It gets worse: Microsoft's Spectre-fixer bricks some AMD PCs

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The emergency fix is immediately available for Windows 10 users. Security experts say all organizations should put mitigations in place as soon as possible, preferably starting with browsers, since attackers could use malicious websites to try and exploit the flaws.

Microsoft just released several updates aimed at helping protect Surface devices from the two security vulnerabilities exposed by CPU bugs.

For Apple MacOS users, checking for updates is more straightforward.

AMD chips aren't vulnerable to the Meltdown attack, but operating system updates could address one of the Spectre attacks it was vulnerable to. However, the fix is also dependent on the antivirus software. This appears to be an issue following the application of Security Update KB4056892, Microsoft's Patch for Meltdown and Spectre.

This is our new weekly column that rounds up all the latest news from the Microsoft campus and throws it on a page with a bit of observation and commentary. News are that a security flaw in Intel processors has necessitated a to a redesign of Linux and Windows kernels to protect systems against a hardware flaw has led to a number of technology companies reviewing security protection.

Microsoft has warned that its fix requires all anti-virus vendors to update their software to set a new Windows registry key, or else its security update won't work. Others say their systems have frozen even though they're running only Windows Defender, which is anti-virus software installed by default in Windows if no other anti-virus software has been installed.

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As first spotted by The Register, a lengthy thread on Microsoft's Answers forum is filled with users reporting that their older AMD Athlon-powered PCs are now refusing to boot past the Windows startup logo.

Doing so will download the Windows 10 Upgrade tool and you can run this and follow the instructions to upgrade a Windows 7 or 8.1 device to the latest version of Windows.

The advice to users is to make sure your device is kept up to date and install any security or software updates that are released over the coming days.

Unfortunately, it appears that the real world application of Cortana is having a bad week as well.

AMD CPUs are immune to Meltdown but susceptible to Spectre, but the silver lining in that cloud has been dirtied by the patch problem.

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