Microsoft started fixing issues with Meltdown and Spectre updates last week when the first patches were issued to Windows 7 and 8.1 computers, and the rollout continued in the last few days with more updates aimed at Windows 10.
Today, the company published not only a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (KB4073291), but also updates for Windows 10 original version and Windows 10 version 1511 (November Update) – KB4075199 and KB4075200, respectively. Both are available in the form of cumulative updates and “address issues where some customer with AMD devices get into an unbootable state.”
Additionally, KB4075200 also includes a fix for a bug causing a part of the system to no log off correctly, leading to repeated queries for user credentials. This reportedly happens only on Windows 10 version 1511 and the update is shipped exclusively to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, which means that Home and Pro won’t be able to install it.
Two known issues, one impacting antivirus protection
There are two known issues in both cumulative updates, and Microsoft has also included workarounds to make sure they install correctly.
One of the bugs concerns incompatibility issues with antivirus solutions, a problem that first appeared when the company published Meltdown and Spectre security updates. Microsoft says that only computers that are running antivirus with the ALLOW REGKEY will receive the cumulative updates, and the company recommends to contact the vendor and add the following key:
There are no failed installs reported so far and given that these updates bring fixes for issues on AMD systems, customers are recommended to install them as soon as possible.
At this point, Microsoft has addressed the boot failures and the BSODs on all supported Windows versions, which means that all Windows computers should right now be able to recover following the botched Meltdown and Spectre update fiasco.