With the recent panic around Meltdown and Spectre, Microsoft MSFT 124,73 +1,38 +1,12% was quick to release Security Updates to address these vulnerabilities. For many users with AMD AMD 26,24 -1,72 -6,15% powered computers running WIndows 10, they no longer have to worry about these vulnerabilities thanks to the forced security updates pushed out by Microsoft this past week. The bad news is for these users is their device is now an over-priced paperweight. The updates have caused these devices are now unbootable (BSOD on boot-up) Again since non-enterprise users can not stop these updates it is very much Microsoft’s fault here. However, in true Microsoft fashion, the company is trying to shift the blame on to AMD:
“Microsoft has reports of customers with some AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing recent Windows operating system security updates. After investigating, Microsoft has determined that some AMD chipsets do not conform to the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.”
Up until around 2012/2013 I had been using AMD computers for years. When I bought my latest desktop a Gateway, I went with Intel. I did get an AMD laptop after that which is running Windows 7 and I only use it was media center PC. My newest laptop a Lenovo Yoga is also Intel and that one is running Windows 10. I also noticed yesterday when I went to use it, Windows 10 had installed some updates while the PC was sleeping.