The Dreaded Vista Black Screen of DeathWe know there are a lot of different causes for the legendary vista black screen of death. That’s why I wanted to put together a post to make it easier to find all of them. Good luck, you’re gonna need it…
1. Corrupt Event Logs:
- http://www.logicitc.com/blog/?p=102 (Make sure you read the comments…)
OK dudes, here’s my fix for my Vista home premium black screen during boot. After booting up and getting to logon screen and logging on, it goes to a black screen. I hit alt-ctrl-delete to bring up the task manager option. When task manager comes up I go to the run option and type explorer.exe and the computer finishes booting. The permanent fix is going to the registry and changing this: remove C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ntndis.exe from KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell\explorer.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ntndis.exe4. lsass.sys Fix:
The key to solving the black screen is a file called lsass.sys. I found the problem initially because it was looking for that file in C:\Windows\Config\ instead of in C:\Windows\System32\ where it is actually located. But changing the location did not solve the problem (I mention my doing so simply because this was a step I took, and I have no way of telling whether it was significant in the resolution).5. Headcult’s Shell Winlogon Fix: After reading the comments a few people had luck with Headcult’s solution. If ctrl-alt-delete isn’t working then this probably won’t work for you.
- http://exploringourmatrix.blogspot.com/2007/12/vista-black-screen-after-login.html?showComment=1199036692844#c7284984424028072100 (link takes you directly to the comment)
6. Disable User Account Control (UAC) – Again if you can’t use ctrl-alt-delete this might not work.
Before starting Vista I pressed F8 a couple of times and selected to let it run while logging the boot process (ntbtlog.txt in windows folder).10. System Restore – Reinstall Vista – Upgrade to Windows 7 At this point you should just give up and backup your data. Do a clean install or go grab a copy of Windows 7.