Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Here are the Fixes!

Microsoft has done a stellar job at releasing Windows 11 with a fresh design language and a myriad of amazing new features. However, some underlying Windows issues are still present in Windows 11. For example, we recently wrote a tutorial to fix the ‘Undoing changes made your computer’ error on Windows 11 as updates were not getting installed. And now, we are noticing that users are getting a black screen after updating to Windows 11. Some users report that the black screen on Windows 11 appears with the cursor after login, and in some cases, before login. So to fix the persisting issue, we have compiled 9 solutions that will fix Windows 11 black screen issue after an update. On that note, let’s jump to the guide.

Seeing Black Screen After Updating to Windows 11? Find Fix Right Here (2022)

In this tutorial, we have included 9 different ways to fix the black screen issue arising after a recent Windows 11 update. We have also added solutions in case you are getting a black screen with a cursor on Windows 11 after or before login. Expand the table below and check out the desired solution.

1. Restart Your PC

If Windows 11 is showing a black screen after an update or after login, worry not. Sometimes, after a heavy feature update, Windows takes time to load all the system components. In that case, you should restart your Windows 11 PC and wait for at least half an hour before going for any fix. If you are still facing a black screen issue after the restart, move to the next step.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Here are the Fixes!

2. Restart Windows Explorer

This solution is especially helpful to users getting a black screen with a cursor on Windows 11 after login. It means that your PC is working fine, it’s just that due to some Explorer or graphics issue, Windows 11 is unable to show you the desktop shell. Here is what to do in such a scenario.

1. Press the Windows 11 keyboard shortcutCtrl + Alt + Delete” to open the advanced menu screen. Here, click on “Task Manager”.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Resolve Right Here (2022)

2. Now, click on “File” and select “Run new task“.

2. Restart Explorer

3. Next, type explorer.exe in the textbox and hit Enter. This will reload the Explorer shell, and the black screen will be gone. If it does not work as intended, move to the next method.

2. Restart Explorer

3. Restart Graphics Driver

Windows 11 has a hidden keyboard shortcut that lets you restart the graphics driver without accessing any settings. If your PC is facing any graphics driver-related issues, this will fix the black screen on Windows 11 instantly.

1. Just press “Windows + Ctrl + Shift + B” keys simultaneously and Windows 11 will restart the graphics driver. Give your PC a minute, and the black screen should be gone on your Windows 11 PC.

3. Restart Graphics Driver

4. Edit Explorer Shell Registry

If the Explorer shell has been modified in the Registry, Windows 11 usually shows a black screen. To revert these changes, follow the steps below. This will correctly load the Explorer shell and fix the black screen issue on your PC.

1. For users getting a black screen with a cursor after login on Windows 11, press “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” and open “Task Manager”.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Resolve Right Here (2022)

2. Click on “File” on the top menu bar and open “Run new task“.

task manager

3. Here, type regedit in the textbox and enable the “Create this task with administrator privileges” chechbox. Now, hit Enter.

4. Edit Explorer Shell Registry

4. The Registry Editor will now open up. Here, follow this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> MICROSOFT -> Windows NT -> CurrentVersion -> Winlogon.

4. Edit Explorer Shell Registry

5. On the right pane, you will find “Shell“. Double-click to open it and make sure explorer.exe is present under “Value data”. If it’s not there, change the text and click on “OK”.

4. Edit Explorer Shell Registry

6. Now, restart your PC, and the black screen issue on Windows 11 will be fixed.

5. Startup Repair

Some users get a black screen even before the login screen on Windows 11. It means that Windows is not properly loading, and there might be some internal system issues. In such cases, you can’t access the Task Manager or restart Explorer. So you need to kickstart Windows 11’s troubleshooter to fix the problem. Here is how to go about it.

1. First, shut down your PC. Now, turn it on, and as the Windows loading sign appears, shut down again. Now, turn on your PC and shut it down again. Do this 2-3 times, and Windows will be forced to load its recovery screen. On some computers, pressing F2, F8, or F12 during boot also opens the Startup recovery screen so try these keys as well.

5. Startup Repair

2. Once you are on the recovery screen, click on “Advanced options“.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Resolve Right Here (2022)

3. After that, open “Troubleshoot“.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Resolve Right Here (2022)

4. Open “Advanced Options” again and then click on “Startup Repair“.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Resolve Right Here (2022)

5. Your PC will now restart, and Windows will try to fix the black screen issue by itself. If that does not work, move to the next method.

6. Boot Into Safe Mode

If the above method didn’t work, and you are still getting a black screen before login into your Windows 11 PC, booting into the safe mode might fix the issue. Here are the steps to follow:

1. First of all, boot into Safe mode on Windows 11 by following our linked guide. From the “Recovery” screen, you need to follow this path: Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Startup settings -> Restart.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Resolve Right Here (2022)

2. Here, press the “4” or “F4” key to start Windows 11 in Safe mode.

startup settings

3. Once you are into Safe mode, I suggest you simply restart the PC. Sometimes, just booting into Safe mode fixes the black screen issue on Windows 11. Check if you are able to log into your computer and if everything works fine. If not, move to the next step.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Resolve Right Here (2022)

4. Boot back to Safe mode and uninstall suspicious programs on Windows 11. At times, some malicious programs stop Windows 11 from loading its components properly, so remove the pesky apps that you have no idea about.

safe mode

5. I also recommend you open Windows Settings by pressing “Windows + I”. Here, move to System -> Display -> Advanced Display. Here, change the refresh rate to 60Hz or 30Hz, according to your monitor’s specs. Now, restart your PC, and this might resolve the black screen issue.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Here are the Fixes!

6. Finally, if you are still facing the black screen issue, boot back to the Safe mode screen and press the “5” or “F5” key to boot to Safe mode with the internet option. You will need a wired Ethernet connection to use the Internet in Safe mode. If you don’t have Ethernet, connect your smartphone via a USB cable and use USB tethering.

startup settings

7. Now that you have internet connectivity in Safe mode, open the Device Manager and update the graphics driver. You can follow our guide on how to update drivers on Windows 11 for in-depth instructions.

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8. Once the graphics driver is updated, restart your PC, and this time, you should not face any black screen error.

7. Uninstall Last Update

If Windows 11 is showing a black screen after a recent update, perhaps, it has to do with the latest update that may have broken some system components. In that case, it’s best to uninstall the last update. Follow the steps below for detailed instructions.

1. To uninstall the last update on Windows 11, we need to force-open the recovery menu just like we did above in method #5. Restart your PC and shut it down the moment the Windows logo appears. Repeat this process 2-3 times, and the Recovery screen will appear.

5. Startup Repair

2. Here, click on Advanced options -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Uninstall updates.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Resolve Right Here (2022)

3. You will find two options: quality update and feature update. Quality updates are regular and smaller in size, whereas feature updates are larger and come twice a year. If you are not sure which update it was, click on “Uninstall latest quality update” and see if that fixes the black screen issue.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Resolve Right Here (2022)

4. If that does not work, click on “Uninstall latest feature update” and wait for a good hour. Once the process completes, your PC will restart. Now, check if the black screen issue has been resolved or not.

Windows 11 Black Screen After Update? Resolve Right Here (2022)

8. System Restore

If you feel that you are encountering a black screen after installing an unknown program or making major changes, you can move back to a working state through System Restore. Note that it will also undo all the changes you have made on your PC, including the changes to files and folders. Basically, you are going back in time with System Restore. Here is how to go about it.

1. Open the Recovery menu on Windows 11 by forcefully shutting down and restarting your PC. Once you are on the Recovery menu, open Advanced options -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> System Restore.

8. System Restore

2. Follow the on-screen instructions and choose the restore point. Your computer will now restart, and the black screen issue should be fixed. Note that, this process will take considerable time, so keep patience.

8. System Restore

9. Reset the PC

Finally, if none of the methods above worked in solving the black screen issue, you will have to reset your Windows 11 PC to get back to a functional state. This will factory reset your Windows 11 PC and will certainly fix the black screen issue. Don’t worry, as all your files and folders from other drives won’t be deleted except for the data in the C drive (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, and more). All your installed programs will be removed, though.

1. On the recovery screen, click on Advanced options -> Troubleshoot -> Reset this PC.

9. Reset the PC

2. After that, choose “Keep my files“. Now, it will reinstall Windows 11 on your PC, and the black screen issue will be gone.

9. Reset the PC

Black Screen on Windows 11 After or Before Login? Find a Solution Here

So these are the best methods you can use to fix the black screen on Windows 11. Even if you are getting a black screen before or after login, we have suitable solutions for your issue. Anyway, that is all from us. If you want to learn how to enable Secure boot on Windows 11 or just want to update Windows 11, follow our linked articles. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Terence Kinnear says:

    Nice advice – – but nothing works!

  • Dew says:

    I am facing exact same problem as you, also after same failed windows updates…
    If you’ve fixed the problem
    Can you please tell me, how did you??

  • fabionne says:

    Well these advices are mostly funny. If I get black screen after login (anyway my login screen is also black) and I am not able to bring up any action, then how you think I can “run new task” when tasksnager does not shows up, or uninstall last update, if I cant reach settings orbwindows refresh center, etc? Anyway these blackouts occur immediat3ly after failed windows updates from which there are at least 4 in a year if there are 2 updates in a year.

    • Ben says:

      I totally agree! How can you do ANY of these steps if you have a black screen!

      • Leigh says:

        Exactly! How can I possibly choose any of these options if I cannot see anything but a black screen? I just wonder how long these tech savvy people have spent studying, researching, and writing these articles but they simply cannot understand that none of these are possible because I can ONLY SEE A B;ACK SCREEN!?

  • qubiter says:

    I recently purchased a Lenovo Legion 5i Pro a high end configuration laptop which set me back a couple of grand in my bank account. But when I got into this black screen issue the very next day and to say I was little worried will be an understatement. I would rather say I was in panick mode, because even after trying the above 8 options (except 9- Reset PC and keep files), I could not resolve the black screen issue.

    But, in the end, I think I figured out the root cause of my issue and was able to fix it successfully. This was a very rare instance where I had setup my VPN to start up along with windows and then disable all wifi access for all apps if the VPN is not turned ON. it blocked all new Windows 11 updates and downloads on my system. (Windows 11 update happened on the second day after I turned ON this laptop the very first time).

    Because there was no wifi, windows updater couldn’t download any new files onto my system. Even the windows installer was not available on my PC to uninstall the apps like VPN which I tried to uninstall in safe mode but no with luck. So I had to manually delete the VPN installation folders and files altogether and then choose the option 9 from this article “Reset PC and keep files”, to fix my issue. This option alone could have fixed the issue because it would have cleaned up all apps and installations, but this I would never known the root cause of this issue

    Now while I am a small time data analyst I am nowhere near System Administration so Pros, please correct me if my understanding is wrong. Hope someone in the same boat will find this comment helpful.

  • Mor says:

    Restarting explorer.exe through the task manager did the trick. Thanks a lot.

  • Arjun Sha says:

    Most of the fixes are done in recovery environment so the display will work there. Also, for some registry and Explorer fixes, we have added keyboard shortcuts to trigger the utilities.

  • Gabby says:

    I’m not sure who else is still having issues with this but my bf got a new pc, it’s a 3 months old and he bought it pre-built. About a week ago he had this issue and was able to fix it by putting windows 11 on a drive and getting it to go through that way. Now this time, same issues but it is absolutely refusing to boot up in any way. It loads his BIOS page and then goes do an indefinite black screen. He can’t get it to go into safe mode either.

    • elf says:

      same issue here. if you find a fix reply to this message. and if I find a fix I will let you know

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