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HOW TO: Change Screen Refresh Rate in Windows 7/Vista/XP

This article is a step-by-step walk-through to changing the screen refresh rate in Windows 7, Vista, and XP.

Windows 7
1. Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select Screen Resolution.

Screen Resolution menu


2. If multiple monitors are in use choose the monitor to change across the top.

3. Click on Advanced Settings in the bottom right.


Display options



4. Click the Monitor tab, then select a Screen Refresh Rate from the drop down menu and push Apply. Typically the highest available refresh rate will be optimal, however if it causes issues, another refresh rate may be selected.

Graphics Card settings

Windows Vista
1. Right-click an empty area on the desktop and choose Personalize.

Personalize option 

2. On the bottom of the window that opens, choose Display Settings.


Display Settings


3. If multiple monitors are in use, choose the monitor to change across the top.

4. Click on Advanced Settings in the bottom right.

Advanced Settings

5. Choose the Monitor tab and then change the Screen Refresh Rate to the desired refresh rate and push Apply. Typically the highest available refresh rate will be optimal, however if it causes issues, another refresh rate may be selected.

Graphics Card menu

Windows XP
1. Right-click an empty area on the desktop and choose Properties.

Properties


2. Choose the Settings tab, then choose the Advanced option in the bottom right.

Display Settings menu


3. Click on the Monitor tab, select Monitor and Refresh Rate and then push Apply. Typically the highest available refresh rate will be optimal, however if it causes issues, another refresh rate may be selected.

Graphics Card settings