Microsoft Basic Video Adapter on Windows 11

In Windows 11 Device Manager, you will find that instead of an Intel, Nvidia, or AMD video driver, there is a “Microsoft basic video adapter”. The question arises of what it is, and how to determine which video card is on a laptop or PC in order to correctly update the graphics driver.

Microsoft Basic Video Adapter is the graphics driver that Windows 11 uses by default if the system cannot find a driver from the video card manufacturer. Here, we will discuss how to determine what kind of video card is under the Microsoft basic adapter and where to download the required video driver.

Microsoft Basic Video Adapter on Windows 11

Identifying the video card under the Microsoft basic video adapter on Windows 11

1. Double-click Microsoft Basic Video Adapter in Windows 11 Device Manager and go to the Details tab.

2. Choose “Hardware ID” and copy the penultimate or last line PCI \ VEN … DEV … by right-clicking on it.

3. Head over to the site and paste the copied ID into the search box. The website will show us the manufacturer of the video card, which allowed us to determine the video card, instead of the basic video adapter from Microsoft.

4. Knowing which model of the video card is on the Windows 11 PC or laptop, we go to the following official website of the manufacturer and download the driver:

  • Nvidia
  • AMD
  • Intel

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