Windows 10: blank screen, active cursor

Discus and support blank screen, active cursor in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; an old friend has phoned me up in a panic and will phone back later for advice. Her 4-year old laptop, running Windows 10 is just showing a black... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by pawz10, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. pawz10 Win User

    blank screen, active cursor

    an old friend has phoned me up in a panic and will phone back later for advice. Her 4-year old laptop, running Windows 10 is just showing a black screen at start up, with active cursor. We have a Windows 10 laptop here, but I do not use it and am not familiar with the system. I am asking, is there a combination of keys that will refresh the system and which will keep her files? She has all her pics of her late husband on there.

    If you cannot help we will have to go get the laptop, take the drive out, recover the pics, and then attempt to reinstall W10, and that too is unchartered territory. Please help if you can.

    I have been on the web while waiting for this to be accepted and have learned that pressing Ctrl and then entering password, even though you cannot see anything on the screen, and then pressing Enter, might fix it, for now. I shall pass this info on when she phones me later, but it still isn't a 'proper' solution. I shall also strongly advise her to get an external to copy her pics to....

    Ok, that worked, and she is going to get an external. I think it must be a graphics driver problem, so I will probably have the machine here before too long, but for the moment, all is back to where it should be.

    pawz10, Jul 3, 2016

  2. my screen saver

    my screen saver does not automatically activate and I have a blank screen with an active cursor but I have to press Ctrl Alt delete to wake it up and this occurred after a large update
    AlanPaul_852, Jul 3, 2016
  3. RickB_464 Win User
    Windows screen saver restore is a blank screen

    Once the screen saver is activated - resuming gives a blank screen but the mouse cursor works. I need to Crtl+Alt+Del to trigger screen restoration and cancel the menu. What is needed to restore the screen automatically when resuming work on the PC?
    RickB_464, Jul 3, 2016
  4. dencal Win User

    blank screen, active cursor

    Windows icon + I opens Settings.....assuming it appears will give many options.
    dencal, Jul 3, 2016
  5. pawz10 Win User
    thank you Dencal, I shall tuck that away for future ref - would it have got her to a visible welcome screen though? Anyway, all sorted for now.
    pawz10, Jul 3, 2016
  6. dencal Win User
    Your welcome.
    dencal, Apr 4, 2018

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