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Microsoft releases updates to protect Surface devices against Meltdown and Spectre

09 January 2018, 02:21 | Patty Hardy

Microsoft releases updates to protect Surface devices against Meltdown and Spectre

Microsoft releases updates to protect Surface devices against Meltdown and Spectre

All other computers are actually better off without the fix because for them, the security update can trigger errors, including the Blue Screen of Death.

Numerous operating systems require updates as well, including Apple Mac OS X and iOS devices, Google's Android, and Microsoft Windows. While the issues aren't likely to totally close the holes created by the Spectre vulnerability, the mitigations should help a great deal with the Meltdown issue peculiar to all Intel chips and at least one ARM chip.

The initial reporter said after installing the update the PC only displayed the Windows logo and otherwise failed to boot. And finally, we'll round up the Windows 10 news. Even if that is successful, however, the operating system quickly attempts to reinstall the PC-freezing patch, they say. "Nothing going on", a user with the handle "Frustrated after KB4056892 on older AMD laptop" posted to the discussion thread on Sunday, adding that the system is running a version of McAfee anti-virus that is compatible with Microsoft's security fix.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Security updates to Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Kernel, and Windows Graphics.

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Installing the patch appears to prevent computers with AMD Athlon 64 X2 and Sempron processors from booting into Windows, users in multiple languages are reporting.

Windows 10 Mobile Build 15063.850 is now rolling out to general users, though the update is being gradually rolled out.

Doing so will download the Windows 10 Upgrade tool and you can run this and follow the instructions to upgrade a Windows 7 or 8.1 device to the latest version of Windows.

Unfortunately, it appears that the real world application of Cortana is having a bad week as well.

It's also not certain that Microsoft's patches for the Meltdown and Spectre attacks are the actual cause of the problems, given KB4056892 contains much more than these specific security fixes.

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