Microsoft releases automatic Surface 2 update to fix BitLocker issue

Microsoft has released a new automatic update for its Surface 2 tablet. The patch, which is being offered outside of Microsoft's normal update schedule, is being offered to fix a specific problem that has affected a few of the tablet's owners.

Specifically, the Microsoft Support page shows that the update is supposed to deal with a bug that erroneously prompted some Surface 2 owners to enter their BitLocker recovery key after they turned it on, restarted it or resumed working from its sleep mode. Microsoft says that this bug does not affect the product in any other fashion.

Because this patch is for the Surface 2, running on Windows 8.1 RT, there is no manual download available. Owners of the tablet will have to use Automatic Update to grab this bug fix.

Microsoft normally releases software updates on the second Tuesday of each month, also known as "Patch Tuesday." The next such event is scheduled for January 14th. It's expected that Microsoft will release new firmware updates for all or most of its Surface tablets on that date. That includes the Surface Pro 2, which had its last firmware download pulled from circulation in December after many owners complained online of installation errors and problems with reduced battery life.

Source: Microsoft via ZDNet

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The only problems my Surface 2 have had:
1) The bitlocker problem happened once.
2) The GF no longer wants to use her iPad 3, and always "borrows" my S2.

With this problem 1 is fixed. May need to buy her one to fix problem 2.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
The only problems my Surface 2 have had:
1) The bitlocker problem happened once.
2) The GF no longer wants to use her iPad 3, and always "borrows" my S2.

With this problem 1 is fixed. May need to buy her one to fix problem 2.

Well, if you can sell the iPad 3 you'd be pretty close to a new surface 2.

Funny because I kinda have buyer remorse with my Surface 2. I had the iPad 3 replaced by the S2 and every now and then I miss some apps that I use to work/play with on the iPad. And I'm a heavy magazine reader and Zinio on "Modern" is not up to par with the iOS version.

It's not MS fault, but devs seems to be taking their time in producing excellent Modern apps.

And I also had the Bitlocker bug... Happy to see that fixed.

George P said,

Well, if you can sell the iPad 3 you'd be pretty close to a new surface 2.


agree it use the old apple port anyway, sell it sooner than late.

TruckWEB said,
It's not MS fault, but devs seems to be taking their time in producing excellent Modern apps.

I know, it stinks and it is a developer issue... but I think using the app on the device you like is being part of the solution. Developers will see where their customers are.

George P said,

Well, if you can sell the iPad 3 you'd be pretty close to a new surface 2.

It now sits next to the TV, connected to the receiver. It plays music, and has not moved in a while. It still has a purpose, although one that is not its primary function.