How to Fix “White Screen of Death” on Windows

As the name suggests, the White Screen of Death is literally a white screen appearing on your screen when something is wrong with your system’s hardware or software components.

Unlike the Blue or Black Screen of Death, a White Screen of Death typically is not accompanied by an error code or status like ‘Something Went Wrong’.

This makes it a bit harder to pinpoint the exact issue that might be causing it and implement the right troubleshooting methods.

Check External Cables

The first thing to do is check to see if any of the wires connected to the system are loose. This has to do with the HDMI or VGA cable that is hooked up to your monitor.

To move on, press and hold the power button for a few seconds to force the PC to shut down. Once the computer is off, check to see if the cables are in the right place. While you’re at it, you might also want to unplug any USB peripherals you have plugged in. One of them might be broken and causing the problem.

Now restart your PC and see if the White Screen of Death still happens.

Update the Graphics Card Driver

Type Device Manager in your Windows search bar and select Open.

Expand the display adapters and right-click on your graphics card driver.

Select Update driver.

Click on Search automatically for drivers.

Follow any-on screen instructions.

Rollback a Windows Update

Press Win + I to open Settings.

Choose Windows Update and select Update history.

Click on Uninstall updates.

Disable Background Applications

If the problem started after you installed an app, try removing the app to see if that fixes it.

If you don’t know which app might be the problem, use the Task Manager to turn off all the unnecessary or third-party apps.

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.

Under the Processes tab, right-click on the app you wish to disable.

Click on End task.

Run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

You can also find out what’s wrong with the hardware and fix it by using Windows’ built-in troubleshooting tools.

The Hardware and Devices troubleshooter is a common tool that can scan the system for hardware-related problems, find problems, and suggest ways to fix them.

If you think the problem is with the hardware and fixing the cables hasn’t helped, run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter. Fix the problem by doing what the troubleshooter tells you to do.


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