Black Screen When Booting

A black screen on the Windows 10/11 device’s booting screen can be a symptom of several issues. Knowing where to look for the source of the problem can make the troubleshooting process easier. 

Usually, this technical error occurs due to an out-of-date graphics driver. A corrupted system OS can also be the reason behind such an occurrence. Faulty monitors or cables can prevent the Windows PC from displaying any picture. 

Thus, you must check these computer units beforehand. If you find wear and tear in the screen or cables, consider replacing them immediately. Additionally, the external peripherals can conflict with the PC and show a black screen when booting. 

Now, let’s get to the detailed reasons and solutions for the black screen on the Windows PC’s booting screen:

What Causes a Black Screen when Booting the Windows 10/11 Computer?

An outdated application can lead to a black screen error on Windows’s login screen. Besides, misconfigured PC settings can generate this screen glitch. For instance, an incorrect projection setting can restrict the PC from displaying a picture. 

Moreover, you can experience this issue if there is a problem with the boot configuration data (BCD) store. Did you recently access a malicious website? There is a high chance that the device has a virus-infected file which is causing this problem. 

Remove the problematic file from the Windows 10/11 PC to resolve the black screen error when booting.

5 Easy Solutions to Fix Black Screen when Booting the Windows Devices

A black screen on the Windows computer can hinder important office work. Thus, try to fix this problem at the earliest possible to use the device without glitches. 

First, try to restart the Windows 10/11 PC. If that doesn’t work, implement these solutions to eliminate the black screen when booting the PC:

1. Check if the Windows OS is Responsive

You must first check whether the computer and Windows OS are booting or not. To proceed, hold the Windows, Ctrl, Shift and B keys simultaneously. This key combination will restart the graphics driver and fix the black screen error. 

Did you hear a beep sound? It indicates the Windows OS is also responsive. However, if you didn’t get any sound from the PC, it indicates the device isn’t booting. 

Enable the Safe Mode from Windows recovery in such instances to resolve the booting problem. If the error persists, check the Windows 10/11 device’s built-in battery. Replace the internal battery immediately if there is any sign of damage. 

2. Disconnect and Reconnect the Monitor cables

If you notice a black screen when booting, check the device’s display connection. It might sound easy, but it’s where most black screen issues develop. Remove all the monitor cables and plug them into the Windows computer. Reconnect them after at least 2-3 minutes and ensure the external monitor is on. 

Additionally, you can consider connecting another secondary monitor to the PC. Move from HDMI to DisplayPort and use a new cable for the display. It will help you to determine whether the issue lies with the monitor cable or port. Repair the port with an expert’s help to overcome the black screen error.

3. Disconnect the External Peripherals

External devices, like a mouse or keyboard, can cause a black screen error while booting. Thus, try to disconnect these peripherals and check if that solves the issue. Press the Windows 10/11 laptop’s “power” button until the screen trunks black. 

Unplug the keyboard and mouse from the laptop’s USB ports. Wait for at least 2-3 minutes, and then press the laptop’s “power” key. If the device now boots properly, this means that one of the peripherals you removed caused the problem. You must reinstall the external device on the Windows PC when using them later.

4. Reconfigure the PC’s Projection Settings

There is a high chance that you have set the system’s projection settings incorrectly. For instance, the display might be set to project a second monitor which isn’t connected to the PC. Thus, you are noticing a black screen when booting the device. 

Modify the Windows computer’s projection settings to fix the problem. Press the Windows and P keys simultaneously to access the “Projection” menu. 

A pop-up window will appear with 4 screen options – PC screen only, Extend, Duplicate and Second screen only. While the first one is the default option, your PC might not be set to it.

Select “PC screen only” from the options list and close the Projection menu. Restart the Windows 10/11 device, and the black screen won’t appear while booting. However, if the error persists, open the Projection menu and press the “P” key to highlight the next option. 

Hit the “Enter” button to select the right screen option from the list. The PC won’t display a black screen while booting after restoring the original settings. 

5. Roll Back to the Previous Driver Update

Did you get the black screen error after installing the latest display driver update? It could occur if the recent driver version is corrupted or incompatible with the device. Roll back to the previous display driver update and check if that solves the problem.

You must enable Safe mode to reinstall the display drivers. If you can see the login screen, press the Shift key and choose “Power”, and tap on “Restart”. Choose “Troubleshoot” when the Restart window opens. Click “Advanced options”, select “Start-up Settings”, and opt for “Restart”. Press the “F5” key and choose “Safe Mode with Networking”.

Unable to see anything on the Windows PC screen but have a recovery drive? Turn off the device and connect the recovery drive to the USB port. Select “Troubleshoot”, tap on “Advanced Options”, and click “Start-up Settings”. Choose “Restart” and press “F5” to select “Safe Mode with Networking”.

Reinstall the Previous Display Driver Version

Press the Windows and X keys together after entering the Safe mode. Choose “Device Manager” from the pop-up menu. Choose “Display Adapters” from the pre-installed driver list when the new window opens. 

Right-click on the graphics driver name and tap on “Properties”. Navigate to “Driver” and select “Roll Back Driver” afterwards. Click “Yes” when the confirmation window opens. The Windows PC will reinstall the previous driver version within 5-10 minutes and fix the black screen error.

Lastly, Reinstall the RAM ….

A poor connection between the Windows PC’s RAM and motherboard can result from a black screen when booting. Thus, try to remove the RAM and reinstall it to fix this complicated problem. Press and hold the “Power” button until the Windows computer turns off.

Disconnect the AC power cord from the power supply and open the PC’s case. Locate the motherboard and remove the RAM from the memory slot. Remove the dust or dirt particles from the RAM and put it back into the slot. 

Connect the AC power cord to the power supply. Press the Windows 10/11 computer’s “power” button and check if it’s booting without a black screen. If the error persists, the RAM might be faulty. Opt for an immediate RAM replacement to resolve the black screen error.

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