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Fix Microsoft basic display adapter windows 10/11

How to fix Microsoft basic display adapter? Instead of your actual graphics driver, you saw Microsoft display driver under display adapter options.

How to fix Microsoft basic display adapter

In this post, you will learn how to fix Microsoft basic display adapter in windows 11/10 PC.

So, you wanted to update or check the display driver and you went to the device manager, and BOOOM!

You saw that you have Microsoft basic display adapter problem in windows 10.

Instead of your actual graphics driver, you saw Microsoft display driver under display adapter options.

So what needs to be done in order to fix this problem.

It's very simple and easy.

This post will show you how to fix Microsoft basic display adapter.

Keep reading.

Why are you seeing this issue?

This error happens when you don't update your graphics card to the latest version.

Or even if you have previously updated your display driver, some programs or windows themselves caused an error.

You didn't do anything, your system was automatically redirected to the stock or basic display driver in order to fix that cause.

These are some reasons why are you seeing this error:

  • You have some system errors.
  • You have display driver problems.
  • You don't have the latest version of the display driver.
  • Windows 10 faulty updates.
  • You may have re-installed windows 10.
  • Some programs caused an error.

Don't worry about it. I'm here to help you.

I'll show you exactly what needs to be done in order to fix Microsoft basic display adapter problem.

So let's see.


How to fix Microsoft basic display adapter in windows 10?

These are the methods:

1. Windows Updates

2. GPU Driver Updates

3. Automatic Driver Updates

4. Restart Display Driver Services

You just need to update your display adapter driver, that's it, nothing else.

But for now, let's focus on our topic which is Microsoft basic display adapter windows 10 fix.

Video tutorial:

Note: Restart your PC after an update.

You can fix this issue using the following four methods:

Method 1. Windows Updates

Success Rate: 90%

You just need to update your Windows, that's it.

Microsoft will automatically search for the latest driver available for your graphics card to fix this problem.

So just update your windows system and you may be able to fix it.

But for 100% fix follow the next step.

Method 2. GPU Driver Updates

Success Rate: 100%

You can manually update your GPU from the device manager.

Just search for the device manager in the windows search box and open it.

Then go to display adapters and you will see Microsoft basic display adaptor problem.

Right-click on that and update your driver.

That's it.


If you want to install the exclusive drivers of Nvidia and AMD then you need to download their software to update their drivers.

If you want to install the exclusive drivers of Nvidia and AMD then you need to download their software to update their drivers.

Here are the downloading links to update your display drivers:

#1. For Intel HD graphics

This is the official Driver update tool from the Intel Corporation for intel drivers. 

You can easily download and install all the required Intel drivers in one click.

You just have to download it and install the software.

The software will automatically scan your entire computer drivers and will update those drivers from the outdated version to the latest one.

Also, this tool will automatically detect which driver you need to work with your PC. So it's really helpful software.

#2.For Nvidia

This is the official driver update tool from Nvidia to update the Nvidia graphics card to the latest version of their respective drivers.

This is actually the GeForce experience software that is used to record your gaming videos or even Windows tutorial.

This software optimizes your games and allows you to play them smoothly.

This software can:

1. Update Graphics Card Driver to the latest version

2. Record or capture your screen  to make tutorials gameplay videos

3. Optimize your games

#3.For AMD

AMD made a powerful and really easy-to-use software called AMD adrenaline.

This is actually very easy to use, like a one-click fix. 

This software is so good that it not only updates your GPU drivers but also updates your CPU drivers if you have AMD chipsets.

That's awesome.

Within one click you will install GPU and CPU drivers as well.

But one thing to notice is that it takes a lot of time to gather information from your computer hardware compatibility to download and install the necessary CPU and GPU drivers into your Windows system.

Apart from this, AMD really made a one-click powerful tool for AMD chipset and AMD graphics cards.

Method 3: Automatic Driver Updates

Success Rate: 99%

1. Using device manager

If you don't want to go through the previous step which is a little bit time-consuming and lengthy, you can update your display driver directly from the device manager.

Just go to the display adapter section in device manager and follow these steps:

  • Right on click Microsoft basic display adapter.
  • Click on the Update driver.
  • Then click on "Search automatically for drivers"
  • Done.

Windows will search, on the internet, for the best possible and stable version of the display driver for your graphics card.

That's it. Too easy, isn't it?

Don't forget to restart your PC. 

The display driver will change its settings in the Windows registry and system files and will configure it correctly only after the restart.

2. Using driver update software

You can update all of your drivers in windows 10 with just a single click.

You need to download the third-party software which will help you to update your drivers.

I recommend Driver Booster because it's free, easy, and simple.

Download Driver Booster

Install this software and click on scan. 

It will scan your pc for outdated drivers and will install the new or the latest versions.

Method 4: Restart Display Driver Services

Success Rate: 95%

If you cant update your display driver, you need to restart your display driver services.

1.Using Shortcut 

This method is like a 1-sec step and it's too easy.

Just press the following shortcut keys:


You will see the screen flash and beep sound. 

That means Windows has successfully restarted the display driver service automatically.

Sounds awesome, right?

2. Using services.msc 

You need to restart the GPU services here.

Follow the exact steps from here:

  • Go to the search box, type services, and open it.
  • Now search for the Nvidia and AMD services.
  • Double click to open them and make the startup type automatic for every service,
  • Click apply and ok.
  • Do this for all the services of AMD and Nvidia.
  • Restart your PC.
  • Done.

That's it. 

Restarting the services is always the best and last option you can follow in order to make that service start again freshly.

Will you face this problem in the future?

Yes, it's very dangerous.

Your PC will be corrupted and will crash immediately.

Naaah, just kidding.

You scared? LoL.

I'm too bad at these kinds of technical jokes. Anyway. 

You won't face any problem unless and until you do something wrong with your display driver.

Check every 1-2 months for the latest version of GPU Driver.

Just keep your display driver updated all the time and you are fine for the rest of your life.

That's it.


Do you want the conclusion?

Hmmm, what should I write here? 

Oh, I get it.

I conclude that after reading and following the correct steps shown in this post, you will be able to know how to fix Microsoft basic display adapter windows 10 problem easily.

Wow, that was so easy. I can make school and college projects easily.

Lol, anyway.

Just update your display adapter and you will fix your problem.