Windows 11 Not Detecting USB-C Monitors, Why?

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Many Windows 11 users have run into a headache where their USB-C monitors just won’t show up. This isn’t a small problem hitting just a few people; it’s all over the place, affecting lots of different devices and brands. Even though USB-C is supposed to be this super connector for sending data, video, and power, there’s something about Windows 11 that’s messing with its ability to consistently see USB-C monitors.

The issue has been talked about on many online spots, including Microsoft’s own community pages, HP Support Community, and other tech forums. This article pulls together all the advice from these discussions to give you a clearer picture of what’s going on.

Windows 11 Not Detecting USB-C Monitors

What could be the causes of USB-C monitor detection issues in Windows 11?

Not being able to see USB-C monitors on Windows 11 can happen for a bunch of reasons, from updates messing things up to hardware not playing nice.

Windows updates and driver compatibility

First, let’s talk about updates. A lot of folks have noticed their monitor woes began with the Windows 11 22H2 update. It seems like certain updates might tweak how your PC communicates with USB-C ports and monitors, leading to your display getting the cold shoulder.

Also see: Second Monitor Not Detected After Upgrading to Windows 11

Windows 11 22H2 update

Hardware compatibility and connection quirks

Next up, hardware issues. Even though USB-C is marketed as this do-it-all connector, the truth is more complex. Not all USB-C ports or cables can do video—some are just for power or data. So, even with big-name gadgets, you might hit snags. It’s a widespread problem, showing that Windows 11 needs to smooth out its USB-C game.

Related resource: All Motherboard Slots and Connectors Explained

The mystery of intermittent recognition and power settings

For some, monitors connect fine at one moment and disappear the next. If that’s you, peek at Windows 11’s power management settings. Features like USB selective suspend might turn off USB ports to save power, which is great for saving energy but not for keeping your monitor connected.

How to fix the issue and get Windows 11 to detect your USB-C monitor

People have shared all sorts of tricks across forums to tackle this annoyance. Here’s a mix of solutions from real users that might just do the trick.

Fix 1: Check cable and port compatibility

Make sure your USB-C cable and port are up for video output. Not all are made for this; some are just for charging or moving data around. If you can, try a different cable or monitor to sidestep hardware issues.

USB-C Charging only cable

Fix 2: Update drivers and Windows

Keep everything from your system to your graphics and USB port drivers fresh. Getting the latest updates can sometimes fix these headaches. Also, make sure your Windows 11 is the latest version, since Microsoft often patches up known problems.

Update USB Type C Driver Windows 11

Fix 3: Disable USB Selective Suspend

This feature might shut off USB gadgets to save energy, potentially messing with your monitor connection. Turning it off is done through the Control Panel under Power Options.

USB selective suspend setting Windows 11

Linked issue: Second Monitor Keeps Going to Sleep (Fix)

Fix 4: Disable Fast Startup

Fast Startup helps your PC boot faster but might drop the ball on recognizing devices. Switching it off through Control Panel > Power Options > Choose what the power buttons do might clear up the issue.

Disable Fast Startup Windows 11

Fix 5: Rollback recent updates

If things went south after a Windows update, try going back to an earlier version through Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.

See also: Display Connection Might Be Limited in Windows 11 (Fix)

Fix 6: Test with HDMI

If you can, try connecting your monitor with an HDMI cable. If HDMI works but USB-C doesn’t, you’ve narrowed down the issue.

Plug monitor HDMI cable

Fix 7: Report through feedback hub

If you’re out of options, let Microsoft know through the Windows Feedback Hub app. The more details you give, the better they can tackle it in updates.

Pro tip: How to Tell If It’s Your Monitor or GPU That Is Dying

What else can you try?

If the basic fixes didn’t cut it for your USB-C monitor issues with Windows 11, it might be time to try something different. Here are a few more ideas that could help you out.

Experiment with different display modes

Play around with Windows 11’s display settings, like duplicating or extending your screen. The Windows + P shortcut can help you switch modes and might make your monitor pop up if it wasn’t showing before.

Useful guide: How to Switch Between Monitors on Windows 11

How to Duplicate Mirror Screen Windows 11

Modify monitor settings

Double-check your monitor’s settings to make sure it’s set right for a USB-C connection. You might need to pick the correct input or turn on certain modes.

BIOS/UEFI configuration

Especially on laptops, BIOS/UEFI settings can affect USB-C port function. When starting up, jump into these settings to make sure USB-C is all good and there’s nothing limiting it.

Enable or disable USB-C support on BIOS UEFI

Update docking stations and adapters

If you’re using a docking station or adapter, check for firmware updates. Updates can improve compatibility and might fix your problem.

Test your monitor with another computer

Try your USB-C monitor with another Windows 11 computer if you can. This lets you see if the issue is just with your device or if it’s a bigger Windows 11 problem.

Concluding thoughts

If your laptop or desktop is giving you the silent treatment when it comes to USB-C devices, like a second monitor, you’re not alone among Windows 11 users. Give these solutions a go, from checking cables, updating drivers, tweaking power settings, to playing with display modes. If all else fails, seeking help from your computer brand’s forums or Reddit might be your next step.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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