By Ellie / Last Updated November 4, 2021

How to fix black screen on Remote Desktop on Windows 10?

“I use the 1809 version of Windows 10 Remote Desktop to connect to my domain computer, everything was fine until I upgraded my computer system to the windows 10 1903 May Update 2019 version. I’ve been bothered by black screen on Remote Desktop on Windows 10 for nearly a month. Who can tell me what to do?”

What causes black screen on Remote Desktop on Windows 10?

To completely solve the RDP black screen on Windows 10, we must understand what causes the problem first.

  • Windows update. Windows update may bring some problems, such as Remote Desktop black screen on Windows 10.Remote Desktop settings. The default Windows Remote Desktop settings may affect the remote connection and cause the remote desktop black screen on Windows 10.
  • GPU driver. GPU sometimes will affect the remote desktop connection directly.
  • Windows settings. The default Windows setting usually does not cause problems, but in some cases, it may be the culprit for the black screen of Remote Desktop on Windows 10.

11 methods to fix black screen on Remote Desktop on Windows 10

Here we sort out 11 ways on how to do when Remote Desktop shows black screen on Windows 10.

Method 1. Update or recover system version

Step 1. Open the Control Panel, locate and click Update & Security.

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Step 2. In the Update & Security interface, check whether a new version is available. If yes, download and install it (remember to back up your data first).

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Step 3. If your computer system is already the latest version, you can consider to Go back to the previous version of windows 10 in Recovery (choose carefully).

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Method 2. Open Task Manager

In the feedback of some users, opening Task Manager helps to solve the problem of Remote Desktop black screen on Windows 10. You can press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to invoke Task Manager window.

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Method 3. Change the screen resolution

Step 1. On the local computer, right-click anywhere on the desktop and select Display settings in the expanded menu bar.

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Step 2. Find Display resolution, then you can change the resolution.

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After changing the screen resolution, try the remote connection again to see if the problem of the black screen on Remote Desktop on Windows 10 has been solved.

Method 4. Change the color depth of remote session

Step 1. Search for Remote Desktop Connection in the Search box. And then open it.

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Step 2. In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, click Show Options.

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Step 3. Switch to the Display tab, switch the Highest Quality (32-bit) to True Color (24 bit) in the Colors column, and then click Connect.

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Method 5. Disable Persistent bitmap caching

After creating images and other resources, the computer will generate cache files, and then store these files locally in the Remote Desktop Client. This process is called Persistent bitmap caching. Enabling Persistent bitmap caching has certain effects on the running speed of the computer. In some cases, it may lead to the problem of black screen on Remote Desktop on Windows 10.

Search for Remote Desktop Connection in the Search box. And then open it. In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, click Show Options. Switch to the Experience tab, then uncheck the Persistent bitmap caching option.

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Method 6. Update GPU Driver process

This is a fixing method officially given by Microsoft.

Step 1. Right-click the Start button and select Device Manager from the expanded menu.

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Step 2. Find Display adapters and click it. Right-click Intel(R) HD Graphics and then click Update driver.

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Step 3. On the update window, click Search automatically for drivers and then wait for the update.

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Note: If you use an NVIDIA graphics card, it will automatically create an overlay layer that allows users to capture the screen when playing games. It is also called ShadowPlay. In some cases, it will interfere with the connection of Windows Remote Desktop, so you need to disable it. You need to download an application called NVIDIA GeForce Experience, open the General tab in the settings, and disable the Sharing option.

Method 7. Disable fast startup

Fast startup is a windows function that can quickly wake up your Windows notebook or desktop when they are in hibernation. Disable the function may help solve the problem of black screen on Remote Desktop on Windows 10.

Step 1. Click Control Panel on your desktop. Click Large icons on the right-upper corner and then find Power Options.

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Step 2. Find and click Choose what the power buttons do.

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Step 3. Find and click Change settings that are currently unavailable to make sure the Shutdown settings below are changeable. Then find and uncheck Turn on fast startup.

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Note: Some of you may not find the option Enable quick start in the Power Options interface because the system sleep function is not turned on. Next, let’s briefly introduce how to turn on the system sleep function.

Step 1. Right-click the Start button and select Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the expanded menu.

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Step 2. In the Windows PowerShell window, enter “powercfg /h on”, press Enter to execute the command. Then you can see the fast startup has been turned on.

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Method 8. Run SFC scan

The System File Checker (SFC) tool can help you scan your computer for damaged system files and repair them. Therefore, when the problem appears, you might as well use this tool to repair the file, which may solve this problem.

Step 1. Click Start, find Windows System, and expand it. Right-click Command Prompt, select More, and click Run as administrator.

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Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, enter “sfc /scannow” and then press Enter to execute the command. After that, restart the computer.

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Method 9. Close client UDP and disable WDDM driver

Step 1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box. Type in “gpedit.msc” and press OK to open up the Local Group Policy Editor window.

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Step 2. Navigate here: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Connection Client. Then click Turn off UDP On Client.

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Step 3. Change its state to Enabled. Then click OK.

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Step 4. Find Remote Desktop Session Host right below the Remote Desktop Connection Client, then click it. On the right pane, find Remote Session Environment and then click it.

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Step 5. Find Use WDDM graphic display driver for Remote Desktop Connections.

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Step 6. Change its state to Disabled. Then click OK.

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Method 10. Restart Remote Desktop Services

Step 1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box. Type in “services.msc” and press OK.

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Step 2. Find Remote Desktop Services on the right pane.

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Step 3. On the General tab, click Stop, then OK.

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Method 11. Use new accounts

Step 1. Press Win + I to open Windows settings, find and click Accounts.

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Step 2. On the left pane, find Other users and click it. Then click Add someone else to this PC.

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Step 3. In the Local Users and Groups window, click Users, then click More Actions, and click New Users in the expanded menu.

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Step 4. Fill in the information needed. Then return to the Other Users interface, select the newly created account, change the account type Administrator, and then click OK.

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Avoid black screen on Remote Desktop on Windows 10: AnyViewer

AnyViewer is a free and easy remote desktop software designed especially for Windows, including Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2. The best thing for AnyViewer is that it works very well, users seldom encounter remote connection problems like they encountered when using RDP, for example, RDP full screen not working.  

To make it more user-friendly, AnyViewer provides you with two remote control methods. One is to send a control request, and another is to input a security code to achieve unattended remote access.

Preparation work:

  • Connect the client computer (the controller computer) and the host computer (the controlled computer) to the Internet.
  • Download and install AnyViewer on the client computer and the host computer respectively.
Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Methods 1. Send a control request

 Step 1. Open AnyViewer on both computers. Then you can see your device ID.

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Step 2. On the client computer, input the device ID of the host computer, then click Connect. There will be a pop-up window, choose Send a control request to your partner and click OK.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 3. Then the host computer will receive a pop-up request. Click the green button to make the connection successful.

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Methods 2. Input security code

There are two types of security codes:

  • A permanent security code is set by you in advance.
  • A temporary security code is automatically generated and will change every time.

Step 1. On the host computer, go to Settings > Recipient. Tick the third option and then set the security code.  

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Step 2. Return to the main interface, you could see your device ID and temporary security code.

Copy the Temporary Security Code

Step 3. On the client computer, input the device ID of the host computer in the Partner ID box, and then click Connect.

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Step 4. Then there will be a pop-up window, choose Input a security code, then input either the permanent security code or the temporary security code of the host computer and click OK.

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Conclusion

If you happen to encounter the problem of black screen on Remote Desktop on Windows 10, you might as well try the 11 methods listed above, which may help you solve the problem. If none of the above methods helps you solve the problem, you can try to use the free third-party remote control software AnyViewer, which can perfectly free you from many RDP problems.