Microsoft releases Surface Pro 2 firmware and driver pack

Microsoft may have just launched its new family of Surface tablets this week, but the company is already offering owners of the Surface Pro 2 a way to manually download a firmware and driver pack for the Windows 8.1 device. The file has now made an appearance on the Microsoft Download site.

The page itself says that the 158.1 MB ZIP file "contains drivers for all of the components in the Surface Pro 2 device, as well as updates to the system firmware that have been released via Windows Update." In other words, if something goes wrong with the tablet, you can use this manual download to help restore the Surface Pro 2 to a time just after its launch.

The download page makes it clear that this collection of files is to be installed on a Surface Pro 2 with Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise. It should not be used on an earlier Surface Pro with Windows 8.0 nor on Windows RT.

Microsoft has already released a separate file update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 that will improve the reliability of Internet Explorer 11.

Source: Microsoft Downloads

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I don't understand how to use this for a factory restore. Yes, its all the drivers, etc for Surface Pro 2, but if you screw up your Windows on the Surface, how do you use this download to restore to factory image. Or am I missing something? Wouldn't you still need an 8.1 RTM image to reinstall, then you apply this pack? At that point, what is the point of the pack (outside of enterprise releases), wouldn't you just use Windows Update.

You can copy off the restore content onto a bootable flash drive. You can just keep that set aside incase anything were to happen. It'll also free up a couple gigs worth of diskspace.

Hello,

The download of the Surface Pro 2 firmware pack doesn't work for me. Perhaps the download page is a placeholder and the actual download object hasn't been staged yet?

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

-adrian- said,
true, but i think they are working on making this possible. I think the backend changes Joe mentioned will be in that direction

Just starting up the early preview program or w/e they officially call it is a huge step, everyone who wants can go get update 3 now and bypass their carriers. Let's hope this keeps going and they do more changes to allow updates without needing the carriers to mingle.

true. i am happy that we are able to bypass our carriers at least in term of OS update. Just Nokia Firmware should be allowed as well and i dont know what the carrier should have to say anymore

-adrian- said,
true. i am happy that we are able to bypass our carriers at least in term of OS update. Just Nokia Firmware should be allowed as well and i dont know what the carrier should have to say anymore

Nokia firmware can be done via their kiosk app, but as its not OTA its a full flash - lose everything and start again! Although its not too painful due to SkyDrive and ability to install apps via the store from a list of apps you own.

-adrian- said,
true. i am happy that we are able to bypass our carriers at least in term of OS update. Just Nokia Firmware should be allowed as well and i dont know what the carrier should have to say anymore

Well, just check how AT&T butchered the 1520, which they will also have exclusively for a while: no built in wireless charger and only 16 GB of memory. I wonder what will be the added costs for Nokia to build such a "child of a lesser God" variant.
As long as the carriers racket will be able to send their, cough, cough, " People representatives" to Capitol Hill nothing will change for the vast majority of US buyers.

duddit2 said,

Nokia firmware can be done via their kiosk app, but as its not OTA its a full flash - lose everything and start again! Although its not too painful due to SkyDrive and ability to install apps via the store from a list of apps you own.

Nokia could also allow again people to download firmware from Navifirm..... Simple and effective.

Fritzly said,

Nokia could also allow again people to download firmware from Navifirm..... Simple and effective.

When the deal goes down later on then as we get access to OS updates we could also get firmware updates through it that way to. Again this would totally break any warranty with the carrier but people who do this probably don't care to begin with.

GP007 said,

When the deal goes down later on then as we get access to OS updates we could also get firmware updates through it that way to. Again this would totally break any warranty with the carrier but people who do this probably don't care to begin with.


Indeed, also I guess that people who will be interested to do it will also be technical savvy enough to have an original, official firmware saved on their PCs; in case something goes wrong they could, in the majority of the cases, flash back the device with the original one.