Two types of updates keep your Surface performing its best: Surface updates for hardware, also known as firmware, and Windows 10 software updates. Both types install automatically as they become available. If you have any questions or problems with an update, here’s some info that might help.
Let's walk through the update process for a Surface device that's running Windows 10 starting with preparation of your equipment and internet connection.
Before you begin updating
Attach your Surface Type Cover or Surface docking station (if you have one) so it gets the latest updates, too.
Make sure you have an internet connection, preferably Wi-Fi or Ethernet, which are the best for downloads. If you can’t install updates, you might have a connection problem. Fix network connection issues in Windows
If you can't use Wi-Fi, there are some alternatives:
- Use an Ethernet connection with the Surface Dock or Ethernet to USB adapter.
- If you have an LTE-enabled device, turn off Set as metered connection to get all updates over your mobile broadband connection. Get help with metered internet connections
Plug your Surface into an outlet, and make sure your Surface is charged to at least 40 percent before installing updates. Keep your Surface plugged in and turned on while it's updating.
Update Surface drivers and firmware
After following the preparation steps, and if you are unable to check Windows Update, download update files manually for any Surface device.
To select and update your Surface device, see Download drivers and firmware for Surface.
Installation time varies, depending on the speed of the internet, the number of updates, and the size of the update files.
Problems installing updates?
More update info
To learn about the Surface updates released so far, see Surface update history.
To see which Windows and Surface updates you've already installed, see Windows Update: FAQ, How do I see installed updates on my PC?
If you're looking for Windows 10 updates on a PC, rather than Surface, you can go right to Update Windows 10.