The secret Windows hotkey that restarts the drivers of the graphics card

Windows has a secret keyboard shortcut that restarts the drivers of your graphics card. If your computer freezes, try this shortcut before you restart it completely.

This key combination restarts the graphics subsystem in Windows 10 and Windows 8. There is no corresponding keyboard shortcut to restart the graphics card drivers in Windows 7.

To restart the drivers of your graphics card, press the keys at the same time Win + Ctrl + Shift + B. Your screen will turn black for a second and you will hear a beep. Immediately afterwards, everything will reappear just as it was before you pressed the above combination of keys. All your current apps will remain open and you will not miss any of your work.

The same will happen even when playing a game on your computer. The game will continue to work properly right after the graphics driver drivers restart. This is because Windows just restarts the graphics subsystem. All your apps remain as they were and continue to function properly.

This keyboard shortcut is part of the Windows 10 operating system, so it will restart NVIDIA, AMD and Intel card drivers. Whatever graphics hardware your computer has, it will work.

Of course, there is no guarantee that this will correct a freeze of the system. However, if your computer froze due to a problem that has to do with your graphics card drivers, this shortcut may correct it. Problems with the graphics card can be experienced when playing 3D games, but they can also occur when you just use your computer normally. Windows 10 uses graphics hardware to speed up your desktop design, and even modern browsers use it to speed up the performance of a web page.

If the problem is not resolved once the drivers of the graphics card have rebooted as above, and you still have a black or a frozen screen, then try the hotkey Ctrl + Alt + Delete. You can also try to press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to immediately open the Task Manager or press Alt + Tab or Win + Tab to try switching windows.

If your computer does not respond to any of these keyboard shortcuts, even after restarting the graphics card drivers, you may need to perform an abrupt shutdown. To do this, press and hold the power button on the computer for about ten seconds until the computer turns off. Wait a few seconds before turning on the computer again with the power button. It's not good for your computer to turn it off this way, but this is the only thing you can do if your computer is frozen.

Of course, if you see one blue screen, this shortcut will not help. The blue screen (BSOD) indicates that your Windows operating system has completely collapsed, and all you can do is restart your computer.

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