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Microsoft issues Surface Pro 3 firmware update ahead of launch

If you pre-ordered a Surface Pro 3, tomorrow is the day that you can get your hands on Microsoft’s latest tablet. As we noted previously, Microsoft was working on updating the firmware ahead of the launch and those bits have now been released.

Microsoft let Neowin know that an update is now available for the device and it addresses the power button issue some users were having (like us!), along with some general performance enhancements as well.

Seeing that the device will need to be updated out of the box, here's a quick guide on how to do so:

  • Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
  • Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings, tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Windows Update.
  • Step 3: Tap or click Check now.
  • Step 4: If there are updates available, tap or click View details.
  • Step 5: Tap or click to select the updates you want to install, and then tap or click Install.
  • Step 6: Restart Surface twice after the updates have been installed; the entire update process should take 10-15 minutes.

As you can see from the instructions, at 10-15 minutes for the patch to install, it’s not a trivial update. But on our Core i5 machine it was around 7 minutes, so you may find it doesn't take quite as long as predicted.

As with all updates, especially this one, we do highly recommend you install it before you start playing with the device to have the best experience possible with your new toy.

Still on the fence about the Pro 3? You can read our full review here

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