"Meltdown" Windows Patch Halted for AMD CPUs


Feb 23, 2002
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Microsoft have temporarily stopped the rollout of security patches for "meltdown" and "spectre" (previously covered here) for AMD based systems, as it appears that some users are unable to boot after the patches are applied:

Following reports of unbootable machines, Microsoft has halted updates of its Meltdown and Spectre security patches for AMD computers, according to a support note spotted by the Verge. It made the move after numerous complaints from users who installed the patch and then couldn't get past the Windows 10 splash screen. "To prevent AMD customers from getting into an unbootable state, Microsoft will temporarily pause sending the following Windows operating system updates to devices with impacted AMD processors," it wrote.

According to reports from users, the unbootable problem appears to happen with specific AMD models. "I have older AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+, [and] after installation of KB4056892 the system doesn't boot, it only shows the Windows logo without animation and nothing more," said one user. The same issue was confirmed by other Athlon and Sempron-equipped PC owners.

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