Microsoft Eradicates Persistent Surface Pro 4 And Surface Book Bugs With Firmware Update

Good news if you own a Surface Book or Surface Pro 4 device—Microsoft has issue a cumulative firmware update that addresses a whole host of problems, everything from sleep management woes (some users reported exceptionally poor battery life in sleep mode) to graphics glitches and everything in between.

Owners of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 products have been complaining of various issues since the products came out. The complaints have been varied, including a mix of niggling annoyances and some major issues, like excessive battery drain in sleep mode and overheating when the systems should have been operating in ultra low power mode.

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"Today’s updates include a set of Microsoft and Intel driver and firmware updates for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 that will help you get the most of the power management options that Surface is designed to offer and continue to make your Surface more productive," Microsoft's Panos Panay stated in a blog post.

The list of fixes on a support page for the Surface Book contains several references to sleep states and system stability. There's also a graphics driver update that's supposed to address wonky behavior with the display, plus a few fixes that aid with auto-rotating when tablet mode is turned off.

While the list of fixes is rather exhaustive, Panay said Microsoft will continue to monitor the situation and make its Surface products better with future updates.

"We are committed to continuing to improve Surface – to keep pushing out updates to make your device more awesome. And to continue to help all our customers realize the full benefits of the latest silicon and Windows 10. With that in mind, one of the most important steps you can take is to ensure your Surface is up-to-date with the fixes we post on Windows Update," Panay added.

If you'd rather not wait for Windows Update to automatically apply the fixes, you can manually install the updates by going to Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and selecting Check for updates.