Surface Pro 4 Firmware and Driver Update (Nov 2015)

November 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Surface Pro 4 Firmware and Driver Update for November 2015.  Release date is November 9th.


  • No details as of yet on this update

This is the second update in less than a week.  There was an earlier update November 2nd.


  • HD Graphics 520 driver update (v20.19.15.4308) addresses some display issues, including some scenarios that result in screen flickering.
  • Display audio driver update (v8.20.0.659) supports compatibility with the updated graphics driver.
  • Surface Embedded Controller Firmware update (v103.855.257.0) improves system stability.
  • Surface Pen Settings driver update (v10.0.302.0) adds support for future functionality on Windows 10.

You can see main Surface Pro 4 Update page here.

Update Surface 3 Firmware and Drivers (Nov 2015)

November 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Updated Surface 3 Firmware and Drivers for November 2015.


No current details on what it includes.  Download here.

The new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Stylus

October 26, 2015 Leave a comment

The new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Stylus that was just released.  I just got mine in the mail today.


The Stylus is also backward compatible with the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3, which is great news since this is what I am currently using.

New with this Stylus is a package of different tips.  The tips provide different friction on the glass.

2H – Very Low Friction
H – Low Friction
HB – Medium Friction
B – High Friction


The default tip in the stylus is the HB version.

The new Surface Stylus is about 1/2” longer than the previous pen and in my opinion it seems to be more weight distributed.  Comparison of the SP3 and SP4 Stylus.


No buttons on the new Stylus.  There is a button bar on the flat side of the Stylus that now controls the right click feature.  I kind of like the flat surface of the Stylus for my finger.  It feels more ergonomic.

Be careful trying to remove the cap.  IT IS NOT A SCREW CAP like the previous version.  It is a guided notch.  It turns a quarter turn and pulls off.  I bet there will be a handful of calls to Microsoft support from people breaking them before they are ever used.  Ouch…

I actually read the user guide with this pen, after almost breaking mine.



Temporary Post Used For Theme Detection (8a7ea2cd-fb00-4a32-a2a1-700a87ad1209 – 3bfe001a-32de-4114-a6b4-4005b770f6d7)

October 10, 2015 Leave a comment

This is a temporary post that was not deleted. Please delete this manually. (f01519af-f13e-46af-b844-281274bf7697 – 3bfe001a-32de-4114-a6b4-4005b770f6d7)

Categories: Computers

Dream Slate or Tablet (throw back)

October 10, 2015 3 comments

This is a couple days after Microsoft big Windows 10 Device event.  With the announcement of the new Surface Pro 4 and the Surface book it got me to thinking about what I am using and what I want in a device.  I happened to look back to some notes that I had made back in April 2012 of the features that I was looking for for my dream slate\tablet device.  This was before the release of the first generation of the Surface Pro line (June 2012).  This was also after owning and using an assortment of underwhelming slates\tablets.  Well this was my list in OneNote.

Screen Size of around 10” (aspect ratio 3:2 not 16:9)

5 hours of battery


i5 Core processer (x64)

(2) USB slots

Full SD Card or MicroSD

Detachable Keyboard

HDMI (Mini)

Pen Silo

Wacom Digitizer

MicroUSB Charging


Well it is 2015, what am I using now.  My main work machine is the Surface Pro 3 (i7/8GB/256GB) device running Windows 10.  I am running it through Surface Dock and running two Dell U2414H in a DaisyChain.  I absolutely love it.

Now, my home machine and my consumption device is a Surface 3 model.  I went with the 4GB/64GB model (LC5-00001) that comes with Windows 8.1 Professional.  This is really a great size memory and hard drive space as the majority of stuff that I have is up in OneDrive or DropBox.

The Surface 3 device almost checks off everyone of my previous wants.  I really love the size of this device.

This is going to be my dream tablet list for 2015.

Screen Size again at the 10” (same 3:2 aspect ratio)

Stylus that keeps advancing like the SP4 pen

128GB+ SSD

i5 core + (fanless)

(1) USB 3.1 or C

MicroUSB Charging

Detachable Keyboard base like the new Surface Book that contains additional juice (GPU/memory/HDD)

I’m over the Pen Silo want.

MicroSD Card


10+ hours of battery life


There you go.  What is your favorite tablet?  What do you want in your dream tablet?


October 10, 2015 Leave a comment

The best thing that ever happened to N-trig?  Microsoft buying them. 

Their previous products were a disaster prior to the Surface Pro 3 Pen.  Now this pen is the premier pen.  I was very sad to learn when the Surface Pro 3 came out that it was switching from Wacom to N-trig.  My previous experience with N-trg on the HP Slate and Dell Latitude ST devices were a complete and utter fail.  Their support was worse.

Future is looking bright for the Surface line and N-trig.

Categories: Microsoft, N-trig

Windows 10 Builds Versions and Release Dates

June 4, 2015 Leave a comment

Windows 10 Build Versions and Dates

BUILD 9841 | October 1st, 2014 (iso)

BUILD 9860 | October 22nd, 2014

BUILD 9879 | November 12th, 2014

BUILD 9926 | January 21st, 2015

BUILD 10041 | March 18th, 2015 (iso)

BUILD 10049 | March 30th, 2015

BUILD 10061 | April 22nd, 2015

BUILD 10074 | April 29th, 2015 (iso)

BUILD 10122 | May 20th, 2015

BUILD 10130 | May 29th, 2015

BUILD 10158 | June 29th, 2015

BUILD 10159 | June 30th, 2015

BUILD 10162 | July 2nd, 2015

BUILD 10166 | July 9th, 2015

BUILD 10240 | July 15th, 2015 [RTM]

BUILD 10240 | July 29th, 2015 [GA]

BUILD 10525 | August 18th, 2015

BUILD 10532 | August 27th, 2015

BUILD 10547 | September 18th, 2015

BUILD 10565 | October 12th, 2015

BUILD 10568 | November 5th, 2015


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 34 other followers