Solution: Unable to change brightness level in Windows 8.1

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We all are familiar that Windows 8.1 update by Microsoft is not bugs-free. So, we all might be coming across a lot of issues while working on the Windows 8.1 Operating System. One such issue which many people, including me came across is the brightness control issue. This has happened with many manufacturers including HP, Dell, Samsung, Lenovo, Vaio etc. So in case you are also among the people who are unable to change the brightness on your Windows 8.1, here’s the solution to your problem.

Issue: Unable to change/control brightness level in Windows 8.1 on pressing the brightness key. The brightness level control shows up on the screen, but makes no change in the brightness level.

Solution:

Step 1: Open Device Manager. To open it, press ‘WinKey + R’ combination and enter ‘devmgmt.msc’ and hit enter.

Brightness-Issue-Windows8-1-Step-1

Step 2: Navigate to find ‘Display Drives’ and click on the expand arrow, to view the display drivers installed. Right click on the ‘Intel HD (R) Graphics’ installed and click ‘Disable’. There might be some problem in the display after that, but don’t worry.

Brightness-Issue-Windows8-1-Step-2

Step 3: Restart your computer. (A restart is essential so that all the changes are made properly, without any incomplete updates. You might skip this step, but it is strongly recommended that you should perform a restart.)

Step 4: Repeat step 1 and 2. But this time click ‘Enable’ in the ‘Intel HD (R) Graphics’ menu.

Step 5: Restart your computer. (A restart is essential so that all the changes are made properly, without any incomplete updates. You might skip this step, but it is strongly recommended that you should perform a restart.)

After performing the five steps listed above, you will be able to change the brightness level by using the dedicated keys on your keyboard. In case you face any problem in the above steps, do let us know in the comments below so that we can help you out. Also, do let us know whether this solution worked properly for you or not.

Karan Uppal

Karan Uppal is the Editor-in-Chief for Virtuaniz. He is currently a bachelor student of Computer Science at Bangalore and is working with a few start-ups. Karan is a keen learner and loves to travel. He loves reviewing gadgets and claims them to hold an important part in his life. Follow him at @freezethinker to get his updates.

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