unable to fix, at least you got to know what the problem is. In our case, troubleshooter found out that ‘Basic video driver is installed‘, but it was not fixed. If troubleshooter fixes the issue in your case, you’re good to go. Else try FIX 2.

FIX 2 – Using Device Manager

1. Press  W8K + R and type devmgmt.msc in the Run, hit Enter key to open Device Manager snap-in.

Device Manager Windows 10

2. In the Device Manager window, expand Display adapters, right click on available devices in this section and click Update Driver Software.

FIX Display Driver Stopped Responding And Has Recovered In Windows 10

3. For the next window, select Browse my computer for driver software.

FIX Display Driver Stopped Responding And Has Recovered In Windows 10

4. Moving on, click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer in below shown window.

FIX Display Driver Stopped Responding And Has Recovered In Windows 10

5. Now you’ll reach Windows asking Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware section, check Show compatible hardware option. Then from the available drivers, select a driver that is already installed (for reinstalling) or the another which is updated one. Click Next.

FIX Display Driver Stopped Responding And Has Recovered In Windows 10

6. Then you’ll be notified that driver installation was successful. Click Close and restart machine.

FIX Display Driver Stopped Responding And Has Recovered In Windows 10

The problem may have fixed by now. In case if it still persists, try FIX 3.

FIX 3 – Using Registry Editor

With the steps mentioned below, you can increase the value of registry corresponding to Timeout Detection and Recovery so that GPU processing time can be increased.

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers

FIX Display Driver Stopped Responding And Has Recovered In Windows 10

3. In the right pane of GraphicsDrivers key, create a registry DWORD named TdrDelay and double click on it to modify its Value data:

FIX Display Driver Stopped Responding And Has Recovered In Windows 10

4. Set the Value data of DWORD to 8. Click OK. Close the Registry Editor and reboot.

Hope something helps!


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5 Comments

  • I am getting this error after updating to windows 10.So I updated my graphics driver (Intel HD graphics 4000).The error stopped showing up.But after updating my graphics driver my brightness us not getting increased Please help me.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please run the troubleshooters mentioned in FIX 1 and reply us back with the status :)

  • Thanks for this. I’ve been holding off on upgrade from 64bit W7 pro to W10 as I have a second graphics card installed as a CUDA device (Asus Strix GTX970 not running any display) for GPU rendering Blender 3d Cycles, while a humble Asus GT640 does the display. To get this rig to work I had to extend the TDR via regedit on W7 as Windows seems to assume any GPU is attached to a display and resets anyway. The device has now run flawlessly for nine months of fairly heavy use. What I couldn’t establish till now was if I could do the same thing in W10 now I know I can, I think I’ll do a drive image to External HD, swallow hard and go for it sometime after Christmas. Why do I think it might not be that simple. I’m still concerned about W10 Nvidia driver issues but that’s another story.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Yeah, I hope registry maniputation will help you on Windows 10 as well :)

  • Thanks
    I’ll get back and let you know how I get on.

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