Corrupted System Files Causing Black Screen

PC Problems, Windows 8

Bumping into a Black Screen, while booting Windows 8 is one of the most reported issues of this operating system. As a matter of fact, this event has a number of preceding sources, and you can recover from it using several troubleshooting methods. This article is concentrated on one of these reasons and prescribes the applicable suggestions to get it fixed. Apart from the one under discussion, there are other solutions that can help you to fix Windows 8 black screen problem.

Recall the last time turning your system off, when it was in an agreeable working state. As specified in the title, this problem might have instigated due to corrupt system files. A forcible shutdown or just unplugging the machine, both have elevated chances of getting system files missing and corrupted. In this case, we would recommend you to employ one of the Microsoft’s troubleshooting tools called System File Checker. Hold on! Before moving further, you must be aware of certain qualifications by referring to the phases below.

  • Booting into Safe Mode
  • Running System File Checker
  • Boot from Windows 8 Installation Media


Booting into Safe Mode

A preferred way to run SFC is through the Safe mode, as it boots your system with least processes and services. For the purpose of recovery, system files must not be under use of any process or service.

  • While being on the Back Screen, press Windows key + D on your keyboard
  • When the desktop screen is displayed, go to Start screen, type msconfig and press Enter
  • Access the Boot tab in System Configuration window and check the box next to Safe boot
  • Click Apply followed by OK button to save your changes and Restart your computer
  • You will now be directed to the Safe mode

How do I boot into Safe Mode on Windows 8Note: Once done with the steps mentioned below, make sure you uncheck the Safe boot in MSConfig by repeating the steps stated above.

Running System File Checker

This is a free troubleshooting tool offered by Microsoft Windows operating system, and has the property to patch up the broken or damaged system files.

  • Soon as you boot into Safe mode, go to Start screen by pressing Windows key
  • Type command prompt to initiate a new Search
  • Locate command prompt in search results and right click it to Run as administrator
  • In command prompt window, type the command line SFC /SCANNOW and press Enter
  • Let the scan take time, as it would examine all the system files and repair the corrupted ones

Run File Checker to Fix Black Screen Issue in Windows 8

In case of a severe damage, the tool may require you to insert Windows 8 installation disc so that it could pull new files through it..

Boot from Windows 8 Installation Media

The previous section tutors you to boot into safe mode and achieve the given solutions. However, it is likely that the system does not let you enter this way. If you have been experiencing something similar, you would need Windows 8 installation media for an alternative process. Subsequently, perform the following measures.

  • Insert Windows 8 DVD or other external storage drive with Windows 8 installation files
  • Restart your computer and boot from the DVD or storage drive
  • Windows Setup screen will appear. Click on the Next button in this screen
  • Locate the text stating Repair your computer near the bottom left corner and click on it
  • The next display will be titled as Choose an option. These are Advanced Startup options
  • Click Troubleshoot tile on this screen. On the next screen, go for Advanced options
  • In the Advanced options screen, click Command Prompt

Once you successfully access Command Prompt, put the command given above to scan your system for corrupted and damaged files.


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    If a severe damage, the tool may require you to insert Windows 8 installation disc so that it could pull new files through it.