Fix Radeon Settings Version and Driver Version Do Not Match Error

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I recently encountered an issue with my own office laptop. After updating its drivers using Driver Easy Pro, whenever I tried to open the Radeon graphics card settings, I got the following error:

Radeon Settings version and Driver version do not match. Please try again after updating to the latest version(s).

Radeon Settings error

Radeon Settings error

At first, I thought it was due to the updated driver. So I reverted to the old driver but the error persisted. So I tried to uninstall and then install the driver again but to no avail. The error seems strange and it had something to do with either Radeon settings program was not updated or the driver version was not updated.

I searched the Internet for a possible solution but didn’t come up with any solid solution except one which gave way to the final solution. Finally, I have been able to fix the issue myself and now the Radeon graphics settings are opening just fine. So let’s go through the solution steps to document the exact solution.

  1. Open DirectX diagnostics by going to Run –> dxdiag.
  2. Go to Display. If you have two graphics cards in your computer, you will see two Display tabs or one Display tab and another Render tab. Just look for the tab which has AMD Radeon as its name and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. as the manufacturer.
  3. Under the Drivers section, note down the Version number. Mine was 25.20.15031.9002.
    DirectX diagnostics Radeon graphics card driver version

    DirectX diagnostics Radeon graphics card driver version

  4. Open Windows Registry Editor by going to Run –> regedit.
  5. Open the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\AMD\CN
  6. In the right-hand pane, open DriverVersion key and replace its value with the one which we extracted in step no. 3.
    Changing driver version in Windows Registry

    Changing driver version in Windows Registry

You will need to restart the computer after making changes to the registry.

After restarting the computer, right-click empty space on the Desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings. This should open the settings.

Please note that, as suggested in Reddit thread, if you leave the DriverVersion value blank, this may seem to fix the issue but the Radeon settings will not open. You will get a loading cursor sign and nothing else will happen no matter how many times you open the settings.

One user also suggested to extract the driver version number from Device Manager but I feel that DirectX diagnostics tool is easier to open. Anyways, if you want to extract the driver version from the Device Manager, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Device Manager by going to Run –> devmgmt.msc OR using keyboard shortcut keys Windows key + X +K.
  2. Expand Display adapters and double-click Radeon adapter to open its properties.
    Device Manager display adapters

    Device Manager display adapters

  3. Under the Driver tab, copy the Driver Version value and follow the same steps through 4 to 6.
    Radeon 500 Series Properties

    Radeon 500 Series Properties

After restarting the computer, you will no longer get the error message “Radeon Settings Version and Driver Version Do Not Match” as we have already made sure that the version numbers of both the settings app and the actual driver are the same.

AMD Radeon Settings

AMD Radeon Settings

I hope this will resolve your issue. Please let us know about your experience in the comments below.

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