Black Screen: Windows 7 Won't Boot Up
Did your computer screen turn black or blue when you tried to boot up? This can be a scary scenario due to potential hardware damage or data loss. If you’re not a tech savvy person, trying to solve the issue can be a tricky process but it’s doable.
What causes a Black Screen when you start your computer:
- Your video driver may be incompatible with new updates
- The computer has a virus
- The computer’s graphics card is damaged
As just an average Windows 7 user, it's really annoying encountering a Windows booting issue. When this happens, logging out doesn't help. If you feel unsure about fixing the Black Screen issue, get in touch with Data recovery professionals like Wondershare Recoverit who have vast experience fixing such issues.
For Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts, We have complied ways simple solutions you can use to fix the issue.
Windows 7 won't boot: black screen, blue screen, or a 'no error' message
The first method is to switch the computer to safe mode and try to find out the problem. Then fix it. That's the way we've used more and more. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it fails. If you want to solve the problem completely, the best way is to get a professional Windows 7 boot disk, which can totally remove your loading problems.
Way 1. Create a Bootable CD/USB to boot Windows
As for a professional and reliable Windows 7 boot disk, you can use Microsoft Media Creation Tool, a powerful computer bootable CD/ USB drive that can boot your Windows 7 under any situation. Now, follow the steps below to do what you need.
Step 1. Create a Bootable CD/USB
- Microsoft’s official tool for creating installation media and ISO images with Windows 10 is Media Creation Tool. You can download the latest version here
- Select Download tool now, and select Run. You need to be an administrator to run this tool.
- If you agree to the license terms, select Accept.
- On the What do you want to do? page, select Create installation media for another PC, and then select Next.
- Select the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) for Windows 10.
- Select which media you want to use:
- USB flash drive. Attach a blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space. Any content on the flash drive will be deleted.
- ISO file. Save an ISO file to your PC, which you can use to create a DVD. After the file is downloaded, you can go to location where the file is saved, or select Open DVD burner, and follow the instructions to burn the file to a DVD. For more info about using an ISO file, Additional methods for using the ISO file to install Windows section below.
- After the installation media is created, follow the steps below to use it.
- After completing the steps to install Windows 10, please check that you have all the necessary device drivers installed. To check for updates now, select the Start button, and then go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and select Check for updates. You may also wish to visit your device manufacturer’s support site for any additional drivers that may be needed.
Step 2. Fix "Windows 7 won't start up" issue safely
- Insert your Windows Vista or Windows 7 disk into the DVD player and restart the computer.
- You'll see the boxes of Language, Time and Currency and Keyboard in the next screen.
- There are two options on the lower left side. One is "Repair your computer", and the other one is "What to know before installing Windows".
- Click on the first one: "Repair your computer".
- Windows will then try to find the installation directory for Vista or Windows 7, depending on what you have.
- Next up is a screen with a box called Recovery Options. Click the first option, Startup Repair. You'll see a Startup Repair box with the message "Startup Repair is checking your system for problems…".
- When it's done, it will prompt you to reboot. If there is more than one problem it may reboot again to continue repairing.
- At this time, you can plug out the DVD, restart your computer and everything should be working normally.
Way 2: Use System Restore to uninstall Windows updates
Microsoft regularly releases updates with software and security features, which are beneficial for your computer but can be incompatible with your PC, leading to issues such as black or blue screens. To resolve this issue, you can uninstall these updates with System Restore. This feature allows you to remove the latest updates even when your computer does not boot up. Using System Restore will not delete your applications, files and folders
- Start by powering down your computer till it goes off. Press your power button and the F8 key at the same time to bring up Advanced Options and select Safe Mode and press enter.
- In the next window, you have two options; either select the Recommended restore to undo the latest update or choose a different restore point if you want to undo updates from another time. This should get your computer to work again.
Step 4. Use a Recovery CD/USB flash drive
If you still experience issues booting your computer directly through System Restore or Startup repair and the Black Screen persists, you can use a Recovery CD/USB flash drive. Note that this method requires you first create a recovery drive.
Insert the recovery drive to the computer that won’t boot up.
Windows will prompt you to select the recovery tool of your choice. In this case, select Startup Repair and click the Restart button
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