5 Best Ways to Fix Screen Flickering on Windows 10
After using Windows for nearly a decade, my run-ins with issues have made me rethink my OS preferences. When it comes to PC vs Mac comparisons, build-quality is one of the pain-points that often gets discussed. One common problem that many users come across on Windows 10 is flashing or flickering on the screen, likely caused by incompatible applications or display drivers.
The issue often begins when upgrading to the latest build, but it can occur at any time. We’re going to show you methods to fix a Windows 10 flashing screen.
First, let’s determine what is causing the screen flickering issue on your Windows 10 machine. For that, we are going to use the Task Manager app.
Use Task Manager App
We will use the Task Manager app to determine the cause of the flickering screen. Open Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc. Keep in mind that Task Manager doesn’t need to be used, but it should be open. Look at your screen to see if Task Manager flickers. If it does, along with everything else on the screen, it’s likely a display driver issue. If only Task Manager flickers, the problem is probably caused by a specific application installed on your device. Once you’ve identified the cause, follow the steps below to fix the issue.
1. Remove Incompatible Applications
Many applications can cause screen flickering. To narrow down your search, focus on third-party anti-virus apps, iCloud, and IDT audio. These applications have been known to cause problems.Follow these steps to uninstall these applications:Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Settings to open the Settings app.Step 2: Go to System > Apps and Features.Step 3: Select the app that’s causing the problem.Step 4: Choose Uninstall from the menu and confirm your decision to remove the app.Alternatively, you can use Control Panel to uninstall a suspicious desktop application. Here’s how:
Step 1: Open Control Panel and Click on Uninstall a program in the Programs tab.
Step 2: Select the application you want to remove.
Step 3: Click Uninstall and go through the uninstall process.
After uninstalling the problem-causing applications, reboot your computer to see if that resolves the issue.
Most Windows bugs are caused by outdated drivers that don’t work well with the latest Windows version. Follow these steps to update drivers on Windows 10. Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box. Step 2: Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
Step 3: In the device manager, click the side arrow to expand Display adapters. Step 4: Right-click your graphics card device and select Update Driver.
Step 5: Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Wait for it to search online for drivers.
Step 6: After the drivers are installed automatically, you will be asked to restart your PC. Close the window and restart the computer.
3. Revert to an Older Driver
If the problem continues, it might be that the newest driver hasn’t patched it. If the screen flickering occurred after a driver update, try rolling back to an older version. You can uninstall the drivers from the Control Panel menu and download the previous ones from AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA website.
4. Update Windows 10
Since Windows 10 was introduced in 2015, Microsoft has adopted a six-month release cycle for major OS updates. The screen flickering issue may be widespread due to a buggy Windows update. Fortunately, Microsoft promptly troubleshoots critical issues with Windows patches.
To make your screen stop flickering, open the Settings app (Windows Key + I or use the notification bar), go to updates and security, and check for new updates. Install any available updates for your laptop and then restart it to see if the flickering has stopped.
5. Create a New Windows User Profile
A separate Windows user profile can help troubleshoot Windows 10 issues.
To achieve this, open Windows Key + I, navigate to Accounts > Family & other people, and add a new user by following the provided steps.
Follow the guide, identify the root cause of the problem, and solve the screen flickering on Windows 10. The drivers update solved the issue. What about you? Sound off in the comments section below.
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