Whenever we sign-in to Windows, usually the File Explorer starts itself automatically. In case we need to restart Explorer, we can do it with the help of Task Manager. The automatic start up of Explorer helps you to browse files and folders quickly. Now imagine if the system won’t find Explorer starting automatically, what will happen? This could be the issue with your system, where you find only the black screen after logon, having only the pointer in it. Recently, I came around this issue as experienced with Windows 8.1.
This trouble happens basically with the mess up of registries on the system. Initially, you can try the System File Checker (running SFC /SCANNOW command in the administrative Command Prompt) utility to fix it. Even if that helps, you can try the DISM commands mentioned here. If still that doesn’t works, this registry fix might help you:
FIX : Explorer.exe Not Running On Startup In Windows 10/8/7
Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.
1. Press + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.
2. Navigate here:
3. In the right pane of this location, look for the Shell named registry string (REG_SZ). All you need to make sure is that this string must have the Value data equals to explorer.exe. If you’re facing the issue, you might find different Value data, so restore it explorer.exe, which is the default value. It will significantly fix the issue. You may close the Registry Editor and reboot to verify.
Hope you find the fix useful!
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