Black Bar At Top Of Screen

If you notice a black bar at top of screen, it’s highly likely that your display driver is out-of-date. To bring the screen back to normal, all you have to do is update the display driver of your computer. Also, you need to consider checking out display settings, restarting Explorer, running SFC and DISM scans, performing a clean boot, … Read to the end to learn what must be done to get rid of the black bar. 

A List Of Solutions

Update Driver

Note: Before updating the display driver, you may want to restart the driver at least once by pressing Windows + Shift + Ctrl + B. Your screen is going to blink twice and driver hiccups should vanish as a result. If the black bar is still present at the top of the screen, proceed to update the driver.

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Display adapters, right-click your display adapter and pick Update driver. 
  • Step 3: Hit Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer the moment the update completes.
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, see how things turn out.

You recently updated the display driver? Then there is a good chance that the new driver is the root of the problem and you must roll back to the previous version. 

  • Step 1: Open Device Manager, right-click your display adapter in Display adapters and pick Properties. 
  • Step 2: Go to the Driver tab, hit Roll Back Driver and follow onscreen instructions.
  • Step 3: After you finish, restart your computer. 

Restart Explorer

  • Step 1: Right-click an empty space on the taskbar and pick Task Manager.
  • Step 2: Locate Windows Explorer in Processes tab, right-click it and pick Restart.
  • Step 3: Determine whether the issue persists. 

Note: If Windows Explorer won’t launch on its own, run it manually. 

  • Step 1: In Task Manager, click File then pick Run new task.
  • Step 2: Type explorer.exe, check the Create this task with administrative privileges checkbox and hit OK. 
  • Step 3: Wait. 

Check Out Display Settings

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select System and in Display, choose recommended options for Scale and layout as well Display resolution. 
  • Step 3: Close Settings, right-click an empty space and pick Refresh.  

Run SFC & DISM Scans

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type cmd and hit Run as administrator. 
  • Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), type the command sfc /scannow and hit Enter to run the SFC scan. 
  • Step 3: Following the conclusion of the SFC scan, proceed to type these commands in Command Prompt (Admin) and hit Enter each time you complete one to run the DISM scan:
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Step 4: Type exit and hit Enter to close Command Prompt.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer.

Perform A Clean Boot

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type msconfig and hit Enter to open System Configuration.
  • Step 2: In Services tab, check the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox and hit Disable all.
  • Step 3: In Startup tab, hit Open Task Manager and disable everything you see.
  • Step 4: Close Task Manager then select Apply and choose OK in System Configuration. 
  • Step 5: Restart your computer. 

If the black bar disappears after clean boot, feel free to conclude that a third-party app is at fault. To be thorough, you should uninstall recently installed apps. To go back to normal startup, go through the steps down below: 

  • Step 1: Open System Configuration.
  • Step 2: Tick the Normal Startup circle, select Apply and choose OK.
  • Step 3: Restart your computer. 

How To Remove The Search Bar At The Top of The Screen

The search bar at the top of your screen could be part of a third-party search tool installed on your computer. To get rid of the search bar, you have to locate and then uninstall the search tool.

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type Control Panel and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: In Control Panel, change View by to Category then hit Uninstall a program under Program.
  • Step 3: Locate the third-party search tool, right-click it and pick Uninstall.
  • Step 4: Follow onscreen instructions to initiate the uninstallation.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer. 

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