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Insider builds will reportedly cause 'green screen of death' on Surface Laptop 3

Surface Laptop 3 15
Surface Laptop 3 15 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Installing Insider builds on the Surface Laptop 3 could cause the "green screen of death" to appear.
  • Insider builds always carry a risk of causing issues, so this isn't shocking.
  • There aren't recovery images for the Surface Laptop 3 yet, so running Insider builds is especially risky.

A person on Reddit claims that trying to install Windows Insider builds on the Surface Laptop 3 will cause the "green screen of death." This isn't surprising since the Windows Insider program page explicitly states that installing insider builds could cause crashes and other issues.

The Reddit user, volvoshine, states that the "green screen of death" appeared when trying to update on both the Fast and Skip Ahead rings. The Surface Laptop 3 that presented the issue is a 15-inch model. There's a chance that the issues could be related to the fact that the laptop is running an AMD chip, but that's not clear at this point.

Running Insider builds always comes with inherent risks, but attempting to run Insider builds on the Surface Laptop 3 is particularly risky because there aren't any recovery images for the Surface Laptop 3 yet. As a result, messing up your system could leave you in a very tough spot.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

  • More proof that Microsoft don't test Windows 10 on their own hardware. Why I will never personally buy any Surface devices.
  • What? This is an Insider build. It not working is basically part of the testing process because they'll see this bug and then could fix it right?
  • Ok cool story