Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday said some customers found their AMD-powered computers were unusable after applying the latest security patches for the Windows operating system.
But yesterday AMD said it was aware of an issue with some older-generation processors following the installation of a Microsoft security update that was published over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Microsoft said AMD customers who can't turn on their computers should run through a few troubleshooting scenarios, including booting into safe mode or even reinstalling Windows.
Microsoft is now preventing AMD PCs from receiving updates, to stop machines from getting into an unbootable state. The documentation provided to Microsoft by AMD was apparently inaccurate, which means the patch that Microsoft developed wasn't compatible.
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And Microsoft and AMD are working on the issue, but the fact that an unknown number of PC owners with AMD CPUs are going to have to wait to have their devices protected from the risky bug is incredibly disappointing.
Intel and AMD have not disclosed the number of chips affected by the security flaws. The update was delivered through Windows Update to a "quite pre-historic" computer, specifically running on the AMD Athlon X2 6000+, which was released a decade ago. Microsoft went on to blame AMD's documentation for the problem.
AMD and Microsoft are collaborating on a solution and will resume security updates at a later date.
"ARM will address Spectre in future processors but there will need to be an ongoing discipline in the design of secure systems which needs to be addressed through both software and hardware", a company spokesman said in an emailed statement.
More precisely, this is how Meltdown and Spectre patches are going to affect Microsoft's products, as detailed today by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group.