If your computer displays a blank white screen of death when signing in, there may be several solutions to consider. This blog will provide DIY and effective methods to address this problem.
This problem typically arises when the Graphics driver is outdated or incompatible, which you can update by opening Device Manager and selecting Display Adapters option.
Causes the white screen of death on Windows 10/11?
If your Windows PC shows the White Screen of Death, this could be caused by any number of reasons ranging from hardware malfunction, damaged graphics drivers, virus attacks or poor OS installation – to name just a few. Unfortunately, it can be especially infuriating as it prevents you from booting up or accessing login pages – both essential functions.
To resolve the issue, remove any external devices connected to your PC – this includes peripherals like mice, keyboards or printers – such as mice. If this fails to help, restarting in Safe Mode could prevent third-party programs from starting automatically at boot-up and may help fix your issue.
Alternatively, uninstall any recently installed Windows updates if they are the source of your problems. This can be accomplished by going into Settings from either Start menu or pressing Windows + I and selecting Update & Security followed by View Update History to view any recent Windows updates that may have caused issues and uninstall any.
DIY methods to resolve blank white screen of death
Sometimes the white screen of death can be caused by hardware issues; however, it could also be the result of incompatible software or background programs preventing your system from operating normally. Luckily, there are a few DIY methods you can try in order to address the issue and restore its performance.
One of the leading causes of white screen issues is an outdated display driver. To resolve this, open Device Manager and expand Display adapters section; when you find your driver right-click and select “Update driver“.
Disabling all startup programs in a Clean Boot environment can also help identify which program is causing issues with white screens on PCs. Once all programs have been disabled, reboot and check if white screen issues still remain.
If the above tips don’t work, a system restore may help. This will roll back to a time before any issues had begun, which should remove any new software or hardware installed since then.
1. Remove the peripheral devices
If your PC keeps crashing due to malfunctioning peripheral devices, removing them might help your system return to normal more quickly. While this won’t solve the issue permanently, it should help get things back up and running smoothly again for now.
To use Windows 11’s “Eject” function to unplug a peripheral device from your computer, right-click or tap its icon in the task bar, select it, and choose “Eject.” This will eject it without physically unplugging anything from it.
Use Windows 11 Hardware Troubleshooter as another means of uninstalling peripheral devices. This tool provides a comprehensive approach for troubleshooting that allows you to quickly identify the source of problems and resolve them effectively.
Boot your computer into Safe Mode to see if the problem lies within third-party apps. This method will load only essential drivers and apps onto the system and should prevent crashes; if that does not solve it however, then upgrading your graphics driver may help resolve the issue.
2. Force restart your Windows PC
Sometimes your PC may experience the White Screen of Death due to hardware error. In such an instance, restarting it could help remedy the situation – simply press Alt+F4 (or Fn+Alt+F4) from your desktop to open “Shut Down Windows”, select Restart Power in the drop-down menu, and click OK.
There’s also the possibility that your white screen of death could be due to an outdated graphics driver; in such an instance, follow method 3’s steps for updating it.
Disabling any unneeded startup programs and services may help isolate which one is causing the issue. Once all startup programs and services have been disabled, restart your PC to see if you still see the white screen of death; if not, that program or service could be at fault and can be enabled one at a time to pinpoint its source.
3. Boot your PC into Safe Mode
Are You Facing White Screen of Death When Booting into Safe Mode? As a Windows user, chances are high that you have experienced at least one white screen of death during your time using Windows. In these situations, rebooting into Safe Mode should help restore normal functionality to your PC.
Booting into Safe Mode will enable you to effectively diagnose the issue at hand and disable any background applications that might be causing errors – making it easier to identify and fix its source.
Pressing F8 during computer bootup will bring up a menu with several options for choosing troubleshooting and advanced options, such as Troubleshoot. You may wish to press F12 instead for this process.
Once you’ve selected an option, press 4 to boot your computer in Safe Mode or 5 if you would like Internet access while in Safe Mode. This will boot your PC into an environment in which Windows files can be accessed directly without third-party applications being installed on it.
4. Update the Graphics Driver
If your white screen of death is due to an outdated graphics driver, updating it could be the answer. You have two methods available for doing so – manually or using EaseUS DriverHandy which will do it for you automatically. First create a system recovery point or reboot into Safe Mode before opening Device Manager and expanding Display adapters section; right click them then right select “Update Driver Software” option which allows Windows search automatically for suitable drivers for your system.
If your computer continues to have problems, try resetting its BIOS settings. This could help by clearing away corrupt or outdated system files. As an alternative, try performing a clean install of Windows 11; though be warned this could wipe out any existing data so please back up before performing such actions!
5. Update your Windows 11/10 OS to fix blank white
White screens of death can be caused by any number of issues, from outdated drivers to corrupt system files. One of the more frequent causes is recently installed Windows updates; if this problem arises after updating, rolling back may help solve it.
Restarting in safe mode can also help address this problem by temporarily disabling any third-party apps and services which could be the source of it; this method may also prove helpful if it comes down to uninstalling certain third-party applications that cannot be uninstalled by conventional means.
Windows 11/10 provides the Startup Repair tool as another method to diagnose and address complex problems, including blank white screen of death. Simply press Windows key while rebooting to activate it; once detected it should attempt to fix itself automatically or you can manually uninstall any updates that may have caused issues by selecting “Uninstall updates” under Advanced options menu.
6. Uninstall a recently installed Windows update
If a Windows update has recently been installed, it could be to blame for your white screen of death. Uninstalling this latest update might help fix this problem; to do this, boot into WinRE and choose “Uninstall updates” in the Advanced options interface.
If the above solutions don’t resolve your WSOD error, a clean install may be the only way forward. EaseUS Partition Master provides an efficient way of performing such installations while protecting files and applications that may have been deleted over time.
Start off your PC in Safe Mode to access only essential parts of Windows operating system, as this may help identify and fix hardware problems more quickly. Furthermore, built-in troubleshooting utilities like Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter might provide clues to identify where the issue lies.