A few months ago, I was using some sort of program that ran as a service and did zero patching to the system files in order to run custom themes on Windows 8. A few Windows updates went by, and I was given the "black screen with blinking cursor" of death. I've figured out that using custom themes in conjunction with this program resulted in me often getting this problem whenever I'd do windows updates. Is there any sort of alternative? Is there something I was possibly doing wrong? I've seen others with the problem, but I've yet to find a fix. Thanks for the help.