Applies to

Surface RT, Windows RT 8.1.


Surface RT 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.

Latest available System Update for Surface RT:
08/12/2014

You can also manually install updates:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap or click Settings.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings, and then 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 then 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. (If you aren’t running Windows RT 8.1 yet, get that update first. See Update Surface from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.)
  • 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.

November 2014 updates

  • No product updates were released for Surface RT in November.

October 2014 updates

  • No product updates were released for Surface RT in October.

September 2014 updates

  • No product updates were released for Surface RT in September.

August 2014 updates

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 8/12/2014” 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 RT UEFI (v3.31.500) enhances overall system stability.

July 2014 updates

The following updates will be listed as “System Hardware Update – 7/8/2014” within the Windows 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.
  • Surface Home Button Driver (v1.0.255.0) enhances system stability in both the active state and the sleep/wake transition state.

June 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface RT in June.

May 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface RT in May.

April 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface RT in April.

March 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface RT in March.

February 2014 updates

No product updates were released for Surface RT in February.

January 2014 updates

Windows RT 8.1

  • Surface Type Cover 2 firmware
    • These updates improve the experience of using a second generation Type Surface Cover on your Surface RT running Windows RT 8.1, including touchpad performance and overall product stability.
  • Surface Touch Cover 2 firmware
    • These updates improve the experience of using a second generation Surface Touch Cover on your Surface RT running Windows RT 8.1, including touchpad performance and overall product stability.

Windows RT 8.0

No product updates were released for Windows RT 8.0 in January.

December 2013 updates

Windows RT 8.0 and Windows RT 8.1

  • Surface Home Button Driver (v1.0.248.0) update to optimize available system memory.
  • Surface Type Cover audio device driver (v1.0.245.0) update to enhance trackpad sounds for Type Cover 2.

November 2013 updates

Windows RT update:

  • Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2.

October 2013 updates

October 8 release

Windows RT updates:

  • UEFI firmware updates.
  • System Aggregator firmware updates.
  • Various device driver updates to enhance the Windows RT 8.1 update experience, and optimizations for using Type Cover 2 or Surface Touch Cover 2.
Note
These updates should be applied prior to updating to Windows RT 8.1.

Windows RT 8.1 Preview updates:

  • All existing Windows RT drivers and firmware were migrated to Windows RT 8.1.
  • Multiple updates that take advantage of improvements in Windows RT 8.1 including:
    • Increased battery life.
    • Optimizations for using Type Cover 2 or Surface Touch Cover 2.

October 4 release

In preparation for the release of Windows RT 8.1, no additional updates were released for Surface RT running Windows RT.

September 2013 updates

No product updates were released for Surface RT in September.

August 2013 updates

Windows RT 8.0 updates only:

  • UEFI firmware update that optimizes the audio experience at low volumes and removes a perceived pulsing in audio volume for some content.
  • Update to system drivers that enhance stability and reliability.

July 2013 updates

  • Firmware update enhances system performance and reliability.

June 2013 updates

  • Surface Home Button driver update that improves the reliability of the devices waking up immediately on the first button press.
  • Firmware update for Surface Type Cover and Surface Touch Cover that improves functionality for both accessories. Includes the ability to toggle function keys, new shortcuts, and helpful keyboard navigation improvements.

May 2013 updates

  • UEFI firmware update that enhances Surface RT speaker volume and improves system stability.
  • Driver pack that improves performance and works with the updated UEFI firmware to enhance Surface RT speaker volume.
  • Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction with the Trackpad Settings app for Japanese customers.

April 2013 updates

  • Certain “Limited” connectivity issues resolved.
  • Improves Wi-Fi to handle a wide range of access points.
  • Resolves system crashes caused by certain Wi-Fi issues.

March 2013 updates

  • Fixes to Wi-Fi reliability allowing for better roaming and improvements to "Limited" connectivity scenarios.
  • Fix for issues with integrated volume button.
  • Improvements to Type Cover and Touch Cover typing experience.
  • Fix for issue with random muting.
  • Performance improvements to Trackpad.

February 2013 updates

  • Fixes several "Limited" Wi-Fi connectivity issues.
  • Driver updates to improve performance with Windows volume and power buttons.

January 2013 updates

  • Fixes for specific audio playback issues when Surface is in Connected Standby.
  • Added capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations.

December 2012 updates

  • Support for Access Point names (SSIDs) such as “Eric’s Phone_1” including non-standard-ASCII special characters such as: ñ, ö, ü, á, é.
  • Reduction in scenarios resulting in “Limited” Wi-Fi connectivity.