Easily Fix Graphics Card Shows as Microsoft Basic Display Adapter Issues

After you reinstall Windows 10 or upgrade to Windows 10, you see the Display Adapter is shown as Microsoft Basic Display Adapter in Device Manager. What does it mean, and how can you resolve the problem? Read on to find more information and the solutions.

What is Microsoft Basic Display Adapter

Microsoft Basic Display Adapter is the software that’s built into Windows. It provides display and graphics capabilities when the driver from the hardware manufacturer is not installed.

If the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter is installed but not the driver from the hardware manufacturer, you’ll find the resolution on the screen is terrible, and the performance is bad.

To get the best experience from your graphics card, you’ll need to download and update the driver from the hardware manufacturer. In other words, to fix the problem you’re experiencing, just update the driver.


Fix the problem by updating the driver

Four ways are available for you to update the driver. But not all ways surely work. You can try them one by one until you find the one that works for you.

Way 1: Update the driver through Device Manager
Way 2: Update the driver through Windows Update
Way 3: Download and update the driver from PC or hardware manufacturer
Way 4: Update the driver with Driver Booster


Way 1: Update the driver through Device Manager

You can update the driver through the Device Manager. To do so:

1) Right-click on Microsoft Basic Display Adapter in Device Manager and select Update driver.

2) Choose and click Search automatically for drivers.

3) Windows will install the latest driver for you.

If this method doesn’t work for you, try other methods.


Way 2: Update the driver through Windows Update

One available way to update the driver is through Windows Update, which also includes the latest driver updates.

1) On your keyboard, press Win+I (the Windows logo key and the I key) to invoke the Settings window.

2) Select Update & Security.

3) Select Windows Update on the left side and click Check for updates. Then Windows will install the latest updates on your computer. If you’re prompted to restart your computer, just restart it.


Way 3: Download and update the driver from PC or hardware manufacturer

If you can’t update the driver through Windows, you can download and update the driver from your PC manufacturer, or graphics card manufacturer.

Let’s say you’re using a Dell desktop and a Nvidia Graphics card driver. You can go to Dell’s official website or Nvidia’s official website to download the latest graphics card driver.

Before you get started, you need to find out what your PC model name is, what graphics card you have and what version of Windows you have.

If it’s not easy for you to update the driver manually, you can update the driver automatically with a third-party driver utility. See Way 4.


Way 4: Update the driver with Driver Booster

Many driver utilities are good to use. If you have no idea how to find a better one, I recommend Driver Booster.

With Driver Booster, you can scan your computer to detect any problem drivers. If the graphics card driver from the manufacturer is not installed, it will detect it and recommend you to update the new driver.

You can easily update the driver with the friendly user interface. More importantly, you don’t need to know what your PC model is, what version of Windows is, etc. Just click the Update button and the driver will be downloaded and installed automatically. So easy, right?

After updating the driver, the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter driver issue should be resolved.

Hopefully you find this article helpful. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.

Leave a Comment