Microsoft updates firmware for Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets

January saw Microsoft release a number of firmware updates for its Surface tablets on different dates instead of offering all of them on the usual "Patch Tuesday". Today, things seem to be back on Microsoft's normal update schedule as it released firmware patches for the Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Surface 2 devices.

The Surface Pro 2 firmware release for February has the most changes, according to the update history page. It includes improvements for two-finger touchpad use on the Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 accessories, along with an update to the Surface Display Panel to calibrate the tuning of its screen. There are also several bug fixes, including one that deals with an issue that was keeping the tablet from going into hibernation, and another which now allows the Surface Pro 2 to show the correct amount of battery life.

The Surface Pro firmware update includes some of the same bug fixes as the Surface Pro 2 patch, along with unspecified improvements when a Surface Cover is connected. The Surface 2 firmware patch fixes some Bluetooth audio and wireless connecting bugs. Microsoft did not release a patch for the Surface RT tablet today.

One thing Microsoft did add in all of the Surface update history pages is a notice stating that the firmware, once downloaded and installed on the tablets, cannot be uninstalled or be reverted back to a previous version.

Source: Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Surface 2 update history | Image via Microsoft

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Awesome news going to update my SP2 now.
This update seems to have drivers that came with the December update. They had removed updated drivers in the January update.

Update is just 376 KB, doesn't have all updated drivers that were included in December update.
Does anyone know, how to check firmware version of Touch Cover 2 ?

Figured it.
Because of the firmware update issue, "Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device" had disappeared, at least for me.
It appears under "Human Interface Devices" in Device Manager, checking the properties should show it's version.
Hope this helps.

I am not convinced the surface firmware version is the same as the number you see for a particular device driver version in the windows device manager. Or is there a correlation between the two? Unfortunately Microsoft was stupid lazy to write a howto checking what firmware version you have on your shitty tablet

It's same if it's not then probably you are running wrong driver version and thus might have weird issues.
The driver versions got quite messed up during the December update.
I manually cleaned up drivers and kept only the updated ones.
Which Surface do you have exactly ?

installed, no issues. but I did notice the graphics driver has not been updated yet again and it crashes photoshop on a regular basis which is RIDICULOUS considering intel has an update but MSFT doesn't let you install it because you know, budah forbid you can install a non windows update blessed driver.

neonspark said,
installed, no issues. but I did notice the graphics driver has not been updated yet again and it crashes photoshop on a regular basis which is RIDICULOUS considering intel has an update but MSFT doesn't let you install it because you know, budah forbid you can install a non windows update blessed driver.

You can disable the unsigned driver check, if that's what you're talking about.

For the 5 people who were actually able to buy them while they were on stock... I can't understand. Since Christmas, almost all Pro 2 models are out of stock on the Microsoft Store.

Installed smoothly on the original Surface Pro.

It did restart a few times at boot where the Surface logo is while saying an update for the firmware is installed. It happened around 3 times. At one point the cooling system went full power, after that I unplugged my USB device to be sure it wasn't interfering..

Niekess said,
Installed smoothly on the original Surface Pro.

It did restart a few times at boot where the Surface logo is while saying an update for the firmware is installed. It happened around 3 times. At one point the cooling system went full power, after that I unplugged my USB device to be sure it wasn't interfering..

Thanks for the info. Just out of curiosity, how big is the firmware update?

dbam987 said,
Thanks for the info. Just out of curiosity, how big is the firmware update?

Didn't paid attention to the size. I think it was around 50mb but not entirely sure.