Screen flickers in Windows 10

Technical Level : Basic

Summary

Screen flickering in Windows 10 is usually caused by incompatible apps or display drivers.

The first step to finding the problem is seeing if Task Manager flickers. To open Task Manager, press-and-hold or right-click the Start button, and then select Task Manager from the menu.

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Details

If Task Manager flickers, it's probably because of a display driver. If it doesn't, the flickering is probably because of an app.

To update your display driver:

1.    Start Windows in Safe Mode (for instructions: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/start-your-pc-in-safe-mode)

2.    Press-and-hold or right-click the Start button, and then select Device Manager.

3.    Expand the Display adapters section, right-click the listed adapter, then select Uninstall. Select the Delete the driver software for this device check box, then select OK and restart your PC.

4.    After your PC restarts, select the Start button and then select Settings.

5.    From Settings, select Update & security > Windows Update > Check for updates.

Note:

  • If you have multiple display adapters, you'll need to disable the added adapter (often an Intel HD 400 or AMD Radeon HD 4200) by right-clicking it from the list in Device Manager and selecting Disable > Yes. Then, turn off your PC, disconnect installation or recovery media (if you're using it), and turn your PC back on. If that doesn't fix the flickering, restart your PC in safe mode, re-enable the added display adapter, and then disable the other adapter.

Uninstall an incompatible app:

There are three apps that are known to cause screen flickering in Windows 10: Norton AV, iCloud, and IDT Audio. In most cases, uninstalling these apps will fix the problem. If you have any of these apps installed, use one of these methods to uninstall them.

Method 1: Uninstall from Settings

1.     Select the Start button and then select Settings.

2.    From Settings, select System > Apps & features. It'll take a moment for your apps to appear.

3.    Scroll down the list and find the app you want to uninstall. Select the app, and then select Uninstall > Uninstall. If you're asked to confirm your choice in a User access control window, select Yes. The app might uninstall on its own, or it might open a separate uninstaller where you'll have to take additional steps to remove it.

Method 2: Uninstall from the Start menu

1.    From the Start menu, select All apps.

2.    Scroll down the list and find the app you want to uninstall. Right-click the app, and then select Uninstall. If you're asked to confirm your choice in a User access control window, select Yes. The app might uninstall on its own, or it might open a separate uninstaller where you'll have to take additional steps to remove it.                

Note:

  • If you want to keep using Norton AV, iCloud, or IDT Audio in Windows 10, go to the app manufacturer's website for more info on app updates and Windows 10 compatibility.

 

Forum Article Info


Last updated April 23, 2019 Views 12,808 Applies to:
What about Windows10 on the Lumia 950 Mine has been flickering for week now.

One thing to note, I work at a school district and we rolled out about 50 new Dell 9020's and some machines started to flicker. After updating drivers etc I decided to check the cable, VGA. I checked the pins and noticed pin 9 was missing from some of the cables which is a +5V DC pin. After I switched out the cable, the dual displays stopped flicker. 

As for the phone, get an iPhone. Just kidding, I wouldn't know why that would be, but try and determine if it started after a new install, email or bad website. Try powering off for few minutes. 

The display drivers are usually the problem and they may not have a solution until you report to the manufacturer. I had a Dell laptop that wouldn't refresh my webpages, but to temporarily fix that, I had to minimize and maximize the page until they updated it months later. 

I get flickering on my Surface Pro 4. It only occurs in UWP apps such as Edge and Twitter where there are certain embedded videos (the videos don't have to be running). The same video has no problem with Internet Explorer. 
I have tried this and others on the web. It is frustrating. Does anyone from Microsoft reads these complaints. Right now I am not happy with Windows 10 at all.
This was fixed for my Surface Pro 4 with a display driver update in April.

Since my flickering only occurs in One Note 2013. I assume I must install it.

This of course isn't very helpful. I would expect Microsoft applications to work with Microsoft windows.

Please have a useful diagnostic tool rather than "uninstall" or "guess and hope" which is what most solutions seem to amount to.

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Craig Cockburn ("coburn"). http://www.craigcockburn.com
I am having the same problem, did you ever find out how to fix this issue?

No help from Microsoft in relation to the flickering screen. Very helpful when they were taking my cash for a **** Surface Pro 4 which is only 2yrs old. Grow a pair and sort out the flickering screen issue!!!!!

hello, can you share the url of the driver update, I have a surface pro 4 and I have the same problem.

Thanks