Just like the traditional Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) the White Screen of Death is also quite similar and is generally caused by hardware faults. However, in some cases, it can also occur due to software issues like faulty drivers. The White Screen of Death (WSOD) is comparatively more frustrating than BSOD because it doesn’t provide any information or error code regarding the issue. WSOD is just a simple white screen with no image or text on the display, leaving you behind with no option as the PC doesn’t even restart on its own in this situation.
So, what can you do in this case? What is the way to get rid of this problem? In this fixing guide, I am going to share different fixes to this issue that you can try on your Windows 11 and Windows 10 PCs. So let’s get started.
What causes the White Screen of Death (WSOD) on Windows?
As I told you, the WSOD error doesn’t provide any info regarding the actual cause hence it is really very difficult to pinpoint the exact reason behind its cause. However, there are possibilities of the following thing that can cause the WSOD error on your PC.
- Some hardware-related problems.
- Critical drivers not working (typically the GPU drivers).
- Missing Windows system files.
- Interference by some 3rd-party background apps.
What do I do if my PC is stuck on a White Screen of Death?
If you are already in a situation where your PC is stuck on a White Screen, then you are most probably, experiencing a White Screen of Death. Fortunately, it is fixable, and here are the things that you can do to get rid of it.
Fix 1: Force Restart your PC
The first thing to do is to force restart your PC. The White Screen of Death is not like the Blue Screen of Death in behavior. Unlike BSOD, WSOD keeps the PC turned on. And to get rid of it, the very first thing to do is to perform a restart of the PC.
Sometimes, WSOD just shows a white screen but the PC is actually working and working. In this case, you can try pressing Alt+F4 which will open up the Shutdown menu. And since you are not able to see what’s going on over the screen, hit the Enter key with the hope that your PC will get shut down just like normally gets.
If there is no sign of the PC working or the PC is shutting down by Alt+F4, then the only option left is to press and hold the power button of your PC until you see the PC either turned off or restarted.
Fix 2: Check your hardware connections
If the hardware components on your PC are not connected properly or if there is some issue with the connection ports then this can also cause WSOD. Hence make sure to check if all the hardware components are connected properly. If possible, try to unplug and replug the components to ensure a proper connection.
It is also possible that a connection port of any type is facing some hardware fault. In such a case, inspect the ports and if you suspect any of those, do not plug the hardware in that port.
Fix 3: Remove USB devices
In many cases, the users have reported that unplugging the USB devices from their PC has worked flawlessly in resolving the WSOD issue. If you are also using a lot of USB devices if there is an unnecessary acquisition of the USB ports by the hardware that you don’t use, consider removing them. However, I’d recommend you remove every simple USB component to check if some USB hardware is causing the problem.
Fix 4: Update/Reinstall GPU drivers
Outdated or faulty GPU drivers can also make the PC go through the White Screen of Death. Hence make sure the GPU drivers are up to date. And if they are, they ensure to reinstall them to eliminate any chance of faulty driver.
Step 1: Search and open the Device Manager on your PC.
Step 2: Click on the Display Adapters section to expand it and right-click on the GPU hardware.
Step 3: Frome the list of options that appears, and select Update driver.
Step 4: On the next window select the Search automatically for drivers option.
Now, let Windows search if there is any newer version of the drivers available. If there is, then follow the on-screen instructions and install it accordingly.
Step 5: If there is no update available, then again right-click on that GPU driver and this time click on Uninstall device.
Step 6: Again click on Uninstall to confirm the selection.
Once done, restart your PC and Windows will automatically reinstall the required GPU drivers when you’ll connect it to the internet.
You can also do additional things to manually search for the latest drivers for your specific GPU by going to their respective official websites.
Fix 5: Update Windows
Outdated Windows can lead to non-cooperation with the hardware components. Microsoft releases normal and optional updates to Windows where the Optional updates mainly consist of driver updates and the normal updates bring the addition of new features, security updates, etc. Hence both kinds of Windows updates are necessary.
Installing Optional Windows updates
Step 1: Open Windows Settings by pressing Win+I on the keyboard or you can also search for the same.
Step 2: In the settings app, navigate to Windows update > Advanced options.
Step 3: Here, click on the Optional Updates option located under the Additional options section.
Step 4: Now, checkmark the available updates and click on Download & Install to begin the installation of the available optional updates.
Installing the Windows major updates
Step 1: Open Windows Settings (Win + I).
Step 2: Go to Windows Update and click on Check for updates.
Step 3: If there are pending updates found, then download and install them accordingly and finally restart the PC.
After installing all the pending updates, check if the issue is fixed.
Fix 6: Boot into Safe Mode
If any background process or application is causing a conflict with Windows and causing WSOD, then it is a good idea to Boot your Windows PC in Safe mode to check for the same. The Safe Mode ensures the PC does not run any unnecessary background processes and only the necessary ones. If there is no BSOD issue in the Safe Mode, then there is some app on your PC that causing the issue.
Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 11
Step 1: Open Windows Settings by pressing Win + I and go to System > Recovery.
Step 2: Click on the Restart now button of the Advanced startup option. This will reboot your PC into the advanced startup menu.
Step 3: In the menu, navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup settings, and finally click on Restart.
Step 4: Now, from the list of options select any of the option numbers 4,5, or 6 by pressing the respective number key to boot into Safe Mode.
Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 10
Step 1: Open Settings and go to Update & Security > Recovery > Restart now under the Advanced startup section.
Step 2: Your PC will now boot into the Advanced startup menu. Here, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup settings and finally click on Restart.
Step 3: The PC will boot again and this time in Startup Settings. Choose any of the Safe Mode options (4,5 or 6) by pressing their respective number key on the keyboard.
Fix 7: Downgrade to previous Windows update
If you are experiencing the WSOD issue after a recent Windows update, then there is a possibility the current update is not working properly for your specific PC hardware. Hence in such a situation, it is advised to downgrade your PC to the previous Windows update.
Step 1: Open Windows Settings by pressing Win + I on the keyboard.
Step 2: Go to Windows Update and select Update history.
Step 3: On the Update history window, you can look at the latest update so that you can uninstall that specific update. Now, click on Uninstall updates.
Step 4: This will open the Control panel window, now, search for the update that you want to uninstall, select it and click on Uninstall.
Step 5: Now, follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the update, restart the PC and see if the issue is fixed.
Fix 8: Perform a System Restore
If uninstalling the latest Windows update is resolving the issue, then you can also try reverting back your PC to a saved restore point where you are not facing the WSOD error.
Note: You need to have a previously created System Restore Point. Without a restore point, performing this fix is not possible.
Step 1: Search for Create a Restore Point and click on Open.
Step 2: Switch to the System Protection tab and click on the System Restore… button.
Step 3: On the next window, click on Choose a different restore point option and hit Next. You can also select the Recommended Restore if you want.
Step 4: Now select the Restore Point from the list and click on the Scan for affected programs button in order to detect the corrupt files on your system.
Step 5: Click on the Next button.
Step 6: Finally click on Finish and restart your PC.
Fix 9: Diagnose the hardware
Lastly, if nothing works there is a high probability that your core hardware component is not functioning properly (motherboard, display port, etc.). With that said, you are highly advised to perform hardware diagnostics on your PC. It is actually a bit of technical work and requires professional tools. Hence, I would recommend you take your PC to an expert for resolution.
And there you go! This is how you can get rid of the White Screen of Death on your PC. This issue is quite similar to BSOD as both occur due to some sort of hardware fault. However, software issues can also be a cause in some cases. As a resolution, you should consider checking if all the hardware components are connected properly. Also, ensure the hardware connectivity of the components to the motherboard. Check if the drivers are up to date and boot into safe mode to check if some software issue is not causing the problem.
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