Disable Adaptive Brightness in Windows to Fix Dark Screen Problems

28. March 2017 Software 0

You’re smashing your keyboard to increase your screen brightness, yet it won’t go any higher, but you know you’ve been able to set it higher before. Angered by this, you get up and move your laptop, only to suddenly notice that the display does in fact get a lot brighter.

Now you’re confused and worried that your laptop is potentially haunted. If this scenario sounds familiar, then I have some good news for you. First of all, no, your laptop is not haunted, but more importantly, we’re going to go into why this is happening and how to fix it.

If you just installed Windows 8 or Windows 10 on your laptop and the screen won’t stay at the brightness level you want, it’s probably because the adaptive brightness feature isn’t working right on your system. Here’s how to disable it.

Naturally, it would be best to have the feature actually work, so you could make sure to update your drivers. If you still want to disable, here’s how to do it.

Adaptive Brightness in Windows to Fix Dark Screen Problems

Adjusting the Brightness in Windows 8 or Windows 10

Just so we’re clear, here’s how to change the brightness on your Windows 8 laptop… hit the Win+I shortcut key combination (that’s a capital i), and then you’ll see the brightness control right there.

Adjusting the Brightness in Windows 8 or Windows 10

If you’re in Windows 10, you can click on the Notifications icon in the tray to slide out the panel, which will look a little different, but should have a brightness control on it.

brightness control

On my MacBook Air, this setting kept fluxuating up and down.

Disabling Adaptive Brightness in Windows 8 or 10

Hit the Windows key, and then type in “Power Options” into the search, which will pull up the Power Options panel.

Once here, click the “Change plan settings” link on the selected plan.

Disabling Adaptive Brightness in Windows 8 or 10

Then click the “Change advanced power settings” link.

Change advanced power settings

And now, browse down to Display –> Enable adaptive brightness, and change the settings there to Off.

Enable adaptive brightness

Changing this setting fixed my brightness problems on my MacBook Air running Windows through Boot Camp.


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