AMD customers complain that Microsoft's Spectre patches have been freezing their PCs

Audrey Hill
January 10, 2018

Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday it had suspended patches to guard against Meltdown and Spectre security threats for some computers running AMD chipsets after complaints by AMD customers that the software updates froze their machines.

Microsoft is now working on a new patch and has laid out several methods for those who have found their AMD device to be stuck in an unbootable state following the installation of the faulty fix. While the principal companies involved have been coy about the performance impact that results from the patches recommended to deal with these issues, others have provided more details about exactly what type of applications are affected.

And Microsoft and AMD are working on the issue, but the fact that an unknown number of PC owners with AMD CPUs are going to have to wait to have their devices protected from the risky bug is incredibly disappointing.

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After several days of dodging questions about the performance impact of patches created to fix the Meltdown/Spectre chip design flaws, Microsoft acknowledged Tuesday morning that Windows Server is now slower for certain types of applications thanks to the patches.

The good news is that for Windows 10 PCs with modern Intel processors, the Windows security patches plus the additional firmware updates necessary for addressing a specific variant of the Spectre vulnerability won't have a big impact on performance. "AMD is aware of an issue with some older generational processors following installation of a Microsoft security update that was published over the weekend", the USA chipmaker said in a statement. AMD said in its statement it expected Windows updates for its chips to roll out again shortly. Although it had initially been said that only Intel chips presented with the flaw, those made by ARM and AMD are also vulnerable. After investigating, Microsoft has determined that some AMD chipsets do not conform to the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown, the company said.

Meltdown and Spectre fiasco is affecting nearly all Windows PCs and Phones and with processors manufactured by Intel, AMD, and ARM.

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