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How to Fix the Black Screen of Death on Windows 10 (Working Solutions)

Windows 10 has the infamous error Black Screen Death. When the OS fails and sends an error message, it appears and can point to a helpful connection to help fix it. It leads to an issue with the OS or with hardware if a BSoD is recurring, and it can not be overlooked.

Black Screen of Death!

A less-known error screen is the Black Death Screen. The Black Death Screen borrows its name from the early days of Windows when only DOS applications could run on the OS. When a DOS app failed to function, The Black Screen of Death emerged.

For the Black Screen of Death on Windows 10, this term no longer exists. The Black Screen of Death is found on Windows 10 when the device is booted by a user. It is distinguished by the complete absence of any UI or OS feature that can be selected for running.

Your machine doesn’t malfunction, unlike the Blue Screen of Death. It utterly struggles to boot. You can see a message like no Iso is located, or the files on the boot drive are a concern, etc.

Windows 10 Black Death Screen-CAUSES

The following may be caused by the Black Screen of Death;

Incorrect or incomplete installation of Windows 10: If you installed Windows 10 on a device and disabled the installation media, or if there were issues with the system during installation, you could see a black screen of death.

Corrupted installation of Windows 10: If your installation of Windows 10 has been compromised during a device check, file recovery process, or installing a second OS (dual boot) on your PC, you can see a black death screen.
Hard disk crash: Your PC would not be able to boot the OS if the hard disk has failed and is unrepairable. You would need to replace the hard drive or link to the machine with an extra/alternative boot unit and boot from it instead.

Failed/crashed system services: you can get a black screen of death on the monitor on rare occasions. Both aspects of the UI will vanish and you will see a cursor on the screen at most. The cursor can be responsive or not. An app triggers this kind of crash.

Hardware failure/problems: The screen may be compromised and the OS environment may not be displayed or the display drivers can be corrupt.

Determining the essence of Death’s Black Screen

You need to decide what type it is before you can repair the Black Death Screen, i.e., are you on your monitor or are you on the boot screen?

  • The best method of checking this is to push the machine to shut down.
  • On your laptop/PC, push and hold the power button.
  • Wait for the machine to shut down before you hear it.
  • Disconnect it from the power supply for a minute for good measure.
  • Link the device to, and switch on a power source.

When you see the Windows logo and boot to the laptop, an app on the desktop triggers a black screen of death.

If you don’t see a Windows logo, see the device manufacturer’s logo momentarily, or see a message clicking the BIOS boot key, the black death screen is on the boot screen outside the desktop.

5 Fast Fixes: Death’s Black Screen on Windows 10

Try the next thing to repair the black screen of death. The patch you use will depend on the sort of black death screen you see.

1. Windows 10 Fix Now

If Windows 10 is compromised to the extent that it can no longer boot, this patch applies. You would require access to a functioning machine to patch it.

  1. Download the Windows 10 media development program from Microsoft.
  2. Using a USB, build Windows 10 installation media.
  3. Link the USB to the PC that is in trouble.
  4. Just boot from the USB.
  5. Pick a version and language for Windows 10.
  6. Pick the Repair Option on the installation screen.
  7. Pick Troubleshooter > Repair Startup.

2. Check for errors on hard drives

You require a Windows 10 installation disk to search the hard drive for errors outside of Windows 10. You must have access to a working Windows 10 framework to build it.

  1. Shut the machine down.
  2. Link the installation disk to Windows 10.
  3. Switch on the system and boot it from the disk.
  4. Pick a version and language of Windows 10.
  5. Pick the alternative for repairs.
  6. Go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Prompt Order.

To check it for errors, run this command on each volume on the hard drive.

3. Checking for hardware

If the machine does not boot or if the black screen is blank, run the tests below.

Connect to another monitor and/or adjust the cable you are using to connect to the display.

To power, your device, adjust the PSU (power supply unit) that you are using.

Delete all peripherals, such as external drives, USBs, SD cards, phones, cameras, etc., that are not needed to operate the device.

System Ventilation Check. Maybe your machine is overheating. Give it a little rest, i.e. don’t use it for a few hours so it can thoroughly cool down, and then attempt to turn it on.

Your hardware may be compromised if your device has been running hot for a long time and you’ve had several heat-related shut-downs. If so, it’s better to make a specialist inspect the hardware.

4. Run the Compatibility Mode app

If you see the black screen of death in the computer world, it means that an app is responsible for it. Push the machine to restart and you should be able to boot on a desktop that works.

Try running the software in compatibility mode to keep the black screen from showing again.

Right-click the app shortcut or EXE, and from the context menu, pick Properties.

Go to the tab for Compatibility.

“Activate the option” Run this command in compatibility mode for Open the drop-down menu and pick Windows 8 or Windows 7, then run the program.

Note: this does not fit and choosing a new app to use is your only option.

5. Check Drivers for Graphics

A graphics driver issue can cause a black screen to death. Push the system to shut down and reboot.

  • Open Devices Manager.
  • Display Adapters Extend.
  • Right-click and pick Upgrade Drivers from the onboard graphics card.
  • Check online for and install updates for drivers.
  • Make the machine restart.


When you see a black screen with no UI components to communicate with and no commands that you can execute to get into a display, the Black Screen of Death is the unofficial term. It is most often associated with a broken OS, which is why it is your best bet to patch it with the Windows 10 startup repair kit. If you are going to update Windows 10, make sure that you do not interrupt it at some point and make sure that during operation, the device has a steady power supply.

Javeria Bukhari

Javeria is a passionate writer, tech aficionado, and keen explorer who likes discovering informative bits of life and staying updated on diverse trends and innovations. When not sharing news and exploring trends, you'll find her writing tech life hacks that make life easier.

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