Fix Second Monitor Not Detected on Windows 10

In order to increase the productivity of work, an extra monitor is added on Windows 10. Sometimes, even to get an immersive gaming experience, an extra display is added to Windows 10 system. However, many Windows 10 users have had issues with this and it has not quite worked the way it should. Users have reported an error message which states that their second monitor cannot be detected, although the monitor works and the video output which is connected is working fine.

If you have also been through this problem, then don’t lose hope. This is not a very difficult problem, and it can be fixed. If you are wondering why Windows 10 can’t detect the second monitor, then here’s the reason behind it – This is usually a driver problem. When the video driver is out of date, or faulty/incorrect, then Windows 10 will not be able to extend the desktop to second display. Also, the problem can occur due to monitor driver.

So how to fix second monitor not detected on Windows 10 error?

We tell you 2 methods that you can try out.

Method 1: Rolling back to previously installed monitor and video drivers

Suppose the latest drivers are not working properly on Windows 10, then you need to simply roll back to the previous version of the video driver and monitor driver. Let’s see how to do it:

  • Press Windows + X keys simultaneously to bring up the quick access menu
  • Click on Device Manager
  • In the Display Adapters section, right click on display device software, select Properties
  • Go to the Driver tab, and click Roll Back Driver, and follow the instructions
  • Now go back to Device Manager, expand Monitors section, right click on your second monitor and select Properties
  • Select Driver tab, click Roll Back Driver and follow the instructions
  • When this is completed, restart your system and now see if Windows 10 is able to detect the second display

Method 2: Update Monitor and video drivers

If method 1 is not working out, then it means that you are using the wrong drivers. To get the right drivers for video card and monitor, you can get it done either manually or automatically.

Manual update: You can update monitor and video drivers manually by going to the manufacturer’s website for monitor and video card, and search for the recent driver for both. Make sure to choose drivers which are compatible with Windows 10.

Automatic update: Suppose you don’t have the time to update video and monitor drivers, then you can do it automatically. There are tools available online that you can use to update the drivers.

However, make sure you use reliable tools to update the driver. If you use unreliable tools, then there are chances of losing important data. If you have lost data after trying to fix the second monitor not detected issue in Window 10, then you can use Data Recovery tool to get back the files. It also helps to recover partition lost after upgrading to Windows 10, data lost after repartition, after OS reinstallation, and so on. In just a few simple steps, your files will be recovered on Windows 10, and also from other OS versions.

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John Harris

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As a tenured data recovery specialist, John shares exceptional insights and blog posts about data loss and data recovery across any storage device. With 8+ years’ experience in writing for Data Recovery for both Mac OS and Windows OS computers, he is an avid learner who always wants to polish and simplify the data recovery process. John passes his free time playing Chess and reading Science Fiction novels.

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