Black screen after applying a theme


  1. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 64-bit
       #1

    Black screen after applying a theme


    Hello,

    I was trying to edit a Windows Theme (NOT located in Resources/Themes but in my Downloads folder) with msstyleEditor and pressed "Test".
    The corrupt theme was applied and I now get a black screen on reboot.

    I've read Fix Black Screen on Windows 10 Caused by Corrupt Themes | Technastic but that corrupt theme is not listed under Resources/Themes.

    I'd appreciate your help.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,225
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Well.. looking at that page I note it says:
    MAKE SURE YOU CREATE A SYSTEM RESTORE POINT. USE 'ON' YOUR OWN RISK!
    Because sometimes a theme breaks your desktop environment and a system restore
    point will be of great use. Experienced it myself.
    repeatedly.

    Do you know if you have any System Restore points? Have you ever enabled System Restore?

    You can use a restore point by booting your PC from e.g. a Win 10 installation disk if your PC won't boot.

    The corrupt theme was applied and I now get a black screen on reboot.
    - do you mean you don't even see the lock screen?

    Thanks.
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  3. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hello dalchina,

    Thanks for replying.

    Themes applied via the "Test" feature are located in "C:\Users\Public\Documents\tmpXXXXX.msstyles".
    Replacing that file has fixed the issue.
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  4. Paul Black's Avatar
    Posts : 13,042
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #4

    Hello @Yaron,

    I am a bit late on parade, but if you ever want to see a list of the available Restore Points, type this into a CMD Prompt and press <Enter> . . .

    Code:
    
    vssadmin list shadows

    If you would like to output the Restore Points to a .txt file on the Desktop then use this command . . .

    Code:
    
    vssadmin list shadows > "%UserProfile%\Desktop\Restore_Points.txt"

    If you have a Relocated Desktop then change the Path accordingly.

    I hope this helps
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  5. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Hello Paul Black,

    Thanks for the important info.
    I did not have a Restore Point. :)
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  6. Paul Black's Avatar
    Posts : 13,042
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #6

    Hello @Yaron,

    Yaron said:
    Thanks for the important info.

    You are VERY welcome. I just thought it might be useful for you if you ever needed that information in the future.

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  7. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    It's indeed very useful.
    Thanks again. I appreciate it.
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  8. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,225
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #8

    Glad you found it...
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