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Why GPU Not Showing in Windows Device Manager (SOLVED)

Why isn’t my GPU showing in Device Manager?

Your GPU may not be showing in the Device Manager because of improper installation of the drivers, outdated versions of the drivers or drivers set as hidden devices.

Drivers not detected, incorrect BIOS settings or disabled graphics cards can also cause the graphics card to not show up in the Device Manager of your computer.

  • Improper Installation
  • Outdated drivers
  • Located as hidden devices
  • Drivers are not detected
  • Having Incorrect BIOS settings
  • Graphics card is disabled


Improper Installation

Sometimes, the graphics card doesn’t get properly installed in your computer because of hard drive space issues, network issues or battery problems. When this happens, the graphics card doesn’t show up in the Device Manager. This can only be solved by deleting the drivers followed by downloading and installing them again.


Outdated drivers

When the display drivers are not updated by the computer automatically, they stop showing up in the Device Manager of your computer. This problem can be solved by uninstalling the drivers and installing them back with their latest versions. The latest drivers can be downloaded from the official website of the graphics card manufacturer.


Located as hidden devices

The display drivers may be located on your computer as hidden devices. So, they don’t show up in the Device Manager. This can be solved by simply opening the “Device Manager” window. Click the “View” menu followed by the “Show Hidden Devices” context menu.


Drivers not detected

When the graphics card is improperly fitted in the slot of your computer, it fails to detect the drivers. So, the drivers don’t show up in the list of display adapters in the “Device Manager” window. To fix this problem, you will need to remove the graphics card, blow some air into the slot to remove the dust and fit the card back in the slot.


Incorrect BIOS settings

When you are using one monitor, the BIOS settings may be set to the options that enable the working of the GPU on multiple monitors. It is important to change these settings and update the BIOS to make the graphics card show up in the “Device Manager” window of your computer.


Disabled graphics card

Most of the time, the graphics card is disabled on the computer. As a result, it doesn’t show in the list of graphics drivers in the “Device Manager” window. To enable it, you will need to right-click the name of the driver and select the “Enable” option from the context menu.


GPU doesn't show in Device Manager


How do I get back missing display graphics driver in Device Manager?

You can get back the missing display drivers in “Device Manager” by adding them from the “Add hardware” option available under the “Action” menu of the Device Manager.

You will need to do this to make your computer detect and install the missing drivers manually.

Follow the steps given below to get the missing drivers back in the “Device Manager” window of your computer.

  1. Click the “Start” button and type Device Manager in the search bar. Press “Enter” to open the “Device Manager” window.
  2. Click the “Action” tab and click on the “Add Legacy Hardware” option from the list. An “Add Hardware” wizard will appear on the screen.
  3. Click the “Next” button and select the “Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)” option. Click the “Next” button.
  4. Select the “Display Adapters” option from the list and click the “Next” button.
  5. Select the manufacturer and model of the display driver that you want to retrieve. Click the “Next” button.
  6. Click the “Next” button in the next window. The computer will add the hardware automatically.
  7. Click the “Finish” button when the wizard indicates the completion of the process.
  8. Right-click the name of the added hardware and select the “Update” option. In the new window, select the “Browse my computer for drivers” option.
  9. Click the “Let me pick from the list of the available drivers on my computer” option.
  10. Select the manufacturer and model of the display graphics drivers from the list and click the “Next” button.
  11. Click the “Close” button once the installation completes and restart your computer.


How do I add a graphics card to Device Manager?

You can add the graphics card to the Device Manager by manually adding the new hardware from the “Control Panel”.

You may need to do this because most of the time, the computer is unable to detect the new drivers automatically.

  1. Install the new graphics card on your computer by following the instructions given in the manufacturer’s manual.
  2. Start your computer and click the “Start” button.
  3. Click the “Control Panel” option and select the “Add New Hardware” option in the Control Panel Window.
  4. Click the “Yes, I have already connected the Hardware” option to open a new window.
  5. Click the “Add a new hardware device” option and click the “Next” button.
  6. Click the “Install the hardware that I manually select from a list” option and click the “Next” button.
  7. Select the “Display Drivers” option from the list and click the “Next” button.
  8. Click the “Have Disk” option to choose the display drivers manually.
  9. Browse the location where the drivers are saved on your computer. Click the “OK” button. This will start installing the display drivers automatically.
  10. Restart your computer when the installation is done.


Where is the GPU in Device Manager?

The GPU is located in the “Device Manager” under the “Display Adapters” section. If you click on the downward arrow, you will see the graphics card listed in the context menu.

You can enable, disable or uninstall the graphics card by right-clicking the name of the graphics card and selecting the option.

Both enable and disable options will not be available at the same time. You can also update the driver if needed.


How do I enable my graphics card in Windows 10?

You can enable your graphics card in Windows 10 by going to the “Device Manager” of your computer.

You will need to enable it because you may be having problems with your computer graphics due to a disabled graphics card.

Some games may not run because of it. Follow the steps given below to enable the graphics card.

  1. Press the “Windows” and “X” keys simultaneously.
  2. Select “Device Manager” from the menu that appears on the screen.
  3. From the list of devices, find your graphics card as mentioned above and double-click on it to open its Properties window.
  4. Click the “Drivers” tab and click the button marked “Enable Device” to enable the graphics card on your computer. If you don’t see this option, it means that the graphics card is already enabled on your computer.


Why is my Nvidia GPU not detected by Windows 10?

Your NVIDIA graphics card may not be detected by Windows 10 because the drivers are not detected or due to improper installation of the graphics driver.

You can fix this problem of the NVIDIA GPU not being detected by Windows 10 by following the steps given below.

  1. Open the hidden devices and reinstall the drivers manually. To do this, open the “Command Prompt” window as an administrator.
  2. Type “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1” and press the “Enter” key.
  3. Type “start devmgmt.msc” and press the “Enter” key once again. This will open the “Device Manager” window.
  4. Click the “View” menu and click the “Show hidden devices” option from the dropdown menu. This will show all the devices that are not connected to the computer like the GPU.
  5. Uninstall the drivers of your NVIDIA graphics card by right-clicking on their names and selecting “Uninstall device” from the context menu.
  6. Once the drivers are uninstalled, restart your computer to download the drivers automatically. Windows 10 will now be able to detect the NVIDIA graphics card.


Why is the AMD GPU missing from the device manager?

The AMD GPU may be missing from the “Device Manager” of your computer because of improper connection, outdated graphics adapters or a hardware problem.

This can be fixed by uninstalling the graphics drivers and downloading the latest versions from the manufacturer’s website.

  1. Uninstall the graphics driver by pressing the “Windows” key and typing “Device Manager” in the “Search” bar and press the “Enter” key.
  2. In the “Display Adapters” section, right-click the model of the graphics card installed on your computer and choose the “Properties” option from the menu.
  3. Click the “Driver” tab followed by the “Uninstall Devices” button. Select the “Delete the driver software for this device” checkbox to uninstall the driver and click the “Uninstall” button.
  4. Repeat the above steps for all the drivers.
  5. , Restart your computer once the drivers are uninstalled and cancel the automatic attempt of the computer to install the drivers.
  6. Go to the official website of your graphics card provider and download the drivers to your computer.
  7. Right-click the setup file of the driver and go to “Properties”.
  8. Click the “Compatibility” tab followed by the “Run this program in Compatibility mode” checkbox. Select your operating system from the drop-down menu. The driver will start installing on its own. Let it install completely and check its functionality afterward.


Why is my GPU not detected in BIOS?

There are some settings like IGPU and PCI, which when set to a different setting, can lead to the GPU not being detected by BIOS in your computer.

To fix this, you will need to enter the BIOS setup of your computer and change these settings to ensure that the problem doesn’t persist. Here are the steps that you will need to follow.

  1. Turn your computer ON. As soon as the computer starts, press the “Esc” or “F8” or “F10” key to enter setup. You will need to identify the right button because it differs from manufacturer to manufacturer.
  2. From the list of options, select “BIOS menu” by using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Press the “Enter” key.
  3. Find the setting for “IGPU” or “IGPU Multi Monitors”. Disable this option if you are using a single monitor.
  4. Find the setting for “PCI” or “PCI-e”. There can be options like “PCI”, “Onboard”, “PCI-e” or “Onboard Backup”. Select each of these options one by one and see if the problem persists.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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