Microsoft Basic Display Adapter as Graphics Driver on Windows 10 [Solved]

Sophie Luo, in Driver Error

If you see Microsoft Basic Display Adapter listed under Display adapters in your Device Manager rather than the name of your display driver such as AMD Radeon HD 4000 or NVidia GeForce 440, and your screen resolution is very poor, you’re not alone. Many Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 users are reporting this problem as well. No worries, it’s possible to fix. 

Here are 3 solutions for you to try. You may not need to try them all; just work your way down and find the one works for you. 

Method 1: Check Windows Updates
Method 2: Update Graphics Card Driver
Method 3: Replace Graphics Card or Downgrade OS

Note: The screen shots below are shown in Windows 10, but all fixes apply to Windows 8.1 as well. 

Method 1: Check Windows Updates

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I at the same time, then click Update & security

2) Click Check for updates. See if Windows will help you locate the needed graphics driver for you. 

3) If this is not helping, please go to the methods below for more assistance. 

Method 2: Update Graphics Card Driver

1) Search for and download the latest version of display card driver from your display card manufacturer.

You can usually find it in the support page of their official websites. If you can’t find one for Windows 10 operating system, try download the ones for Windows 8.1/ 8, or even Windows 7. 

If you’re a laptop user, you should go to the manufacturer of your laptop to search for the appropriate driver to download. Graphics card manufacturer is not recommended. 

2) Install the downloaded driver file as instructed. 

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. 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.

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 Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. 

3) Click the Update button next to a graphics card driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or 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 – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All). 

Method 3: Replace Graphics Card or Downgrade OS

One of the reasons attributing to this could be that certain series of display card products are not certified to support Windows Display Driver Model 1.2 or higher, and therefore, do not have driver support for Windows 10.

Therefore, it is suggested that you change your current display driver to a more advanced one. Or, you could downgrade your Windows 10 to its previous version, be it Windows 8 or Windows 7. 

For more information as to how to downgrade your current operating system to its previous one, please refer to this post here: How to downgrade your Windows 10 to Windows 7/ 8.1? 

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  • Tiffany

    I would like to leave a comment for those of us that this DIDN’T work for and who may also have had issues with the driver info along with the card not showing up. I got my graphics card to register/show up instead of Microsoft Basic Display Adapter by right clicking MBDA and going to properties.Then going to update drivers>Browse my computer>DVD RW Drive(E:) and searched it b/c the CD that came with the graphics card was in there. After allowing this to happen my card showed up in place of MBDA. I was at this for 4hrs until i figured this out, i hope this helps

    • kevin

      if u want, next time u can double click setup.exe from the cd, much easier than browsing thru folders