Have you encountered an error where Windows 11 PC shows black screen with only mouse cursor visible? Luckily, it can be fixed easily.
This is error not something new and happened in previous versions of Windows like Windows 10 or Windows 8 and Windows 7 as well. There are a few simple methods to fix this problem on Windows 11 desktop or laptop PCs.
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Before trying any fixes stated below, make sure that the monitor cables are connected properly, and they are not damaged. If you have another monitor, try using that and if you are using multiple monitors, try disconnecting the other monitors.
Fix # 01: Force Shutdown and Restart PC
- Hold down the power button for a few seconds for your computer to shut down.
- Disconnect all devices from your computer and unplug the power cable. Also remove the battery if you are on laptop.
- Plug in the power cord and only the necessary devices (mouse, keyboard etc.) required into the computer.
- Power on your computer and check if the problem persists.
Fix # 02: Restart Graphics Driver
Restarting graphics drivers may fix this problem, but the question is how to restart the graphics drivers if there is nothing visible on the screen.
Luckily there’s a keyboard shortcut which can help you with that:
- Press the WINDOWS + CTRL + SHIFT + B buttons to restart the drivers.
The screen will flicker for a second and the computer will make a beeping sound, indicating that the drivers have been restarted. If this does not fix the problem, try another fix below.
Fix # 03: Change PC Projection Settings
The black screen error may be because of wrong projection settings on your computer. The problem is how to change the settings if the screen is black. Fortunately, there is a workaround to changing these settings.
Step 1: Press the Windows + P keys to open the projection settings. The projection settings menu has options like PC screen only, Duplicate, Extend, Seconds screen only.
Step 2: Use the arrow keys to select the settings and then press enter to apply that setting.
Step 3: Wait for a few seconds, if it does not work then repeat the process.
If you fix the problem, update your Windows and graphics drivers to avoid the problem in the future. This problem can also be caused by applications. Recall the applications you installed before the problem occurred and uninstall them after the problem is fixed.
If the problem persists, check your hardware. One possible cause of this may be overheating of the system, which is caused by dust accumulated in the fan. The dust may hinder the performance of the fans which cases overheating. In that case, it is recommended to get professional help in cleaning your system and diagnosing the component that is causing this issue on your Windows 11 PC.