Surface Laptop Won’t Turn On? Try these 6 easy fixes

How to Fix When Your Surface Laptop Won't Turn On

Unlike most traditional laptops, Microsoft Surface Laptop uses proprietary UEFI firmware developed by Microsoft to improve device protection, security, and its exclusive features support hardware functionality and diagnostic. When it finds something wrong during the booting process, it will show you a message or an icon on the screen. So you will know what is wrong and what you should do to fix the issue. That includes when your laptop is overheating or has a low battery.

However, there are so many other causes that can also prevent your laptop from turning on. And some won’t show any messages or any sign on the screen. To help you resolve those problems, we will walk you through all possible issues and how to fix them with a step-by-step guide.

  1. Why My Surface Laptop Won’t Turn On
  2. Troubleshooting Guide for Surface Laptop That Won’t Turn on

    1. Recharge Your Surface Laptop
    2. Check Your Surface Laptop Charger
    3. Remove Surface Laptop Accessories
    4. Waking up a Surface Laptop with Shortcut Keys
    5. Soft Reset or Force Restart a Surface Laptop
    6. Contact Microsoft Technical Support

Why My Surface Laptop Won’t Turn On

To help you determine the issue that stops your Surface Laptop from turning on, here are the typical causes starting with the most familiar and straightforward to fix.

Troubleshooting Guide for Surface Laptop That Won’t Turn on

Now it’s time to fix your Surface Laptop problem that won’t wake up or won’t turn on. When you press the power key and see nothing appears on your laptop screen, one of the following solutions will help your laptop to turn on again.

1 Recharge Your Surface Laptop

One of the most common reasons your Microsoft Laptop won’t turn on is when your laptop has a low or empty battery. To protect the battery from wear or dead, Microsoft has developed multi-level safeguard features from Windows to the device’s firmware to stop your laptop from turning on.

To resolve this issue, you need to recharge your laptop using the original charger which came with your laptop or any compatible power adapters. To do so:

Recharge Surface Laptop for 15 minutes

  1. Plug your Surface charger into an outlet.
  2. Plug the Surface charging cable into the laptop charging (Surface Connect) port. The port is on the right side of the laptop base.
  3. Charge it for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on how powerful the charger is. Try to turn it on again by pressing the power key on the keyboard.

If your Surface Laptop keeps failing to boot, leave it on charge for an hour and try again. If it fails again, follow the next step to check the Surface power supply and cable.

2 Check Your Surface Laptop Charger

If your Surface Laptop still resists turning on after you tried plugging in the charger in the previous solution, it could be an issue with your Surface charger adapter, connector, or cable.

To verify that, you can check the LED light on the end of the connector. When you plug in an original charging cable, the LED will light up to let you know if your laptop is correctly charging. Otherwise, check the following solutions.

Verifying Surface Laptop Charging

Note Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Laptop 4 have USB-C ports that support charging with a Power Delivery compatible charger or power bank.

3 Remove Surface Laptop Accessories

To make sure none of the connected accessories interrupts the booting process, try to remove each accessory one by one and turn it on:

  1. Remove all storage devices, including USB drives and SD cards.
  2. If you use Surface Dock, disconnect it from your laptop and charge with a charger instead.
  3. Disconnect peripherals from all ports, including the charger.

If your laptop turns on successfully, the last accessory you remove may be the trouble.

4 Waking up a Surface Laptop with Shortcut Keys

If you have an outdated OS build, drivers, or firmware, you might face issues that haven’t been addressed by Microsoft lately. Your Surface Laptop can get stuck while it’s in sleep mode. Microsoft recommends waking up your laptop using hotkeys.

To do so, on the integrated keyboard or a connected external keyboard, press the following keyboard shortcut:

Win + Ctrl + Shift + B

Wake Up Surface Laptop with keyboard shortcuts

If it works, don’t forget to update your Surface Laptop to the latest updates available through Windows Updates.

5 Soft Reset or Force Restart a Surface Laptop

If your Surface Laptop refuses to wake up or start after following the steps above, there is a way to force shutdown your Surface Laptop.

ImportantThis process might result in data loss if you have unsaved documents that don’t have the automatic saving feature turned on.

To perform a force shutdown on the Surface Laptop (1st Gen), Surface Laptop 2, Surface Laptop 3, Surface Laptop 4, Surface Laptop Go, Surface Laptop Go 2, Surface Laptop Studio, and Surface Laptop SE:

Surface Laptop Power Key

  • Press and hold the power key on the keyboard until your Surface Laptop turns off and restarts to the Windows logo. It takes about 20 seconds, then releases the power button.

6 Contact Microsoft Technical Support

If you’ve tried all the steps above and have no luck with it, your Surface Laptop might have a hardware issue. You should contact the store you purchased your laptop from or contact your local Microsoft Store for technical support. Alternatively, Microsoft also provides an online device service and repair portal where you can request a repair order for your laptop. To do so: