If you have purchased a high-end gaming monitor with more than 60hz, usually 144hz or 240hz, you will need to change the refresh rate of your monitor screen in Windows 10 to allow it to run at the desired refresh rate instead of the default 60hz or 75hz. Here is a simple guide on how to change Monitor screen refresh rate in Windows 10 on laptop or desktop.
The monitor in recent decades was generally designed to run at what we call human perceivable screen refresh rate at 60hz. It was supposed to be the best refresh rate for human eyes. However, following the advancement and evolution of e-sports and gaming industry, professionals are demanding a higher screen refresh rate monitor. Therefore, we have a 144hz monitor and even 240hz in the market.
If you’ve tried one of those 144hz monitors, you will notice a huge difference between this and a casual 60hz monitor. The screen will look much smoother, especially in FPS (first person shooter) games like CSGO and Overwatch. However, if you are looking change the screen refresh rate in these games , you will have to configure it in the game itself, usually in the video settings of the game.
The tutorial on this page is for changing the Monitor screen refresh rate in Windows 10 – the screen refresh rate that Windows would use when in the desk , Web navigator , File Browser or anything that is not in full screen or in window mode (or borderless window mode). So for some games that you run in windowed mode instead of full screen mode, in most cases the game will use the screen refresh rate that you set in Windows 10.
How to change monitor screen refresh rate in Windows 10
To change your monitor screen refresh rate in Windows 10 on a laptop or desktop, follow the steps below.
- In Windows 10, right-click anywhere on your desktop and then select Screen settings .
- From the right panel, scroll down until you see a blue link that reads like Advanced display settings . Click on it.
- Then click Display adapter properties for Display 1 (2 or 3 can be displayed if you are using the monitor as a second monitor).
- In the next window, go to the tab Monitor .
- In the drop-down menu Screen refresh rate , select the desired hertz frequency.
- Click on Apply , Then in To accept .
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
The available screen refresh rate options depend on what your monitor can support. For example, the Dell S2716DG that I am using now can handle up to 144 Hertz. Some Acer and Asus gaming monitors have an even higher refresh rate, such as 240Hz or 244Hz. Some TVs, such as the Samsung TV, may have a refresh rate of 100 Hz and 120 Hz, which can also be seen in the display option.
So if your desired refresh rate is not available in the settings shown above, your monitor or TV does not support the refresh rate as high as you expected, or the monitor driver was not installed correctly. Try running Windows Update or installing the correct monitor driver by downloading the driver from the manufacturer’s website.
Change Windows 10 update frequency in Nvidia Control Panel
Optionally, you can also change the refresh rate of your monitor screen in Windows 10 via Control Panel Nvidia or Nvidia Geforce Experience . That’s how.
Open the Nvidia Control Panel. From the left panel, expand Screen and then click Change resolution . On the right, under Refresh rate, select the refresh rate of the screen you want your monitor to run on Windows 10.
Change Windows 10 refresh rate for AMD graphics card
AMD or ATI don’t have their own method of changing the refresh rate like Nvidia. To change the refresh rate of your monitor if you have an AMD video card, use the Windows method as described above.
How to change the screen refresh rate in Windows 10 through the registry
The registry path and folder for each monitor model is different. Therefore, it is not really possible to list all the paths and registry keys that can change the update frequency in Windows 10. However, it would not be the recommended method since making changes in Regedit can cause serious problems if done incorrectly.
Unable to change the screen refresh rate in Windows 10
As mentioned above, make sure your monitor supports a refresh rate higher than 60Hz or 75Hz. You cannot force change a monitor’s refresh rate to 144hz when it only supports up to 60hz. If your monitor supports a screen refresh rate higher than 60hz, it will surely appear in the display settings as shown above.
If not, try reinstalling the monitor driver. When Windows cannot recognize your monitor correctly, it will take it as a normal monitor that only allows a refresh rate of up to 60Hz.
If you want to say that you cannot change the screen refresh rate in your games, you must change it differently in the game itself. Each game will generally have video settings that allow you to choose the screen resolution along with its refresh rate, if you run the game on full screen mode .
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