When you look at the Device Manager or the Monitor tab from Advanced display settings, you would sometimes see Generic PnP Monitor instead of the actual name of your monitor. In some cases, it would also appear as Generic Non-PnP Monitor. This guide explains why Generic PnP Monitor shows up and how to download and fix the driver issue for your monitor on Windows 10 or Windows 11.
When your monitor is displayed as Generic PnP Monitor in Device Manager with a yellow exclamation mark next to it, it indicates there is a problem with the monitor driver.
Generic PnP Monitor Driver Issue on Windows 11/10
Why do I see Generic PnP Monitor?
Generic PnP Monitor usually shows up when Windows couldn’t find the right driver for your monitor, or when the driver is missing or corrupted, thus, replacing your branded monitor with the general monitor driver called Generic PnP Monitor.
At this state, if you have a branded and powerful monitor, most of its functions will not be working. For example, you will not be able change the screen refresh rate to 144Hz even if your monitor supports it. It’s because it doesn’t have the correct driver to properly display your monitor.
How does it appear?
The sudden Generic PnP Monitor driver issue in Windows is a common problem especially after applying a major Windows Update or upgrading from one Windows version to another such as from Windows 10 to Windows 11, where the process may cause conflict to the monitor driver.
It is also common when you are connecting your monitor via converted cable such as DVI to VGA or to HDMI, causing it to not be able to be recognized by your PC. If that’s the case and you have an alternative connector such as HDMI to HDMI, or display port, use it instead.
If you add and plug a second monitor when Windows is running, it may also show up as Generic PnP monitor. In this case, a restart will usually solve the problem as Windows will automatically install the driver on next restart.
How to fix Generic PnP Monitor driver problem in Windows 10/11?
First off, try to reconnect your monitor to your PC. Fully unplug the monitor cable from your PC and plug in again. Make sure the cables and ports are properly connected.
Since it’s clearly a driver issue, you will have to update or install the correct driver for your monitor. There are several ways which you can do so.
If you have the driver installation disc for your monitor, use it to install the monitor’s driver. Most modern monitors will include a driver CD upon purchase. Check your boxes to see if it’s still there.
Search and download the driver for your monitor. If you have, let’s say, a HP monitor, you can search for its driver on support.hp.com. Once found, download and install it. You can also try to search your monitor’s brand and model with the keyword “driver download” on Google. In most cases, if your monitor is not too old, you should be able to find the driver this way.
Let Windows update the monitor driver for you automatically. The last solution would be to update the monitor driver via Device Manager. Here’s how to do it.
- Go to start menu. Search and open Device Manager.
- Scroll down the list and expand the Monitor category.
- Right-click on the Generic PnP Monitor.
- Select Update driver.
- Select search automatically to allow Windows to automatically search for the right driver from Microsoft driver repository for your monitor.
- Once installed, restart your PC.
The other way you can try is to uninstall the Generic PnP Monitor and restart your computer. You can do so following the steps above until step 3, and then select Uninstall driver after right-clicking Generic PnP Monitor. Uninstalling the driver and rebooting your computer will allow Windows to re-detect and install the driver for your monitor.