How To Fix Black Screen When Installing Windows 10

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Until now, we have heard about blue screen in a computer; which is pretty bad. However, since Windows 10 has come out in picture, there has been a shout out going on about black screen. With blue screen, it is understandable that there is a problem. On the other hand, with black screen, most times people are at a dead end. They have no idea what to do; which is worse.

Since coming out in picture, Windows 10 has gained popularity very quickly because of its extraordinary functional ability. Yet, black screen has become the bane of its existence. Some are even calling it the black screen of death! In this article, we will discuss black screen when installing Windows 10, its possible reasons and solutions. If you have faced the same problem and want some much needed knowledge about it, then take this journey with us.

Black Screen When Installing Windows 10

Black screen can appear during your Windows 10 experience many times. Still, no black screen can be more terrible than the one that appears when you are installing Windows 10; especially for the first time. It can happen during installation or just after you have finished the process. Let’s see what the likely causes and solution can be.

Black Screen During Installation

 

How To Fix Black Screen When Installing Windows 10

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  1. Possible Reason:

Windows 10 is backing up data file. If you have large data files stored in your pc, it might take a while for Windows 10 to back up your data.

Feasible Solution:
  • Windows 10 usually starts backing up data files around 96% completion of the set up process. Look at your computer’s LED light that determines the hard drive activity.
  • If you can see it blinking, then it means installation is still going on. Transferring large volume of files can take a while for the set up.
  • Wait for 3-6 hours. If the black screen is still present, then set up might have got stuck.
  • If the LED is not blinking, it also means set up is stuck.
  1. Possible Reason:

Windows 10 installation is stuck. Windows has probably got trapped on something, which means installation cannot proceed any further.

Feasible Solution:
  • Power off your computer by pressing and holding down the power button of your pc for 5 to 10 seconds or until it completely shuts down.
  • Unplug your Ethernet cable or turn off the wi-fi router in order to disconnect from the internet connection.
  • Disconnect every piece of nonessential tool or gadget such as- flash drive, phone charger, game controller, HDMI cable, webcam and so on. This includes your external hard drives as well. If you have a desktop, keep only your mouse and keyboard.
  • Unplug the power cord of your computer. Remove the battery as well if you have a laptop. Wait for at least 30 seconds before you reconnect the power cord. However, it is recommended to keep the power cord disconnected for about an hour if possible. This will give your pc time to cool down if it is overheated.
  • Reconnect the power cord of the computer. Do not reconnect the internet or other external components. Turn on the pc. If Windows 10 installation does not resume itself, try to restart the process.
  • If the set up is completed successfully and you can see the Windows desktop with the start menu, you can plug in your Ethernet cable or connect to wi-fi to finish updating everything.
  1. Possible Reason:Hardware malfunctioning. Installation might not be able to progress if you have any hardware performance issue.
 Feasible Solution:


Restart the pc into safe mode. If the source of the black screen is hardware performance issue, then turning on the necessary programs might solve the problem.

  1. Possible Reason:

Windows is not detecting the display. Sometimes Windows is unable to detect the display and installation cannot proceed.

Feasible Solution:

Force it to wake up by pressing first the windows key then Ctrl+Shift+B.

Black Screen Right After Installation

How To Fix Black Screen When Installing Windows 10

 

How To Fix Black Screen When Installing Windows 10

  1. Possible Reason:

Microsoft has no clear explanation as to what causes the black screen to appear right after the installation of Windows 10.

Feasible Solution:

In Microsoft support document, they have suggested a solution for black screen. It’s the same old method. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del buttons on your keyboard. The Ctrl+Alt+Del page of Windows with blue screen will show up. Locate the power button at the right corner on the bottom. Click on it. Select Restart from the menu. According to Microsoft, this will reboot to the normal screen causing the black screen to disappear.

  1. Possible Reason:

Dedicated graphics card issue. Most times it is the dedicated graphics card of your computer that can give you a black screen right after you have finished installing Windows 10.

Feasible Solution:

Remove the dedicated graphics card from your pc. If it is the cause, then removing it should remove the black screen as well. The explanation to this can be that Windows 10 will only be installed using the integrated graphics card. Afterwards, try updating the graphics driver also.

  1. Reason:

Graphics output is being propelled to another display. If you have more than one display connected, then chances are Windows is unable to determine which display it should sent the graphics output to.

Feasible Solution:

Project output through another display by hitting the Windows key+P and choosing the correct option.

Some Points to Remember before Installing Windows 10

 

How To Fix Black Screen When Installing Windows 10

 

There are particular requirements that your pc has to meet before you try to install Windows 10 in your pc. They are-

  • Minimum 1 GHz processor.
  • Minimum 1 GB RAM. Although the minimum RAM requirement is 1 GB, it is best to install Windows 10 with at least 2 GB RAM. With 1 GB RAM, Windows 10 will install but the performance might be very slow.
  • Minimum 16 GB of free hard disk.
  • Microsoft graphics card DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 graphic card driver.
  • 800 x 600 display.
  • Internet access and a Microsoft account.

 

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FAQs:

1.How can I fix a black screen when installing Windows 10?

Answer:

  • If you have large data file, it will take Windows a while to back it up.
  • If installation does not proceed further within 3-6 hours, then remove all the peripherals from the pc and try again after 1 hour.

2.How can I fix a black screen after installing Windows 10?

Answer:

  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and then select Restart by clicking the power button at the right corner on the bottom.
  • If restarting does not work then remove the dedicated graphics card and try again.

3.What are the reasons for black screen when installing Windows 10?

Answer:

  • Windows 10 is backing up large amount of data file which is time-consuming.
  • Windows 10 installation is stuck.
  • Hardware malfunctioning may cause windows trapped on something.
  • Windows is unable to detect the display.

4.What are the reasons for black screen after installing Windows 10?

Answer:

  • Windows might not install with a dedicated graphics card.
  • Graphics output is being propelled to another display.

CONCLUSION

The solutions we have provided here are based on probable causes for black screen when installing Windows 10. They may or may not be the causes as no definite cause has been found for the black screen of death. If these points cannot solve your problem, it is best to take your computer to an expert to sort it out.

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