Applies to

Surface 2, Windows RT 8.1.


Surface 2 update history

Updates are automatically installed on Surface through Windows Update. Below is a summary of what’s been included in each update so far.


Because updates are cumulative, when you install the latest update, you'll also get all the previous updates if your Surface doesn't have them already. Only updates that apply to Surface will be downloaded and installed.

Release date for the latest available System Update for Surface 2:
10/14/2014

You can also manually install updates:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen, move the mouse pointer down, and click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings, and tap or click Update and recovery.
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 tap or click Install.
You may need to restart Surface after the updates have been installed.

To learn more about Windows Update, see Install Surface and Windows updates.

Note
Firmware updates cannot be uninstalled or reverted to an earlier version.

Windows 8.1 Update

Windows RT 8.1 Update includes improvements to make Windows more familiar and convenient for using touch and mouse input with Surface.

  • If you’re running Windows RT 8.1, you don’t need to do anything to get this update. It’s free, and you’ll get it automatically from Windows Update over the next few weeks.
  • To see if the update is already installed, go to the Start screen. If you see a Search Search button button next to your account picture at the top of the Start screen, you already have the update.
  • To install Windows 8.1 Update manually, follow the steps in Install the latest Windows 8.1 Update. If you can’t install the update manually, you might be missing one or more of the required updates. Install all important updates, in particular KB 2919442, and restart Surface.
  • If you get an error message during the update indicating you don’t have enough disk space available, see Tips to free up disk space.

January 2015 updates

No product updates were released for Surface 2 in January.

December 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface 2 in December.

November 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface 2 in November.

October 2014 updates

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 10/14/2014” when you view your update history.

Note
When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers. As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices. If you have not received the update then please manually check Windows Update later.
  • Surface 2 UEFI update (v4.22.500) addresses case where the battery drains under the 0% level and will not charge.
  • System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) increases the overall reliability and compatibility with a Surface Pro Type Cover.
  • Surface Platform Power Driver update (v2.0.716.0) adjusts the minimum charge current to address the case where the battery drains under the 0% level and will not charge, and enhances the overall system stability.
  • Surface Accessory Device update (v2.0.671.0) enhances the user experience with a Surface cover.
  • Audio and Display driver set (v9.17.13.2822) improves sound and video display performance, and resolves the case where a display driver caused system instability on resuming the system from sleep.
  • Surface Cover Click (v2.0.643.0) update enhances the user experience when connecting/disconnecting a Surface Pro Type Cover.
  • Surface Type Cover Filter Device (v2.0.682.0) adds support for a Japanese Surface Pro Type Cover on non-Japanese Surface 2 models.

September 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface 2 in September.

August 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface 2 in August.

July 2014 updates

July 22 release

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 7/22/2014” or “System Hardware Update – 7/22/2014” when you view your update history.

Note
When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers. As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices. If you have not received the update then please manually check Windows Update later.

This update is only available for Surface 2 4G LTE:

  • Modem Firmware Update (v5.706.306.2) improves the reliability of the Surface 2 4G LTE on the AT&T 4G LTE network.

July 8 release

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 7/8/2014” when you view your update history.

Note
When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers. As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices. If you have not received the update, please manually check Windows Update later.

This update is only available for Surface 2 4G LTE:

  • Modem Firmware Update (v5.706.306.1) enhances the performance and reliability of AT&T 4G LTE network on Surface 2 4G LTE.

June 2014 updates

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 6/10/2014” when you view your update history.

  • Surface 2 UEFI (v4.21.500.0) update enhances overall system stability, including boot and reboot scenarios, compatibility with Surface Power Cover, and increased battery life when Surface 2 is not in use.
  • System Aggregator Firmware (v1.0.50500.0) update enhances the charging behavior of the Power Cover.
  • Surface Power Cover Firmware Update (v2.0.595.0) improves battery life when using the Power Cover with Surface 2.
  • Surface Platform Power Driver (v2.0.557.0) update improves battery life when used with the Surface Power Cover.
  • Audio Driver Set (v9.17.13.2819) and Display Driver Set (v9.17.13.2818). This update provides enhanced support for external displays, improves the Miracast experience, and enhances the overall system stability while reducing power consumption in many scenarios.
  • Surface Accessory Device (v2.0.583.0) update enhances the experience when using a Surface Cover.

In addition to the updates listed above, an additional update for Surface 2 4G LTE is listed below:

  • Wireless Network Controller (v14.62.28061.10179) and Bluetooth (v14.62.28061.10179) update simplifies and improves tethering for Surface 2 4G LTE.

May 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface 2 in May.

April 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface 2 in April.

March 2014 updates

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 3/11/2014” when you view your update history.

  • Surface 2 UEFI (v4.18.500) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
  • System Aggregator Firmware (v1.0.48500.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
  • Surface Platform Power Driver (v2.0.524.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
  • Surface Power Cover Firmware Update (v2.0.523.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
  • Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.517.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.517.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Home Button Driver (v2.0.281.0) resolves behavior where Surface would sometimes not wake from sleep.
  • Surface System Software Device (v5.0.498.0) includes stability and experience improvements.

February 2014 updates

  • Surface Home Button Driver (v2.0.281.0) update that improves the reliability of the devices waking up immediately on the first button press.
  • Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter (v14.62.28058.10171)
    • Improves Bluetooth® audio related issues.
    • Resolves issues related to Bluetooth keyboard and mouse unavailability when waking Surface.
  • Marvell AVASTAR 350N Wireless Network Controller (v14.62.28058.10171) resolves wireless network connectivity issues.

January 2014 updates

January 14 release

No additional product updates were released for Surface 2.

January 6 release

December 2013 updates

  • UEFI Firmware (v4.4.500)
  • System Aggregator Firmware (v1.0.37500.0)
    • Screen dimming during CPU intensive operations resolved.
    • Decreased charge time for batteries.
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 (v9.17.13.2767)
    • Update to support additional external displays.
    • Skype video quality improved.
  • Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.331.0)
  • Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.333.0)
    • Two-finger touchpad use optimized.

November 2013 updates

  • Performance improvements for all Type Cover and Touch Cover versions.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver updates to improve wireless display performance.
  • Camera improvements.
  • Audio improvements including switching to speaker playback after disconnecting a headset.
  • System performance and stability improvements.
  • Battery life improvements.

October 2013 updates

  • Performance optimizations for Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2.
  • Improvements in battery life.
  • System performance and stability improvements.
  • Wi-Fi network performance improvements.