How to Fix Black or Blank Screen Errors in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to fix blank or black screen errors when using Windows 11. Once in a while, your Windows computer might display a black or blank screen when you turn it on.

If your Windows computer will not display anything on the screen after turning it on or after you sign in, it may mean there’s an issue with your Windows device display drivers or monitor.

Below we’ll go through some troubleshooting steps and check your hardware and software to get your computer screen working again. There are many reasons why your computer screen might go blank and troubleshooting each of the items below might help.

There are also many ways one can experience a black or blank screen on a Windows computer. Understanding how to troubleshoot each of the different ways and scenarios can help you resolve the issues quickly.

Here are some ways one can experience a blank screen.

  • Before signing into Windows
  • After signing into Windows
  • After updating and restarting Windows

The steps below can also be completed with Windows in safe mode because that will start Windows with a limited set of files and drivers to help you narrow down the problems.

How to fix blank or black screen issues before signing into Windows 11

If you see a black or blank screen before you see the sign-in screen, try the following steps:

Press the CapsLock or NumLock key on your keyboard and check whether the status light for the key turns on. When the CapsLock or NumLock keys lit up, it means the computer is on but the screen or connection to the display isn’t working.

With the keyboard light on, press the Windows key  + CTRL + SHIFT + B keys to restart or reset the display drivers.

If the keyboard light comes on and pressing the Windows key + CTRL + SHIFT + B keys doesn’t resolve the issues, press and hold the power button on your PC for 10 seconds to turn it off.

Then press and release the power button to turn your PC back on.

If you pressed the CapsLock or NumLock keys and the light doesn’t come on, press and hold the power button on your device for 10 seconds to turn it off, then unplug your adapter.

After 30 seconds, plug your adapter back in and restart your device.

If using computer with a monitor, perform these steps:

  • Make sure your monitor is plugged in and turned on
  • Unplug the video cable from both your monitor and PC, then reconnect them firmly
  • Try connecting to different video outputs on your PC
  • For laptops, temporarily remove it from the docking station if it’s docked

How to fix black or blank screen after signing into Windows 11

If you got to the sign-in screen but then your screen went black or blank, try the following steps:

Press the CapsLock or NumLock key on your key board and check whether the status light for the key turns on. When the CapsLock or NumLock keys lit up, it means the computer is on but the screen or connection to the display isn’t working.

With the keyboard light on, press the Windows key  + CTRL + SHIFT + B keys to restart or reset the display drivers.

If there’s content or a cursor on the black or blank screen, try to restart the Windows Explorer process.

If you see a black or blank screen after an update and Windows was operating correctly before that, it’s possible the display adapter driver is causing the screen issue.

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  • Find Display adapters, select the arrow to expand it, then right-click the item under it and select Properties.
  • Select the Driver tab, then select Roll Back Driver > Yes.
  • Shut down your device, then turn your device back on.

That should help restore your computer display drivers.

If you’re still getting a blank screen, then perform a clean boot in Windows 11.

How to fix blank or black screen after updating Windows 11 and rebooting

If you updating and restarted your Windows device and now you see dots moving in a small circle on a screen that’s black, don’t worry.

Your computer is finishing the update and your screen may restore. If you don’t get a Windows screen after a while, you can perform some of the troubleshooting steps above to fix Windows.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post show you how to fix a black or blank screen issue in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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