Install Surface and Windows updates

Applies to: Surface Devices

Two types of updates keep your Surface performing its best: Surface hardware updates (also known as firmware) and Windows software updates. Both types install automatically as they become available.

Before you begin

Here are some important tips:

  • Plug your Surface into a working electrical outlet before installing updates. Don’t unplug or turn off your Surface while it’s updating. Make sure your Surface is charged to at least 40 percent before beginning to install updates.
  • If you have a Surface Typing Cover or Surface docking station, make sure they’re attached before you turn on your Surface so they get the latest updates, too.
  • You need an Internet connection to download updates for your Surface. If you can’t install updates because of Wi-Fi problems, see Can’t connect to a wireless network.
  • If you use mobile broadband to connect to the Internet, your connection is automatically set to metered. Windows updates may not download over a metered connection, so it’s best to connect to Wi-Fi to make sure you get all updates.
  • If you have no other connection options or have an unlimited data plan, you can change turn off the Set as metered connection setting. When this setting is off, all updates over your mobile broadband connection. For info about how to change the Set as metered connection setting, see Metered Internet connections: FAQ.

Update Surface and Windows

After following the precautions check that all Surface and Windows updates are installed. For info about how to check for available updates, see Update Windows 10.

Then, make sure all of the updates are completely installed—to see how, go to Windows Update: FAQ.

  • If any update has a status of “Requires a restart to finish installing,” go to Start and select Power > Restart. Don't shut down your Surface. Repeat the steps above until you no longer have any updates that require a restart.
  • If any Surface update has a status of “Failed to install,” see Trouble installing Surface and Windows updates?

When a Surface firmware update is available, you’ll see a notification on your Surface. Follow the instructions to update your Surface using Windows Update.

Download and install Surface updates manually

Download the update file to your Surface

If you have an Internet connection, you can download the update file manually.

  1. See Download drivers and firmware for Surface to download the latest drivers and firmware for your Surface.

  2. Once the file is downloaded, press and hold (or right-click) the file and select Install.

  3. When it’s done, select OK.

See your update history

For info about how to see what Windows and Surface updates you already have installed, see the How do I see installed updates on my PC? section in the Windows Update: FAQ.

For descriptions of the Surface updates released so far, see Surface update history.

Problems installing updates?

If you’re having trouble installing an update, see Trouble installing Surface and Windows updates?