How to fix the Windows 10 upgrade display not compatible problem

Windows 10 is at its peak when it comes to the functions, features, and enhancement in every other field. That itself sometimes becomes a hindrance when we are trying to install it on our computer. 

Sometimes we want to update Windows 10 on our device from Windows 7 or 8, but we neglect it. Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant or Windows 10 ISO is a professional system that inspects all the drivers, applications, and software installed on the computer. It makes sure to check any blockages, corrupt files, or any upgrade blocks. Existing Windows 7 or 8 could have some software that is incompatible with Windows 10. So the update could seem troublesome. 

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Sometimes it could be a minor issue like when the monitor is not connected correctly, and during the degradation, it shows as an error. These small details are of enormous importance too; connecting it properly to the power source is very important. Many monitors have an on/off switch right at the back, making it a convenient use. In this case, you also need to make sure that the correct input is selected while using the computer’s inbuilt control. If these minor issues are not the cause, then it must be related to the Graphic card. It is a usual complaint from many users that they are being ‘blocked’ from installing Windows 10 because of the “Windows 10 upgrade display not compatible” message on the screen.

The most common causes of this Windows 10 Upgrade error message are mentioned below:

1. Existing driver not suitable for Windows 10

Usually, Windows 10 downloads and installs all the necessary drivers automatically as soon as you connect it. Yet, there can be a problem when it comes to faulty and corrupt drivers. You can always prevent it at a small stage with the help of Driver Support. It will help you keep the drivers in the best condition and for the best performance. It does so well by regularly checking up on all the drivers and informing them if the update is needed. Still, it cannot solve all the big issues. 

2. Ill-fitting display for Windows 10

Displays are based on the Graphic card. It may be a small card, but its intricate design lets the user enjoy all the visuals on the computer screen. Computer hardware generates the image on the computer screen, making the screen what it is now. It does all by converting the data into a particular signal that the computer can decipher and act on.

3. Incompatible video card driver

All motherboard Basic Input Output System (BIOS) menus differ from one another. If the motherboard has a special onboard video option, then you must disable it.  It would help if you also investigated your video card slot- AGP, PCI, or PCI express. These should not be disabled at any cost. Later you need to save the BIOS settings and then restart the computer.

4. Screen resolution not compatible

As the screen is responsible for creating an image and making sense of all the commands that we input on the computer. In simpler terms, screen resolution tells you how many pixels the computer screen can display, both horizontally and vertically. Higher screen resolution means that there are far more pixels per inch (PPI). More PPI produces more pixel information, and it is of high-quality.

The most usual error messages shown on the computer screen are:

The display is not compatible with Windows 10. Check with the manufacturer for support.”

These devices aren’t fully compatible with Windows 10.

The display manufacturer hasn’t made your display compatible with Windows 10. Check with the manufacturer for support.”

It often happens that Video card manufacturers don’t present the recently updated drivers for Windows 10 regularly. The unsuitable Video card driver could hinder the installation process. Due to this disturbance, the computer could face a blue screen, a.k.a blue screen of death, black screen with cursor on the screen and installation stuck, etc. If you want to check the driver compatibility in advance, you can that by the step by step instructions given below:

Do a Right-click on the driver set up file and then select Compatibility.

Then you need to check the box Run this program mode and then select your Windows version, be it 7 or 8.1.

You need to do these functions from the drop-down menu and then continue with the Installation.

When you are stuck with the “Windows 10 upgrade display not compatible” message repeatedly, you can try these tried and approved fixes by multiple users:

1. Use the Microsoft Media Creation tool to upgrade your existing Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10

You can upgrade with the display error prompt itself while updating to Windows 10. You can also utilize the Creators Update along with the Windows Upgrade Assistant tool. Then you run Windows 10 updates through the Microsoft Media Creation tool manually. You can follow these instructions to update Windows 10 through the Microsoft Media Creation Tool manually:

Find Microsoft Media Creation Tool page.

Then select the Download tool now, and you will be able to access the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

Click on Accept and then continue the upgradation process.

Now you have to select Upgrade this PC to the current pc.

After all of these steps are followed, the tool will simultaneously download the Windows 10 image file (ISO).

Now you need to mount the new Windows 10 ISO image file in File Explorer.

Then Double click on setup.exe for the further Windows 10 installation procedure.

Make sure to use Microsoft Windows 10 creators update tool for Windows 10 creators update.

After the instructions above, it should solve your “Windows 10 upgrade display not compatible” issue. If that is not the case, you can utilize the option to create an installation media and upgrade to Windows 10 with a USB flash drive. You also make use of an ISO file to run a clean install.

It could also be the case that your screen resolution is set automatically, so you need to change it yourself. You can do it by following the steps below:

On your main desktop, do a Right-click.

Click on the Display settings.

Now click on the Advanced display settings.

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Then you need to change the screen resolution to the advised value. You can find that from the drop-down menu right there.

Do not forget to click on Apply to save the changes made just now.

2. Download the Graphic drivers to solve your incompatibility issue by getting the latest graphic drivers from the original manufacturer’s website

A graphic driver lets the operating system and other programs use the computer’s graphics hardware. For other programs such as game software, to enjoy gaming on the full resolution, the computer needs to have the best graphic drivers. It would help if you focused on the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) manufacturer on your computer. It would help if you scanned to locate the problematic drivers in the computer and to do that, you could follow the steps below:

Press Windows key and R together for the Run box to appear.

In the run box, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

You need to manually search for any driver with incredibly overwritten yellow exclamation marks in the Device Manager. The yellow exclamation marks are to indicate that the computer system was unable to handle that particular driver. There could be no drivers present for that device, or the driver or hardware is corrupt.

If you do not find any driver with a yellow exclamation mark, you can release a sigh of relief. It simply means that there are no problematic drivers present and that all the device drivers are correctly installed. It could also be a missing driver. You should check that out too, just in case, by following these steps below:

Click open the Start menu and go to the Control Panel.

Then click on the System and Security and then select Device Manager.

After that, you need to click on Update Driver Software, this feature will allow you to search for drivers online. Then you need to download and install accordingly. 

The manufacturer has to be one of these renowned ones like NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel. So the details about the Graphic card android he Graphics Processing Unit will also change according to the manufacturers. If NVIDIA makes your Graphics Processing Unit, AMD or Intel, you must get the latest version of that driver.

To install the latest and the most suitable graphic drivers on the computer, you can follow these steps:

Press the Windows logo button and R together.

Then in the Run chat box, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

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Then when you see Display Adaptors click on it. Under that, you will find your computer’s graphic card. Now click on it and then select Properties.

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Then go to the Driver tab and then click on Update Driver.

Then click on the first option that says Search automatically for updated driver software.

Then keep an eye on all the on-screen prompts until the process is done.

This should probably help you, but there is another way to update the computer driver if it does not. The work becomes easier when it’s done without any mediator sometimes. Same in this case, as you can directly download it from the vendor. Once you know your graphic card name, you need to go to the following websites to acquire them:

For AMD: www.amd.com

For Intel: www.intel.com

For NVIDIA:  www.nvidia.com

3. You need to install the latest Graphics Driver on your computer in compatibility mode

There are slim chances for the above instructions to fail, but then you must use Compatibility mode to function. The compatibility mode sets the operating system configuration for the specific setup as the previous older version of the Windows. There is a probability that the setup is particularly made for a previous older version of Windows 10. So this way, it will be easily installed on this latest new version of Windows. 

To solve this issue, you can follow these steps provided below:

Right-click on the Troubleshoot compatibility function. It will simply run the Program Compatibility troubleshooter by launching it.

Then carefully follow all the upcoming instructions on the screen. 

Now you have to test the programs but under the combinations for various compatibility modes.

You need to download the PC Repair tool that will inspect all the Windows errors and fix most of them automatically. After these instructions are being included and done, you can upgrade your computer and check if that works out.

Usually, a graphic card seems like an insignificant part of the display and computer, but it isn’t. When the graphic card Is not updated, the display won’t work properly or will not be compatible with Windows 10. It could also be why the “Windows 10 upgrade display not compatible” error message shows up on the screen.

4. Uninstall the current drivers, then upgrade and reinstall

Whenever we uninstall certain software or programs, sometimes it indirectly solves the minor problems in problems. Here uninstalling the current display drivers is an accurate and easy process. 

Press Windows key and R together.

Then in the run box, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter. 

Maximize the Display Adaptors window and then Right-click on the Display Driver.

Then click on Uninstall.

Then you need to click on the OK button to confirm the uninstallation process. 

The tick on the small white box next to the Delete the driver software for this device.

Now you have to upgrade your computer. If the “Windows 10 upgrade display not compatible” error persists, then ignore it for a moment and continue to upgrade the computer.

You need to go to the Display Card driver’s manufacturers’ websites (vendors) and find the computer’s latest graphic driver.

You have to download the package properly and then install it on the computer.

Wrapping it up 

These fixes above should solve your “Windows 10 upgrade display not compatible” problem. A little assistance from the web is not harmful if it is accurate and reasonable. If things get tough, you can also take help from a professional technician, but if you can perform first-aid on your own, you must. It always comes in handy and useful for urgent situations.

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