Black Screen for Windows – A black screen or more commonly known as a blank screen on Windows, is a problem that occurs when a computer or laptop device is experiencing a failure in the operating system or damage to its components. So it then can cause your monitor or screen to turn black suddenly. This problem often occurs to Windows users, including us here in omdody office.
It should also be noted that the black screen problem in Windows varies for each user. For example, a black screen appears when the computer or laptop is booting, before or after entering Windows, and some are stuck in the Windows boot process. Even though the black screen on Windows is a fairly serious problem, that doesn’t mean it can’t be overcome. Check out more information about the causes and how to deal with the following Windows black screen.
Causes of black screen on Windows devices
Many factors can cause a monitor to have a black screen. For example, the problem I’m having recently is a black screen because the laptop screen has been damaged/used for too long. In addition, other possibilities can be caused by errors or damage to the system. For more details, consider the following points.
- Problematic system files – There is a possibility that the cause of this black screen problem in Windows is due to problematic system files. Of course, there are many reasons why system files become corrupt, for example, failure when updating Windows, getting a virus or malware, and maybe accidentally modifying it.
- Incompatible display driver – We know that drivers have a very important role in a computer/laptop. Given that without drivers, of course, some of the components in it cannot run optimally. Apart from that, the incompatibility factor in installing the driver can also cause some problems. Therefore, make sure the installed driver matches the connected device.
- Outdated hardware – The appearance of a black screen on Windows is not only caused by software factors, but the installed hardware can also be a source of the cause, especially the Monitor section. Especially if the device used is in outdated condition or has a long service life.
- Overheating – When your device overheats when used for a long period, of course, it will cause some error problems afterward. For example, the performance of a computer/laptop suddenly decreases, so there is a possibility that the black screen will appear by itself. As I experienced a few months ago when the laptop was overheating and the Windows Service crashed, suddenly the screen went black.
How to Deal with black-screen Windows devices
There are several ways you can do to overcome the black screen problem in Windows. But before you continue, make sure you select the option that is appropriate to the circumstances or conditions that occur on your computer/laptop. In addition, I also use Windows 10 as material for the implementation of the method below. If you are using a lower operating system, feel free to adjust. Here are some methods you can try.
A. Black Screen before entering Windows
We know that several problems occur when a black screen occurs, one of which is that you encounter a black or blank screen before arriving at the Windows Log-in screen or it could be when the computer is turned on. If you experience this condition, you can try to fix it using 2 methods, namely by refreshing the desktop screen and checking the condition of the monitor. Check out the following steps.
1. Refresh the Windows screen
Before you do a screen refresh, there’s one thing you need to check first. Please try pressing CapsLock or NumLock on the keyboard, then see “Whether the key indicator light is on or not”.
If the button indicator light is on
Using a device connected such as a keyboard on a laptop, please press the Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B. If Windows is responsive, a few moments later you will hear a short beep and the screen will blink or dim. This means that Windows is trying to refresh your screen.
But if you are using a Desktop PC, try pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete » then enter Windows Account. If you can’t access it, please hard restart your PC. By pressing the Power button for 10 seconds » then release the Power button to restart your PC.
If the button indicator light does not turn on
Try pressing the Power button on the device for 10 seconds to turn it off » then unplug the adapter/Laptop battery/RAM. After that, wait 30 seconds » reinstall the hardware components » and then reboot your device.
Note: If using the method above your desktop screen still displays a black or blank screen, then there is a possibility that this problem is caused by damage to a hardware component, especially the monitor. For that, please see the explanation below.
2. Check Monitor condition
A problematic monitor not only causes the laptop screen to turn white but can also cause the screen to turn black or dark. Maybe most computer/laptop users who are still beginners will immediately replace it with a new one when an error occurs on the screen. Even before you buy, it’s a good idea to try some of the solutions found in Google searches, one of which is to check the condition of the monitor in the following ways.
If using a Desktop PC
- Make sure your monitor is plugged in and on.
- Then try to unplug the video cable from the Monitor and PC and reconnect them firmly. After that, move the mouse to see if the cursor can move or not on the screen.
- If there is a TV or other monitor connected to the PC, please observe whether the TV or other monitor can run normally or not. If you still see a black screen on Windows, then there is a possibility that your PC monitor has a component failure.
- Try connecting to a different video output on your PC. Sometimes, driver changes can cause the video sent to the adapter or the display output to be different.
If using a Laptop
- Temporarily undock the device if it is attached and the laptop screen is fully open.
- Make sure the external monitor is connected to the Laptop and is on.
- Then try using a keyboard shortcut to switch screen modes. Ex: press F10 or Fn + F10.
Note: When changing screen mode to monitor, of course, each type of laptop has a different logo and placement on the keyboard. But what is certain is that the logo is between F1 – F12.
After the laptop is successfully connected to the monitor screen, please check the condition of the screen on the monitor by looking at the following two important points.
|If the black screen still appears||it means that there is a possibility that your laptop’s VGA card has been damaged|
|If the screen on the monitor is running normally||it could be that the problem is caused by a damaged LCD on your laptop|
B. Black Screen after logging in to Windows account
Apart from that, some users get a black screen when logging in to a Windows account. In this case, there are two different conditions for each user, one can move the mouse or one cannot. But you don’t need to worry if you experience the same conditions as the statement. Several solutions can be done to fix it. Check out the full information below.
1. Refresh the screen
The most basic way that you need to do first before you do deeper repairs, is to try to refresh the screen. It is possible that by refreshing, your computer/laptop screen will return to normal. To refresh the screen, you can do it by pressing the Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B.
After pressing that keyboard combination, a few moments later you will hear a short Beep. If the screen suddenly flickers or dims, that means Windows is trying to refresh the screen. However, if with this solution the black screen still appears, please try the next tips.
2. Restart File Explorer
When problems occur on the Windows system such as black screens, freezes, or hangs, the solution you try is to restart File Explorer via the Task Manager. Even though it looks simple, this solution is powerful enough to overcome the black screen on Windows. Here are the steps:
Restart Windows Explorer
- First, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete on the keyboard » then select Task Manager.
- If that doesn’t work, you can use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc combination to open it.
- Once open, click the Processes tab » search and select Windows Explorer » and click Restart.
Note: When you click Restart Windows Explorer, the desktop screen will experience a momentary crash/bank. This happens because the Explorer process has stopped, but a few moments later it will run normally again.
If Windows Explorer doesn’t restart successfully, you can try another method. Namely by stopping the process temporarily, then running Windows Explorer again as below.
Run New Task Windows Explorer
- First, open Task Manager as before.
- Then find and click Windows Explorer » End task.
- If so, some components on the screen will disappear.
- Then, open the Task Manager again » click File in the upper left corner of the Task Manager » and select Run new Task.
- Then when explorer.exe » make sure to check the “Create this task Alt administrative privileges” » and click OK/Enter.
3. Run Roll Back Driver
Even though Windows was operating well before, when running a Windows update failed, it will cause some problems on the system afterward, especially in the drivers. Perhaps one of the most appropriate solutions is to run Roll Back Driver. This feature functions to restore the driver one step back before the update was carried out. Here are the steps.
- First, go to Advanced Boot Options » and select Troubleshoot.
- Then click Advanced Options » select Startup Settings » and click Restart.
- If so, press number 5 or F5 to enter Safe Mode with Networking.
- Then type device manager in the Taskbar search field and run it from the search results that are displayed.
- Locate and double-click on Display adapters » then right-click on the Available Drivers item » and select Properties.
- If so, click the Driver tab » select Roll Back Driver » and click Yes to confirm » OK / Enter.
- After that, turn off the device and turn it on again for a while.
4. Uninstalling the latest Windows Update
If the previous solution still does nothing in fixing the error on Windows Update. You can also uninstall Windows Update directly. Maybe that can solve the problem on the screen. Here’s the tutorial;
- First, enter into Safe Mode as above.
- Then click the Start menu icon » and select Settings » Update & Security.
- If so, click View update history » and Uninstall updates.
- After that, select the update you want to remove, then click Uninstall.
Note: If you find an update that cannot be uninstalled, it means that the update is mandatory and cannot be uninstalled.
5. Try Clean Boot Windows
When you turn on the device, of course, some applications and services will run automatically on the system background. Sometimes, background programs can cause screen issues. Hence the need to perform a clean boot, so that Windows can run with a small number of drivers and startup programs when it starts up. Moreover, running it can fix software compatibility issues.
- First, enter into Safe Mode as before.
- Then press Windows + R to open the Run window.
- Then type msconfig in the search field » and press Enter/OK.
- If the “System Configuration” dialog appears, click the Services tab.
- Check the “Hide all Microsoft services” » click Disable all » Apply » OK.
- After that, restart to see the changes.
At the same time, you can also turn off startup programs so that the boot process is faster when the computer/laptop is turned on. What’s more, by reducing the startup programs that are running, you can optimize RAM Usage so that it isn’t full.
Another Alternative Method
Apart from the solutions I provided above, there are still several alternative solutions that you can do when the black screen doesn’t go away. For example, by running DISM and SFC, removing applications, running System Restore to reinstalling Windows.
Note: There are various ways you can access the Advanced Startup options in Windows. For example, you can use a bootable CD/USB to try other options.
1. Run the DISM Tool & SFC command
DISM /Online /Cleanup-image /RestoreHealth
System File Checker functions to detect and repair corrupted files on the system. Running this SFC feature will be the most suitable solution for you if you have a screen problem caused by corrupted system files. Listen and follow each step below.
- First, go to Advanced Boot Options » and select Troubleshoot.
- Then click Advanced Options » and select Command Prompt.
- If the CMD window opens, please type the DISM command first » press Enter.
- Wait for a moment
- If so, type the SFC command above » then press Enter.
- Wait for the process to be 100%
- After that, please restart your device.
Note: The length of the process depends on the storage capacity and specifications of your computer/laptop.
After your process of running the System File Checker has been completed, you may receive a message about the results of the check and repair. Here is some information about the meaning of the message.
Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations – This means that your system files are not missing or corrupted.
Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation – This means that to fix the problem that occurs, it is recommended that you run System File Checker in Safe Mode. Also, make sure that the PendingDeletes and PendingRenames folders are in the %WinDir%\ WinSxS\ Temp directory.
2. Remove the Antivirus application
Even though Windows Security has pretty good features and services, in reality, there are still many Windows users who use third-party antivirus applications. This is probably due to the many features that are superior to Windows Security, especially in terms of cleaning viruses. Even under certain conditions, third-party applications can cause problems with the system, including the screen turning black or blank. To be sure, please uninstall the application temporarily, then see the results.
- First, click the Start menu on the Windows Taskbar » click Settings » then Apps.
- If so, select the App & features tab » search and click the antivirus application that you want to remove.
- Then click Uninstall » and then click Uninstall again to confirm the removal of the application.
- Follow the instructions provided by the system.
After completing the deletion, you need to clean the cache files and the Windows registry first. Before reinstalling the application you want, it is recommended to restart your computer/laptop first.
3. Run System Restore
Simply put, System Restore functions to restore the condition of your computer or laptop at a predetermined time. Usually, this is used by Windows users when experiencing unwanted problems.
- First, enter into Advanced Options as before » select System Restore.
- Wait a few moments for the system to load all restore points onto the device.
- If so, click the restore point that you want to use, » and click Next.
- After that, follow the instructions provided » restart.
Note: Before using this method, make sure you have created a restore point or made a backup beforehand. In other words, you can’t use system restore if you don’t do that.
4. Use the Startup Repair feature
Apart from that, you can also fix black screen problems in Windows by using the Startup Repair service. This option can solve several problems that exist in Windows, including a black screen to Windows Error Recovery. Listen and follow the steps below;
- First, go to “Advanced Options” (as above » and select “Startup Repair.”
- If so, wait for the system to scan and repair for a while.
- After that, follow the instructions given » then restart.
5. Reinstall Windows
If all the methods I have given don’t fix the black screen problem on Windows that keeps appearing, then the only thing you can do is reinstall Windows. Reinstalling Windows can be the most effective solution to fix system problems. But before reinstalling, make sure you have backed up the important files you have.
Many factors can cause the screen to turn black in Windows. For example, such things as problematic system files, service crashes, incompatible drivers, and damage to the monitor screen. Even though it can be said to be a fairly serious problem, it doesn’t mean you have to take it to a service center. Given that there are lots of solutions you can implement to overcome black screen problems on Windows, as I have described above.
If you have questions or opinions that you need to convey, please write them in the comments column below. Thank you and good luck!
What is a black screen on Windows?
A condition in which your computer/laptop monitor screen only displays a black screen even though it is on.
What are the main causes of the black screen problem?
Black screen problems often occur when system files are problematic or drivers are incompatible. Apart from that, damage to the monitor screen components can also cause this to happen.