Fix Black Login screen in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

As you might know, I recently upgraded all my PCs to Windows 10 anniversary update. Initially, there were no complaints, but after a few days of using it has made me realize the early adopter’s pain.

This time, it is the login screen. Essentially what’s happening is that the lock screen is just black.

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By design, it should pull up a picture from somewhere on the internet and show it as the background pic for the lock screen. But sometimes, generally when the internet is choppy or when I have just turned on the PC, the login screen doesn’t show anything. Only a bare black screen with date, time and some agenda show up, depending on the settings, of course.

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Fix Black login screen in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Fixing this issue is however quite easy. It requires a bit tinkering with the settings, though. The culprit here is the animation settings in the System properties. You can access these settings via the Control Panel or the Settings app. All you have to do is set the option of animating the windows while minimizing and maximizing set to Enabled. Let’s see how to do that.

  • Right click on My Computer on the Desktop and click on Properties.
  • In the left sidebar, click on the Advanced system settings link. It will open the System Properties box.
  • In the Advanced tab, click on Settings under the Performance heading.

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  • Check the “Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing” checkbox and click OK.

This will enable all the animations which show when windows are minimized or maximized. Now, the login screen will not show with a black image. It will now show some popular image of something from the internet. You can verify whether this is working or not by pressing Windows key + L to lock your current session. This will show your login screen with an image instead of the previously shown black screen.

Edit: Our friend Dave in the comments section has said that the above steps didn’t fix the black login screen for him. However, with his assessment, he was able to fix it anyway. I’m putting the content of his comment here. Try them if the above steps didn’t work.

Go to Settings > Personalization > Lockscreen.

Scroll to the bottom and set “Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen” to Off, then close the window. That’s it.

Edit: If you are still having this black screen problem on your PC, please read this comment by our friend Matt. That might do something for you.