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Microsoft Troubleshooting Guides for Bad Meltdown and Spectre Windows Updates
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Company offers basic info to deal with issues caused by the botched Windows update shipped to AMD PCs
Jan 9, 2018 10:50 GMT  ·  By Bogdan Popa ·  Share:      
The Meltdown and Spectre updates that Microsoft shipped last week wreaked havoc on AMD systems, with some complaining their devices were no longer able to boot after installing the patches.

While on Windows 10 cumulative update KB4056892 failed to install and pushed PCs into an infinite reboot loop, things were a lot worse on Windows 7, where systems could no longer boot and got a BSOD on every startup.

Earlier today, Microsoft officially acknowledged all these problems and decided to temporarily pull the security updates for impacted AMD chips, promising to make them available once again on Windows Update and the Update Catalog when a fix is available.

To help those impacted by security update bugs, Microsoft has also released troubleshooting guides to address BSODs on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7, though it’s important to note that these are just generic tutorials and aren’t updated with information that’s specific to this month’s issues. However, they could come in handy to users who are trying to repair issues introduced by the updates.

How to recover from BSOD state
In some cases, however, turning to Microsoft’s troubleshooting steps makes no difference, mostly because systems can no longer boot and get stuck with a BSOD on every startup.

This means removing the updates completely is the only option, and on Windows 7, the best way to do this is to access the Repair Your Computer screen on system startup by pressing F8 or the corresponding key and enter the following two commands in a command prompt window:

dir d:
dism /image:d:\ /remove-package /packagenameTongueackage_for_RollupFix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~7601.24002.1.4 /norestart
The same steps can be used for any other update on a different version of Windows, only that make sure that you modify the package name accordingly.

The January 2018 Patch Tuesday rollout begins in just a few hours and Microsoft could provide more guidance to deal with the botched updates.

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