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How to Fix Video Stuttering and Glitching Issue on Windows 10?

Akash Tiwari    Akash Tiwari     Updated On - 14 May 2020

Many times upgrading to the most recent version of OS invites new issues and glitches, probably because of the product is still in the development phase. Likewise migrating to the most recent version of Windows i.e. Windows 10 can affect the configurations of some existing programs.

In this section, we are going to discuss one such issue that occurs mostly on Windows 10 platform that is “The video stuttering or glitching issue.” It has been reported by a majority of Windows 10 users that their video files fails to play via media player apps or even they encounter lagging issues while streaming videos on the net. What could possibly cause such issues?

If we talk about the reasons that lead to such fatal errors, there can be many. For instance, corrupt videos, out-dated media players, virus or malware infection, out-dated device drivers, etc.

Manual Fixes for Video Stuttering

In order to get rid of the video stuttering and glitching issue, we need to perform a couple of trouble shooting techniques that are based on configurational changes and upgrading your software products. Here is the list of trouble shooting techniques that one must execute:

We will go through each of them in a more detailed manner.

Fix 1: Scan for Hardware Changes OS

Windows receives updates or patches periodically; latest updates mostly target common bugs and errors. Although Windows automatically detects recent updates and installs it, sometimes updates may get interrupted. The best way is to check for the updates by yourself. To do that, all you have to do is:

  1. Go to Start and enter “Windows Update” in the search box.
  2. Click on the Windows Update Setting option.
  3. Click the Check for updates button. If the recent update is current, you can skip this part.
    Scan for Hardware Changes OS

Fix 2: Update Display Drivers

There is always a high probability that out-dated display drives can cause video playback issues. We suggest updating your display drivers should be the first priority when you encounter video stuttering issues on your Windows 10 platform. To update your recent display drives, first you need to boot your system in the Safe Mode. After that, follow the steps stated below:

  1. Right-click on the Windows icon and select Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager dialogue box, expand Display adapters, right-click the currently installed display driver and select Uninstall device option.Update Display Drivers
  3. Reboot your PC. Go to Windows Update Settings and click the Check for updates button.
  4. Windows will update the most recent drivers.
  5. Now, reboot your system and check whether the issue still persists or not.

Fix 3: Scan for Hardware Changes

Scanning your hardware for possible changes might help you resolve the issue quick. You can scan your hardware components via the Device Manager panel. Here is how you can do a quick scan on your hardware components:

  1. Press Win + R to launch the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type “devmgmt.msc” and hit enter.
  3. It will launch the Device Manager dialogue box.
  4. In Device Manager dialogue box, right-click on the top most category and select Scan for hardware changes.
    Scan for Hardware Changes

Once the process is complete, close the Device Manager window and try playing the files again.

Fix 4: Check the Power Management Settings

Every computer has a Power Management control system and allows their users to make changes to their Power plans. Certain changes to the power settings may interrupt specific functionalities of your computer system. We suggest changing your Power Management settings to the default might sort out video playback issues. To make changes to your system’s Power Management settings, follow the steps stated below:

  1. Right-click on the battery icon located at the extreme right bottom of the desktop screen.
  2. Select Power Options.
    Select Power option
  3. In the Power Options dialog box, click Change Plan Settings link.Change Plan Settings
  4. Click Restore default settings for this plan.Click Restore default settings for this plan
  5. Click Yes to restore changes back to the default.Restore changes back to the default

Once you successfully have made the changes, reboot your system and try accessing the videos again.

Fix 5: Change Your Windows 10 Wallpaper Settings

Many users reported that when they enable slideshow for their desktop background for a short interval and play a video; every time the background changes, it skips a frame in the playing video. This probably can be considered as a bug in Windows 10. Fortunately, it can be sorted by just changing the settings for your desktop background.
Follow the steps given below to change the appearance settings on your Windows 10 machine.

  1. Go to Start and enter “Wallpaper” in the search box.
  2. Click Background image settings.
  3. Select the Background tab.
  4. Change the Background mode by either selecting Picture or Solid color.Change the Background mode

You can also change the frequency of your slideshow by changing the time interval to a considerable period like 30 minutes or 1 hour. Thus, resolving stuttering and glitching issues.

Fix 6: Alter the Number of Processors in MSConfig

Changing/limiting the number of processors (in the System Configuration settings) also helped many users to get rid of the video playback/stuttering issues. Though it may not work on every system, it’s worth giving a try.

Follow the steps given below to change the number of processors from the System Configuration setting:

  1. Press Win + R to launch the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type “msconfig” and hit enter.
  3. Select the Boot tab and click on Advanced options.Click on the advance option
  4. It will open the Boot Advanced Options dialog box. Limit the number of processors to either one or two. Then, click OK to save the changes.Limit the number of processors

Fix 7: Use a Third-party Repair Tool

If you are done with almost every measure to fix the video inaccessibility issues and noting seem to be a help, chances are that videos have gone corrupt. Corrupt videos will never become playable until the corruption or damages are completely fixed. In order to fix this, the best way is to try third-party repair tools. We recommend the use of Kernel Video Repair to repair your corrupt or damaged videos. The tool is well equipped with every advanced technology that brings back the original state of corrupt videos and makes them playable again.

Video Repair Tool
Moreover, the tool offers support to a wide range of video file formats like MP4, MOV, MPEG, M4V, MKV, AVI, etc.

Wrapping Up

This article contains all information you require to fix stuttering and glitching issues in your Windows 10 environment. Make sure you follow all the fixes precisely; any irrelevant changes can led to the scenarios becoming even worse. In case of corruption to the files, you can opt to third-party repair tools like Kernel Video Repair.