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How to Fix “Video TDR Failure” Error in Windows 10

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The “Video TDR Failure” error is more often than not referred to as the “Blue Screen Of Death” (BSOD). If you have encountered one of these on your computer then don’t worry, today you are going to learn some very easy ways to make this error vanish.

Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) is a very common issue these days and the error appears on the screen much too often than not. The issues from time to time were fixed and Microsoft has taken measures for this to not happen especially with the upgrades made in Windows 10. With that said, there have been many reports of the occurrence of “Video TDR Failure” in Windows 10 too.

What causes the error??

Generally, the Blue Screen Of Death errors is the result of driver problems or bad memory issue or corrupted system file, or hard drive problem. Driver disruptions is one of the most common reasons for this to occur and that is the reason some methods are most commonly used which target the drivers and find the solution to this error.

If you have an AMD Graphic card then this error is caused by a atikmpag.sys file but if you have an NVIDIA Graphic card then a Video TDR Failure error is caused by a nvlddmkm.sys file. If you have installed either of the cards on your own, this could be a good probable cause for the error to occur.

There is no reason for you to worry or have a panic instinct when you see the BDOS or the error as it is not a virus. The error is a small issue that can be easily solved if you follow the following steps. Just make sure that the steps are followed with precision.

Ways to fix this error!!

Below are some of the ways in which you could get rid of this bugging error and get on to with your games or work. There are many ways in which you can solve the issue, so if one doesn’t work go ahead and try another one. Let us know how to get this done.

Fix- 1: Reinstall the driver in the Safe Mode

Step – 1: Press “Windows Key + R” simultaneously then type “msconfig” and hit Enter which will open System Configuration.

Type msconfig in Run

Step – 2:  Switch to the “boot tab” and select the “Safe Boot” option.

Step – 3: Click on Apply and then on OK.

select safe boot

Step – 4: Restart your PC and the system will boot into Safe Mode automatically.

Step – 5: Go back to the Device Manager and expand Display Adapters.

expand Display Adapters

Step – 6: Right-click on your graphic card option and select uninstall. Do the same with your intel card.

select uninstall device

Step – 7: When asked for confirmation, click on OK.

Step – 8: Reboot your PC into normal mode and install the latest version of the Intel chipset driver for your computer.

Step – 9: Then restart your PC and follow it by downloading the latest version of your Graphic card drivers from your manufacturer’s website.

Fix – 2: Clean and Reinstall Graphics Driver

The issue as we said is usually of the drivers and hence choosing to clean the driver and reinstalling is a good way of going through with it. Choose the way you want to go with as this is safe and does not cause any damage to the computer

Step – 1: Download and install Display Driver Uninstaller.

Step – 2: Go to “Display Driver Uninstaller” then click on Clean and Restart which would be showing as Highly recommended.

click on Clean and Restart

Step – 3: Wait for the PC to restart when the card is uninstalled.

Step – 4: Press the “Windows Key + R” then type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter which will open Device Manager.


Step – 5: In the Menu click on Action and then click on Scan for hardware changes.

Scan for hardware changes

Step – 6: The latest Graphics driver will be installed automatically when the PC reinstalls.

Step – 7: Check if the error still persists.

Fix- 3: Disable the Intel HD Graphics driver

Disabling the Intel HD Graphics driver could also help remove the error. This is a simple and harmless way of solving the error and you don’t need much computer knowledge either.

Step – 1: Press the “Windows + R” keys simultaneously then type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter to open Device Manager.


Step – 2: Go to Display Adapter and then right-click on Intel HD Graphics followed by selecting “Disable”.

Disable device

Step – 3: Reboot your PC to save changes.

Fix- 4: Restart the Computer

Restarting the computer is a very easy trick but it works on a lot of occasions. More often than not this gets things fixed. Nobody knows how and what happens but there are times this does the trick for a lot of people.

Step – 1: Click on the Start button on the bottom left of the home screen.

Step – 2: Click on the shutdown or restart option at the bottom of the screen.

Click on restart PC

Step – 3: Check for the error if it still persists.

Fix – 5: Check for damaged System Files

There is a good probability that the error that keeps appearing is due to some damaged files or missing system files you will get this video TDR failure BSOD. This easy method will get that covered for you.

Step – 1: Open the command prompt as administrator.

Step – 2: Type the following command and press Enter –

  • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth


Step – 3: After completion of the scanning process, Run the following SFC command –

  • sfc /scannow

sfc scannow

Step – 4: The system will replace the corrupted file. Then restart and check if your problem still persists.

Fix- 6: Tweak PCI Express Power Management

If after all the above mentioned ways, the problem still persists, then try Tweak PCI Express Power Management to eradicate the error. Here’s how to do it –

Step – 1: In the start menu, type “powercfg.cpl” and pressenter.

powercfg command

Step – 2: Then in the opened option windows, select “High Performance” and click on “Change Plan Settings” next to it.

Step – 3: Click on “Change advanced power settings” once you see the option.

Change Plan Settings

Step – 4: Then, find PCI Express and expand it.

Step – 5: Expand Link state power management in that.

Link state power management

Step – 6: Now, Set the settings off for both Battery and Plugged in.

Set the settings off for both Battery and Plugged in

Step – 7: Save the following setting and then restart your computer.

Step – 8: Check if the error still continues to bug you.

These are some very easy and common methods to solve “Video TDR Failure” or the “Blue Screen Of Death” in Windows 10.

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The methods aren’t complicated and they certainly do not need expert supervision to be performed. The only thing that needs to be taken care of is that you do not make a mistake in following the steps as that could cause a major issue. Follow the steps to the very last letter and you are assured to have your problem resolved.

As we said above, there is nothing to worry about in this error as it is a mere installation or software error but not a virus or damage to your computer. So do not worry much about it and just make sure you apply one or the other methods and there is nothing wrong in trying multiple ones one after another if your error keeps persisting.

Do let us know which of the methods did the trick for you in the comment section below. If you have any doubts or faced some issue hit us up in the comment section below as we will get back to you with the apt answer that will solve your issue. Let us know your opinion on the method which helped you and stay tuned with us as we will keep exploring you and keep bringing ways to solve the pesky little errors.

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Ricky Shah
Ricky Shah

Ricky started GeniusGeeks in 2009 and there's no turning back since then! His flair of writing Windows OS related technical articles has been his hallmark! When not writing, he's often found exploring productivity and project management tools!

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