I just installed Blender and I'm new to all this.

When I open up Blender I see a black screen, like the command prompt app on Windows, and I was wondering how to get into Blender? enter image description here

Then if I click on a space, as if I were selecting it, it goes to white:

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    $\begingroup$ Alfie, I wonder if you are being just a little impatient. When Blender first starts, the first thing one sees is a console window, and after a short time (the exact length of the short time seems to depend upon the hardware upon which Blender is installed, and depend further upon what other applications are running), Blender itself begins in a second window. I'd try again, and wait a little longer. $\endgroup$ – brasshat Apr 17 '17 at 8:49
  • $\begingroup$ I have left it a few hours, re-opened it many times and still just a black screen. @brasshat $\endgroup$ – Alfie Apr 17 '17 at 12:40
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    $\begingroup$ This looks like a graphics issue. What is your graphics card and system specs? Do you have any drivers installed? Are they up to date? Your computer may not be powerful enough to run blender $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Apr 17 '17 at 13:19
  • $\begingroup$ I have the same problem. I have been able to use blender for hours, and then later once I try to start it this happens. The black window never goes away and on my machine it is impossible to close the window, so it stays up until next reboot. Only solution I have found so far is to uninstall blender, and reinstall it. That worked for me. Unfortunately now the black window is back again. So reinstall is at best a temporary solution. $\endgroup$ – Marius Apr 29 '17 at 21:20
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    $\begingroup$ Usually when you get a corrupted screen like that is because of the graphics card not being configured correctly. What kind of graphics card are you using? A possible solution is to update the drivers, or if a newer driver is causing the issue, the downgrade to a previous version. To get a better idea of what is happening try running blender from a console, you might then a printout of the error. In windows, open a console (Windows key+R) then type cmd or cmd.exe. Navigate to the folder where blender is installed and type blender.exe -con $\endgroup$ – user1853 Apr 30 '17 at 15:02

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