- The Windows 11 green screen error is very similar to BSoD (Blue Screen of Death) but is encountered on Insider Builds.
- You might be able to identify the underlying cause on the error screen itself and proceed with the troubleshooting accordingly.
- To fix it, try updating the OS and drivers, removing conflicting applications, running the SFC scan and DISM tool, amongst other methods here.
We have all heard of, and many may have also encountered, the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) errors, but there is another similar one that most of us are unaware of. It’s the Windows 11 green screen error.
A normal user would most likely never come across this, but if you do, troubleshooting it is not very different from the BSoD errors.
But the real question is, why are you encountering the Windows 11 green screen error instead of BSoD? Go through the following sections to find the answer to this and also learn how to fix the error.
What is the difference between blue screen and green screen errors?
The main difference here is that green screen errors are encountered on the Windows Insider Builds. So, if you have opted for that, the green screen error will appear instead of the blue screen.
However, the information listed on the error screen is more or less the same, except for the fact that it says you are on a Windows Insider Build. Other than that, it will have every piece of information listed on the BSoD screen, but with a green background.
Also, the underlying causes are similar to the blue screen error. But since you are running an unstable Insider Build, a bug with the OS too can lead to the green screen error.
Now that you have a basic understanding of it, let’s walk you through the most effective fixes for the Windows 11 green screen error.
How can I fix the Windows 11 green screen error?
1. Use a dedicated third-party tool
The easiest way to eliminate green screen and blue screen errors in Windows 11 is to use a reliable third-party app, that automatically identifies and eliminates issues with the PC. And Restoro does just that.
Apart from fixing errors, the tool also runs regular scans to identify malware and ensures that your system remains in good health.
Restoro is powered by an online database that features the latest functional system files for Windows 10 PCs, allowing you to easily replace any elements that can cause a BSoD error.
This software can also help you by creating a restore point before starting the repairs, enabling you to easily restore the previous version of your system if something goes wrong.
This is how you can fix registry errors using Restoro:
- Download and install Restoro.
- Launch the application.
- Wait for the software to identify stability issues and possible corrupted files.
- Press Start Repair.
- Restart your PC for all the changes to take effect.
As soon as the fixing process is completed, your PC should work without problems, and you will not have to worry about BSoD errors or slow response times ever again.
Disclaimer: This program needs to be upgraded from the free version in order to perform some specific actions.
Once done, your system should work like before. However, if you want to go ahead and manually resolve the problem, try the methods listed next.
2. Disconnect the malfunctioning device
One of the primary reasons behind the Windows 11 green screen error is having incompatible or malfunctioning hardware connected to the system. To fix it, all you have to do is identify and disconnect that particular device.
For that, first, shut down the system and disconnect every peripheral leaving just the mouse and keyboard. Now start adding the ones that you removed one a time, turn on the computer after each, and check if the green screen error is encountered.
Repeat the process until you identify the malfunctioning or incompatible device, and either get it repaired or replaced. You can also get in touch with the device manufacturer for a resolution.
3. Update Windows 11
- Press Windows + I to launch the Settings app, and select Windows Update from the tabs listed in the navigation pane on the left.
- Now, click on the Check for updates button on the right and verify if any newer versions of the OS are available.
- If any are listed after the scan, click on the Download & install button.
4. Update the drivers
- Press Windows + S to launch the Search menu, enter Device Manager in the text field at the top, and click on the relevant search result that appears.
- Double-click on the Display adapters entry to expand and view the graphics adapter.
- Now, right-click on the graphics card, and select Update driver from the context menu.
- Select Search automatically for drivers from the options that appear in the Update Drivers window.
- Wait for Windows to find the best available driver and install it.
An outdated driver is just as likely to cause the Windows 11 green screen error. Drivers play a critical role in the effective functioning of the hardware by relaying commands between the OS and the device.
The Device Manager method listed here is the simplest way to update the installed drivers. But it will only look for versions that are present on the system. In case you haven’t got the latest version downloaded, try the other ways to update the driver.
Similarly, update all the drivers that are listed in the Device Manager. If not all, at least make sure to update the ones for the critical devices, such as the graphics card, hard drive, keyboard, mouse, amongst others.
The whole process is bound to take time, but there’s a simpler alternative in the form of a third-party app. You can use DriverFix, a dedicated tool that will automatically check for updates, and install these for the drivers on your system.
5. Remove conflicting applications
- Press Windows + I to launch Settings, and select the Apps tab from the navigation pane on the left.
- Next, click on Apps & features on the right.
- Locate the conflicting app, click on the ellipsis next to it, and select Uninstall from the menu.
- Now, click on Uninstall in the prompt that pops up.
- Once done, restart the computer for the changes to fully come into effect.
If you started encountering the Windows 11 green screen error after installing an app, it’s best that you remove it. Many third-party antiviruses are known to cause the error, so make sure to uninstall them too.
6. Run SFC and DISM scan
- Press Windows + S to launch the Search menu, enter Windows Terminal in the text field, right-click on the relevant search result, and select Run as administrator from the context menu.
- Click Yes on the UAC (User Account Control) prompt that pops up.
- Click on the downward-facing arrow at the top, and select Command Prompt from the menu.
- Now, enter the following commands one a time and hit Enter after each to run the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tool:
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
- Once the DISM tool is run, execute the following command to perform a SFC (System File Checker) scan:
7. Uninstall Windows 11 updates
- Press Windows + I to launch Settings, and select Windows Update from the left.
- Next, click on Update history on the right.
- Click on Uninstall updates under Related settings.
- Now, select the problematic update and click on Uninstall.
- Click Yes in the confirmation prompt that appears.
If you started encountering the Windows 11 green screen error after updating the OS, it’s recommended that you uninstall that particular update, and wait for a newer version to be released.
8. Install the normal version of Windows 11
If nothing else works, we recommend that you install the normal version of Windows 11. The features in the Insider Build are not yet polished, and you may encounter issues from time to time. And that’s the idea behind it, to let users point out the flaws and bugs.
So, you can either install Windows 11 using the installation assistant or wait for it to release via Windows Updates for your PC and then make the upgrade.
That’s all there is to fixing the Windows 11 green screen error. And by the time you reach this part, the error should be long gone, and you can start using your system like before.
Also, the solutions for the green screen of death in Windows 10 remain pretty much the same, so you should now be able to fix the error on the previous iteration as well.
Tell us which fix worked and your experience of Windows Insider Build in the comments section below.