Firmware and Driver updates to get more from your Surface devices

Announcement Worldwide, IT Pros everywhere are adopting Microsoft Surface devices for their organizations. Many of you that have adopted Surface devices have asked to learn more about the driver and firmware updates for them since this helps you be better informed on the improvements and enables you to better support end users.  

So in that spirit, here is the list of improvements included in the January driver and firmware update. You can download these updates here.

Intel(R) HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4029)

  • Adds support for the Autodesk Mudbox 2015 paintbrush tool.
  • Ensures that unreadable text does not appear in the Microsoft Outlook calendar pane.
  • Improves performance of video display and zoom features in DirectX applications
  • Adds support for the fast cursor feature when using Miracast adapters, including the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. 
  • Ensures there is no flickering/blank display on externally connected monitors, especially when connecting multiple monitors in a daisy-chain configuration
  • Improves compatibility with Samsung U28D590D and Dell 2713H monitors. Some customers reported they saw a change in screen resolution when the device is docked and connected to Dell monitor. This has been addressed in the update.
  • Adds additional support to enable better compatibility with Panasonic and Actiontec Miracast adapters
  • Ensures there is no unexpected battery drain while the Surface device is in Connected Standby mode.
  • Resolves KMODE_Exception_Not_Handled system crash when using Excel PowerMap
  • Resolves some instances of Stop 0x9F and Stop 0x133 system crashes.
  • Resolves system hang that could occur if f.lux was enabled by an application.
  • Resolves system crash that could occur when attaching to external monitors immediately after waking the device from sleep or removing it from the docking station.

Marvell Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3073.151)

  • As part of ongoing improvements to Wi-Fi experience on Surface Pro 3 device, customers now have the ability to manually select a preference between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz connections for their device. We will publish a separate blog to describe this functionality further so more customers can take advantage of this capability.
  • Modifies power management logic to allow the wireless adapter to function properly when the Hyper-V feature is enabled in Windows.
  • For European Union customers, there are specific requirements outlined in EN 300 328 v1.8.1. This update includes capabilities to stay current on these requirements, including an LE switch to better control energy detection and Bluetooth Power setting.
  • Resolves a low throughput scenario when using Cisco 3702 access points in 11ac mode.

Surface Home Button driver update (v2.0.1179.0)

  • Improves compatibility with Surface Hub application.

Surface Integration driver update (v2.0.1182.0)

  • Improves compatibility of Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10.

Microsoft Docking Station Audio Device driver update (v1.31.35.7)

  • Addresses scenario where no sound would play while the device was docked without an external speaker connected.

We strongly recommend downloading these driver updates to get more from the Surface devices in your organization.

Thank you,

The Surface IT Pro Marketing team

Comments (3)

  1. Shadeven says:

    Does this update fix the scaling issue when using an external monitor?

  2. Michael Spencer says:

    Hi, is there a new Ethernet driver with the Surface Dock, as opposed to the Surface Docking Station? When we PXE boot our corporate SP 3 devices they boot fine and start to install but intermittently drop the network connection, sometimes after 10 mins,
    sometimes after 30 mins. They build fine with a USB Ethernet Dongle directly in the device. If I plug the LAN cable direct in the dock the SCCM task sequence fails intermittently and the client loses it's IP address. I can't find a new driver anywhere – just
    the same ones as linked here.

    Both of which are already in my MDT x64 boot image. Has anybody had similar problems or any suggestions – we can build fine in the older Surface Pro Docking Station. The client installs the Surface Ethernet Adaptor 8.14.704.2014, and the USB Ethernet Adaptor
    uses 8.18.303.2015.

    *UPDATE* – The Surface Dock adaptor on the device does not work AT ALL apart from power when plugged in upside down, I thought it would be adaptable both ways. When plugged in the correct way around it is intermittent as to when it picks it up and shows up
    as 'Unknown USB device' – and the Ethernet Adaptor is therefore not detected. So, in conclusion, it doesn't appear to be drivers because when it does detect it works fine. As the SCCM task sequence has a number of reboots it is likely not redetecting the dock.

    Potentially a faulty dock – we have another one arriving today so I will test it and see if it is better.

    Any advice Microsoft?


  3. Michael Spencer says:

    Also – when I plug the dock device in it seems to be random how many USB ports it picks up – sometimes it will install 2 instances of the Generic SuperSpeed USB Hub, and 2 instances of the Generic USB Hub, and other times it will install 2 SuperSpeeds,
    and just 1 Generic USB. I am starting to really doubt the effectiveness of the connectors, I will test it with another SP3 and another dock in case this is a localised issue.

    Will post back.