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Surface Laptop 4 and Studio 2 get December firmware update

December 2021 firmware updates are now available for the Intel-based Surface Laptop 4 and the second-gen Surface Studio.

What is new in December 2021 firmware update for Surface Laptop 4?

December 2021 firmware update for Surface Laptop 4 focuses on two things: fixing bugs that cause blue screen of death and improving the battery life by enabling Windows 11-specific “features.” While the first change leaves no questions, the second one remains a bit puzzling. Microsoft has been steadily adding a mysterious Windows 11 feature that somehow improves battery life. Whatever that feature is, Surface owners will be happy to see their computers working a bit better and longer.

Windows Update History Device Manager
Intel – Bluetooth – 22.60.0.6 Intel Wireless Bluetooth – Bluetooth
Intel – Net – 22.60.0.6 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 160 MHz – Network Adapters
Surface – Monitor – 6.81.139.0 Surface Panel – Monitor.

December 2021 firmware update is available for Surface Laptop 4 models with Intel CPUs and Windows 10 20H2 or newer. AMD-based Laptop 4 did not get this update.

What is new in December 2021 firmware update for Surface Studio 2?

Surface Studio 2 received an extensive list of new drivers in December 2021 firmware update. These drivers address critical networking security vulnerabilities and improve the camera and overall stability.

Windows Update History Device Manager
NVIDIA – Display – 27.21.14.6296 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 – Display adapters
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 – Display adapters
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. - Media - 6.0.9083.3 Realtek High Definition Audio (SST) - Sound, video, and game controllers
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. - Extension - 6.1.0.9 Realtek High Definition Audio (SST) Extension
Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. – Bluetooth – 15.68.17022.122 Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. – Bluetooth – 15.68.17022.122
Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. – Net – 15.68.17022.122 Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller – Network adapters
Intel Corporation - System - 1.0.31.2 Intel Camera IR – System devices
Microsoft - Image - 5.20.1034.3 Microsoft - Image - 5.20.1034.3

December 2021 update is available for all Surface Studio 2 configurations with Windows 10 1903 or newer. Microsoft reports no known issues in the new firmware for Surface Studio 2 and Laptop 4, but you need to keep in mind that you cannot roll back firmware updates on Surface devices.

In case you missed it, Microsoft recently stopped supporting the original Surface Studio and several other Surface computers released between 2015 and 2017. End of support means Microsoft no longer provides firmware updates, although Windows 10 and Windows 11 will continue getting security and feature updates for years to come.

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