How to Fix Windows 10 Flashing Screen?

Today we are going to show how to fix the flashing screen issue if you just upgraded to Windows 10 or update your Windows 10 build with the latest patches. This is an annoying thing and we want to share the information on how to fix it.

The desktop flashing on Windows 10 may appear due to incompatible applications. Sometimes, the screen flickering happens because of a problem with the video card, or incorrect graphic drivers. Of course, the source of blinking can be poor contact between the cable connecting the video card and the monitor. Another possible cause is hardware problems with the GPU. However, both are quite rare.

Start the Task Manager and Perform a Test

First of all, you need to understand what exactly causes the problem—a specific application, display, or video card (or its driver). Microsoft recommends checking if the Task Manager is flashing in this case. Based on this, you will understand whether you need to deal with a specific application, display driver or video card driver, or some system service (settings).

To start the Task Manager, press the key combination Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

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If you don’t see the blink problem in the Task Manager, the problem is most likely caused by a third-party application. If you see a screen blinking in the Task Manager, the problem is probably related to the video adapter drivers or system settings. To fix the problems follow the solutions below.

Update or Reinstall the Display Driver

The outdated or corrupted display driver also could be the reason. First of all, try to download and install the latest version for your video driver from the hardware manufacturer site. It is recommended to uninstall the previous version of the video driver at first).

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Or search for a driver update through Windows Update. To do this: open the Device Manager, and your video card in the Display adapters section, right-click on it and select Update Driver.

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If your screen is constantly flashing and you can’t open anything, you have to do a few steps.

Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and at the bottom right corner of the screen, you will see a power button. You have to click on it, but before doing this make sure that you hold down a SHIFT key.

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Now it’s going to bring another menu.

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You have to go to Troubleshoot, and then to Startup Settings. Here you will see a list of options. We are interested to reboot in Safe Mode.

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Once you’ve booted in Safe Mode, you should press Windows key + R to open up a run tab here.

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Type and run msconfig.exe. Once it’s opened, you have to go to the Services and click on the Service line to alphabetize everything. Now you should find Windows Error Reporting Service and untick it.

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The same situation with Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support, that’s another one service to untick. Make sure you did it properly and hit OK. windows 10 desktop flashing

Reboot your device and the blinking will go away.

If only icons or shortcuts flash on your Windows 10 desktop, you can try to turn off visual sound alerts. To do this, press the Win + I key combination and in the Windows Settings pane, go to the Ease of Access > Sound section. In the Show audio alerts section, select the option No visual alert.

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Re-Installing and Updating Graphics Driver

Another thing you need to check is if you have the latest graphics driver installed. You can also try to use an older version (roll-back the driver to the older one).

Important! We strongly recommend you to back up your system first!

Uninstall the Current Driver

  1. Go to Control Panel > Device Manager, or initiate Device Manager by running:
    devmgmt.msc
  2. Find the Display adapters. Now double-click on the icon and you will see a list of devices in the category;
  3. Here right-click on the device which driver you want to uninstall. Choose the option to Uninstall device;
  4. Next, you need to check the Delete driver software option, next check the uninstall feature. The system will prompt you to delete the driver package. If not, just choose the uninstall feature for the driver.
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Download and Install the Newest Driver

Now you need to visit the official website of your graphics card manufacturer. Here you need to find the download section and choose the latest driver for your device. After you have downloaded the driver, install it on your system. The installation process may differ depending on the manufacturer.

Verify if the Driver’s Installation Was Successful

  1. Go to Control Panel > Device Manager > Display Adapters section;
  2. Here double-click on the previously installed Display Adapter, and switch to the Driver tab;
  3. Check if the Driver Version and Driver Date fields are correct.

Flashing Desktop Issue Caused by the Application

There are known issues with AeroGlass, Classic Shell, iCloud, IDT Audio, Norton Antivirus, Nod32 software that can cause Windows 10 flashing screen problem. In case you use one of those apps, you need to make sure you use the latest version of these apps. If not – update the version to the latest one.

Tip. In case your issues with screen flickering started after upgrading Norton AntiVirus, then you should try their support page to fix the problem. It requires downloading and installation of the executable file.

Check Your Hardware

If you still didn’t fix the Windows 10 desktop flashing using software tools, you should check for hardware faults.

  1. Check the cables. Check the connection of the power cable of the monitor and the cable connecting the monitor to the system unit;
  2. Graphics card overclocking. Blinking may appear due to an incorrectly accelerated video card. Use the same software that was used for overclocking, and reduce the frequencies to low, with which the problem will be eliminated;
  3. Fault graphics card. Quite often, when a video card is broken, there is a blinking problem. Try to check the temperature of the video card, connect your video adapter to another computer, or switch the computer to use the integrated video card in BIOS/UEFI (if available).
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We hope your problem has been resolved. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask via comments.

Cyril Kardashevsky

6 comments

  1. The outdated or corrupted display driver also could be the reason, which resulted in the bad communication between the hardware and computer. There is another solution to flickering screen. Go to Device Manager to uninstall the display driver and reinstall again. Well, you could also use a third party tool like OSToto Driver Talent to do the troubleshoot.

  2. This solved my problem with the flickering on a Asus Q534UX laptop, which only seemed to be experiencing the flickering when a Microsoft program, like Outlook or Word (2016), were opened. I did try updating the GeForce GTX driver first – but that did not fix the issue.

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