Windows 10 booting to a black screen? Don’t worry. This article shows you how to solve this issue effectively and introduces excellent file recovery software to recover lost data.

At present, the Windows 10 system still occupies the largest market share of desktop systems. The system is fast and easy to use, bringing great convenience to people's life and work. But Windows 10 still has some problems. For instance, Windows 10 booting to a black screen .

Let’s see a true example from

When I try to boot newly installed Windows 10, I get a black screen (with no cursor) almost straight away. I discovered that if I power off and power on, the boot proceeds OK. But next time it fails again.

Windows 10 booting to a black screen

Generally, Windows 10 booting to a black screen is the worst issue you come across because you don't get any error code or message giving you an idea of where to start troubleshooting.

What should you do if your PC is experiencing a black screen?

In today's post, you will see how to fix the Windows 10 booting to a black screen of death (BSOD) issue without affecting the original data.

Part 1: Data Recovery From Windows 10 Booting to a Black Screen

Experienced users will transfer data before solving the Windows 10 booting to a black screen issue in case of any accidents (If the original data is mistakenly overwritten when you try to fix this black screen error, you will lose the data forever).

Now, you might be wondering: "How to effectively recover lost data from the Windows 10 black screen of death?"

MiniTool Power Data Recovery, professional data recovery software for Windows, offers MiniTool Bootable Media Builder to recover lost data when the operating system crashes or to recover data when PC won't boot without bringing any damage to the original data.

Let’s see how to recover data after BSOD with ease.

Note: Before doing the following actions, you need to prepare a USB drive or CD/DVD without any important files. Because MiniTool Bootable Media Builder will format the USB flash drive or CD/DVD while building bootable media.

Action 1: Create MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable Media .

Step 1. Connect a USB flash drive or CD/DVD to a working computer.

Step 2. Download and launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal Ultimate edition.

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Step 3. Click the Bootable Media icon at the top menu bar and select WinPE-based media with MiniTool plug-in to continue.

select WinPE-based media with MiniTool plug-in

Step 4. Create a bootable USB flash drive or CD/DVD.

Step 5. Click Finish after successful burning.

Action 2: Boot Windows 10 From the Bootable Media .

Step 1. Connect the burned bootable media to your PC with a black screen error.

Step 2. Start the computer and enter the BIOS .

Step 3. Set the bootable media as the first boot device and follow the instructions on the screen to save configuration changes.

Step 4. Click MiniTool Power Data Recovery in the main interface of MiniTool PE Loader .

select MiniTool Power Data Recovery

Action 3: Recover Lost Data After Windows 10 Black Screen of Death.

Step 1. Select the drive you want to recover lost data from, and then click the Scan button.

select the target drive to scan

Step 2. After scanning, check all needed files and click the Save button to store them in a safe place different from the original path.

save all needed files

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After data recovery, let's discuss how to fix Windows 10 black screen of death issues.

Part 2: Troubleshoot Windows 10 Black Screen on Your PC

You may encounter the Windows 10 booting to a black screen error in the following two situations:

  • You see a black screen before logging into Windows 10.
  • You see a black screen after logging into Windows 10.

Situation 1: Fix a Black Screen Death Before Signing into Windows 10

1. Check the cable connections and the displays

Cables that have not been replaced for a long time may be damaged, resulting in a black screen. You can replace a cable to confirm whether the cable connection affects the computer's startup.

A black screen can also happen when your monitor is defective or the source is set incorrectly. You can also try connecting a different monitor to your computer to confirm that your primary monitor is fine.

2. Remove or update third-party antivirus software

As we know, some third-party antivirus software has been known to cause a black screen. Removing the software won't leave your PC unprotected, for Windows Defender will kick in if no other antivirus software is running.

3. Perform a clean boot of your PC

If the above solutions cannot help you, you can perform a clean boot of your PC. You can find more details in this post: How to Perform a Clean Boot on Your Windows 11 PC .

Situation 2: Fix a Black Screen Death After Signing into Windows 10

How to effectively resolve the Windows 10 black screen of death (BSOD) problem after login – with or without the cursor, on boot? Now, you can try the following solutions.

1. Start explorer.exe

If you get the Windows 10 black screen with a cursor after login, you should first try pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete key combinations to see if it brings up the Task Manager . If it does, click on Task Manager and then click File > Run new task . Type explorer.exe and hit Enter .

2. Unplug & Remove external devices

If the first method doesn't work, you can unplug and remove all external devices and reboot your PC. If you can get a display, it might mean that one of the external hardware is causing the black screen.

In this case, start plugging in external devices one by one until you lose the display. Then remove the last device you plugged in and see if you get the display back. If yes, please stop using that hardware device.

3. Boot in Safe Mode to troubleshoot and fix a black screen problem

If the above ways cannot help you, there could be several other reasons and you can boot your computer in Safe Mode to try to fix the black screen.

Here is a step-by-step guide to booting Windows 10 in Safe Mode.

Step 1. At the sign-in screen, hold the Shift key down, and click the Power button on the bottom right. Then select Restart .

Note: if you cannot see anything on the screen because of the BSOD error, you can start your PC. When the blue Windows logo appears, press the Power button and reboot it again. You might need to repeat these steps 3 times until you trigger Windows 10 automatic repair. Follow the on-screen directions and launch the advanced options menu.