Windows 10 won’t let me adjust screen resolution

Much as it may seem to be a typical problem, where the screen literally freezes at the most basic resolution, or you find the setting grayed out so you cannot change it, there is a cause and fixes to it.

The problem is usually a result of incompatible or outdated display drivers that conflict with Windows 10 hence you’re not able to adjust screen resolution.

In this article we’re going to explore all the solution that you can resort to in order to solve the problem.

How can I fix Windows 10 screen resolution?

1. Update display adapter driver

1.1. Use Windows Update

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type in Settings.
  3. Access the Update & Security option from the left panel, menu.
  4. In the Windows Update menu click Check for Updates.

If you’ve tried to restart your computer and Windows 10 still can’t change the resolution, update the display adapter driver with Windows Updates by accessing the Settings menu, and click Windows Update.

1.2. Rely on advanced software

If you are experiencing problems with adjusting the screen resolution on Windows 10, try updating your drivers with a tool that can scan your device and provide you with an accurate report.

DriverFix Updater ResultsSome of the most common Windows errors and bugs are a result of old or incompatible drivers. The lack of an up-to-date system can lead to lag, system errors or even BSoDs.To avoid these types of problems, you can use an automatic tool that will find, download, and install the right driver version on your Windows PC in just a couple of clicks, and we strongly recommend DriverFix.Follow these easy steps to safely update your drivers:

  1. Download and install DriverFix.
  2. Launch the app.
  3. Wait for the software to detect all your faulty drivers.
  4. You will now be presented with a list of all the drivers that have issues, and you just need to select the ones you’d liked fixed.
  5. Wait for DriverFix to download and install the newest drivers.
  6. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.


Keep your Windows safe from any type of errors caused by corrupted drivers, by installing and using DriverFix today!

Disclaimer: this program needs to be upgraded from the free version in order to perform some specific actions.

2. Uninstall and reinstall the display driver

  1. Right click Start.
  2. Select Device Manager.
  3. Click Display driver/adapter.
  4. Select the name of your display driver e.g. NVidia.
  5. Click Uninstall.
  6. Confirm that you wish to continue with the uninstall.

Once driver files have uninstalled, restart your computer to automatically install the generic display driver. Users have claimed that this procedure helped them fix the resolution issue on their PCs.

3. Update Bluetooth drivers

  1. Right click Start.
  2. Select Device Manager.device manager windows 10
  3. Click Display driver/adapter.
  4. Right-click your display/graphic devices.
  5. Click Update Driver Software and then follow the steps in the wizard.
  6. Restart the computer and check.

Updating the Bluetooth drivers is another method that can help when you can’t change display resolution on your device. You can also go to the manufacturer’s site in order to install the drivers.

4. Install drivers in compatibility mode

  1. Download the driver from the manufacturer’s website.
  2. Right-click on the driver setup file and click on Properties.
  3. Click on the Compatibility tab and check the box Run this program in compatibility mode for and select Windows 8.
  4. Once this is done, restart the computer and check if the issue persists

We recommend you download the drivers in compatibility mode in order to fix the screen resolution problem. Once you access the Compatibility tab follow the steps above and then restart your device.

5. Use AMD Catalyst Control Center

  1. Right-click Start and select Device Manager.
  2. Click on Display Adapters and click your display card.
  3. Click on Search for a driver on the computer.
  4. Click Select driver from list.
  5. Pick the newest one you have.
  6. Restart your computer. When the AMD Catalyst Control Center works, go under My Digital Flat Panels and from there to Scaling Options and it as needed and click Apply.

User mentioned that by manually choosing certain options in the AMD Catalyst Control Center they managed to fix the problem they had with adjusting the screen resolution.

6. Use Graphics card control panel

  1. Right click on Desktop.
  2. Select NVidia control panel.
  3. Go to Display.
  4. Change resolution and adjust accordingly.

Go to your graphics card control panel and select the Resolution setting, then set your screen resolution.

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