Windows 7 Black Screen of Death?

Windows 7 Black Screen of Death?


As you're probably aware, over the last week or so Windows user of all stripes (not just Windows 7 users, as it turns out) have been complaining of a plain black screen that appears upon login -- at which point the systems locks up, and... that's it. Aside from some users getting an additional My Computer window (lucky devils) the system grinds to a halt.

Comment : Cool graphic with the above article! Also: Apple welcomes Windows 7 the only way it knows how, with a new commercial

More: ‘Black screen of death’ for some Windows users: Recent Microsoft security patch affects those using Windows 7, Vista, XP

How to fix (this looks really simple! (: )

  1. Restart your PC
  2. Logon and wait for the black screen to appear
  3. Make sure your PC should be able to connect to the internet (black screen does not appear to affect this)
  4. Press the CTRL, ALT and DEL keys simultaneously (AKA the Three-finger salute)
  5. When prompted, Click Start Task Manager
  6. In Task Manager Click on the Application Tab
  7. Next Click New Task
  8. Now enter the command:

    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" "http://info.prevx.com/download.asp?GRAB=BLACKSCREENFIX"

    Note this command assumes that you are using internet explorer as your browser, if not substitute your browser path and file details for those of iexplore.exe or use the Browser option of Task manager to locate it.

  9. Click OK and your browser should start up and begin the download process
  10. When prompted for the download Click run, the black screen fix program will download and run to automatically fix the issue.
  11. Now restart your PC and the black screen problem will hopefully be gone.

Update: I added the graphic - precious! If unfamiliar with the Blue Screen of Death click here!


  1. Don't hate the playa, hate the game. I do wish, though, that there were a UNIX based OS with the feature-rich platform offered by Windows.

  2. There is an answer in Linux. It is not "feature rich". There's plenty missing. But it is rock solid stable (eg. Ubuntu).

    Mac is based on Unix as well and is feature rich. Every bit as nice (if not nicer) than Windows. Also rock solid. But pricy

  3. this is so wierd but when i click ctrl alt delete THERES NO TASK MANAGER what do i do??
    please help!!!


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