Improvements to your Surface Pro 3 devices


DOWNLOADWe are encouraged by your feedback on the recent improvements we made on Microsoft Surface devices. As more of you are adopting Surface devices in your organization, you have asked for more flexibility to configure the devices to meet your business need.

Based on this feedback, here is the list of improvements included in the driver and firmware update that you can download here:

Surface Pro 3:

Surface Pro UEFI update (v3.11.760.0) provides added flexibility to configure UEFI in Surface Pro 3 devices. As more of commercial customers are deploying Surface Pro 3 for their end users every day, they have asked for more flexibility to configure the UEFI in these devices. Here are some of the improvements that are now available:

I. Modifications to boot process: It is now possible to configure UEFI to allow the system to boot from alternate devices such as USB flash drives and PXE, without requiring Volume Down button to be pressed at boot time.

II.    Advanced device security capabilities: Many customers have asked for advanced device security capabilities. For example, education customers want the camera turned off so students can focus on their learning experience in class. To support such unique scenarios, customers can now selectively disable following hardware ports on the device.

– Side USB port (Disables boot from USB, port remains enabled in the OS)
­- Docking ports
­- Front camera
­- Rear camera
­- On Board Audio
­- MicroSD card
­- Wi-Fi
­- Bluetooth

Customers can also choose to disable Boot from Network (PXE) capability.

III. OS Configurable Settings: To help large enterprise customers support their provisioning scenarios, we have now added an interface to allow UEFI configuration settings to be managed remotely. In an upcoming update, we will be releasing a downloadable tool that commercial customers can use to configure UEFI settings on their devices.

IV. Surface Pro UEFI update (v3.11.760.0) improves customer experience while installing the firmware capsule updates.

­- Improves performance of EFI applications such as 3rd party disk encryption software that   load before Windows.
­- Improves the reliability of the ESC key functions in pre-OS environments, such as Bitlocker Recovery screen.
­- Sometimes when the drivers would not load properly within Windows, the device would function well, but the driver would show a yellow mark in Device Manager. This would prevent the drivers from loading when trying to attach a cover or plug in a USB device. The update resolves this scenario.

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

Thanks,

Surface IT Pro Marketing team


Comments (12)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Seems to be updated now.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m trying to get the thing to boot from USB but the steps aren’t working.
    I installed the Win 10 Technical Preview. No Start Menu ever appears when clicking the icon in any build.
    I created a full image of all partitions with Macrium Reflect, but I can’t get the Surface Pro 3 to boot from the USB drive to reinstall the image.

  3. Anonymous says:

    "we will be releasing a downloadable tool that commercial customers can use to configure UEFI settings on their devices"

    I found a download "SurfaceFirmwareTool.msi" but this only contains an .dll file. How are we supposed to be able to utilize this? It this the tool, or just the tool-enabler ?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was hoping to see a driver/firmware update addressing the pulsing and popping audio issues. It’s a problem, extremely common with Surface Pro 3. Mine snaps my ear drum when using headphones. (256gb – Core i7 – 11//2014).

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey guys your download link points to firmware that was published on the 3/13/2015.
    Any idea when its going to be updated?

  6. Anonymous says:

    The support website is broken as well. Chat agent can never be reached because no matter what browser is used, the site never loads the categories to enter chat with it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yeah there seems to be no information on the "Surface Firmware Tool.msi"

    Is this something I should include in my OSD?

  8. ACU says:

    When will we be able to push these updates with WSUS?

  9. Staples says:

    Do you know when these will be available via WSUS (import from the catalog.update.microsoft.com site..at least)?

  10. @chrismoor8 says:

    Run the following command from a cmd prompt (win+R) shutdown /r /o
    That will force it to the advanced startup options, you should be able to select the usb drive to boot from.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Deutsch:
    Hallo zusammen, Heute möchte ich über ein paar Best Practices für Surface