Windows boots into a blank screen?
When you startup your Windows system and it shows only a black screen or the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD). There can be several things that can cause this.
– Virus : See if you can run a virus scan on your computer and scan the computer for viruses/malwares/trojans
– Non compatible hardware device that you installed : Remove any newly installed hardware device(s) from the computer
– Bad software installation : Remove any newly software that you have recently installed
– Corrupted Hard Disk : Do a check disk on your computer.
If the hardware are working fine then the cause is most likely by software. First, see if you can get into Windows Safe Mode. Press the “F8″ key during the Windows booting cycle. If pressed on time, the computer will display a menu for you to choose. Select the “Safe Mode” option. Once you are in Safe Mode, do some testing and cleanup. Some basic thinks to check are Registry, Add & Remove Programs, and the Startup folder. You should clean out all your temp files too. For those that aren’t computer savvy, you can download the “CCleaner” software. It is a very useful program to cleanup your computer of temporary files. It also give you the options to see what is running in your register and startup. You can also use the CCleaner to remove any bad software installation from the computer.
For virus scanning, the best way is to download a rootkit scanner and a malware scanner. I personally use the “TDSSKiller” to detect and scan for rootkits viruses on the computers I repaired. And for malwares, I use “Malwarebytes”. Both are free to download and use.
If computer still booting into a blank screen, then you might have a bad sector in your hard drive. Try running a check disk on the drive. If you are able to get into Safe Mode, you can go into the “Command Prompt” and type the following command to “chkdsk /f /r”. This will scan and repair any errors on your disk.
Steps to get into “Command prompt”:
1. Click on the “Start” button
2. Select “Run”
3. Type “cmd” to open the command prompt window.
3. Type “chkdsk /f /r” to start scanning