Oops - I did forget about attachments.
I get the plain black screen with no cursor...it can sit for hours with no change.
As long as I restore to the point before the windows updates published 1/13/2015 everything comes back and works properly.
I don't have an external monitor to attach and test to see if it is the card but since the laptop monitor works at all other times, I would not think it was the card itself.
From the Device Manager...
I have these two display adapters listed and ran the update driver software driver on each; each reports the best driver is currently installed.
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
Intel HD Graphics
The monitor is Generic PnP Monitor and it also reports the best driver is currently installed.
So far I can't see anything obviously wrong. Are there any other ideas? I do not want to install the patches from 13th until I know I can resolve the black screen issue. I had installed each patch one at a time and had not issues until the next day when, after I had logged in with my finger print, windows started up as usual and then the black screen just after the desktop appeared. I cannot do anything once that black screen appears.