Vertical Lines on Laptop Screen in Windows 10/8/7 [SOLVED]

By Enya Zhang  Graphic Issues  Drivers   0 Comment

Has your laptop been acting up and having all these vertical lines across the screen? You’re not alone.

Luckily many users have solved this woe with one of the following fixes…

Try these fixes

All the fixes below work in Windows 10, 8 and 7. You may not have to try all of them; just work your way down the list until your  laptop screen displays without any glitches again.

  1. Update your drivers
  2. Adjust the screen resolution
  3. Gently wipe the screen with cotton balls

Fix 1: Update your drivers

Graphics issues like vertical/horizontal lines, snowy screen, flickering screen mostly happen because of corrupt/outdated graphics or motherboard drivers. It can be difficult to put finger on which driver is offending, so we might have to update both to resolve the issue.

There’re two ways you can update your device drivers — manually or automatically:

Update your drivers manually – To troubleshoot the issue, you can update the abovementioned drivers manually ONE BY ONE until you pin down the exact driver at fault. Firstly you’ll have to go to the manufacturer’s website, search for the most recent correct driver for the devices. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows system versions. Then download & update them all by yourself.


Update your drivers automatically  – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver EasyYou don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. 
  3. You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.

    You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

  4. Restart your computer and see if the vertical lines have gone by now.
If the problem still lingers on after using Driver Easy, feel free to contact our support team at Be sure to attach the URL of this article if needed for more expedient and efficient guidance. ?

Fix 2: Adjust the screen resolution

Another trick you can try is to adjust your screen to the recommended resolution. Here’s how:

I’m using Windows 10:

I’m using Windows 8 or 7:


I’m using Windows 10:

  1. Right-click on the empty area of your desktop and click Display settings.
  2. In Resolution, click the drop-down menu and make sure the recommended resolution is selected. Then see if the vertical lines disappear.

I’m using Windows 8 or 7:

  1. Right-click on the empty area of your desktop screen and click Screen resolution.
  2. Adjust the screen resolution and see if the vertical lines disappear. 

Fix 3: Gently wipe the screen with cotton balls

If the fixes above didn’t help with the problem, then it’s most likely a hardware problem. You can power off the computer and then gently wipe across the screen with cotton balls. Be sure to proceed with caution so as not to cause any further damage to your laptop.

If all else fails, you might have to take it to a computer repair shop to have it looked at professionally.


That’s it – 3 easy fixes for your vertical lines on laptop screen problem. Hope it helps and feel free to comment below if you have any further questions. 🙂

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