Fix Second Monitor Not Detected on Windows 10 [Solved]

By April Cai in Common Errors Tags: DriversWindows 10

Adding an extra display to Windows is one of the best ways to improve your work productivity or create a more immersive gaming experience.

Why is my second monitor not detected on Windows 10?

If your second monitor is not detected on Windows 10, even though you know the monitor itself works fine and the video output it’s connected to is fine, don’t give up hope. Usually it’s a driver problem, it should be very easy to fix. Read on to find out how…

4 fixes for the ‘second monitor not detected’ problem

If your video driver is out of date, incorrect or faulty, Windows 10 (and Windows 7) won’t be able to extend or mirror your desktop to your second display. Rolling back the driver to an older version may fix the problem. If it doesn’t, updating the driver almost certainly will. If unluckily, after dealing with your video driver problem, Windows 10 still can’t detect your second monitor, try Fix 3, then Fix 4.

  1. Roll back to a previously installed video driver
  2. Update your video driver
  3. Make sure your monitor refresh rates are set to same
  4. Change your project mode

Fix 1: Roll back to a previously installed video driver

Sometimes the latest drivers don’t work properly on Windows 10. To check if this is what’s causing your problem, simply roll back to a previous version of your video driver (aka ‘display driver’).

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R (at the same time) to invoke the Run box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.

3) In the Display adapters section, right-click on your display device software, and select Properties.



4) Select the Driver tab and click Roll Back Driver, then follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: If the Roll Back Driver option grayed out, you can download a previous video driver from the manufacturer’s website for your video card and install it on your Windows 10, or try the following Method 2.

5) When complete, restart your computer, and see if Windows can now detect your second monitor.

Fix 2: Update your video driver

If rolling back your video driver doesn’t enable Windows 10 to recognize your second monitor, it’s likely you’re using the wrong driver.

There are two ways you can get the right driver for your video card: manually or automatically.

Manual driver update – You can update your video driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s website for your video card, and searching for the most recent correct driver for it. Be sure to choose the only driver that is compatible with your variant of Windows 10.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your video driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver EasyDriver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for your exact video card, and your variant of Windows 10, and it will download and install it correctly:

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) 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. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

Note: You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

4) Restart your computer and check to see if Windows 10 / Windows 7 can now detect your second monitor.

Fix 3: Make sure your monitor refresh rates are set to same

The monitor/screen refresh rate is the number of times in a second that your screen refresh the images on it. When two monitors are connected to Windows 10 together, the refresh rate plays a vital role. Some graphics card don’t support different refresh rate at the same time. So if the screen fresh rate of your two monitors are different, your second monitor probably can’t be detected.

Follow to make sure your monitor refresh rates are set to same.

1) On your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo key , then press the I key.

2) Click System on the pop-up Settings window.

3) Click Advanced  display settings under the Display section.

4) Click Display adapter properties for Display 1, then clikc Display adapter properties for Display 2.

5) Check to see what the Screen refresh rates of both monitors under the Monitor sections. 

If the rates are different, then changed either one to set them to same. Then save your change by Apply OK, then check to see if your second monitor is detected successfully.

If the rates have been set to same already, then move on to next fix.

Fix 4: Change your project mode

Sometimes your second monitor can’t be detected might due to the wrong-set project mode. Quickly and easily change your project mode by these two steps:

1) On your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo key  , then press the key.

2) Select Duplicate if you want to display the same screen on your two monitors. Select Extend if your want to earn more workplace.

That’s all there is to it. Hopefully one of these methods resolves your problem, and you can now extend your desktop to your second monitor, or mirror/project your laptop onto your second monitor.

Please feel free to leave your comment below if you have any questions.