Microsoft Issues Surface Book Firmware Updates (Updated)

Posted on November 18, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 23 Comments

Microsoft Issues Surface Book Firmware Updates, No Explanation

They’re doing it again: Surface Book owners can look forward to a new set of firmware updates in Windows Update today. But there’s no explanation about what’s being fixed.

UPDATE: This time Microsoft was able to provide a list of the fixes in less than 24 hours. See below. –Paul

Microsoft is doing this a lot lately. For example, the last set of Surface Book firmware updates were delivered to customers sans-explanation on October 28. But it didn’t publicly document the changes until the following week.

Today’s updates are listed as follows:

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface UEFI.
  • Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) Precise Touch Device
  • NVIDIA driver update for NVIDIA GeForce GPU

As with all other firmware updates, a reboot is required as the updates need to be installed while Windows is offline. (Meaning “not running,” and not “not connected to the Internet.”)

I’ll monitor the Surface Book update history page and see if Microsoft can document these updates faster than it did last time. Fingers crossed.

UPDATE: Here’s what’s new.

Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) Precise Touch Device. Intel(R) Precise Touch Device 1.2.0.70 reduces false touch events when the device is closed.

NVIDIA driver update for NVIDIA GeForce GPU. NVIDIA GeForce GPU 21.21.13.6961 improves system stability.

Microsoft driver update for Surface UEFI. Surface UEFI 90.1380.768.0 improves system stability.

 

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    nordyj Alpha Member #1237 - 2 weeks ago

    I'd be curious to know what these updates changed.  I had to recover from a System Restore Point after rebooting with this update installed; my Explorer shell was essentially "down for the count", as I couldn't open Task Manager or reboot normally, and certain applications weren't starting correctly, such as Docker.  My Surface Book has been working fine since, though my update history does still show that the updates applied successfully, even after the recovery.  Time will tell what happens next.  I can say, though, that this is the first time I've had an issue with my Surface Book; I've owned it for about 3 months.

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    Polycrastinator Alpha Member #163 - 2 weeks ago

    We were expecting an update to enable the dial, and given it can sit on the screen, updating the touchscreen would make sense too. Suspect the NVidia driver is just their rolling driver updates. That's all supposition, but the timing would make sense.

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      Nickel Alpha Member #343 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Polycrastinator:

      No, No we were not. Why were we not? Well, the dial was already enabled (you just need windows 10 build 1607 or later). I have been using mine since the 11th. The dial only works on screen on the Studio, on all other Surfaces it works in off screen mode, which given its size and the size of the screens is just fine.

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    wspaw Alpha Member #1918 - 1 week ago

    It has fixed the false touch issue which had rendered the device useless when docked until a reboot - every single time my SB went to sleep and was resumed. The pointer would fly all over and select whatever it landed on. This had been happening since the next to last cumulative update.

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    MacLiam Alpha Member #229 - 2 weeks ago

    Wild guess: These driver updates look to me like something that might be germane to the Surface Studio as well. Earlier today I got an email from Microsoft Store saying that my pre-ordered Studio would ship next week, about three weeks before the stated December 15 release date. I wonder if the firmware updates are just a way to tie up loose ends and simplify the driver library before the new hardware goes out the door.

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    matsan Alpha Member #906 - 2 weeks ago

    I guess Microsoft's telemetry data indicates that 99,9999% of the users never bother to click the "more details" button.

    Since they are more and more forcing the updates to be installed, why bother a) to create release notes or b) to read them?

    Welcome to Windows as a Service!

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 2 weeks ago
      In reply to matsan:

      That's a lot of 9's.

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      matsan Alpha Member #906 - 2 weeks ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      You are probably right. With 4000 alpha members here at thurrorr.com and 400M Windows 10 users, the correct number should be 99,999%. Sorry about that typo :-)

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 2 weeks ago
      In reply to matsan:

      That's one too many r's.

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      MutualCore - 1 week ago
      In reply to matsan:

      Maybe if Paul makes a big enough stink, Microsoft will start to include some details. 

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    Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 2 weeks ago

    Question for the Surface Book owners out there:

    Can you use NVIDIA's generic video drivers, or do you have to get them from Microsoft?  Are Microsoft's drivers as current as NVIDIA's?

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      Polycrastinator Alpha Member #163 - 2 weeks ago
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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 2 weeks ago
      In reply to Polycrastinator:

      It's definitely not for games then.  I bet the performance dock is the same.

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    ccalberti - 2 weeks ago

    Just installed on Surface Book, and unfortunately did not deal with the IME problem, which is still running at boot-up at 25%-50% of CPU capacity.  Still have to manually "end task" at every boot-up.