It gets worse: Microsoft's Spectre-fixer bricks some AMD PCs

Eloi Lecerf
Janeiro 9, 2018

For Apple MacOS users, checking for updates is more straightforward.

For right now, it appears the only workaround is to reinstall Windows and immediately delay updates - something that certainly isn't the most convenient solution.

Intel chips going back a decade all contain a serious flaw that's prompting changes to the Linux, Windows, and macOS kernels.

Another potential fix is to activate metered connections in Windows 10 which can prevent the update from installing.

Installing the newest patch is one of the main ways users can protect themselves from Meltdown and Spectre. In fact, some users can't even access the setting, mainly because their device freezes on the Windows logo animation during boot-up.

"These calls may cause stop errors [.] that make the device unable to boot".

One of the glaring example of this situation is the Microsoft Photos app. While the Photos app on Windows 10 PC is great, the Mobile version is still a terrible mess.

It's not clear how widespread this issue is, but the reporter noted that the CPU involved is "quite pre-historic", specifically the AMD Athlon X2 6000+, which was released a decade ago. Their recent renaming of the "Windows Store" to the "Microsoft Store" is just the latest in a long line of confusing and silly product names. "We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and released security updates on January 3 to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, ARM, and AMD".

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If users aren't willing to search their antivirus product's homepage for such info, if they find the following registry key on their systems, the antivirus product has already been updated to support the Meltdown and Spectre patches.

What makes the situation even more problematic is that the patch doesn't create a System Restore Point.

UPDATE: Intel is rolling out patches for affected chips.

The only information given so far is that the flaws could enable hackers to steal passwords and other private data.

There's also a game library with all your games, In addition, you can track your in-game progress, compare stats with other players, and get yourself various achievements.

Intel is committed to product and customer security and is working closely with many other technology companies, including AMD, ARM Holdings and several operating system vendors, to develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively.

Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. Contrary to some reports, any performance impacts are workload-dependent, and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time. "This includes microcode from device OEMs and in some cases updates to AV software as well", the company said. This is a major loophole since all users got the benefit of the upgrade.

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