Microsoft halts security updates for select AMD devices and and offers workaround

Microsoft published KB4073707 today which confirms and explains the recent issue with AMD processors after the last out-of-band update. Meltdown and Spectre patches seems to have problems with specific AMD systems, Microsoft offers workarounds for impacted users.


The company added a new known issue to each of the patches that inform customers of this. The following Windows updates are blocked for affected AMD devices:

KB4056897 (Security-only update)

Affected processors

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • Athlon 64 X2 4200+
  • AMD Athlon ™ 64 3800+
  • AMD Athlon 64×2 Dual Core 4400+
  • AMD Athlon Dual Core 4850e
  • AMD 4850e
  • AMD-Athlon 64×2 5200+
  • HexaCore AMD Phenom II X6 Black Edition 1090T
  • DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3800+
  • AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+

Additionally, for users who have already installed the update and are exercising boot problems, Microsoft has also created a series of guides to help impacted devices.


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