Screen flickering in Windows 10 - What Is It?
Screen flickering when you’re using Windows 10 is quite a common problem. It is often caused by apps that are not compatible with the operating system, or faulty display drivers.
There are a lot of possibilities for why this issue occurs. If you are one of the many users that encounter this kind of problem, you might want to check on your task manager to see if everything is working fine. One common sign that something wrong has happened is if the task manager flickers, as well. To fix this, you will need to update an app, uninstall an app, or update your display driver.
Common causes of the screen flickering when running on Windows 10 are software issues. This is most likely caused by the following:
- Faulty display driver
- You have an application installed that is not compatible with your operating system
Further Information and Manual Repair
In order to fix the issue of your screen flickering when you have Windows 10 as your operating system, follow these simple steps.
Note: It is very important to consult with an authorized computer technician if you are not highly confident in solving this issue by yourself. Furthermore, you can also use software to fix this problem.
- The first method is by checking if your task manager is flickering. To open the task manager, all you have to do is right-click or press and hold the start button, then select task manager.
If you have confirmed that the task manager is the one causing the screen flickers, the display driver can possibly be your problem. To fix it, all you have to do is update your display driver.
How to update the display driver
- You have to reset your computer and boot it on Safe Mode.
-In order to do this, you have to hold the Shift key while selecting Power>Restart. When your computer boots up, you will be greeted by a Choose an option screen. From there, you have to select Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, then Startup Settings, and then Restart. When your computer restarts, select 4 or hit the F4 key to enter into Safe Mode.
- When your computer finally boots up in Safe Mode, right-click or press and hold the Start button. From there, click Device Manager.
- From the Device Manager screen, you have to expand the Display Drivers section, right-click on the driver that might be causing the problem then select Uninstall. Don’t forget to tick the Delete the driver software for this device box, press the OK button, and then restart your computer.
- When you have two, or more, drivers installed on your computer, all you have to do is disable the other drivers. You can do this by right-clicking on the driver in the Device Manager and click the Yes box next to disable. Shut down your PC after this, disconnect the installation, and boot your computer back on.
- When your PC boots up after the restart, click on the Start button then click on Settings.
- You need to go to Update & Security, then Windows Update, and then check for updates.
- If you are using multiple drivers and this technique doesn’t work, repeat the process in Step 3 and try to disable a different driver.
Remove an incompatible app
There are two ways to remove an incompatible app to fix the issue of a screen flicker on Windows 10. Apps like Norton AV, iCloud, and IDT Audio are usually the ones causing the problem. Uninstalling these apps could solve the problem. Uninstall the apps by using the methods below:
First Solution: Uninstall an app in Settings
- Click Start, and then click Settings.
- Click on System, and then click on Apps & Features.
- A window will pop up and from there you will need to select the application you wish to uninstall. Click the app, and then click uninstall. Follow the screen prompt to fully uninstall the program.
Second Solution: Uninstall an app in the Start Menu
- Click Start, and then click All Apps.
- Look for the application you will need to uninstall, right-click the said app, and then click Uninstall. Follow the screen prompt to fully uninstall the program.