How to Resolve “Black Screen of Death” issue in Windows 10

Black Screen of Death is an error which results in a continuous Black Screen with a cursor when a user logs in or boots his/her PC. The desktop screen fails to appear. In some cases, it causes a system shut down.

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In this article, we’ll follow certain methods to fix “Black Screen of Death” issue in Windows 10:

Method 1: Using Task Manager

The task manager will help us in a temporary solution to avoid “Black Screen of Death” issue. The necessary steps to be done during this method are as follows:
Step 1:
Press “Ctrl+Alt+Delete” together and click on “Task Manager”.


Step 2:
In the Task Manager window, click on “File” to select “Run new task”.


Step 3:
Type “explorer.exe” in the command line box and click on “OK”.


Now, the desktop screen shall appear.

Note: This is just a temporary fix as you have to repeatedly do the above method when you restart your computer. To solve this issue permanently, you will have to change the “Registry data” in “Registry Editor”.

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

Changing the Data Values in “Registry Editor” String will help is in resolving the Black Screen of Death issue permanently. The steps to be followed in this method are given below:
Step 1:
Press “Windows Key+R” to open the Run Command Dialog Box. In the command line box, Enter “regedit.exe” and click on “OK”.
Step 2:
Double click on “HKEY_LOCAL_MAHINE”. Scroll down and Double click on “SOFTWARE”.

Step 3:
Scroll down and double click on “Microsoft”.

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Step 4:
Scroll down and double click on “CurrentVersion”.

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Step 5:
Scroll down and single click on “Winlogon”.
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Step 6:
In the Right column (Name) of the “Registry Editor”, look for “Shell”. Right click on “Shell” and click on “Modify”.

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Step 7:
In the value data box, type “Explorer.exe” and click on “OK”.

Note: This method will resolve your issue permanently. Remember, you can use this method only when you have applied Method 1 (temporary fix) as you won’t be able to access the Registry Editor.


  1. Joan Backery January 11, 2016
  2. Jeff February 29, 2016