One of the most common Windows 10 errors with AMD or Radeon graphics cards has to do with the message that presides over this post. In the form of a pop-up window, the system’s graphics drivers issue a message that reads as follows: “We detected a driver timed out occurred on your system”. After tens of thousands of messages on Microsoft and AMD support forums, everything points to an error in the AMD drivers. This time we will see how to proceed to solve the AMD driver timeout error in Windows 10.

AMD Driver Timeout Expired: Solution In Windows 10

As this is a generic failure derived from AMD drivers, the first step is precisely to reinstall the graphics drivers of the card to fix any possible error. To do this, however, you will have to follow a series of previous steps with relative complexity.

Download DDU To Uninstall The Drivers Completely

By the very nature of the error, the uninstallation of the graphics drivers must be done with an external tool, since the native Windows options do not remove the residual libraries that can be kept in certain folders. DDU is the best option among the tools available for Windows 10, for being free and for its simplicity of use.

Once you have downloaded it, unzip the ZIP file that will be downloaded next. After unzipping the file, locate the program executable with EXE extension to run it after starting the computer in Safe Mode.

Now, Restart Windows 10 In Safe Mode

To uninstall the graphic libraries of the system completely, you will have to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode, a controlled environment that allows you to manage the software components without causing failures. To do this, press the Windows and R keys at the same time to open the Run window. Then, type the following text:

  • msconfig
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After clicking on Open, go to the Startup tab next to the General tab that will be shown in the pop-up window that will appear next. Finally, check the Safe boot box and leave the Minimal option checked, as shown in the following screenshot:

After applying the changes, the system will automatically reboot into Safe Mode, where the drivers for most components will be disabled.

Run DDU TO Uninstall AMD Drivers

With Safe Mode active, run the DDU tool to proceed with the uninstallation of the system’s graphics drivers. Once started, grant all the permissions and click on OK in the pop-up windows that will gradually appear until you reach the next window:

DDU

Now just click on the Select Graphic Driver option to select the AMD option. Finally, click on Clean and Restart, the first of the three available options. The program will then remove all traces of drivers and configurations that are susceptible to failure. After the wiping process is complete, the system will restart automatically, but this time in the normal run mode.

Install An Older Version Of The AMD Drivers

At least until the latest versions are debugged. In our case, we selected a version dating from 2019 and compatible with most models of AMD graphics cards: RX460, RX580, RX 5600, RX 5700 XT. In general, models released before the release date of the drivers. For cards released later, you will have to opt for more modern versions.

The installation process once downloaded is similar to that of any other program. However, during installation, it is likely that the monitors will flicker for a few seconds. On the other hand, as it is an old version, it is likely to generate some kind of conflict with heavy or recently released games.

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Anf If None Of These Works…

If none of the above steps work to fix the driver problem, the last step before deciding if it is a hardware error is to resort to the Windows 10 diagnostic tools, which are accessible through the command prompt, also known as CMD. Previously, we have to resort to PowerShell, a powered execution machine. To do this, press Windows and X at the same time on the keyboard and then either Command Prompt (administrator) or Windows PowerShell (administrator).

With the execution window open, type the following commands one by one, pressing Enter for each command:

  • dism /online /cleanup-image /StartComponentCleanup
  • dism /online /cleanup-image /CheckHealth
  • dism /online /cleanup-image /ScanHealth 
  • dism /online /cleanup-image /RestoreHealth

Once the process is finished, run the following command:

  • sfc /scannow

If it does not run, go to the CMD by typing its name in the Start search menu, clicking on the program icon, and selecting the Run as administrator option.

SFC / Scan

After executing the command, the diagnostic process will run for a few minutes, depending on the read and write speed of the hard disk.

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