Desktop Black Screen

(Last Updated On: 2019-10-21)

While working on applying Windows Wallpapers with Group Policy’s I noticed a lot of computers got this annoying block screen. No matter what I did the screen just stayed black. No amount of theme changing, new backgrounds or any other trick worked.

So what worked

Windows saves the theme settings in a file called TranscodedWallpaper.
This file can normally be located by opening a Run command and pasting the below folder path in it and opening it up.

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\

Simply browse to the location and delete all the files within.

WallPaper Location

It is possible that the TranscodedWallpaper location is changed. The Registry keeps the location of the WallPaper:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WallPaper]
Registry: Desktop Black Screen

Ease of Access

Lastly, open Setting and browse to Ease of access on the left choose Display and look for the option Show Desktop Background Image.
This option must then be turned off and back on. It basically recreates the TrancodedWallpaper file.

Ease of Access: Desktop Black Screen

On the machines, I tested the Wallpaper immediately appeared again. In some instances, a simple reboot would do.

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