Display drivers are a core component of a computer system. They process visual information and send video to connected monitors. Basic display drivers are included with Windows, and additional drivers come with video cards and other graphics products. If the Gamma Correction Display Driver malfunctions, conflicts with an existing driver or you simply wish to remove its functionality, Windows includes a built-in method of disabling the driver and ensuring it does not restart.
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Open the Device Manager. Click on the Start menu in Windows 7 and Vista and type "Device Manager" into the search bar, then press "Enter." In Windows XP, right-click on My Computer and select "Properties." In the Hardware tab, click the "Device Manager" button.
Click the plus symbol to expand the "Display Adapters" section. Double-click on the Gamma Correction software in the list.
Click on the "Driver" tab in Windows 7 and Vista. Click the "Disable" button to turn the display driver off. You will need to confirm the operation. In Windows XP, click the "Device Usage" drop-down menu in the General tab and choose "Do Not Use This Device (Disable)."
Tips and warnings
- Uninstalling a drive also disables it, but does not allow you to turn it back on without first reinstalling the software. To completely uninstall the display driver, use the "Uninstall" button in the device's Driver tab.
- If you want to reactivate the device, return to its Properties window and either click "Enable" in the Driver tab or select "Use This Device (Enable)" from the Device Usage drop-down menu.
- If you do not have a second display driver installed, disabling the Gamma Correction driver may cause the display to operate incorrectly or not at all. If you need to install a second driver after disabling the Gamma Correction driver, start the computer in Safe Mode by pressing "F8" during start-up.
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