Expert Tips for When Windows 11 Leaves You in the Dark


“Dear expert, I recently encountered two issues with Windows 11 on my laptop. Initially, the Wi-Fi icon was missing, preventing any internet connection. Additionally, I received an error stating ‘something happened and your pin isn’t available,’ which barred me from logging in. I managed to resolve the Wi-Fi issue, but upon attempting to fix the pin error by setting the startup mode to diagnostic startup via the accessibility tool, my screen went blank after rebooting. I’m contemplating transferring my data from the C drive, performing a Windows reinstallation, and then restoring the data. Could you suggest any alternative solutions? Your advice would be greatly appreciated.”


Dear user,

Facing startup issues can be quite frustrating, especially when it impedes your access to daily work and connectivity. Your proactive approach to resolving the Wi-Fi and PIN problems on Windows 11 is commendable. However, encountering a blank screen after altering the startup mode is a common challenge that many users face.

Before you proceed with the data transfer and Windows reinstallation, which is indeed a viable last resort, let’s explore some alternative solutions that could potentially resolve the blank screen issue without the need for such drastic measures.

Solution 1: Safe Mode and System Restore

Firstly, try booting your laptop into Safe Mode. This can be done by restarting your computer and pressing the F8 key (or Shift + F8) as it boots up. Once in Safe Mode:

  • Navigate to ‘Advanced Options’ and select ‘System Restore’.
  • Choose a restore point from before the issue began.
  • Follow the prompts to restore your system.
  • This process can reverse any recent changes that might have caused the blank screen, including the diagnostic startup setting.

Solution 2: Windows Recovery Environment

If Safe Mode is inaccessible, you might need to use the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE):

  • To access WinRE, you’ll need to restart your PC a few times during the boot sequence.
  • Once in WinRE, go to ‘Troubleshoot’ > ‘Advanced Options’ > ‘Startup Settings’.
  • Restart the computer, and you should see a menu with various boot options.
  • Select ‘Enable Safe Mode with Networking’ and attempt the System Restore as mentioned above.

Solution 3: Check External Devices

Sometimes, external devices can cause conflicts during startup. Disconnect all peripherals (USB drives, printers, etc.) and try booting again.

Solution 4: Update or Rollback Drivers

Faulty drivers can also lead to a blank screen. If you manage to access Safe Mode:

  • Open ‘Device Manager’.
  • Look for any devices with a yellow exclamation mark, indicating a driver issue.
  • Right-click and either update or rollback the driver, depending on when the issue started.

Solution 5: Command Prompt Fixes

For more advanced users, the Command Prompt can be a powerful tool. In Safe Mode with Command Prompt:

  • Type `sfc /scannow` to scan for and restore corrupted system files.
  • If the issue persists, try `DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth` to repair the Windows image.

Data Backup and Reinstallation

If none of the above solutions work, your plan to back up your data and reinstall Windows is sound. Ensure you have a reliable backup of all important files before proceeding with the reinstallation to prevent any data loss.

In conclusion, while a blank screen can be daunting, there are several troubleshooting steps you can take before resorting to reinstallation. If you’re uncomfortable performing these steps yourself, consider seeking assistance from a professional technician.

Remember, always back up your data regularly to minimize the impact of such issues in the future.

Best regards,

[Your Expert]

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