If you recently installed Windows 10 and are getting errors such as “Pixel format not
accelerated” or “Lack of updated graphics drivers,” you should try updating your graphics
drivers. See this page for instructions on
how to update your graphics drivers. You can also use drivers from your OEM (e.g. HP,
Lenovo, Dell) if applicable, or Windows Update, however the drivers obtained through it may
not always support the proper OpenGL (technical term for what Minecraft uses to render the
game) to run Minecraft.
Once you’ve obtained the latest driver from your GPU manufacturer, there are some notable
differences from previous version of Windows.
On Windows 10, driver updates are automatically installed on your PC whenever your GPU
manufacturer (AMD/Intel/NVIDIA) has a newer driver available. On previous versions of
Windows, driver updates would not be automatically installed unless Microsoft decided that
they would be.
Why this matters
Sometimes, the drivers that Windows Update pushes may not in layman terms, support what
Minecraft needs to run.
In this case, you must obtain the latest graphics drivers (software that controls things
inside your PC) for your PC from your GPU (hardware in your PC that renders things)
manufacturer as explained here. If you’re
still not sure who that exactly is, contact the community technical support resources or
your computer’s manufacturer (e.g. HP, Lenovo, Dell, etc.) for assistance.
What you need to do differently
Windows Update may overwrite any drivers not obtained from it if it believes that there are
newer drivers from Windows Update available. This may interfere with your ability to
download drivers directly from a driver vendor. To avoid this, you must let Windows know to
not overwrite the driver by uninstalling the driver software and installing the driver with
device manager. Please note that this isn’t a sure-fix for the situation as theoretically
this policy may change at any time.
Instructions on how to manually uninstall and install drivers with Device manager are
explained in the following places:
For more information on Windows Update and how to further prevent driver tampering by Windows
Update, refer to Microsoft’s support article KB3073930.
For further help regarding Windows Update and its updates, ask a question on answers.microsoft.com
For other questions and support, contact the Minecraft
community support resources or Mojang