Article ID : 00095193 / Last Modified : 02/05/2016

The screen goes to a black screen after logging in to Windows.

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Follow the steps below to resolve this issue.

  1. Start the computer to Safe Mode with Networking .
  2. Once the computer is completely started, press the Windows Logo + X key combination on the keyboard and, from the list, click Control Panel.

    Control Panel

    NOTES: Because the Control Panel is a traditional Windows® Desktop application, if you were not already there, the interface will change to the Desktop and the Control Panel window will open.

  3. In the Control Panel window, click Programs and Features.
  4. Click to highlight the Search Protectapplication.
  5. Click Uninstall to remove the Search Protect application from the computer.
  6. Perform a clean boot  on the computer.
  7. Once the clean boot procedure is complete, restart the computer normally .

    NOTE: At this point the operating system should load properly.

  8. Using the currently installed anti-virus software, run a full system scan on the computer.

    NOTE: If the computer does not have anti-virus software installed, Windows® Defender or Microsoft® Security Scanner can be used to perform a full system scan.

  9. If the issue persists after uninstalling the Search Protect application and running a full system anti-virus scan, perform a System Restore .
  10. If the issue persists even after a System Restore, perform a System Recovery .

NOTE: The troubleshooting steps listed above should resolve this issue. If all of the steps have been completed and the issue is not resolved, service may be required.

For all Sony products (EXCEPT VAIO computers): To send your product to a Sony facility to be repaired or to check the status of the a repair, visit our eService web site.


For VAIO Computer products: Please call 1-888-4SONYPC (476-6972) for service information for your product. To check the status of your VAIO product repair, have your phone number or Best Buy service number available and call 1-800-433-5778.