Windows® Vista black screen
Why should you know about Windows Vista Black Screen?
Older versions of Windows® have Blue Screen of Death and now the new version Windows Vista also gets a new type of screen of death, it's popularly called Black Screen of Death. In older versions of Windows®, it usually meant that some error happened in the operating system. In the case of Windows Vista Black Screen, the cause of it might be some of the newer security patches. Sometimes, patches themselves can fix a problem and cause another one at the same time.
Possible reasons and fixes are discussed below:
- Security Patch
- Windows® Update
- Suggested Fix
Because there are plenty of attempted attacks at Windows Vista, Microsoft® has to constantly write patches and distribute them. Unfortunately, sometimes there just isn't enough time to completely test security patches and therefore, it might conflict with the Windows Vista operating system. That is one of the reasons due to which the computer might experience a black screen of death. In this case, the best way to fix it is to wait for another patch that will fix the previous patch and the issues created by it.
Sometimes, the updating of some applications even if it just functionality of graphical user interface, can still cause damage. The issues that might crop up during Windows® Update is that the process might result in updating a software with newest version that maybe wasn't verified before deployment for any bugs that could cause black screen of death to happen. The only way to fix it is to wait for a new update.
If none of the previous fixes the problem at hand, try doing a system restore back to the period of a month before the problem arose. If that doesn't work, then use Windows Vista Media to boot. Select ‘Next’ and at the bottom of the screen the option of ‘Repair your Computer’ should be available. Select ‘Next’ after that and then select ‘Command Prompt’. At the command prompt, run regedit.exe and load the SYSTEM hive. Select ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’, and in the ‘File’ menu, select ‘Load Hive.’, get to %WINDIR%System32Config Folder and choose ‘SYSTEM’ and open it. In the Load Hive dialog box, type in “MySYSTEM” box for the registry hive that you want to edit. After loading the hive, change the following key value to exactly how it's written: You must find ControlSet that the machine is currently running on by going to ‘KEY_LOCAL_MACHINEMySYSTEM’. Select and find the ‘Current’ value at the Right side. Value Name: ObjectName, Old Value: LocalSystem, New Value: NT AUTHORITYNetworkService. After that, unload the SYSTEM hive by selecting the key ‘MySYSTEM’, after that select ‘File’, Unload Hive, quit regedit.exe and reboot system normally.