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Windows 7: Desktop is a Black Screen


11 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Desktop is a Black Screen

Last night, I cleared a bunch of unneeded files and shortcuts off my desktop. One of those was a shortcut to Windows Explorer. I also installed updates to the Microsoft LifeCam software, which prompted me to restart my computer. After restarting my computer, I entered my password, and was shown a blank, black screen. All I could see was the mouse. I've tried rebooting the computer several times, I ran the full spectrum of Diagnostic tests (hit F12 when the BIOS is loading, went to the Diagnostics screen, and ran -all- of those tests), and nothing seems to work. The same thing happens when I open Windows in safe mode.

I am currently running Windows 7 on a Dell Inspiron E1705 laptop. I don't know my system specifications other than that. I don't know a lot about computers, as you can probably tell by the above explanation. The best I can think of is that somehow deleting that Windows Explorer shortcut deleted Windows Explorer? I'm really not sure. The computer was running perfectly fine before I deleted the shortcut and installed the new LifeCam software. Any thoughts?

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11 May 2010   #2

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

hi bdjones4, welcome to the forums, you can do a repair install Repair Install if you have any probs post back
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11 May 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Unplug camera, printer, etc. Start your computer normally and see if the screen comes back on.
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11 May 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

The problem with doing a Repair Install that I can't see -anything- on my screen. All I have is black space and my mouse. From that link you provided, I would need to interact with stuff on my screen to do a Repair Install, which currently isn't possible.
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11 May 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

I unplugged everything from the laptop and turned it on, and the screen is still completely black.
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11 May 2010   #6

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bdjones4 View Post
The problem with doing a Repair Install that I can't see -anything- on my screen. All I have is black space and my mouse. From that link you provided, I would need to interact with stuff on my screen to do a Repair Install, which currently isn't possible.
yes sorry about that try this Startup Repair
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11 May 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bdjones4 View Post
The problem with doing a Repair Install that I can't see -anything- on my screen. All I have is black space and my mouse. From that link you provided, I would need to interact with stuff on my screen to do a Repair Install, which currently isn't possible.
yes sorry about that try this Startup Repair
Haha, one step ahead of you. I just couldn't figure out how to do a System Restore. I'm trying that now, hopefully it will work. Thank you so much!
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11 May 2010   #8

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bdjones4 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bdjones4 View Post
The problem with doing a Repair Install that I can't see -anything- on my screen. All I have is black space and my mouse. From that link you provided, I would need to interact with stuff on my screen to do a Repair Install, which currently isn't possible.
yes sorry about that try this Startup Repair
Haha, one step ahead of you. I just couldn't figure out how to do a System Restore. I'm trying that now, hopefully it will work. Thank you so much!
yo're welcome, if you need anymore help we are always here
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11 May 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

System Restore fixed the problem, whatever it was. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!
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11 May 2010   #10

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bdjones4 View Post
System Restore fixed the problem, whatever it was. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!

You're very welcome , enjoy your stay here
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