Reset the video driver


To reset the video driver on Windows 10, you can use the keyboard shortcut Win + Ctrl + Shift + B.

This will cause the screen to flicker for a few seconds or go black for a second, and then everything will return to normal.

This method is safe and won’t affect running apps and opened documents. If the driver is misbehaving a lot, chances are that it has gone corrupt. Another way to restart the driver is by disabling and re-enabling the Display adapter from Device Manager. It is important to check if the Windows Key is not disabled as it can accidentally shift the focus.


Reset the Graphics Card Driver Using Device Manager

If you are still facing display issues even after applying the keyboard shortcut to refresh your graphics card driver, you can try resetting it with the Device Manager.

Device Manager is available on all Windows versions and provides a list of all the hardware components connected to your PC. Here, you can find the graphics card driver as well, which can be reset if needed.

Here are the steps to use the Device Manager to reset the graphics card driver:

  1. First, open the Device Manager by searching for it in the Windows search box and clicking on the Device Manager icon from the Start menu.launch device manager from start menu
  2. Then, locate and expand the Display adapters section in the Device Manager window.
  3. Right-click on your graphics card driver and select Properties from the context card properties
  4. Under the Properties window, switch to the Driver tab and click on the Disable Device button.disable graphics card driver
  5. Confirm the disable action and wait for a few moments.
  6. After the driver is disabled, again right-click on your graphics card driver, and select Properties from the menu that appears.
  7. Switch to the Driver tab, and click on the Enable Device button.enable device driver
  8. Wait for the driver to be re-enabled.

This action will reset your graphics card driver and may clear up any display issues you were having.

3. Uninstall and Reinstall the Graphics Driver to Reset It

If nothing else works, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling the graphics driver. Uninstalling the driver will remove it from your system completely, which should resolve any possible glitches or compatibility issues that might have been causing the display problems.

To uninstall and then reinstall the graphics card driver on Windows, follow these steps:

  1. First, open the Device Manager by searching for it in the Windows search box and clicking on the Device Manager icon from the Start menu.
  2. Then, locate and expand the Display adapters section.
  3. Right-click on your graphics card driver and select Uninstall device from the context menu.uninstall graphics driver
  4. Confirm the uninstall action to remove all its files completely.
  5. After the driver is removed, reboot your device.
  6. Windows will detect a missing driver and prompt you to install it automatically. If not, head to your graphics card manufacturer’s website and download the suitable drivers for your device.

App Launch

Did You Know

You can launch apps on your on the “TaskBar” by pressing:

  • WIN + 1 (to Launch the first app on your “TaskBar”)
  • WIN +2 (to launch the second App on your “TaskBar“)
  • WIN + X (for additional apps)

Stay tuned for more tips.

Windows Explorer

Today again I had the top section of my windows explorer just disappeared and I was not able to close the program using the x at the top right section of the header.

I was able to recover it by resetting the screen resolution and magnification, then later I found this trick that seems to force a screen reset. I was able to move it to my second screen an there is was just fine, so as long as I did not move it back to the surface primary screen it was just dandy.

The Ctrl+Shift+Win+B key sequence will restart your graphics driver.

Shortcuts to Windows Settings

A simple extension of a brilliant hack by Lucas (@Whistler4Ever), published by Sergey Tkachenko at WinAero, and unearthed by Steven Parker at Neowin gives you a very easy way to put an icon on your Windows 10 Desktop screen that opens to just about any Settings page, where you can change a setting in a nonce.

[ More info: How to fix five Windows 10 headaches ]

Here’s how to make it work:

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  1. Right-click or tap and hold any blank place on the Windows 10 Desktop.
  2. Choose New > Shortcut.
  3. Pick one of the ms-settings apps listed below and type it into the input box. For example, to go to the Data Usage app, type ms-settings:datausage in the box marked Type the location of the item.
  4. Click Next, give the shortcut a name, and click Finish.

A new shortcut appears on your desktop. Double-click or tap it, and the Settings app appears.

Settings page App used for the shortcut
Closed captioning ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
High contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Other options ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Battery and power
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver settings ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery use ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Power and sleep ms-settings:powersleep
Display and user interface
Backgrounds ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors (display) ms-settings:colors
Colors (personaliation) ms-settings:personalization-colors
Date and time ms-settings:dateandtime
Display ms-settings:display
Mouse and touchpad ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Personalization ms-settings:personalization
Region and language ms-settings:regionlanguage
Screen rotation ms-settings:screenrotation
Speech ms-settings:speech
Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Themes ms-settings:themes
Typing ms-settings:typing
Network and radios
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
Bluetooth ms-settings:bluetooth
Cellular ms-settings:network-cellular
Data usage ms-settings:datausage
Dialup ms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccess ms-settings:network-directaccess
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
Manage Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
For developers ms-settings:developers
Offline maps ms-settings:maps
Optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Feedback ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Motion ms-settings:privacy-motion
Other devices (privacy) ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Privacy ms-settings:privacy
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech, inking, and typing ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
System and user
Connected devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
Family and other users ms-settings:otherusers
Lockscreen ms-settings:lockscreen
Notifications and actions ms-settings:notifications
Proximity ms-settings:proximity
Signin options ms-settings:signinoptions
Storage Sense ms-settings:storagesense
Tablet mode ms-settings://tabletmode/
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Work access ms-settings:workplace

Bose Soundlink

Bose Soundlink Micro

Bose (bluetooth) Soundlink Micro, I have just purchassed a new Surface Laptop 2 to replace my Surface Pro 4. The transfering of date from my old Surface Pro to the new Laptop 2 went according to plan. I was able to test most things before my next trip to Edmonton to train the final course CompTIA Security + for the 3rd intake.

During my presentation I needed to play a video to the class and I connected my Bose (BT) Soundlink Micro, well what can I say, there was absolutly no volume, so I had to revert back to my build in speakers. The volume was enough for the students to hear the content but nowhere like it should have been, had my Bose speaker been working.

After much testing on various devices I proved that the issue was with my new Surface Laptop. How very sad, searching online for a solution I quickly realised that hundreds of people had the same issue with different hardware, something that Bose themselves had not yet been able to resolve. Realising that it could not be my Laptop, I of course couldn’t give up and revert to the Surface pro. I have just gotten used to the slightly larger screen of the Laptop 2. After many hours I found an inconspicuous post that said we had to add a registry setting. Me I had to check this first in the registry myself, and found setting was already there but needed to have its value changed from 1 to 0.

Below is the command to add the registry entry, but as I said above my entry already existed, so all I did was change the DisableAbsoluteVolume REG_DWORD to 0

reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Bluetooth\Audio\AVRCP\CT /v DisableAbsoluteVolume /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Once that had been changed my volume was back to loud.

I can now go back to Edmonton and not have to worry about the volume when showing videos.