Microsoft's chip security fix is turning some PCs into bricks

Microsoft's chip security fix is turning some PCs into bricks

Microsoft has scaled back its rollout of a Windows patch against the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws after reports the update was crashing computers with AMD processors.

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the issue in a statement provided to The Verge.

The company added that this registry key requirement will be enforced "until there is high confidence that the majority of customers will not encounter device crashes after installing the security updates".

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The patch issue affects "a small subset of older processors that were sold prior to 2009", an AMD spokesman said Tuesday.

As if the Meltdown and Spectre processor security bugs that have been dominating headlines across the internet for the past week weren't scary enough on their own, even the patches for those bugs are causing problems now.

The comments in a blog post were the clearest signal from Microsoft that the microchip flaws for Intel and other chipmakers described last week could meaningfully degrade performance. This led to a flood of complaints on Microsoft's support forum, at which point Microsoft halted the patches.

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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.

Microsoft said it is working with AMD to resolve the issues as soon as possible. After several failed boots it do roll-back then it shows error 0x800f0845. The sfc /scannow shows no problem, in-place upgrade also doesn't seem to help. I could find only some German and Italian people reporting the same issue (well the CPU is quite pre-historic and the KB update is very fresh), but no info / acknowledgment from the MS so far.

AMD and Microsoft are collaborating on a solution and will resume security updates at a later date.

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Affected machines have been forced into "an unbootable state" because some AMD chips do not match up with documentation previously given to Microsoft by the semiconductor manufacturer, according to the Redmond, Wash. -based computing giant.

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