Windows 10 updates trigger display issues on AMD computers

Isaac Cain
January 9, 2018

The two flaws are dubbed "Meltdown" and "Spectre".

Microsoft says your antivirus software could stop you from receiving the emergency patches issued for Windows.

To avoid having their computers rendered unusable, users are advised to pause Automatic Updates until Microsoft is able to fix the issue.

According to a number of complaints on Microsoft's community forum, the problems are appearing on Athlon systems that received the update for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, labelled KB4056892. Microsoft and antivirus vendors have published instructions on how to do it, but modifying the Windows Registry incorrectly can cause serious problems, so proceed with caution. On the company's support page, it says that the update (KB4073117) includes all of the improvements to the OS found in the KB4056891.

Organizations are scrambling to put fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in place, as makers of operating systems, cloud services, mobile devices and more start to release patches (see Meltdown and Spectre: Patches and Workarounds Appear).

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Security updates to Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Kernel, and Windows Graphics.

Although Microsoft officially ended the free Windows 10 upgrade offer previous year, it is still possible to get the new operating system completely free of charge by using a simple trick.

Note This update isn't available with express installation files for Windows Server 2016.

The update's appearance still depends on the antivirus program that the user employs to protect the computer. The result will be a more secure, but - as Linux creator Linus Torvalds says - slower operating system. Customers with these platforms can install Microsoft Security Essentials. "Nothing going on", a user with the handle "Frustrated after KB4056892 on older AMD laptop" posted to the discussion thread on Sunday, adding that the system is running a version of McAfee anti-virus that is compatible with Microsoft's security fix.

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