By Ivy / Last Updated March 4, 2020

About Windows black screen with cursor after login

Windows black screen with cursor after login would appear accidently and there is neither error message nor code provided. This issue also known as BSOD (black screen of death). It's frustrating and annoying. Many users do not know what to do.

Don't worry about it. Windows black screen with blinking cursor is a very common question and you can fix it as long as you find the causes. Here, I will list some possible causes in the following.

1. Outdate or incompatible driver installed on your computer.

2. Corrupted system files.

3. Corrupted user profile.

4. Hardware conflicts.

5. Virus attack.

Now, continue to see below and learn to fix your problems with the given solutions.

How to fix black screen with blinking cursor in Windows 7/8/10?

The following solutions are suitable for Windows 7/8/10. You can try these methods first.

Remove all your external devices

The hardware conflicts can be the one of the most common reasons for black screen. To check it, you need to turn off your computer and remove USB, headset and microphone, then press and hold the power button for 30s and release.

If your computer is a laptop, you still need to remove the charger cable and then turn on your computer.

Troubleshoot black screen with blinking cursor in safe mode

Guide for safe mode with networking

Step 1. In Windows 7, restart your computer and press F8 repeatedly until your see the advanced boot options.

Step 2. Select Safe Mode with Networking.

Safe Mode Networking

In Windows 8/10, just click Restart while press and hold Shift key, and then it will go to Safe Mode.

Note: you should backup files to external hard drive. Your files may lose forever if there are something happens to your computer.

Run system file checker

Step 1. Type cmd in the search box, select it and run as administrator.

Step 2. Type sfc /scannow in the command prompt window.

SFC Scannow

Step 3. Restart your computer and see if this issue is resolved.

Perform system restore

Step 1. Type system restore in the search box and select it.

Step 2. Tick Recommended restore option and ensure the restore point is available. This option contains the latest restore point.

System Restore

Step 3. Confirm the settings are correct and click Finish to start the restore process.

Uninstall and reinstall display driver

The Outdated or incompatible driver is a cause for this issue. To fix it, you need to go to device manager and display adapter to uninstall the incorrect driver first. Then, you should restart your computer and download the latest drivers compatible with the operating system and processor type from the manufacturer's website and install it.

Note: the above method also apply to Windows Vista black screen with cursorafter login.

Computer black screen with cursor in Windows 7 –fixed

Start your computer in low-resolution video mode

Many users reports that my computer turns on but the screen is black. This problem may be related to the display driver. To ensure it, you need to start your computer in low-resolution video mode and see if the problem occurs again.

See below:

Step 1. Remove all the floppy disks from your computer and then restart your computer and press F8 repeatedly until the Advanced boot options appear.

Step 2. Use arrow keys to select Enable low-resolution video(640*480) and press Enter.

Low Resolution Video

Step 3. See if the problem occurs again. If not, the problem is caused by a display card driver. You need to download the compatible driver and install it

Computer black screen with cursor Windows 10– resolved

Shutdown the system in Task Manager

Step 1. Press Ctrl + Shift + ESC to open task manager.

Step 2. Click File > Run new task. If the window is different, you can click More details at the bottom of the window.

Run New Task

Step 3. Type shutdown /s /f and hit OK to turn off your computer.

Shutdown System

Step 4. Restart your computer and see if there is any problem.

Use CMD to fix black screen of death

Corrupted user profile can be a cause for this issue. To fix it, you can create a new one within command prompt.

Step 1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open task manager and click File > Run new task at the upper left corner.

Step 2. Type cmd in the Run box and tick Create this task with administrator privileges.

Step 3. Type the following commands and hit Enter.

  • net user /add [username] [password]

  • username and password without []

  • netlocalgroup administrators [username] /add

Step 4. Go to the old account's folder and copy files to the new account. Please remember not to copy the “ntuser” files in the old account.

Troubleshoot in advanced recovery environment

Step 1. Force your computer to restart three times, and then it will boot into advanced recovery environment.

Step 2. Click Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Repair and wait the final result. Also, you can click System Restore in the Advanced Options window and restore your computer just like you would in normal mode.

Startup Repair Advanced Options

If the methods given above do not work, your computer may be attacked by virus. You should consider removing the virus on your computer first.

What to do after you fix black screen of death

You still can backup files when your computer run into startup issues as long as you can go to safe mode. But if you cannot go to safe mode, there is a risk of losing data. Thus, I personally think that you need a backup at daily.

You can use free backup and restore software AOMEI Backupper Standard. It's suitable for all Windows-based computers, including Windows 7/8/10/Vista. With it, you can backup files easily and quickly.

Detailed steps:

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper and install it.

Step 2. Open AOMEI Backupper and click Backup >File Backup in order.

File Backup

Step 3. Click Add File or Add Folder in this window and select files you want to backup.

Add Folders Files

Note: At the right side of the selected folder, you can see a funnel shape - it's called filter settings, which allows you to backup files with a certain file extension and helps you find the files you need to backup more accurately. However, this feature is only available on the paid version. If needed, you need to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Backup Click Filter

Step 4. Set a daily backup for your files and click Start Backup. Click Schedule and select daily under the General tab. If you use USB, you can select USB plug in. You just need to create a backup task with USB drive at first and then AOMEI Backupper will backup to USB drive when plugged in.

Schedule Settings General

You are a luck guy if you finally fix the issue: Windows black screen with cursor after login. Some users still cannot solve the problems and may be at the risk of data loss. Through this experience, you should understand why backup is essential. If you do not have a backup, create a backup now.