Fix: Video Stuttering in Windows 10/8/7

By Enya Zhang  Graphic Issues  drivervideo   0 Comment

Been dealing with this choppy video loading (and sometimes accompanied with all the lagging, out of snyc and distortion) issue lately? Well, you won’t be stuck with this for long.

Check out the 5 fixes below and you’ll have everything back on track in no time! 😉

Try these fixes

All the screenshots below are from Windows 10, but the fixes work in Windows 8 and 7 too.

You may not have to try all of the fixes; just work your way down the list until your video loads without any glitches again.

  1. Update your video and wireless adapter drivers
  2. Restore default settings for your current power plan
  3. Change the wallpaper settings
  4. Switch the hardware acceleration
  5. Install ALL Windows updates

Fix 1: Update your video and wireless adapter drivers

Your corrupted/mismatched/outdated video or wireless adapter driver may very well be the culprit for the video stuttering issue. If mishandled, it can develop into more serious problems like black screen, blue screen of death etc. So we might have to update these drivers to nip these problems in the bud.

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 aforementioned 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  – Updating all the drivers manually is no picnic. If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with  Driver Easy. You 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.

  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and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.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, check the video and see if it plays without fail this time.

Fix 2: Restore default settings for your current power plan

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time, then copy & paste powercfg.cpl into the box and press Enter
  2. Click Change plan settings next to your current(chosen) power plan.

  3. Click Restore default settings for this plan.


    Click Yes to confirm the restore.

  4. Restart your computer and see if your video plays properly now.

Fix 3: Change the wallpaper settings

Sometimes your video stutters because of the wallpaper bug issue in Windows: every time the wallpaper changes on your desktop, the video skips a frame, hence the stuttering problem. To fix this:

I’m using Windows 10:

I’m using Windows 8/7:

 

I’m using Windows 10:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and type wall. Then click on Choose background, slideshow, or solid color as your background mode.

  2. In Background, choose Picture or Solid color.

    Or if you choose Slideshow, make to to select a long time interval in Change picture every(30 minutes for example).

  3. Restart your computer and see if your video plays properly now.

I’m using Windows 8/7:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and type wall. Then click on Check desktop background.
  2. In Picture location, select Windows Desktop Backgrounds, Top Rated Photos or Solid Colors from the drop-down menu, then click on one item and click Save changes.

Fix 4: Switch the hardware acceleration

Switching the hardware acceleration can be particularly useful if your video stuttering issues only happen when streaming videos on your browser.

To switch hardware acceleration, we’ll have to change it to the opposite for optimal browser performance.

in Google ChromeFireFox and Internet Explorer:

I’m using Google Chrome:

I’m using Firefox

I’m using Internet Explorer:

 

I’m using Google Chrome:

  1. In Chrome, in the top right corner, click on the three vertical dots button > Settings
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and click Advanced
  3.  Then scroll down to the bottom and in SystemCLICK the toggle next to Use hardware acceleration when available whether it’s On or Off.
  4. Re-launch your Chrome, play a video in Chrome and hopefully it’s working properly.

I’m using Firefox

  1. In Firefox, click the menu button > Options.
      
  2. Scroll down to Performance, then check the boxes before Use recommended performance settings. And then CLICK the box before Use hardware acceleration when available whether it’s On or Off.
  3. Re-launch your Firefox, play a video in Firefox and hopefully it’s working properly.

I’m using Internet Explorer:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time, then copy & paste inetcpl.cpl into the box and click OK.
     
  2. Click Advanced. Then click the box before Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering whether it’s On or Off. 
  3. Click Apply > OK.
  4. Restart your computer and play a video your Internet Explorer to see if it works.

Fix 5: Install ALL Windows updates

Windows Update is an important tool to help fix system bugs. We can try install all the updates available to see if it fixes our choppy video issue:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type update. Then click on Check for updates

  2. Click Check for updates

  3. All available updates will be downloaded & installed automatically. After that, play a video and see if it loads properly.

There you go – top 5 fixes for your video stuttering problem. Hope this helps and feel free to comment below if you have any further questions. 🙂

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