UPDATE: Information on the upcoming updates for Surface Pro 3

UPDATE 11/19/2014: When originally published, this article misstated some details around the updates for the Pen driver and the Home Button driver. The information below has been updated to reflect the correction (see *). We apologize for any confusion caused.


As more of you are deploying, adopting and managing Surface Pro 3 devices in your organizations, you have asked to learn about the updates for the device in advance of them being available. Based on your feedback, we are sharing the key improvements that are coming to your Surface Pro 3 device in the upcoming update. 

Surface Pro UEFI update (v3.11.350.0) 

  • Resolves scenarios where the device will boot to a black screen if McAfee Defense Encryption 7.1.1 is installed.
  • Optimizes the FWPOST time to 3.7 seconds with the fast boot enabled.
  • Prevents situations where system clock loses time when battery falls below 3%.

Surface Home Button driver update (v2.0.1174.0)

  • Surface Home Button driver update (v2.0.1174.0) enables future functionality for the Surface Hub app.*

Surface Pen Settings driver update (v2.5.14.0)

  • Surface Pen Settings driver update (v2.5.14.0) enables future functionality for the Surface Hub app.*

Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3066.135)

  • Enables better throughput after waking from sleep and connecting to an 802.11AC network.
  • Ensures Infra scan list is not empty while connected to a wireless display adapter.
  • Resolves an issue connecting to Cisco 1242 access points.
  • Ensures device reconnects properly to a hidden SSID using a 5Ghz DFS channel after waking from sleep.
  • Adds customer-requested functionality to prefer 5Ghz connections when both a 2.4ghz and 5ghz connection are present with the same SSID.

~ The Surface Team

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Comments (23)

  1. anonymouscommenter says:

    What about the wifi reconnect issues when having Hyper-V enabled??!?!?!? Is this part of the waking from sleep fix????

  2. anonymouscommenter says:

    Any Update on a fix for the SD Card failing to recognize when waking from sleep?

  3. anonymouscommenter says:

    I'm glad the home button is getting some new driver love. I'm fed up of having to remember to fully shut down for fear of the thing waking up in my bag and draining the battery and getting hot.

    Looking forward to the day I can just throw the keyboard closed and travel without worrying about it !

  4. anonymouscommenter says:

    Will the latest intel graphics drivers be integrated? I read that some people manually install the latest intel drivers because of a 10 % boost in game FPS. Why weren't those drivers integrated yet? They are a few months old already!

  5. anonymouscommenter says:

    When can we expect WSUS support for Surface Pro hardware updates?

  6. anonymouscommenter says:

    I have external monitors connected to the mini-DP on the dock, the SP3 tablet and a USB adapter. The latest update broke the connection to the mini-DP on the dock (hence, one monitor lost).

  7. anonymouscommenter says:

    Hey, Surface Pro 2 users have problems related with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so those users are not longer supported? Because we only see news about the SP3….

  8. anonymouscommenter says:

    Thanks for the update on the update. I'd like to be able to have the device sleep or hibernate when the "lid" (keyboard) is closed, as you can do with the Surface RT and my Lenovo X1 Carbon work machine through Windows 8.1 settings…

  9. @Morten. Yea we are aware of issues like that when Hyper-V feature is enabled. We do not have a fix for this currently. I would recommend you take a look at the following KB for workaround,

  10. @Michael. Not familiar with that issue. I have a SDCard in my Surface Pro 3 and do not see this issue. Can you provide some additional details?

  11. @simon. We have seen this when the Surface is in a bag where there is room for the keyboard to open/close while in movement. Kinda silly question but what kind of bag do you have the device in? If you make sure it is tight in the bag or in sleeve do you
    still see this behavior?

  12. @Norman. The display driver that is part of the driver/firmware pack is the only supported driver right now so I would not suggest installing any other drivers. We are working on updating the driver in future update

  13. @Will. Yes we are aware of this issue. No update on this right now.

  14. @alex. We are working on some updated drivers for Surface Pro 2.

  15. @Andy. That should be the default. If you go into power settings,advanced, Power Buttons and Lid, Lid Close action it should be set to sleep. Can you check that?

  16. @Scott McArthur[MSFT] Thank you for taking the time to comment. Any possibility the SP3 will get a firmware update that allows the USB to carry as much power as the SP2? With the SP2 i5 4200U I could drive many devices with out using a Y cable, such as
    my ASUS 15" 1080p USB 3 monitor. But with a SP2 or SP3 i5 4300U the USB3 port does not supply enough power.

  17. Barb Bowman says:

    I’ve done extensive testing on the so called fix to prefer 5Ghz. Not fixed. I’m a Community Moderator for Surface in Answers/Communities and customers there report the same, plus even worse 2.4 GHz throughput. I’ve tested Netgear r7000, r8000, and R7500,
    Asus AC66U, Linksys WRT1900AC. Prefers 2.4 when same SSID name. Customer w/Apple Airport Extreme AC states router now unusable with SP3 if same SSID. The llst goes on. PLEASE, your customers are pleading for help.

  18. Hello,

    After updating our Surface Pro 3, when I press Home and Power to log on, the tablet will most of the time go to sleep instead of sending the CTRL-ALT-DEL sequence. I’m forced to use the external keyboard.

    How can this be fixed?

  19. anonymouscommenter says:

    I have notice that system restart time are now 2+ minutes to boot up. The instago shutdown still boots up the surface pro 3 in 5.5 seconds… but 2 minutes for a restart seems a little long. I did a windows refresh and boot up on a restart is still over
    2 minutes.

  20. anonymouscommenter says:

    My WiFi won't detect any available WiFi (it just says unavailable all the time). This started happening 2 days ago. I've rebooted, disabled/enabled marvel moved around to see if the problem relates to signal strength yet nothing has worked. I bought this
    just over a month ago from London and am in the middle of nowhere. Please advise.(re SP3)

  21. anonymouscommenter says:

    How about the horrible throughput?! If I stick a $10 wifi stick in my USB port, the performance is 100 times better. Transferring files to and from my NAS with the SP3 reminds me of dialup…

  22. anonymouscommenter says:

    I lost my ability to have 3 screens connected with Display Port at the same time. So I only can get two two screens.

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