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Microsoft Halts Windows Spectre Fix for AMD Users - Update Causing Systems to Fail to Boot
By Jon Sutton on January 10th, 2018 at 03:31pm - original article from game-debate

Microsoft has suspended the latest Windows updates for AMD users which have delivered fixes for the Spectre security vulnerabilities. Multiple Windows users with AMD processors were reporting their PCs were unable to boot following the updates, causing the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.

“Microsoft has reports of customers with some AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing recent Windows operating system security updates,” explains Microsoft.

“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.”

In a textbook case of ‘it’s not our fault, it’s theirs’, Microsoft has shifted the blame for a dud Windows patch that clearly wasn’t ready for public release.

As a result of this issue, Microsoft has suspended Windows updates for those AMD processors that may be affected by the change. The aim is to work with AMD to make sure these updates are readily available as soon as possible.

If you happen to be one of the unlucky few that have been affected by this, Microsoft is directing users to various blue screen error troubleshooting pages depending which version of the Windows OS you’re using.

  • Troubleshoot blue screen errors in Windows 10
  • Resolving blue screen errors in Windows 8.1
  • Resolving stop (blue screen) errors in Windows 7

Neither Microsoft nor AMD have made it clear which AMD CPUs are affected by this. AMD users on GD, have any of you run into any problems? Let everyone know in the comments!