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Got a Surface Book? Make sure you check for Day 1 updates

Not only did Microsoft open their flagship store today in NYC, but the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book went on sale to the public. Supply of both devices is tight, but for those who pre-ordered early enough you should hopefully be unboxing yours now or very soon.

Just a quick reminder that for both devices you will want to check for Windows updates before diving into the new hardware. Our new Surface Book (unboxing coming up) has numerous system updates including a 'System Hardware Update' from October 23.

Check for Windows Updates

1. Go to Notifications and select All Settings

2. Choose Update & Security

3. Windows Update

4. Press Check for Updates

Numerous review of this device mentioned early software bugs that were ironed out after production and that update in particular addresses those early issues. The updates won't take too long to download, but you will need to do a quick reboot. Luckily with this update you'll be able to use Windows Hello's facial recogniation on both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

Of course, Windows will update itself in the background at some point anyway. However, if you want the best experience out the gate, you'll want to get these patches out of the way.

Finally, besides Windows Update make sure you check the Store. There too you'll find numerous updates for core Windows apps and services. Indeed, even after _those_updates when we checked the Store again we had another round (some apps are dependent on others), so check and double check.

Check for app updates in the Store

1. Open the Store

2. Push your avatar and choose Downloads and Updates

3. Press Check for Updates

Now that the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are in people's hands there will likely be other fixes and optimizations in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for those and also our review of the Surface Book scheduled for next week!

Need more help? Head into our Surface forums for assistance!

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

26 Comments
  • Always check any new product for updates
  • /drool. I would really love to get one of these beautiful devices.
  • I used Windows update when it arrived this morning. Though I forgot to update the apps in the store.
  • Dan you wouldn't happen to know if the NYC store had any Surfacebooks available in store? It was so crazy in ther etoday I didn't feel like waiting to find out but it would be cool if I could just walk in and pick one up.
  • I just got my new SP4 TypeCover and work perfecto on my SP3 !!!
  • Do you feel it's superior to the SP3 keyboard?
  • Fingerprint scanner version?
  • That model isn't available yet.
  • Me too! Loving it... So much quieter and the shortcuts are better. Also lighter and thinner. Isolated keys FTW! I got the teal version, one of my favourite Windows colours :]
  • I was hoping the hardware update would improve the trackpad speed. Even on 10 it's slow. It takes like 3 swipes to move the cursor across the screen.
  • You can adjust the cursor speed, take a look in Settings.
  • Have you looked into all the mouse and pointer settings? Pointer speed adjustment is pretty basic in windows and works very well!
  • That's what I did. Just changed the good old mouse pointer speed and now the trackpad is nice and fast.
  • Typing this on my new book - what a nice device! Windows Hello seems to be working fairly well, too.
  • Windows Hello is crazy fast. I expected it to be much slower. Works like a charm.
  • I would have one of best buy had any. Meh.
  • Beautiful machine so far. Question though - did everyone else's come with the alternate tips for the Surface Pen? No sign of mine in the box.. Guy at the grand opening in NYC said I could come by and get them if they weren't there, but I'm wondering if they are included or not?
  • They are additional accessory
  • Yep, additional accessory...
  • Windows Hello is super fast. Install the latest updates to enable it.
  • What's the different between surface book and other i7 notebooks?
  • It's has detachable but has discarded graphics card.
  • Microsoft make more of the i7/16GB/512GB model! Add extra shifts!! I dont want to wait 7-8 weeks!! :'(
  • Wow,finally the best machines in peoples hands.
  • You're updating readit. :)
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