Windows 10 is a widely used operating system all over the world and is designed from the ground up to be user-friendly and easy to get along with. However, this certainly doesn’t mean it’s perfect. There are several issues that can crop up in Windows 10 and we’re going to show you how to resolve one of the more dreaded ones – the black screen.
How to fix a black screen in Windows 10 during installation
If you run across a black screen during the installation process of Windows 10, then depending on your hardware, this could still mean that the installation is progressing in the background.
The first thing to do in this situation is to leave the black screen for up to 6 hours if your computer is particularly slow. The better your hardware, the faster the process will take, but giving Windows a chance to sort itself out is always worth trying.
If after this time nothing has happened then hold down the power button on your machine for 10 seconds to force it to shut down. Unplug everything that is non-essential (everything apart from your keyboard, mouse and main display) and try to boot your machine up again and restart the installation process.
If you’re still having trouble, then try and install Windows from a bootable USB drive.
Check your monitor’s connections
It sounds silly, but the most obvious solution is usually the correct one. Make sure you check the connections between your PC and your monitor, and your monitor’s power cable.
If your monitor doesn’t display a standby light when you connect it to power, it could well be an issue with the power cable or even the monitor itself.
If you are getting a standby power light but you can’t get a signal from your machine, then try using another connection or another cable.
Force your display to wake up
It could also be possible that Windows 10 just isn’t detecting your display. Use your keyboard to hit your Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B which will forcibly wake up your display.
Boot into safe mode to troubleshoot the black screen issue
Booting into safe mode starts Windows 10 with only the essential programs and applications running, so if this works you’ll know it’s something running on your computer that is the root of the problem.
At your sign in screen when you fire up your PC, hold down your Shift key and click the power button at the bottom right of your screen, then select restart.
If you can’t see anything because your screen is already black, then press the power button and reboot your machine again. Do this three times and you will trigger the Windows 10 automatic repair function. Follow the directions below.
- Click the advanced start up menu, and then hit Troubleshoot.
- Click advanced options.
- Head into Startup Settings.
- Click the Restart button.
- On the startup settings, hit 5 or F5 to enter Safe mode with Networking.
How to reinstall your video driver
An issue with your screen could well be your video driver causing trouble, so it’s a good idea to try reinstalling it.
- Hit your Windows Key + X and head into your Device Manager.
- Expand your display adapters, right click your display adapter and select Uninstall.
- Hit OK to confirm and then uninstall your computer.
Windows will then automatically reinstall the display driver when it boots up again, so if there was a problem it should now be fixed.