Microsoft Delivers a Major Set of Surface Pro 4 Updates

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 15 Comments

Microsoft Delivers a Major Set of Surface Pro 4 Updates

Microsoft last night delivered a set of firmware updates for its Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 PC, aimed at improving reliability, performance, and battery life.

You can find out more on the Surface Pro 4 update history website, but here’s a rundown of what’s changed.

Microsoft Driver update for Surface Embedded Controller Firmware. Surface Embedded Controller Firmware 103.1684.256.0 improves battery life during sleep.

Intel Corporation driver update for Intel Precise Touch Device. Intel Precise Touch Device disables touch when cover is closed, and improves stability.

Surface driver update for Surface Integration. Surface Integration adjusts system Hibernation defaults.

Microsoft driver update for Surface Touch Servicing ML. Surface Touch Servicing ML 1.0.724.0 optimizes touch functionality.

Surface driver update for Surface System Aggregator. Surface System Aggregator 103.1610.256.0 resolves screen brightness issue when device comes out of sleep.

Surface driver update for Surface UEFI. Surface UEFI 106.1624.768.0 refines brightness settings.

Microsoft Driver update for Surface Touch. Surface Touch optimizes touch functionality.

As always, you will find these updates waiting for you in Windows Update. I am curious if these updates have anything to do with coming support for the Surface Dial on-screen on the new Surface Pen, but there’s nothing about that explicitly in the notes.


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16 responses to “Microsoft Delivers a Major Set of Surface Pro 4 Updates”

  1. skramer49

    You say: "I am curious if these updates have anything to do with coming support for … the new Surface Pen", but yesterday you said: "if you’re a digital artist, note-taker, or someone else who really needs pen-based capabilities, there’s your reason to upgrade to the new Surface Pro and new Surface Pen. You can’t get this level of performance on any other Surface device or non-Surface PC, and you never will be able to on existing models."

    As someone who has been using OneNote [on an iPad] for quite some time, I've hesitated switching to a Surface Pro because the pen lag, small as it is, is distracting and pen performance hasn't come close to Apple's Pencil. I was hoping to try again on the SP4 by purchasing the new and improved pen, but am confused by your statement from yesterday.

    Can you clarify?


  2. Polycrastinator

    I was hoping for some further updates for Surface Book soon. Mine has been weirdly stuttery since the Creator's Update went onto it.

  3. johnlavey

    I think I already know the answer to my questions BUT: are Windows Insiders able to get any of these updates to their Surface Pro 4 devices? And if not, why not? Is there any work around? Would there be any benefit to having these updates? Are they already included in build 16199?





  4. Rob_Wade

    My wife's SP4 has not received any firmware updates. My SP3, however, got TWO back-to-back firmware updates (2 days ago and yesterday).

  5. rejohnson

    Can anyone explain Microsoft's reasoning on naming the updates?  SurfacePro4_Win10_10586_1702001_0,  SurfacePro4_Win10_15063_1702001_0 and SurfacePro4_Win10_1701001_0 are all available for download.  What should the numbers "10586" and "15063" signify to actual humans?  Is "15063" the most recent, even though it's listed second?  Should we assume "1702001" means it's from 2017 and later than "1701001?  I'm somewhat confident about that part since 2016 releases had "16####" in their filenames.

    Until Microsoft allows us to select individual updates there is no way I will run Windows Update on Win 10 Enterprise PCs.  We can't afford to have 1703 dump down on them!

    • Polycrastinator

      In reply to rejohnson:

      Defer feature updates and you won't get 1703. I'm not sure what the problem is here?

    • warren

      In reply to rejohnson:

      The answers to your questions are readily available on Technet, but let's review in case you're allergic to going to Microsoft's IT support site for IT support:

      1) The build number is included in the file name as a reference for the minimum build of Windows required to use those drivers.

      2) The download with no build number works on all releases of Windows, including 2015 LTSB.

      3) Newer drivers take advantage of newer OS features and it is not recommended to use older driver packages with newer OS versions -- this scenario is not tested by Microsoft.

      4) Microsoft supports but does not recommend using Windows 10 LTSB 2015 on a Surface due to missing functionality: palm rejection, Ink Workspace, improved high DPI support, etc.

      5) Microsoft releases new driver packages roughly monthly for Surface products, but not all combinations of drivers are released every month. The updates this month likely don't apply to Anniversary Update but not November Update, hence the lack of a release targeting Anniversary Update specifically.

  6. SenorGravy

    Just watched the Surface Pro introduction video.

    Panos Panay is just a little too..."much" for me. I wish he would tone it down a notch. That said, the new Surface Pro looks like a nice little upgrade. Although I am a little bummed the pen is no longer thrown in.

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