Windows 10 Black Screen After Update [9 Methods]🔥

Jerry updated on Jan 11, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Sometimes, using a computer can be tricky as you don't know the solution to specific problems. Mostly, such issues come with the upgrading of a system. Facing the "Windows 10 black screen after update" issue is one of the most common problems.

Undoubtedly, updates are launched to remove bugs from the previous versions of Windows. But, it is common to face problems by many users when they install Windows updates. If you are also one of those, keep reading. this post from EaseUS will share effective ways to remove Windows 10 black screen errors.

Why Is Windows Black Screen After Update

Every computer error is caused by specific problems in the system backend. Windows 10 black screen is not apart from that list of errors. It can happen because of any of the following reasons:

  • Corrupted display drivers
  • Damaged hardware
  • System image files malfunctioning
  • Windows 10 update incomplete installation

The major reason behind all these causes is the insufficient maintenance of your computer. It is common to not take care of your device and update it timely. In such a condition, you may face issues like corrupted drivers, files, and related ones.

It has been seen that graphics drivers get corrupted when a change occurs in the system. Windows updating is one of those changes in the system that can cause files and drivers to be corrupted. Along with this, it is possible that you haven't changed your device's hardware.

In turn, the equipment, like display adapters, won't work smoothly. So, you will see a Windows 10 black screen after the update without any mistakes from you. Another common reason is you might be using an insufficient Windows copy for installation.

If you are unable to update Windows properly, it will not let the display, image, and other drivers work properly. That's why you might be facing an error while starting your computer.

How to Fix Black Screen After Windows 10 Update

If you are facing the same issue, let us show you how to fix the black screen error. In this section, we are going to explain 9 different but effective ways to get rid of this problem.

Method Description Time Difficulty
Disconnect All External Hardware An inappropriate connection can cause a Windows 10 black-screen error 5~10 min
Login With a Different User Account User account credentials can cause the system to start smoothly 5 min ⭐⭐
Uninstall Third-party Windows Theming Software Third-party apps take time to accept the new updates of Windows and can cause errors 10~15 min ⭐⭐⭐
Use Windows Key Sequence to Wake the Screen Windows key sequence can help to wake the screen and resolve the black screen error 3 min
Perform System Restore Restoring the system to the previous version before update can solve Windows errors 30 min~1 hour ⭐⭐⭐
Repair System Files Repairing system files can solve black screen error by removing corrupted files 10 min ⭐⭐
Update Graphics Card Driver If drivers haven't updated, you can do so to get the desktop screen 5~10 min ⭐⭐
Reset Your PC Cleaning your system can help in removing malware-affected files and resolve Windows errors 15 min~1 hour ⭐⭐

Fix 1. Disconnect All External Hardware

As mentioned earlier, incompatible and damaged hardware can be a reason behind Windows 10 black screen errors. So, you should first try this solution to get rid of this computer screen problem. For this, you have to disconnect all external hardware (USB, Printer, etc.) and turn your system on.

Now, keep connecting all external devices one by one to find the faulty one and replace it to get this issue solved for next time.

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Fix 2. Login with a Different User Account

It is a rare problem, but your user account can also be a reason behind the Windows black screen error. So, you should try logging in with another user account to check if the issue has been resolved. To accomplish this task, follow these steps:

Step 1. Get into "Safe Mode" first to proceed.

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Step 2. Access your PC's desktop.

Step 3. Insert your login details.

Step 4. Go to "This PC".

Step 5. Use this address and paste it into the address bar:

C:Users\Second Account Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Caches

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Step 6. Copy the folder shown on the screen.

Step 7. Again, log in using the same old account credentials.

Step 8. Go to the same folder using the above address.

Step 9. Paste the "Cache Folder" you have copied previously.

Step 10. Replace the new folder with the older one.

Step 11. Restart your computer by pressing and holding the power button.

It might be possible you have solved the issue by following the above steps if it was due to user account interference. But if you are still facing the issues, go ahead and check the following fixtures.

Fix 3. Use Professional Tools to Fix Black Screen

When you meet the black screen error but don't know the reason, it's a good idea to try the Windows boot repair tool - EaseUS Partition Master. As a powerful disk and partition tool, it can solve all errors related to disk, including bootable drives. This tool is algorithmically validated, and it can solve the blue, red, or black screen errors on Windows.

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Step 1. Start EaseUS Partition Master after connecting the external drive/USB to your computer, go to "Bootable Media," and click "Create bootable media."

create easeus partition master bootable disk

Step 2. Select an available USB Drive or CD/DVD and click "Create." You can also burn the Windows ISO file to the storage media.

create easeus partition master bootable disk

Step 3. Connect the created bootable drive to the new computer and reboot the computer by pressing and holding F2/Del to enter the BIOS. Then, set the WinPE bootable drive as the boot disk and press F10 to exit.

Step 4. Boot the computer again and enter the WinPE interface. Then, open EaseUS Partition Master and click "Boot Repair" under the "Toolkit" option.

open boot repair

Step 5: Select the system you want to repair and click "Repair."

click  repair

Step 6. Wait a moment, and you will receive an alert that the system has been successfully repaired. Click "OK" to complete the boot repair process.

click ok to complete the repair

Fix 4. Uninstall Third-party Windows Theming Software

To use your device, you must have installed third-party applications for your tasks. When you install Windows 10 updates, it might be possible those third-party apps are performing badly. This is because those apps may not accept the system changes quickly.

So, you should uninstall those apps using the following steps.

Step 1. Enable "Safe Mode".

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Step 2. Go to "Task Manager".

Step 3. Click on the "File" option available in the menu bar.

Step 4. Now, choose the "Run New Task" option.

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Step 5. Enter "services.msc" in the dialogue box opened on the screen.

Step 6. Look for "App Readiness" and double-tap on that option.

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Step 7. In the new box, choose the "Startup Type" option and then choose "Disabled" from the dropdown menu.

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Step 8. Once done, tap on the "OK" button to save the settings.

To check if the Windows 10 black screen after the update issue has been resolved, restart your device. If you are not getting this problem, it means some of your third-party apps are making trouble. So, you should uninstall and reinstall them to get a compatible one.

Fix 5. Use Windows Key Sequence to Wake the Screen

Mostly, we keep on restarting our computer when getting a black screen after an update, thinking it is the only solution. Don't do that, and try using Windows keys to wake up your device's screen. Using this method, you can fix the problem related to the display adapter within no time.

Follow these steps to awaken your PC's screen in no time using Windows keys:

Step 1. Start your computer and wait until the black screen is shown.

Step 2. Simultaneously press the Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B multiple times.

Step 3. You will hear a short beep, and the screen starts getting dim.

Step 4. Within seconds, you will be able to see the desktop screen.

In this task, you don't need to deal with advanced options. You can solve this problem using keyboard keys and resolve the black screen issue. If it hasn't worked for you, it might be possible that the problem isn't with the display adapter. So, you should move ahead to find the right solution.

Fix 6. Perform System Restore

To keep users safe and resolve different errors, Windows has a built-in option that is called "System Restore". You should keep it enabled to get rid of different issues like Windows 10 black screen. But the thing is, you have to access the system's settings to check this option and get started.

So, we have discussed some steps here using which you can access this option and perform this activity.

Step 1. When your system has a black screen, force shut down your system by pressing and holding the power button.

Step 2. Turn on your system and again press and hold the power button for forced shutdown once a black screen is shown.

Step 3. Keep repeating the process until you get the "Automatic Repair Screen".

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Step 4. Now, look for "Advanced Options" and click on it.

Step 5. Choose the "System Restore" option from the available ones. 

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Step 6. Confirm the "Restore" by clicking on the option shown on the screen.

It will take your system to the previous version that was before the updates. If the issue hasn't been resolved, you should follow the same process and choose "Uninstall Updates" instead of "System Restore". It might be possible you will get done with the solution by doing so.

Fix 7. Repair System Files

Another way to fix the black screen error in Windows 10 is through a system file. To do so, you must have to open "Automatic Repair Screen" using the above steps. After that, you have to follow these steps to repair the system files.

Step 1. Click on "Advanced Options" from the screen shown on your computer.

Step 2. Now, choose "Troubleshoot" and then "Advanced Options" again.

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Step 3. After that, click on "Command Prompt".

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Step 4. Select the "Drive" in which the Windows is installed and click "Enter".

Step 5. Run "SFC" and "DISM" scans using the particular steps.

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Step 6. Now, type "exit" in the "Command Prompt" and enter it.

Step 7. Once you have a "Continue" option, click on it to restart your computer.

If your system files were corrupted and causing this issue, you will get it solved by following these steps.

Fix 8. Update Graphics Card Driver

Keep in mind that Windows updates won't install new drivers instantly. It might be possible that your graphics drivers haven't been updated in the Windows 10 update. In turn, you might be facing the issue of a black screen after updating Windows.

So, you should check with the following steps to resolve this error if it is due to the graphics card driver.

Step 1. Go to the "Automatic Repair Screen" of your system using the steps mentioned in the "Fix 5".

Step 2. Choose "Startup Settings" and then click on the "Restart" button.

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Step 3. Now, keep pressing "F5" repeatedly.

Step 4. It will enable "Safe Mode with Network".

Step 5. Look for "This PC" and choose "Properties".

Step 6. A long list of options will be shown in the left menu bar.

Step 7. Choose "Device Manager" from the list.

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Step 8. Tap on "Display Adapters" and then choose "Windows Graphic Card Driver".

Step 9. Right-click on that option.

Step 10. Now, choose the "Update Driver" option.

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Step 11. Tap on "Search automatically for updated drivers" once shown on the screen.

Step 12. Wait for a few minutes until the update is complete.

Step 13. Now, "Restart" your computer to check if the issue has been solved.

Fix 9. Reset Your PC

If nothing has worked for you, the last method to go with is "Reset Your PC". By doing so, you will be able to remove any additional or inappropriate applications and files from your system. Before you reset your PC, it is important to back up your PC to an external drive or the cloud to prevent data loss.

For this, you have to enter into "Safe Mode" first and then follow these steps.

Step 1. Choose the "Reset" option from the "Safe Mode" screen.

Step 2. Tap on "Get Started", which is available under the "Reset This PC" option.

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Step 3. Select "Keep my Files" from the list of options to factory reset your PC without losing data.

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Step 4. Now, follow the on-screen instructions to accomplish this task.

By doing so, it is almost 100% confirmed that you will be able to solve the Windows 10 black screen after the update error. You will be able to see your device seamlessly turning on without showing any error.

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Pro Tip: Always Backup Your PC to Avoid Data Loss

Being a computer user, you must have experienced disasters because of different technical errors. It can come your way anytime without making even a single mistake. But it is not good to lose data due to such unexpected problems caused by your system.

For this, EaseUS Todo Backup is the best program that can help you. Using this, you can easily back up your files in a timely without taking different actions. In simple words, you only have to set the automatic backup option in this software. It will keep backing up your data and restore it whenever you want, even on another device.

Below are the main features of EaseUS Todo Backup:

  • Offers 250G free Cloud storage to back up your computer to the Cloud.
  • It can back up data available in any file format with several simple clicks.
  • You can back up and restore data quickly without following complex steps.
  • Clone a hard drive and image a hard disk for backup and recovery on PCs.
  • EaseUS Todo Backup enables you to create a scheduled backup of your data to perform the task seamlessly.

It has many other functions that you can utilize according to your requirements. We recommend you get this program and keep storing your data in cloud storage. It will keep all your files safe even if you have to install a new Windows 10 due to a black screen after the update error.

To Wrap Up Things

By reading this guide, you must have understood different methods to fix a Windows 10 black screen after update error. You can now resolve this problem and get your system back on track. For the sake of your safety, it is good to have EaseUS Todo Backup installed on your system with scheduled backup enabled.

It will help you keep your data safe and avoid the loss of important files in case of system restoration or reset mentioned above for resolving the black screen error.

FAQs on Windows 10 Black Screen After Update

1. Why is my computer screen black, but the computer is running?

It might be possible that your system's display driver is corrupted, making its screen black. As other drivers are working fine, that's why your computer is running with a black screen.

2. Can RAM cause no display?

Yes, if your system's RAM is faulty or corrupted, it can cause no display problem.

3. Why has my screen suddenly gone black?

There are many reasons that can cause this problem, but the most common is an incompatible or corrupted graphics driver.

4. Why is my Windows 10 screen black when I boot?

The most common issue is corrupted display drivers when you are getting a black screen on Windows 10 while booting.

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Updated by Sherly

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