Your PC cannot be projected on another screen [QUICK GUIDE]
Steps to fix Your PC cannot project to other screen errors:
- Reinstall your video drivers
- Check your hardware
- Run the hardware and device troubleshooter
- Run SFC
- Clean boot your computer
- Use a different user account
Dealing with incompatibility issues along with various malfunctions is not an isolated problem when it comes to Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 platforms
Unfortunately, more and more users are reporting problems after installing the latest version Windows 10 updates.
A common problem is related to the following message or alert: Your PC cannot project to a second screen. Try reinstalling the driver or using a different video card.
This error message affects everyone Windows versions. However, it seems that it is frequent for Windows 10)
For this reason, the solutions described in this troubleshooting guide mainly refer to Windows 10. Of course you can use them on all Windows versions, too.
Well, this problem is really stressful, especially when you want to connect your Windows 10, 8, 8.1 or Windows 7 laptop, tablet, or desktop computer to an external monitor or projector, as you won’t be able to, even if you could establish the connection before upgrading to your operating system.
So why is this happening?
To find the answer, see the guidelines below. We will explain why your PC cannot be projected on another screen. We will also show you how you can easily tackle this annoying problem. Let’s dive in.
How can I fix your PC can’t project to another screen error in Windows 10?
Solution 1: Reinstall your video drivers
As the message says, you are dealing with an incompatibility problem. That is happening because after updating to Windows 10, your drivers are outdated and you need to apply updates compatible with the new operating system.
So it would be best to uninstall the video drivers and reinstall them later.
Of course, you must download drivers compatible with Windows 10 directly from your manufacturer’s office website to ensure you get the correct drivers. Basically, these are the steps to follow:
- You must open Device Manager> go to Display adapters
- Right click on the display adapter driver> select Uninstall
- Wait for the process to complete
- Then you can go to Action> Check for hardware changes.
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Of course, as recommended, you can also download the latest drivers directly from their manufacturer’s website.
Be careful, as downloading drivers manually can be a tedious task, especially if you don’t have computer skills, but there are tools like TweakBit Driver Updater which can automatically update all your drivers with just one click.
Thus, you will keep your system away from permanent damage by downloading and installing the wrong disk versions.
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Did you know that most of Windows 10 users have outdated drivers? Take a step forward with this guide.
Solution 2: Check your hardware
Another thing you should do is check the cables you are using to establish your connection to your external monitors. In some cases, Windows 10 does not support analog cables for connected second monitors.
So before trying anything else, it’s best to test a direct DVI connection.
In most cases, this is the perfect solution that solves “Your PC can’t project on a second screen.” Try to reinstall the driver or use a different video card alert in Windows 10)
Solution 3: Run the hardware and device troubleshooter
Another quick fix is to run the hardware and device troubleshooter. To do this, go to Settings> Update & security> Troubleshoot. Find and run the troubleshooter. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
If you’re having trouble opening the Settings app, check out this article to resolve the issue.
If the Troubleshooter stops before completing the process, fix it with the help of this comprehensive guide.
Solution 4: Run SFC
You may not be able to link your Windows computer to your projector due to system corruption issues. To resolve this issue, you must run an SFC scan.
The System File Checker utility quickly scans and repairs system file problems. Here’s how to run it:
- Go to Start> open Command Prompt as administrator
- Kind sfc / scannow > press Enter
- Wait for the scanning process to complete, and then restart your computer. Try connecting your machine to your projector to check if this quick method solved the problem.
If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an administrator, you better take a closer look at this guide.
Has the scannow command stopped before the process ends? Don’t worry, we have an easy solution for you.
Solution 5: Clean boot your computer
Sometimes various applications and programs can interfere with your projector, preventing your computer from connecting to it. To fix this, you should start your computer using only a minimal set of drivers and programs. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to Start> type msconfig > press Enter
- Click on System Settings> go to Services tab> tick checkHide all Microsoft services‘Box> click Disable all
- Go to the Home tab> Open Task Manager
- Select each startup item> click Disable
- Close Task Manager> restart the computer.
If you want to know how to add or remove startup applications in Windows 10, check out this simple guide.
Can’t open Task Manager? Don’t worry, we have the right solution for you.
Solution 6: Use a different user account
If you are using a multi-account computer, please note that not all user accounts available on the respective machine may have access or permission to project to another screen. Using a different user account may solve your problem.
Learn everything there is to know about the administrator account and how you can enable / disable it right here!
Anyway, try the troubleshooting solutions listed above and see if you can fix your technical problems.
In case the problem persists, please inform us using the comment field below. Give us more details and we will try to help you as soon as possible.
From the editor Note: This post was originally published in July 2014 and has since been refreshed and updated to be more current, accurate and complete.