Windows 7 Black Screen when booting up

I am getting the "Black Screen of Death" when booting up, it started a couple of days ago with no change in hardware configuration, no new software was installed, and I don't believe there was a Windows Update. The Black Screen happens after the Windows Logo appears, right before the login screen. I was able to go into Safe Mode and disable the display adapter which then let me restart and boot up normally (no black screen, although the resolution is not good).
After disabling the Display Adapter I booted up normally and then tried System Restore, first going back a few days and then as far as a month.
I also tried uninstalling the Graphics Card Driver and reinstalling with the latest Intel HD Graphics Card driver, and then tried installing the previous Driver to see if that was it.
My computer is an ASUS CG5275-AR003 running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and the graphic card is the Intel HD Graphics Card.

Right now I am able to login normally if I disable the Display Adpater or if I use the 'Standard VGA Display Adapter'.

How can I get my Intel HD Graphics Card to work again? Please help...


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Last updated December 9, 2019 Views 744,652 Applies to:


Why is my screen black when I start Windows 7?

References to Vista also apply to Windows 7.

Saving any needed data and re-installing Windows 7 might be the best option though here are a
few others.

You can save your files by putting the drive in another computer or an external drive case and then
backing them up. Do so using several methods in a redundant manner. Of course a real computer
shop or your System maker can help recover the files.


Can you access Safe Mode? Repeatedly tap F8 as you boot? If so you can try Control Panel
- Device Manager - Display Adapter - Double Click on - Driver tab - click UPDATE driver -
then Right Click on Device and UNINSTALL - REBOOT.

Another method to try to access the desktop (try in both regular Windows and Safe Mode)
is to CTRL + ALT + DEL and on Process Tab find EXPLORER.exe and END PROCESS on it -
then on Applications Tab - lower right - New Task - type in EXPLORER.exe . Safe Mode is
reached by repeatedly tapping F8 as you boot up.

First check this thread in case its a simple one and if not come back to this thread.

Black screen issues are extremely tough to repair and any fix is usually on a hit or miss
basis. That there is no information on a black screen like there is on a blue screen just
adds to the difficulty. Often using a restore point nor startup repair will have any effect.
You can try a google to see suggested repairs some of which have worked however these
cover a wide field of efforts.

Here is a video of one fix.

Here is another fix

Do you have a Window 7 Disk? You can try System Restore from it. If you do not have the
disks your system maker will sell them cheap. Or try from Safe Mode if you can get

How to Do a System Restore in Windows 7

You can create a Recovery Disk or use someone else's same version (to do the System Restore
it only has to be bootable).

How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc


These require the correct Vista Disks since you can't boot to Safe Mode.

Try Startup Repair -

What are the system recovery options in Windows 7?

How to Boot to the System Recovery Options in Windows 7

Try StartUp Repair from Recovery Options or a Windows 7 boot disk

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7


Here are Google searches where several have found different solutions :

Vista Black Screen - check this one 1st

Vista Black Screen Solution

Vista Black Screen Fix


If needed and you can access regular Windows at all.

If nothing works you can do a repair installation.

How to Boot to the System Recovery Options in Windows 7

How to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7


Another method that sometimes works : In the Command Prompt of a Vista boot disk type :
(type one line or copy and paste one line at a time and then hit enter - do not type
parenthesis or BOLD



cd c:\Windows\System32\winevt        (there is a space between cd and C: )

ren Logs LogsOLD                             (there are spaces between ren and Logs and Logsold) 

REBOOT to Windows

Hope this helps.

Rob Brown - MS MVP - Windows Desktop Experience : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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