Surface Pro 3 buyers to get firmware update on Day 1

Surface Pro 3 buyers to get firmware update on Day 1

Summary: Microsoft today released a Surface Pro 3 firmware update, available through Windows Update. The fixes, which will be installed automatically on new devices, are intended to resolve power and reliability problems seen in review devices.


If you're among the first buyers of the Surface Pro 3, one of the items that should be at the top of your to-do list after unboxing the device is to update its firmware.

Microsoft released the firmware update today to resolve several issues that reviewers (including myself) noticed in the review units delivered to the first wave of reviewers last month.


The update is categorized as Important and will automatically install through Windows Update. You can force the installation by going to the PC Settings menu, choosing Update And Recovery, and then tapping the Check Now button on the Windows Update tab. The update requires two restarts to complete and took under 15 minutes here.

On this review unit, after installing the firmware update, Device Manager shows updates for four drivers under the Firmware category as well as a Surface Type Cover Firmware Update under Human Interface Devices.


(Inspect the Events tab for any item in Device Manager to confirm when it was last updated.)

The update is intended to fix power-related hardware problems that the first wave of reviewers reported, including one that prevented the device from resuming from sleep without a soft reset.

In addition to the firmware updates, early Surface Pro 3 buyers will want to ensure they've installed the Surface Pen update (released June 10 via Windows Update) as well as the most recent OneNote updates available through the Windows Store. That combination allows a Surface user to capture screenshots and send them to OneNote with a double-click of the pen's top button.

Topic: Microsoft Surface

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  • Wow...that was quick!

    Its interesting to see MS becoming a truly agile company. No one can beat MS on software update rollout mechanism.
    • that was quick!

      but also made you wandering the quality.
      • Not really.

        These changes were probably made from bugs found and suggestions made from test and review units.

        Besides, pretty much every PC OEM has some software problems with their products.

        Take Apple for example.

        Some people had Wi-Fi issues with last year's MBA, but that eventually got ironed out.

        It'd be the absence of fixing issues that I'd be worried about.

        At least we know that Microsoft is doing well with supporting their product, unlike another big-name former OEM out there *cough* Sony *cough*.
        • Consider Supply Pipeline

          The units were probably made several months ago or at least the circuit boards and firmware on them. With more testing in the last few months I would expect there to be an update when first released to customers.
        • I get Sony updates all the time for my Vaio Duo

          Their update tools is awkward, and it keeps wanting to install the exact same update over and over and over again (every time I run the tool, it suggests one update, installs it successfully, checks to see if there are any more and pops up the same one again). Once I learned to ignore that one update, it works OK.
    • This should be unnecessary

      as all the problems should have been worked out before launch. No matter how much it is spun, it comes down to inadequate testing before launch. Besides, it's not like a desktop computer, where new add-in cards would make it difficult to test for all the combinations of hardware and software. All that is needed is making certain that the device works correctly, and that the USB connections are to spec.
      • You must still be

        in school instead of the real world.