The brightness changes with the colors displayed on the screen on my Lenovo Thinkpads with Intel HD Graphics. Light colors make the screen brighter, dark make it darker. Same behavior in Windows 8.1 and 10.

The "adaptive brightness" feature in Windows is disabled.


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Just found a suggestion that solved my problem here.

It is the Intel "Display Power Saving Technology" that is to blame.

Disable it like so:

  1. Launch "Intel HD Graphics Control Panel" by right clicking and selecting "Graphics Properties..." from your Intel HD Graphics tray icon
  2. Click Power
  3. Choose "On battery"
  4. Select "Disable" for Display Power Saving Technology
  5. Click Apply

Intel HD Graphics Control Panel example

  • My charger was connecting and disconnecting repeatedly because it was overheating (it has a safety feature to turn off at a certain temperature). This didn't occur to me for half an hour. Unlikely, but worth noting.
    – person27
    May 14, 2017 at 22:27
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    Make sure to restart your computer to fully apply the changes May 27, 2017 at 3:41
  • I'm running HP Envy and everything I've tried worked only for a short time, until restart or wake up. The only solution was to unplug power cable and plug it again.
    – opewix
    Sep 7, 2017 at 12:52
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    This option is randomly ignored most of the time. HD Graphics control panel has had numerous bugs for years It doesn't look like they are going to fix them. You have to install their generic driver (manually or with Intel® Driver & Support Assistant) - that will fix all the problems.
    – Dan
    Oct 7, 2018 at 17:22
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    the "Intel HD Graphics Control Center" app is no longer maintained, Intel however did publish a replacement app called "Intel Graphics Command Center" and turning off "Display Power Savings" (System -> Power -> Battery) did the trick and never reverted back afterwards. Jan 8, 2020 at 19:21

Even after changing the "power" options in the "Intel HD graphics control panel" the brightness kept adapting to the image brightness/darkness.

So did some research and found a solution through editing the registry.


  1. press Win+r
  2. type regedit and press Enter
  3. navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Intel\Display\igfxcui\profiles\media\Brighten Movie and change ProcAmpBrightness to 0
  4. also navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Intel\Display\igfxcui\profiles\media\Darken Movie and change ProcAmpBrightness to 0

This should solve the problem.

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    These reg. values are not in my registry..?
    – psv
    Mar 20, 2016 at 17:00
  • do you have to restart? this is still not working.
    – ahnbizcad
    Oct 19, 2016 at 15:44
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    For me it works after reboot
    – Riccardo
    Jan 13, 2017 at 15:44
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    You are a total genius! There is another way to do this. I believe you can change the brightness in brighten and darken video from the Intel graphics properties interface -> Profiles -> selecting the aforementioned profiles and saving the changes after loading the profile and resetting the brightness.
    – AturSams
    Feb 21, 2017 at 7:00
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    Thank, this works. Either reboot, or if you have two display adapters in your computer, disable and enable intel HD graphics for the modifications to take effect. Feb 28, 2017 at 12:07

So i just fixed this problem temporarily. What i did is i went to Device Manager, then went to Display adapters.

Now i have 2 graphics cards in my system, one is an integrated Intel HD4000 and the second is a Geforce GT740M so i dont know if this will work on systems with 1 graphics card.

After this just disable and enable your integrated graphics card and it should fix it.

  • This did the trick for me. Somehow my display defaulted to Intel graphics when I have AMD Radeon Sep 12, 2017 at 12:46
  • this is the only option that helped me Feb 14, 2019 at 21:22

I've looked around the web and there appear to be several possible causes and solutions to this problem depending on your Windows version and hardware. Here's a compilation of how to turn off adaptive brightness.

  1. Go to Power Options > Display > Enable Adaptive Brightness > Set it to Off in both places

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  1. Go to AMD Catalyst Control Center > Power > PowerPlay > Uncheck the "Enable Vari-Bright" box

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  1. Go to the Intel Media and Graphics Control Panel > Power > Disable Intel Power Saving Technology

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  1. Go to Services > Disable the Adapative Brightness service

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  1. In regedit:

    Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Intel\Display\igfxcui\profiles\media\Brighten Movie and change ProcAmpBrightness to 0

    Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Intel\Display\igfxcui\profiles\media\Darken Movie and change ProcAmpBrightness to 0

  • This is probably a great solution for AMD graphics, but this topic is for the Intel HD Graphics. I suggest you add a new question/topic for this answer.
    – psv
    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:50

I tried so many of these fixes and nothing worked. I was finally able to beat this problem though. I have an i7 processor with integrated HD graphics but also have an nVidia card as well. During Windows 10 setup (or maybe before) my integrated HD card was disabled in my BIOS. I had to enable the integrated HD graphics and then in Windows install the newest HD graphic drivers. After the drivers installed all my tweaking around in the power options screen actually did something. Your mileage may vary but I think enabling the disabled integrated video chip in the BIOS and installing the proper drivers is what was missing. At least for me.

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    You didn't specify what you tweaked. You explained how you solved the problem, but could you reproduce the steps you took to solve the problem? If you could find out some other information on what you changed, you should update your answer.
    – DrZoo
    Jul 5, 2016 at 22:07
  • This topic is for the Intel HD Graphics. I suggest you add a new question/topic for this answer.
    – psv
    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:51

Everything here didn't help and in the end the problem was in the monitor itself - it is a mag monitor went into the monitor's settings (the physical menu button on monitor) and go into color and change DCR mode to off


I had the same problem and also tried all of those fixes and nothing worked till now. I use a secondary monitor for my laptop and was able to fix the problem when I disconnected the secondary monitor, restarted the power plan from the advance power setting ("restore plan defaults"), then restarting my laptop and after that changing the adaptive brightness to off. It works just fine now.


Here's the easy way I found: Adaptive Brightness Control

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  • OP stated that he already had adaptive brightness turned off Jun 6, 2018 at 15:27

This happened to me also. I tried all of the other solutions but none worked. Then I noticed that my desktop background was not my usual.

I right-clicked on the desktop, chose "Personalize" and in the Background slot, I chose "Picture" and clicked on the picture I wanted. The problem went away.

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