Fix: AMD Radeon Settings won’t Open

AMD Radeon Settings is a tool for managing all of your graphics card’s options and it allows you to tweak its performance manually. However, several folks noticed that the program simply fails to launch after a while. The problem usually appears after users have updated their graphics card drivers.

After the update, the tool simply fails to launch at all. The window would appear briefly and the service would pop up in Task Manager but it disappears after a while. We have prepared several methods that have actually helped people resolve the problem so follow it below and hopefully resolve the problem.

What Causes the AMD Radeon Settings to not Open?

Here is a list of the most common causes of this specific problem. This may help deduce just what method you need to use in order to fix it as well:

  • Faulty graphics card drivers are the main cause and some people resolve the problem by updating or rolling back the driver.
  • A new version of the operating system might be available and you should update it immediately.
  • The version of AMD Radeon Settings and the version of the installed driver may be mismatched. You can fix it using Registry Editor.

Solution 1: Install an Older Version of the Driver

Since Windows 10 sometimes automatically updates some of your drivers when a new version of the OS is installed, users have reported that the newest graphics card driver was the culprit to blame and they suggested that restoring an earlier version actually helped them troubleshoot. Since the problem is usually handled in the next update, this can be a good temporary method in order to get it to work.

  1. Click the Start menu button, type in “Device Manager” afterward, and select it from the list of available results by simply clicking the first one. You can also tap the Windows Key + R key combo in order to bring up the Run dialog box. Type in “devmgmt.msc” in the dialog box and click OK in order to run it.
Running Device Manager
  1. Since it’s the video card driver you want to update on your computer, expand the Display adapters section, right-click on your graphics card and choose the Uninstall Device
Uninstalling the display adapter
  1. Confirm any dialogues or prompts which may ask you to confirm the uninstallation of the current graphics device driver and wait for the process to complete.
  2. Look for your graphics card driver on NVIDIA’s or AMD’s Input the required information about the card and your operating system and click on Search.
  1. A list of all available drivers should appear. Make sure you scroll down until you reach the required entry, click on its name and the Download button afterward. Save it to your computer, open it, and follow the instructions on-screen in order to install it. Check to see if AMD Radeon Settings works now!

Solution 2: Change a Registry Key

This method will be highly useful if the problem is caused by the fact that the AMD Radeon Settings version and the driver’s version don’t match. The method consists of altering a registry entry in order to make the two version numbers match. Follow the steps below carefully!

  1. Since you are going to delete a registry key, we recommend you to safely backup your registry to prevent other problems. Still, nothing wrong will occur if you follow the steps carefully and correctly.
    Running the Registry Editor
  2. Open the Registry Editor window by typing “regedit” in either the search bar, the Start menu, or the Run dialog box which can be accessed with the Windows Key + R key combination. Navigate to the following key in your registry by navigating at the left pane:
  1. Click on this key and try to locate an entry named DriverVersion. Right-click on it, and choose the Modify option from the context menu.
  2. In the Edit window, under the Value data section change the value to 0 and apply the changes you have made. Confirm any security dialogs which may appear during this process.
Modifying the DriverVersion entry properly
  1. You will have to kill all AMD-related processes using Task Manager. Use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination by pressing the keys at the same time to open the Task Manager utility.
  2. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination and select Task Manager from the popup blue screen which will appear with several options. You can also search for it in the Start menu.
Opening Task Manager using Ctrl + Alt + Del
  1. Click on More details at the bottom left part of the window in order to expand Task Manager and search for any AMD-related processes such as its main executable and others. They should be located right under Background processes. Select them one by one and choose the End task option from the lower right part of the window.
Ending AMD-related tasks in Task Manager
  1. Relaunch AMD Radeon Settings and check to see if the issue persists!

Solution 3: Install the Latest Updates to Your Operating System

Since most programs already assume you have the latest version of your operating system running, you should definitely check out this solution in order to make sure that Windows is not the culprit to this problem. This method was accepted by many users!

  1. Open the PowerShell utility by right-clicking the Start menu button and clicking on the Windows PowerShell (Admin) option at the context menu.
Opening Windows Powershell with admin privileges
  1. If you see Command Prompt instead of PowerShell at that spot, you can also search for it in the Start menu or the search bar next to it. This time, make sure you right-click on the first result and choose Run as administrator.
  2. In the Powershell console, type in “cmd” and stay patient for Powershell to switch to the cmd-like window which might appear more natural to Command Prompt
  3. In the “cmd”-like console, type in the command shown below and make sure you click Enter afterward:
wuauclt.exe /updatenow
  1. Let this command do its thing for at least an hour and check back to see if any updates were found and installed without issues. This method can be applied to all Windows operating systems, including Windows 10.

Solution 4: Uninstall the Onboard Graphics Card

Uninstalling the integrated graphics card driver (usually by Intel) was reported to resolve the problem for many users so make sure you check it out below!

  1. Type “Device Manager” into the search field next to the Start menu button to open the device manager window. You can also use the Windows Key + R key combination in order to open the Run dialog box. Type devmgmgt.msc in the box and click OK or Enter key.
Running Device Manager
  1. Expand the “Display Adapters” section. This will display all installed similar devices your machine currently has. If you fail to find it, click on View from the top menu and check the box next to Show hidden devices.
  2. Right-click on the integrated graphics card (not AMD) and choose the Uninstall device option from the context menu.
Uninstalling the display adapter
  1. Confirm any dialog prompts, close Device Manager and reopen AMD Radeon Settings. Check to see if it launches successfully now!
Kevin Arrows
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