Microsoft’s fix for bugs is wrecking some AMD-powered PCs
Last week, we reported about the bug in the processors of almost all major chip makers including Intel, AMD, and ARM, dubbed as Spectre and Meltdown. All tech giants started working on software updates to prevent these vulnerabilities to secure modern CPUs. Whereas, Microsoft’s fix for Meltdown and Spectre bugs didn’t work as expected.
Microsoft issued a security patch for the supported version of Windows, after the discovery of these bugs last week. At that time the company said that Windows 10 will be updated automatically, while users of Windows 7 and 8 will have to update it automatically. After installing Windows operating system update, many users reported about their AMD-powered devices are getting into an unbootable state. As of now, the software giant has halted distribution of security updates for some older AMD-powered machines. According to a statement by 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.”
Engineers at Microsoft are now working with AMD to resolve the problems. Soon these affected devices will receive another update that will fix the machines which are unable to boot. To get your affected PC back to a bootable state, you will have to visit Microsoft’s support site for fixes.
The problem that was discovered on January 2, is dubbed to be an industry-wide issue in major chip makers like AMD, ARM, and Intel. While there were solid chances that the tech giants using these chips in their devices are being affected. However, some companies like Apple have already fixed their devices with software updates.