Windows: How to Troubleshoot Black Screen or Blank Screen Errors

With Windows 10, one of the most common issues that users face is either the blue screen of death or blank screen errors. While the blue screen of death shows an error code for a user to understand and solve the issue, the black screen or blank screen errors do not, making it difficult for one to find and solve the problem. There could be a hundred different reasons behind the black screen of death occurring in Windows 10. This post will guide you on how to troubleshoot black screen or blank screen errors in Windows 10.

Windows: How to Troubleshoot Black Screen or Blank Screen Errors

Windows: How to Troubleshoot Black Screen or Blank Screen Errors

When one might trip upon a black screen in Windows, there certainly could be several reasons behind it, either issue with the hardware, software, or at last combination of both. When you face the error, be it either before you sign-in into windows or after you sign in, you can try several solutions.

  1. Check Connections
  2. Rollback Display Adapters
  3. Use System Restore
  4. Remove Unnecessary Devices

1] Check Connections

In situations where there’s the issue of a blank screen before signing into Windows, or there’s no visible evidence of the monitor showing anything, this could be an issue with the connections between your CPU and the monitor.

In such situations, double-check the physical connection between both ends of the video signal cable, whether they are connected correctly. Disconnect the video signal cable from both the inputs and outputs and try reconnecting it back again.

2] Rollback Display Adapters

Rollback Display Adapters to Fix Black Screen Windows 10

If you’re sure whether all the connections are made tight and sit perfectly, the latest update drivers either for the graphic card or the display adapter might be causing an issue. To fix it:

  • Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10
  • Open the Device Manager by searching for the same using the Start Search Box and choosing the main listed result.
  • Under Display Adapters, choose the primary display output, right-click, and choose Uninstall Device.
  • From the toolbar on the top, choose the Scan for Hardware Changes option to detect and install the required drivers automatically.
  • Reboot your machine, and boot into Windows 10 normally. You should find the display working as normal.

3] Use System Restore

System Restore Black Screen

System Restore is a tool to repair the OS. It is a snapshot of some of the internal system files and the Windows registry and saves them as Restore Points for further usage. It can be used to return a system to working condition without you having to reinstall Windows. System Restore could help fix the blank screen issue in case a faulty driver has caused it.

  • Firstly, Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10
  • In the Seach Box, type in Create System Restore and open the main listed result.
  • Under System Restore Menu, click on System Restore.
  • In the new Dialog box that pops-up, select the Restore file that you would like to restore and click on Next.

4] Remove Unnecessary Devices

Disconnect USB Peripherals to Fix Black Screen Windows 10

Peripherals or USB devices directly connected to the computer may be among the few reasons behind the black screen or blank screen issues occurring during bootup. In case you notice spinning dots during startup, this may be due to an update that could be installed in the background; if it takes a longer time than usual, disconnecting peripherals from the machine could help.

Once disconnected, restart the device, and in case the issue has been resolved, then one of the connected devices might be causing an issue.

That said, how often do you prefer to keep updating Windows 10 drivers? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

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