Graphics cards, particularly those with GPUs capable of running more demanding programs and games, typically require proprietary drivers. Nvidia, AMD, and Intel, as well as other GPU manufacturers, all have proprietary drivers for their own graphics cards.
Getting Rid of OpenGL Errors in Windows 10

Fix OpenGL Errors in Windows 10

Although many people think of OpenGL as open-source GPU drivers, this is not the case. It’s a standard, and apps for it are being developed. There are libraries that are utilized, as well as criteria that must be adhered to. It is sometimes used with open-source implementations.

If you have OpenGL issues while trying to run programs, games, or just booting up your system, try the workarounds below.

1. Run SFC scan

Running an SFC scan should be the first step in resolving OpenGL issues. If the issue is with your operating system, it will be fixed.

  1. Open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  2. Run this commandsfc /scannow.
  3. Allow the command to complete and fix any errors that it finds.

Getting Rid of OpenGL Errors in Windows 10

2. Install latest graphics drivers

Although OpenGL isn’t a driver, it can be used with graphics devices and apps that demand a lot of graphics processing. As a result, OpenGL issues may occur if the graphics drivers are obsolete.

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Expand Display Adapters.
  3. Right-click the graphics card and select Update drivers.
  4. Search online for driver updates and install the ones that are available.
  5. Repeat for the GPU.
  6. Restart the system after installing driver updates.

Getting Rid of OpenGL Errors in Windows 10

3. Uninstall and reinstall app/game

OpenGL drivers can be tailored to a single app or game. It’s most likely because the app’s files are corrupted or because it wasn’t installed properly. Uninstalling and reinstalling the app/game is an easy solution.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Programs>Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the app/game to uninstall.
  4. Click the Uninstall button.
  5. Install the app/game again.

Enable high performance visual effects

OpenGL issues might occur if your system is on low power or if visual effects are off.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box. 
  2. In the run box, enter explorer shell:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE} and tap enter.
  3. Click Advanced System Settings in the column on the left.
  4. Go to the Advanced tab.
  5. Click Settings under Performance.
  6. Select Adjust for best performance.
  7. Click OK and restart the system.

Enable OpenGL in app

It’s possible that the software (or game) supports OpenGL but allows you to disable it. One such game is the Java variant of Minecraft. Check to see if you can activate OpenGL in the app or game that’s giving you problems.

Related: An exhaustive list of Minecraft Ores and where to find them


Corrupt OS files, obsolete drivers, poorly created programs, wrong system setups, and other factors can all lead to issues. If you’re experiencing a specific OpenGL fault, you should address it immediately. The solutions we’ve provided are for more general OpenGL issues.