Microsoft is on a (shareholder compelled) quest to make it easier for users to repair their Surface devices. In the latest “Right to Repair” move, the company has published a video showing how to fix the Surface Laptop SE at home.

In the video, the company highlights how to take apart the device to change the battery, display, and keyboard. Of course, Surface devices are famously hard to repair, and the company is still urging users not to take the DIY approach to fixing the Surface Laptop SE.

In fact, this disclaimer makes its way into the video clip:


“Microsoft recommends that you seek professional assistance for device repairs and that you use caution if undertaking ‘do it yourself’ repairs.”

Back in October, Microsoft was compelled by shareholders to put more effort into allowing customers to fix their own Surface products. Microsoft Surface products are some of the hardest to fix on the market, and Microsoft has traditionally not made tools available for self-fixing.


Known as Right to Repair, Microsoft shareholders pushed the company to do more to help customers fix their Surface products. Microsoft proposed three changes to give owners of Surface devices more repairability.

The first of Microsoft’s plans is to greenlight an independent study to evaluate the social and environmental impact of allowing customers access to repair solutions. Secondly, Microsoft will increase availability of some Surface parts and documentation on repairs beyond the company’s Authorized Service Providers. Finally, Microsoft says it will create more local repair options around the world.

Again, Surface devices are not going to become more repairable by default, so fixing them yourself still has its risks. Last month, Microsoft announced a partnership with iFixit to launch reparation tools for Surface hardware.

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