5 Ways to Fix Screen Flickering in Windows 10

There are many causes of Windows 10 PC screen flickering, if you are not sure of the exact cause, whether you are using a laptop or desktop you can try these common solutions to troubleshoot it.

1. Reinstall a loose monitor cable

Monitor cables may become loose if they are not plugged in correctly the first time. These loose connections may cause a flickering screen. And they may even loosen over time if they are not plugged in firmly enough. To check for this possibility, unplug the monitor’s cable and plug it back firmly, making sure the cable is fully tightened. This applies to all types of cables, which can become loose for a variety of reasons, and you don’t necessarily need to know which type of cable you’re using to use this method.


2. Replace your monitor cables

Low-quality cables are a common cause of monitor flicker problems. If you find that the cable is damaged, or if you only have a cheap cable, then replace it with a high-quality one and use it with your monitor. By high quality, I mean a cable from your monitor’s manufacturer or a third-party manufacturer with good reviews (like Amazon, which shows reviews for each product).

3. Update your graphics driver

Microsoft says that screen flickering is often caused by graphics drivers, and an easy way to fix this problem is to reinstall your monitor drivers. All you need to do is remove the drivers from your computer, and your computer will automatically reinstall them from Windows Update.

You can simply leave the task of updating drivers to the professional driver software, Driver Talent. The software will automatically update all device drivers to the latest correct version without the need to research manually.

1) You can download and install Driver Talent on your computer.
2) Run it and click Scan. Then Driver Talent will search for your computer with the missing or corrupted drivers.


3) Click Install All to get drivers updated.

Install All

Then you will see Driver Talent update your outdated and corrupted drivers easily and quickly for your computer, which may fix the screen flickering issue.

4. Uninstall problematic applications

Applications may also lead to the screen flickering. Unless you know exactly which application is causing the problem, you need to first identify the problematic application, and one way to do this is to find out when your screen started flashing. If it started after a specific application was installed, then that application may be the culprit, so try uninstalling that app temporarily.

1. Press Windows logo key + I on your keyboard at the same time to open “Settings“.

2. Click on “Apps” in the “Settings” window.


3. Scroll down the right pane and find the seeming problem application. Click on the app and select “Uninstall“.

uninstall apps

4. Select “Uninstall” at the prompt to uninstall the application.

5. Restart your computer and see if the problem is resolved, if not, see below for fixes.

5. Modify the monitor refresh rate

The refresh frequency of the monitor determines how often the content is updated. This isn’t the most common cause of a flickering screen in Windows 10, but it is straightforward to check and correct. It is possible that you have selected too low or too high refresh rate and the monitor is having problems refreshing the content at that refresh rate.

1. Right-click on any empty space on your desktop and click Display settings. Click the “Display settings” menu item in the left sidebar.

Display settings

2. In the right side, find “Advanced Display Settings“.

Advanced Display Settings

3. This will open the interface of advanced display settings, click on the following “Display adapter properties for Display 1“.

Display adapter properties for Display 1

6. This will open the graphics card properties settings window, and we click on the “Monitor” tab above.

refresh rate

Click on the “Screen Refresh Rate” drop-down menu below, and select the appropriate refresh rate in the menu. Try using a lower refresh rate than the current one and see if this solves the screen flickering.

Bottom Line

If all of these methods, and even buying a new high-quality cable, do not fix your screen, you may be faced with a hardware problem with your monitor. If your product is still under warranty, you may need to contact the monitor company for help and the problem may be a hardware failure of the monitor. In such cases, it is usually a good idea to seek professional help. If you still have any questions, don’t hesitate to make comments below.

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