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I have recently suffered a BSOD phenomenon in my notebook running windows 8 pro x64. After loading the boot logo, a black screen appears and never goes off. I'm not being able to find out its cause.

  • I have recently completed installing all windows updates - so, is there any particular update responsible for causing this phenomenon?
  • I was not intending to use UxThemePatcher but at last decided to and patched the system with it - Could it be the reason?
  • Or is it any other reason told/untold/foretold by M$?
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this is a stab in the dark but are you using a custom start menu?

maybe its the theme patcher thing - only way is to get into safe mode or live cd and default it back.

how long have you left it on that screen? I do know if you update from 8 to 8.1 sometimes that screen can take forever to load into system.

that black screen is annoying, I bet many others see it and sit there thinking isit gonna get off it!

I'm also on windows 8.1 x64 - I to sometimes find that black screen slow to pass after doing certain updates.

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agree with Sonar... try boot into safe mode then disabled display adapter and monitor driver. Best way, restore to last working state or system imaging

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this is a stab in the dark but are you using a custom start menu?

maybe its the theme patcher thing - only way is to get into safe mode or live cd and default it back.

how long have you left it on that screen? I do know if you update from 8 to 8.1 sometimes that screen can take forever to load into system.

that black screen is annoying, I bet many others see it and sit there thinking isit gonna get off it!

I'm also on windows 8.1 x64 - I to sometimes find that black screen slow to pass after doing certain updates.

So, it happens, right? Alright - Damn you M$.

I'm using StartIsBack+ and using it since long time but haven't faced any BSOD till the last one I faced. So, I don't think that SIB+ could be the reason.

Yeah, It may be the patcher thing, not sure though because lots of uses are using it without any issue.

I waited almost 10mins but it wasn't the first restart after installing updates. The BSOD occured bak to back after several restart.

It's usual to get stuck on a black screen at the first restart after installing windows updates.

its the boot logo

did u use UltraUXThemePatcher 2.2

or http://uxstyle.com/

its a reinstall if u did not backup 1st

I installed the second one. Is the 1st one reliable?

its the updates if it was the last thing u did, certainly some drivers updates, i faced same problem

Yeah, may be, but it's been very long period between last driver I installed and the BSOD.

agree with Sonar... try boot into safe mode then disabled display adapter and monitor driver. Best way, restore to last working state or system imaging

I have reformatted already. And if the display driver had to do something with it, the boot logo shouldn't have appeared. My string doubt goes towards the UxThemePatcher. That must have b@nged some UI files.

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if you can get into safe mode through system or live cd - 1st thing first is remove the custom start menu.

on an old laptop of mine startisback caused the black screen on windows 7 (and wouldn't pass that black screen until i removed it). I even mentioned it somewhere on nsane that it caused me problems.

I'm also using startisback+ and I wouldn't put it past it but might be the cause of the black screen I face again.

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im still using startisback+ 1.0.5 or round those numbers, im not using the latest one - maybe the latest one faces a bigger problem.

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upgrade to Windows 7 :troll:

Nah, no looking back.

if you can get into safe mode through system or live cd - 1st thing first is remove the custom start menu.

on an old laptop of mine startisback caused the black screen on windows 7 (and wouldn't pass that black screen until i removed it). I even mentioned it somewhere on nsane that it caused me problems.

I'm also using startisback+ and I wouldn't put it past it but might be the cause of the black screen I face again.

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im still using startisback+ 1.0.5 or round those numbers, im not using the latest one - maybe the latest one faces a bigger problem.

If SIB+ were the culprit (in my case), then why the BSOD didn't happened just after installing SIB+ and restarting the system for the first and the consecutive time. Should it be happening after 6 moths of installation? makes no sense to me (in my case).

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upgrade to Windows 7 :troll:

Nah, no looking back.

if you can get into safe mode through system or live cd - 1st thing first is remove the custom start menu.

on an old laptop of mine startisback caused the black screen on windows 7 (and wouldn't pass that black screen until i removed it). I even mentioned it somewhere on nsane that it caused me problems.

I'm also using startisback+ and I wouldn't put it past it but might be the cause of the black screen I face again.

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im still using startisback+ 1.0.5 or round those numbers, im not using the latest one - maybe the latest one faces a bigger problem.

If SIB+ were the culprit (in my case), then why the BSOD didn't happened just after installing SIB+ and restarting the system for the first and the consecutive time. Should it be happening after 6 moths of installation? makes no sense to me (in my case).

good question, a certain update over the past few months might of caused a problem "sitting there silent" - ur theme patcher might of triggerd it or cold be the culprit.

its a matter of going backwards without using system restore - I avoid it :P

did u use one of those progs to pull the blue screen error? - people then can at least get an idea of the cause?

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reading ur first post can u get intot he system to run progs? if not deffo need a live cd like mentioned above :P

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I had a blackscreen too, a flickering monitor also after using a Theme Patcher and updating Windows.

Whatever update you apply to Windows 8/8.1, remove any Theme Patchers before you do it. SIB or SIB+ will never be a problem since it doesn't replaces system files or alters them.

Here is the video that shows exactly what happened, i never used a Theme Patcher again after that. :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcsjAaHhTO0

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I had a blackscreen too, a flickering monitor also after using a Theme Patcher and updating Windows.

Whatever update you apply to Windows 8/8.1, remove any Theme Patchers before you do it. SIB or SIB+ will never be a problem since it doesn't replaces system files or alters them.

Here is the video that shows exactly what happened, i never used a Theme Patcher again after that. :lol:

Yeah, I also did that. Installed the Theme patcher and installed windows update. The patcher's website themselves say that their patcher isn't stable for windows 8 yet. So why take risk.

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