Fix Black Screen of Death (BSOD) in Windows 7 (5 Ways)

If you are looking for a method to fix the black screen of death in Windows 7 step by step, please read on below and learn 5 effective methods as well as prevention measures.


by Ivy Updated on October 21, 2022

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What Is Black Screen of Death?

Black screen of death (BSOD) is a plain black window with a cursor upon login or after installing updates, etc, and at this point, you cannot access your desktop unless you fix it. 

Black Screen of Death Windows 7

Well, how to fix Windows 7 black screen of death? If you don't have any idea, it doesn't matter, this article will inllustrates the possible reasons for it and 5 effective solutions to help you.

Why Your Computer Runs into Black Screen of Death in Windows 7? 

You may be eager to fix Windows 7 black screen after login with cursor and check if your data in here. But if you don't know the possible causes of it, you may waste much time in trying different methods. Here we summarize the most common reasons below:

  • Installed Windows security update, such as, KB2607712, KB976098 and KB915597. Serveral Windows 7 users claims they encounter the black screen of death after installing these updates and uninstalling helps.  

  • Virus affected.

  • Corrupted graphic card driver.

  • Power supply problems.

  • Overheating.

  • Display issues.

If you are using Windows 10 or 11, the reason for the black screen may also be incomplete installation or a pending Windows Update. Click here to learn more about Windows 10 Black Screen with Cursor after Login

How to Fix Black Screen in Windows 7 Quickly 

After learning the possible BSOD reasons, you may have some ideas, and in the following, we summarize 5 effective methods to help you. Select the one based on your cause.

  • Last Known Good Configuration
  • Reinstall Graphics card driver
  • Uninstall Windows security update in Safe Mode
  • Run Anti-virus software
  • Perform System Restore

Before trying to fix BSOD, you could turn off your computer and discconnect all external devices, such as, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, etc. And then, reboot your computer, if it boots normally,  you don't need to try any other methods. Because this problem is caused by external devices. If not, please continue to try the following methods.

Way 1: Use Last Known Good Configuration

1. Start your PC and press F8 key before the Windows logo displayed to enter Advanced Boot Options.

2. Then you will see a list of tools that you might use, choose Last Known Good Configuration (advanced).

Last Known Good Configuration

3. Your Windows 7 computer will start booting Windows, and then see if your computer still runs into black screen. 

Way 2: Reinstall Graphics Card Driver

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to access Task Manager.

2. Select explorer.exe in Processes tab and choose End Process.

3. Then click File -> New Task to create a new task.

4. Type in explorer.exe and click OK to open Windows taskbar.

5. Click Start, and then input device manager in Windows search box.

6. Address the display adapter option and double click it. and then right click the device name, choose Update Driver Software.

Way 3: Uninstall Windows Security Update in Safe Mode

1. Start your PC and press F8 key repeatedly before the Windows logo displayed to enter Advanced Boot Options.

2. Choose Safe Mode.

3. Log in your computer with the administrator privileges. 

4. Then go Start and type Programs and Features in search box, choose it.

5. Click View Installed Updates and locate the installed update before the black screen of death occurs in Windows tab.

6. Right click the update and choose Uninstall

7. Restart your Windows 7 computer normally.

Way 4: Perform System Restore

1. Go to Advanced Boot Options while booting up your Windows 7 computer.

2. Select Repair your computer. Log in your Windows 7 account.

3. Click System Restore in System Recovery Options window.

System Restore

4. Then choose a restore point you want to Windows 7 PC to restore to. Then follow the guide to restore your computer to an earlier date.

5. Restart your Windows 7 after finishing the restoration.

Way 5: Run Anti-Virus Software

If your computer affected by virus, and did not run the anti-virus program, your system might be damaged by virus, download and execute this kind of software to scan and remove your virus.

How to Prevent Windows 7 Black Screen of Death 

The above methods help you fix the black screen of death in Windows 7 effectively, but it is a painful process, since you may be at risk of data loss. So how to prevent this kind of black screen? Here are some tips you could use:

  • Update the drivers in Windows 7 frequently to ensure it is always compatible with this system.
  • Install proper hardware, and be sure it's connected well. 
  • Keep an anti-virus or anti-malware program running.
  • Avoid physical damage as much as possible. 
  • Create a system backup before you make a major change to your computers or hard drive, such as installing updates, drivers, programs, or Windows installation.

Please check them in your daily life, and if you don't know how to create system image in Windows 7, please continue to see below. If you encounter BSOD again, you can easily and quickly get your computer back by restoring system image to new hard drive.

Backup Your System Before Making Any Major Change

To backup system in Windows 7, you need professional Windows backup and restore software, and I strongly recommend you use AOMEI Backupper Professional, below are some advantages you may need: 

Comprehensive backup and restore solutions:  It supports system backup, disk backup, partition backup, file backup, cloud backup, and corresponding restore solutions. 
Rich backup settings: It allows you to set a scheduled backup task and backup only changed files with incremental backup by default. Also, you can manage backup image and space more flexibly with differential backup or automatic backup cleanup methods.
Specific restore methods: It is able to perform disimilar hardware restore and selective file restore. 
Small shiny tools: It is capable of creating bootable media or recovery environment to boot computer if it does not work.

To get started, please download AOMEI Backupper Professional and install it on your computer. 

(PS: This version only works in WIndows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and 11. For server users, try AOMEI Backupper Server!)

1. Run AOMEI Backupper Professional after the installation, and click Backup > System Backup. It will select all the partitions required to start Windows 7.

System Backup

2. Select a destination path to store backup image of Windows 7. You can backup Windows 7 to USB, external drive, NAS or network location, etc. 

Image Windows Server 2012 to New Hard Drive

3. Set backup settings with the following 3 options and click the Start Backup button to create a system image for Windows 7.

  • Click Options to set email notification, compression level, splitting methods, etc.
  • Click Schedule Backup to set backup frequency (daily, weekly, monthly), or specific events like system shutdown. If you want to backup computer to USB flash drive, try the USB plug in feature. 

Schedule Settings General

  • Switch to the Backup Scheme tab, you are able to set backup method (incremental/differential backup) and automatic backup cleanup methods. The incremental backup is the default option. Please upgrade to the official professional version. 

Enable Automatic Backup Cleanup

Restore Windows 7 to Previous Date without Black Screen 

If your computer encounter Windows 7 black screen after login with cursor or Windows 7 black screen no cursor, you can restore system image to new hard drive to get it back normal quickly with following steps. 

Except for backup image, you still need bootable media if your computer runs into black screen. If you don't have one, please create one on another computer.

Please go to Tools > Create Bootable Media, then you will be asked to select a disc type - Windows PE or Linux, storage device - USB, CD/DVD, or ISO, and click Next.

Create Bootable USB

Also, you can create a recovery environment on the current computer before the black screen happens.

Anyway, to fix the black screen of death, the first step is to boot your computer and access AOMEI Backupper Professional. Afterward, you can start to restore system image with steps below.

1. Boot your computer if it shows black screen.

#1: You create a bootable USB.

Insert the bootable USB, restart your computer and press F2, ESC, F11etc to access BIOS, set it as the first option under the Boot tab. Then, save changes and boot from it. 

change boot order

#2: You create a recovery environment.

Restart your computer, and wait until it loads, you will see the Choose an operating system window, select Enter into AOMEI Backupper. Afterward, it will load this software in the recovery environment.

2. Then, go to Restore > Select Image File to find the system image file and add it. 

Select Image File

3. Select Restore this system backup, and hit Next >>. If your hard drive is corrupted, please prepare a new hard drive and select Restore system to other location to restore Windows image to new hard drive


Restore Entire Backup

4. Preview the Windows system restoration settings, and click Start Restore to fix black screen of death in Windows 7. In fact, this method can also be used to fix black screen of death in Windows 10 or 11.

Start Restore


  • If you don't create a system image in Windows 7 before black screen occurs, you can choose to create system image on another computer and perform dissimilar hardware restore on the computer having problems. Remember to tick Universal Restore if it's checked by default.
  • Besides backup and restore method, this software still helps to perform a quick disk upgrade. For example, you can clone GPT disk to smaller SSD or new hard drive with its Disk Clone feature.


If you are stuck in black screen of death in Windows 7 or other systems like Windows 8/8.1/10, you can try these solutions to fix it quickly. To prevent this error, you need to be sure your computer always install the latest drivers, the hardware is compatible, etc.

Among them, the most effective tip is to backup the system before you make any changes to your system or hard drive. Because it has the ability to restore your computer to a previous good state withou black screen. Or if you have better ways to repair it, just let me know, Thanks.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.