Microsoft halts some AMD chip Meltdown patches after PCs freeze

Microsoft halts some AMD chip Meltdown patches after PCs freeze

Windows 10 KB4056892 and Windows 7 KB4056894 updates were causing BSODs on some PCs with AMD chipsets.

The update is available from within Update & Security in the Settings app. Though you might also argue that Microsoft's pre-patch testing should have stumbled across the issue, perhaps, given that it seems to affect a fair number of AMD-powered PCs, judging by reports across the net (which also seem to suggest that it's older AMD CPUs that are more likely to be affected, in the main). "To help prevent stop errors that are caused by incompatible antivirus applications, Microsoft is only offering the Windows security updates that were released on January 3, 2018, to devices that are running antivirus software that is from partners who have confirmed that their software is compatible with the January 2018 Windows operating system security update".

"Microsoft has reports of some customers with AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing this KB".

To avoid having their computers rendered unusable, users are advised to pause Automatic Updates until Microsoft is able to fix the issue. But the overall fix appears to have caused problems for AMD machines regardless.

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The company said it has halted the distribution of the patch until a fix is created, together with AMD.

As a quick reminder, Windows 10 version 1703 update KB4056891 patches CPUs against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

The investigation revealed that affected AMD chipsets did 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". Rolling the system back using a restore point fixes the issue, some say, but only temporarily, as Windows 10 immediately attempts to reinstall the update.

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