Surface 3 update history

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

Applies to

Surface 3.

Applies to

Surface 3.

Operating system:

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 3:
9/27/2016

Follow these steps to ensure that all Surface and Windows updates are installed:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.
Step 2: Select Check for updates. Install any available update.
Step 3: Select Restart now if prompted.

For more info about Windows Update, and to learn how to see which updates you have installed, see Install Surface and Windows updates.

Notes
  • If you update the operating system on your Surface, this will clear your existing update history.
  • Firmware updates cannot be uninstalled or reverted to an earlier version.
  • 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.

September 2016 updates

September 27 release

The following updates are available:

Windows Update History Name

Device Manager Name

Microsoft Driver Update for Surface USB xHCI Host controller

Surface USB xHCI Host controller

  • V1.0.1.1 improves modem stability.

The following update is available for all Surface 3 (4G LTE) devices:

Windows Update History Name

Device Manager Name

Intel Mobile Communications driver update for Intel(R) USB Flash Loader utility

Intel(R) USB Flash Loader utility

  • v1.0.1.2 improves modem stability.

August 2016 updates

August 30 release

The following update is available for Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe and Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE):

Windows Update History Name

Device Manager Name

Intel Corporation driver update for Surface IA7260 Firmware Update

Surface IA7260 Firmware Update

  • v1524.05.50.28 improves modem stability.

August 8 release

The following updates are available:

Windows Update History Name

Device Manager Name

System Firmware Update – 8/8/2016

Surface System Aggregator Firmware

  • v1.0.52500.0 improve proximity sensor for mobile broadband and Wi-Fi connections.

Surface UEFI

  • v1.51116.178.0 adds commercial UEFI features and improves stability of the on-screen keyboard.

Surface Pen Settings

  • v12.0.303.1 improves the stability of the pen settings and prepares for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Intel(R) AVStream Camera

  • v21.10586.6053.549 improves the stability of the camera.

Intel(R) Imaging Signal Processor 2401

  • v21.10586.6053.549 improves the stability of the camera.

Microsoft Camera Front

  • v21.10586.6053.549 improves the stability of the camera.

Microsoft Camera Rear

  • v21.10586.6053.549 improves the stability of the camera.

Surface Platform Power Driver

  • v2.1.65.1 improves battery charging.

Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) HD Graphics

Intel(R) HD Graphics

  • v20.19.15.4424 improves system performance in some applications.

The following update is available for Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE):

Windows Update History Name

Device Manager Name

Intel Corporation driver update for Surface IA7260 Firmware

Surface IA7260 Firmware Update

  • v1544.02.00.28 improves modem stability.

June 2016 updates

June 22 release

The following update is available for Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE):

Windows Update History Name

Device Manager Name

Intel Corporation driver update for Surface IA7260 Firmware Update

Surface IA7260 Firmware Update

  • v1544.2.0.28 (Driver Date 4/25/2016) improves mobile broadband network stability.

May 2016 updates

May 31 release

The following update is available for Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe and Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE):

Windows Update History Name

Device Manager Name

Intel Corporation driver update for Surface IA7260 Firmware Update

Surface IA7260 Firmware Update

  • v1524.5.48.30 improves mobile broadband network stability.

April 2016 updates

April 13th release

The update will be listed as the following when you view your update history:

  • Intel Corporation driver update for Surface IA7260 Firmware Update
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 available only for Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE) and Surface 3 (4G LTE) in North America (non-AT&T):

  • Surface IA7260 Firmware Update (v1524.5.24.28) improves mobile broadband network stability.

This update is available only for Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE):

  • Surface IA7260 Firmware Update (v1544.2.00.28) improves mobile broadband network stability.

February 2016 updates

On 3/14/2016 and 5/3/2016 we made a change in how updates are delivered to some Surface 3 devices. When you check for updates in Windows, they may be delivered as multiple updates. Prior to 3/14/2016, those devices would have received a single update called "System Firmware Update – 2/4/2016." With this change, if you had not already installed the 2/4 update, it will now be delivered as two updates:

The following update is available for all Surface 3 and Surface 3 4G LTE devices:

  • System Firmware Update – 2/4/2016

After 3/14/2016, the following update is available for Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE), Surface 3 (4G LTE) in North America (non-AT&T), and Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE).

  • Surface IA7260 Firmware Update

After 5/3/2106, the following update is available for Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe and Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE).

  • Surface IA7260 Firmware Update
Notes
  • These are the same updates that have been available since 2/4.
  • 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 UEFI update (v1.51116.78.0) recalibrates touch panel.
  • Surface Touch Controller Firmware update (v4.251.60.0) recalibrates touch panel.
  • Surface Platform Power Driver update (v2.1.36.1) improves charging.

January 2016 updates

January 29 release

The following update will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 1/29/2016” or “System Hardware Update – 1/29/2016” 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.

The following update is available for Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE), Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE), Surface 3 (4G LTE) in North America (non-AT&T), Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe and Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE):

  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.272.0) improves reliability of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile broadband connectivity.

January 19 release

The following update will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 1/19/2016” 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 System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) improves reliability with the Surface 3 Type Cover
  • Surface UEFI update (v1.51116.18.0) adds ability within Windows Power & sleep settings to turn off Wi-Fi during sleep. Improved touch support for UEFI menus and support for 3rd party onscreen keyboards improvements.
  • Microsoft Surface ACPI-Compliant Control Method Batter driver update (v1.2.0.2) ensures correct surface driver is installed.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9037.59) improves access point compatibility and throughput on 5GHz.
  • Surface Digitizer Integration driver update (v1.0.1.1) improves pen pairing feature with newest surface pen.
  • Surface Pen Pairing driver update (v1.0.1.1) improves pen pairing feature with newest surface pen.
  • Audio Device driver update (v604.10135.7777.2109) improves audio quality with some applications.
  • I2S Audio Codec driver update (v6.2.9600.527) improves audio quality with some applications.
  • Serial IO GPIO Controller driver update (v604.10146.2652.3930) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework Driver update (v604.10146.2651.1559) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Serial IO I2C ES Controller driver update (v604.10146.2654.3564) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Serial IO SPI Controller driver update (v604.10146.2657.947) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Serial IO UART Controller driver update (v604.10146.2653.391) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Sideband Fabric Device update (v604.10146.2655.573) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Trusted Execution Engine Interface driver update (v2.0.0.1067) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
In addition to the updates list above, the following additional updates are available for Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE), Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE), Surface 3 (4G LTE) in North America (non-AT&T), Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe and Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE):

  • GNSS Bus Driver update (v20.23.8244.18) improves GPS experience.
  • GNSS 47531 Geolocation Sensor driver update (v20.23.8244.18) improves GPS experience.
  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.304.0) enhances the Wi-Fi connectivity reliability while mobile broadband is ON.
In addition to the updates list above, the following additional update is available for Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE):

  • Surface IA7260 Firmware Update (v1544.01.00.28) improves mobile broadband network stability.

September 2015 updates

September 29 release

The following update will be listed as “Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) HD Graphics” 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.
  • HD Graphics driver update (v10.18.15.4248 dated 8/4/2015) replaces previous driver (dated 6/29/2015) with the same version to address an issue related to DRM playback.

September 18 release

The following update will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 9/18/2015” 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 available only for Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE) and Surface 3 (4G LTE) in North America (non-AT&T):

  • Surface Modem Firmware Update (v16.50.17.0) improves mobile broadband network stability.

This update is available only for Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE) and Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe:

  • Surface Modem Firmware Update (v1521.04.10.0) improves mobile broadband network stability.

July 2015 updates

July 23 release

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 7/23/2015” 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 available only for Surface 3:

  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50410.78.0) adds features to display and add a system asset tag and support for the Surface Cover during PXE boot.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.15.4248) improves graphics performance and stability on Windows 10.

June 2015 updates

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 6/23/2015” 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.

  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.49500.0) improves the experience while using the Surface Cover.
  • Audio Device driver update (v603.9600.2563.61816) enhances audio performance and improves the audio experience on Surface 3.
  • Surface Pen Settings driver update (v4.0.112.1) enables new functionality with the Surface app, available for free in the Windows Store.
  • Camera driver update (v20.9600.3444.120) enhances the image and video quality while using camera.
  • HD Graphics driver update (v10.18.14.4175) improves the display stability and graphics performance.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3091.193) improves the system stability and the Wi-Fi connectivity experience, also increases the network download performance.

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 3:
9/26/2016

Follow these steps to ensure that all Surface and Windows updates are installed:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and select Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and select Settings.)
Step 2: Select Change PC settings > Update and recovery.
Step 3: Select Check now. If updates are available, select View details.
Step 4: Choose the updates you want to install and select Install.
Install any available updates.

For more info about Windows Update and to learn how to see which updates you have installed, see Install Surface and Windows updates.

Notes

  • If you update the operating system on your Surface, this will clear your existing update history.
  • Firmware updates cannot be uninstalled or reverted to an earlier version.
  • 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.

September 2016 updates

September 26 release

The following update is available for all Surface 3 (4G LTE) devices:

Windows Update History Name

Device Manager Name

System Firmware Update – 9/26/2016

Intel(R) USB Flash Loader utility

  • v1.0.1.2 improves modem stability.

August 2016 updates

August 30 release

The following update is available for Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe and Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE):

Windows Update History Name

Device Manager Name

Intel Corporation driver update for Surface IA7260 Firmware Update

Surface IA7260 Firmware Update

  • v1524.05.50.28 improves modem stability.

August 8 release

The following updates are available:

Windows Update History Name

Device Manager Name

System Firmware Update – 8/8/2016

Surface System Aggregator Firmware

  • v1.0.52500.0 improves proximity sensor for mobile broadband and Wi-Fi connections.

Surface UEFI

  • v1.51116.178.0 adds commercial UEFI features and improves stability of the on-screen keyboard.

Intel(R) HD Graphics

  • v20.19.15.4424 improves system performance in some applications.

Surface Platform Power Driver

  • v2.1.65.1 improves battery charging.

Intel(R) USB 3.0 Host Controller Adaptation Driver

  • v603.9600.2588.2097 improves USB device enumeration when the device resumes operation from sleep or hibernation.

May 2016 updates

May 31 release

The following update is available for Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe and Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE):
Windows Update History Name
Device Manager Name
System Firmware Update – 5/31/2016
Surface IA7260 Firmware Update
  • v 1524.5.48.30 improves mobile broadband network stability.

April 2016 updates

The following update will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 4/13/2016” 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 available only for Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE) and Surface 3 (4G LTE) in North America (non-AT&T):

  • Surface IA7260 Firmware Update (v1524.5.24.28) improves mobile broadband network stability.

This update is available only for Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE):

  • Surface IA7260 Firmware Update (v1544.2.00.29) improves mobile broadband network stability.

February 2016 updates

The following update will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 2/4/2016” 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 UEFI update (v1.51116.78.0) recalibrates touch panel.
  • Surface Touch Controller Firmware update (v4.251.60.0) recalibrates touch panel.
  • Surface Platform Power Driver update (v2.1.36.1) improves charging.

January 2016 updates

January 29 release

The following update will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 1/29/2016” or “System Hardware Update – 1/29/2016” 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.

The following update is available for Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE), Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE), Surface 3 (4G LTE) in North America (non-AT&T), Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe and Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE):

  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.272.0) improves reliability of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile broadband connectivity.

January 19 release

The following update will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 1/19/2016” 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 System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) improves reliability with the Surface 3 Type Cover.
  • Surface UEFI update (v1.51116.18.0) improves touch support for UEFI menus and support for 3rd party onscreen keyboards improvements.
  • Audio Device driver update (v603.9600.2563.61816) improves system stability.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3093.197) improves access point compatibility and throughput on 5GHz.
  • HD Graphics driver update (v10.18.14.4299) improves system stability and reliability.
  • Audio Codec driver update (v6.2.9600.527) improves audio quality with some applications.
  • Serial IO GPIO Controller driver update (v603.9600.2305.3926) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
In addition to the updates list above, the following additional updates are available for Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE), Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE), Surface 3 (4G LTE) in North America (non-AT&T), Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe and Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE):

  • GNSS 47531 Geolocation Sensor driver update (v20.23.8244.18) improves GPS experience.
  • GNSS Bus Driver update (v20.23.8244.18) improves GPS experience.
  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.304.0) enhances the Wi-Fi connectivity reliability while mobile broadband is ON.
In addition to the updates list above, the following additional update is available for Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE):

  • Surface IA7260 Firmware Update (v1544.01.00.28) improves mobile broadband network stability.

September 2015 updates

The following update will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 9/18/2015” 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 available only for Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE) and Surface 3 (4G LTE) in North America (non-AT&T):

  • Surface Modem Firmware Update (v16.50.17.0) improves mobile broadband network stability.

This update is available only for Surface 3 (Y!mobile 4G LTE) and Surface 3 (4G LTE) in Europe:

  • Surface Modem Firmware Update (v1521.04.10.0) improves mobile broadband network stability.

July 2015 updates

July 24 release

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 7/24/2015” 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 available only for Surface 3 (4G LTE):

  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50410.218.0) improves mobile broadband network connectivity.
  • USB 3.0 Host Controller Adaptation driver update (v603.9600.2588.2097) improves mobile broadband network connectivity.
  • USB Composite Device driver update (v2.0.268.0) improves mobile broadband network connectivity.
  • Surface_IA7260.inf update driver for delivering future updates and refreshing production software signing.
  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.270.0) improves mobile broadband network connectivity.

June 2015 updates

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 6/23/2015” 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.

  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.49500.0) improves the experience while using the Surface Cover.
  • Audio Device driver update (v603.9600.2563.61816) enhances audio performance and improves the audio experience on Surface 3.
  • Surface Pen Settings driver update (v4.0.112.1) enables new functionality with the Surface app, available for free in the Windows Store.
  • Camera driver update (v20.9600.3444.120) enhances the image and video quality while using camera.
  • HD Graphics driver update (v10.18.14.4175) improves the display stability and graphics performance.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3091.193) improves the system stability and the Wi-Fi connectivity experience, also increases the network download performance.

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