How to Fix Windows 10 Black Screen of Death?

How to Fix Windows 10 Black Screen of Death?

Have you been trying to fix the Windows 10 black screen of death but worried that you might lose some relevant data and files? If yes, then we have the fixes for the error and a solution for data recovery.

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Dec 21, 2020 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions


Windows users consider the black screen of death even worse than the blue screen. Once you face this issue, there is no guessing the cause of the problem, let alone the fixes. When there is no error displayed on the screen, the problems only get worse. The black screen of death on Windows 7/8/10 is more common than you realize.

So, we need to take a deeper dive into the problem and then come up with fixes that could revive the system. The lack of display further increases the difficulty level to resolve the issue. Hence, at first, we will take a look at the causes and then try to fix it. Let's begin from scratch.

Part 1: What Causes Black Screen of Death Windows 10?

Unless you know the possible causes of the black screen of death on the Windows system, there is no particular fix you can try. So, here are some plausible reasons that could lead to a black screen on Windows:

The leading causes can be tapered down to all this, and once you eliminate the reason, it will easy to choose the right fix.

Part 2: Windows 10 Black Screen of Death- How to Fix?

Here we have gathered that we can fix the black screen of death in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and even XP. Try them and see which one works out for you.

1: Repair Black Screen of Death in Safe Mode:

If it is the hardware and driver issues that are causing troubles, then the appropriate fix for the black screen of death is Safe Mode repair. Try the steps below to repair the hardware and driver issues.

Step 1: Turn your system on and off three times, and in the third attempt, the system will boot into Diagnostics Mode. As you enter the Diagnostics Mode, select Advanced Options.

get to safe mode

Step 2: Select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings and in the startup menu, choose the Enable Safe Mode option to restart the system.

enable safe mode and restart

Step 3: Now, when the system restarts in Safe mode, open Device Manager, and select the Display Adapter. Right-click on it and disable the driver.

disable driver

Also, remember to check the Windows Update or the manufacturer's website to get the latest driver. Restart the system and make sure that the Windows Update is installed properly to resolve the black screen of death.

2: Check the Power Supply:

The other reason for the Windows black screen of death could be a faulty power supply. So, you will have to diagnose if the black screen is a PSU issue or not. Check if there is any misbehaving hardware component. And if every component is fine, then the power supply is most likely the culprit.

Hence, the solution would be replacing the power supply entirely. But before you do this, we suggest that you go through the other fixes first.

3: Wake Up Your Display:

Another possible cause of the laptop black screen of death is that the system isn't detecting the display. And luckily, there is a straightforward solution for that which is forcing the display to wake up. The simple step you have to follow is:

4: Reinstall the Video Card:

At last, the major cause of the issue is the faulty Video Card. For Windows 10 black screen of death fix, you will need to reinstall the video card. The steps are given below to ensure that you don't make any mistakes.

Step 1: Open Device Manager from the Admin account and select the Display Adapters. There you will see the adapter.

open device manager

Step 2: Right-click on the adapter and choose the "Uninstall Device" option. Wait for the device to uninstall.

Step 3: Again, right-click on the device and choose "Scan for hardware changes" so that the driver will appear for reinstallation.

uninstall and reinstall video card

Also, check the latest version of the driver to ensure that it is not outdated. And if you have connected multiple display adapters with the system, consider disconnecting all of them to ensure that the output is being routed to the right display. However, if the computer gets a black screen on startup, read this article to fix it.

Part 3: How to Prevent Black Screen Disaster?

If you want to escape the computer black screen of death, then the solutions mentioned above will work effectively. Still, here we are stating some tips that will help you prevent such a disaster in the future.

Part 4: Recover Lost Data After Failure of Fixing the Black Screen Error?

Whether you were trying to fix the Windows 10 black screen of death or any other problem, there is a chance of failing to fix the issue. Once it happens, how can we recover lost data on the computer? The credit goes to Recoverit Data Recovery software. It is an ultimate data recovery tool that is trusted by millions of users due to the reliability and efficiency of the software application. When you can rescue the data from oblivion, then you can stay relaxed under all conditions.

Step 1: Simply Launch the Recoverit, and select 'Data recovery mode'. For unbootable windows, use the 'Recover from crash computer' mode.


Step 2: The icon below pops up with the different options to boot from. The 'USB bootable drive' or 'CD/DVD bootable drive' button options. Click on the 'Create' tab.


Step 3: Completing step 2 brings up the window below for you to format the drive. You can proceed once you are sure all your important files are back-up. Select the 'Format' tab to proceed.


Step 4: Here, the bootable drive is created, make sure the USB flash drive is intact and not ejected while creating the bootable-drive. You can also see a guide on what to do next or you could check the full guide.


Step 5: After the operation is completed after a few minutes, a new window pops up with several options as shown.


Step 6: It should be noted that your computer booting sequence is changed to the bootable media you created a few minutes ago.


Restart your computer, enter the BIOS of the system using the F12 function key. Try to find out what works for your system (it varies). Check 'how to set the computer to boot from USB drive' to have more insight.

Step 7: After booting from the bootable drive, the computer software (Recoverit) automatically launches with options to recover lost data. The 'copy data from hard disk' or 'Data recovery' options from your windows.


With the steps above, you would have been able to recover your lost data using Recoverit from unbootable windows 10. From us we say congrats. The software is designed to be user friendly and easy to use. Keep enjoying it.


No matter what brand of computer you own, all systems, including Chromebook/ Microsoft/ Samsung/ Sony Vaio, could suffer from the black screen of death. So, keep these simple and easy fixes in your mind and Recoverit Data Recovery for backup. Tell your friends and family about the software so that they can also benefit from the software features.

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