What steps can I take to prevent video card errors in Windows?

1. Ensure your computer has the latest Windows updates installed. Windows updates often contain important bug fixes, security patches and driver updates that can help prevent video card errors.

2. Check for the latest drivers for your video card. Drivers are programs that help your computer recognize hardware, such as video cards. Outdated or missing drivers may cause video card errors. To find the latest drivers for your video card, you can use the Device Manager in Windows or visit the manufacturer’s website to download and install the latest drivers.

3. Monitor the temperature of your video card. Overheating can cause video card errors. You can use a program like Core Temp or HWMonitor to monitor the temperature of your video card.

4. Ensure proper airflow inside your computer. Cleaning any dust buildup and ensuring adequate airflow can help protect against overheating problems. If your computer has poor airflow, consider adding additional fans or replacing old ones.

5. Use an antivirus program and scan your computer for malware. Viruses, Trojans and other malicious software can damage or corrupt files related to your video card, resulting in video card errors. Be sure to keep your antivirus program up-to-date and scan your computer regularly.

6. Try lowering the game or video settings. If you experience video card errors while playing games or watching videos, try lowering the setting. Games and videos usually put a lot of strain on the video card, so reducing the settings may prevent video card errors.

7. Uninstall unnecessary programs. Too many programs running in the background can put a strain on your video card, which can lead to video card errors. Uninstalling programs you don’t use may help prevent video card errors.

8. Install a game or video accelerator program. A game or video accelerator program can help reduce the strain on your video card and help prevent video card errors.

9. Replace the video card if needed. If all else fails, you may need to replace your video card if it is malfunctioning or no longer supported by driver updates.