Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) recently launched new third-generation desktop and mobile processors and graphics cards that were quite well received by critics and consumers alike. AMD CPU and GPU chips have been preferred by many people who work on productivity-related machines because of their very good performance and relatively lower costs.
AMD Radeon series specializes in producing various capacity Graphics cards. The device also comes equipped with a Settings panel named Adrenalin that can be used to monitor and change the settings related to the graphics card. Recently, however, some users have complained about an issue that displays a message “Radeon settings are currently not available. Please try again after connecting AMD graphics.”
Here I will discuss why you may be facing this error, and the potential methods you can deploy to potentially resolve this error.
Why Am I Facing This Error?
Before solving the error, you must understand why you may be facing this error in order to better understand the problem and to be ready for the next time something like this happens again. The reason that you may be facing this error can be traced back to two potential reasons. Let me explain these briefly.
- Corrupt Drivers are the most common issue that users are facing this error. Drivers are the components that facilitate the communication between your hardware and your Operating system, allowing the exchange of information between them.
If the drivers get corrupted for some unascertained reason, there is a fair chance that you may not be able to open the Adrenalin settings panel and get this error.
- Incompatible software may also lead to you facing this error on your system. If the AMD Radeon Adrenalin software is incompatible with the GPU, the software won’t detect your GPU and you will be presented with this error.
How To Solve “Radeon Settings Are Currently Not Available”
Now that you have a brief idea about why you may be facing this error, you can follow these fixes to solve your ‘AMD Radeon settings not opening’ error and access the Adrenalin settings panel.
# Solution 1: Update Adrenalin Software
If you recently upgraded your GPU to a newer version, you also need to update the corresponding driver to the latest version. This is due to the fact that the older settings software may not be properly compatible with the new GPU system.
First, you need to uninstall the drivers present on your device for the GPU chipset. To uninstall the drivers, you can go to the device manager by typing devmgmt.msc in a Run (Win + R) window. Here locate your device from the list of installed devices, right-click to open the context menu, and select Uninstall device.
Alternatively, you can use a freeware developed by Wagnardsoft called Display Driver Uninstaller. This is a free and powerful uninstaller that is targeted to uninstall the display drivers.
Download DDU here.
To use DDU, first boot into Safe mode. [Read here how to use F8 to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10. ]
Disconnect your PC from the internet and turn off Windows Update.
Then install the software and run it.
Select Clean and Restart.
Now go to the AMD official website and select your new GPU model number. Click on Submit to download the GPU specific driver settings software.
# Solution 2: Rollback Driver
The reverse situation may also be true. It is possible that the latest Settings panel application does not have the necessary support files for your older Graphics card, thereby causing Radeon settings not opening. Here, you need to roll back your drivers to the version that has the support for your graphics card model.
Rolling back your drivers is a much more cumbersome process. First, uninstall the drivers as said above. You can use the device manager or use Display Driver Uninstaller.
Next, visit the AMD support website and input your device model make.
Instead of installing the latest driver, either locate the driver version that you knew worked with your GPU or go to the end of the list and install that version.
If you find this version working perfectly fine, visit the website again and download the next available version above the last one.
Repeat this till you find the version that is not supported on your system or the second entry from top whichever first.
This way, find the version of Settings panel that works on your device and run that.
→ Prevent Windows From Updating Your Driver
If you had to roll back your driver, you may want to follow this step to prevent Windows from automatically updating your drivers. You will need the help of Local Group Policy Editor and your graphic chipset’s device ID (you will find this in Device manager properties).
- Open a Run window by pressing Win + R.
- Type msc and press Enter to launch the Group Policy Editor.
- Follow the path given below to expand it by double-clicking on the entries:
Computer Configuration => Administrative Templates => System => Device Installation => Device Installation Restrictions
- In the right pane, double click to modify the entry: Prevent Installation of devices that match any of these device IDs.
5. In the next pop up window, click on the radio button next to Enabled.
6. Under Options click on Show.
7. Here, enter the Device ID of the GPU.
8. Click on OK.
This will make sure that Windows does not update the Driver software for your GPU.
Note: Windows 10 Home users do not have access to Group Policy Editor. Read here how to enable gpedit.msc in Windows 10 Home.
So, there you have it. Now you know how to solve “Radeon settings are currently not available” error in Windows 10 using the steps given above. Comment below if you found this useful, and to discuss further the same.