The recent April 2018 update of Windows 10 turned out to have a major annoying bug. The screen turns black on random occasions where sometimes nothings is visible and sometimes you might be able to see the cursor but the background wallpaper is completely black. A black screen could appear during installations, updates, after signing in or at any random time after performing a sequence of steps. The reason why the black screen occurs is not clear, although there are many different solutions to this problem. Given here are a few solutions which can help you remove the black screen and show your desktop.
Try To Reinstall or Uninstall Your Graphics Card
The Black screen problem could be caused due to corrupt or outdated graphics card. Hence, this problem could be solved by reinstalling or uninstalling the graphics card.
Follow the steps given below to reinstall your graphics card.
- Start your system in Safe mode.
- In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, and then select the Device Manager.
- Expand Display adapter.
- Right-click the display adapter, and then select Uninstall > OK.
- A message confirming that you’re about to uninstall the device from the system will appear. If the ‘Delete the driver software for this device’ option appears, select the check box to delete the driver software click on ‘OK’.
- Restart your PC.
Follow the steps given below to uninstall your graphics card in Safe Mode.
- Open your system in Safe Mode by pressing F4 or F8 continuously to open Boot Options. Once it is open, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings. When your system is about to restart, choose any Safe Mode option from the given list.
- Once your system is opened in the Safe Mode, Press Windows + X and choose Device Manager.
- Locate your graphic card, right click it and choose Uninstall.
- Now restart your system. The Black Screen problem should be fixed now.
Managing background updates and downloads
The new servicing model in Windows 10 allows the Windows updates, patches, security fixes, and driver updates to automatically download in the background and install themselves without you even noticing it. You can simply change the settings of your system to be able to manage all the downloads before these background processes give you any problem. But if a black screen does occur, you could try booting in Safe Mode.
Uninstalling RunOnce Processes
If after logging in, only a black screen is visible, then this could be because of the RunOnce processes. To solve this issue, press Control+Shift+Esc, which launches the ‘Task Manager’. Select the Processes and Services tab and then look for any instances of RunOnce32.exe or RunOnce.exe. If there are any RunOnce processes running, then stop the process, cancel the application, or end the service. Now you need to restart your system.
Changing Windows Background Settings
The black screen problem could be occurring simply because the background wallpaper is set to not show in the settings. To change the setting, you need to turn on the ‘Show Windows Background’ in the ease of access > other options menu if it is turned off. Then after setting up a wallpaper, restart your system to see if the changes are made or not.
Uninstall Third Party Anti-Virus Applications
The black screen problem could also be caused because of all the third party, problematic applications like anti-malware applications. The best way to deal with this problem is to uninstall these applications. To do so, follow the following steps:
- Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
- Once Task Manager is opened, go to ‘File’ and select ‘Run New Task’.
- Enter appwiz.cpl and then press ‘Enter’.
- The Programs and Features window will now open, and you’ll be able to uninstall these applications.
Disconnect Multiple Screen Displays
If your screen is being projected on multiple monitors, then that might also be the cause of black screen in this new windows update. To solve this problem, you need to disconnect or unplug all the other secondary display screens attached to your system.
You can also disable other screens from Device Manager. To do so, follow the steps given below:
- Open Device Manager
- Go to the ‘Display Adapters’ Section
- Go to ‘View’ and select ‘Show HiddenDevices’
- In the Display Adapters section, go to Secondary Output, right click it and choose Disable.
- Now Restart your system and check if the problem is solved or not.