How to deploy Meltdown patches - in Windows 7/8/10

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    I am happy to present this very long and detailed tutorial explaining how to deploy Meltdown and Spectre patches for Microsoft Windows even on systems without running anti-virus software, tested on a range of laptops and desktops spanning five generations of Intel processors, three hardware vendors, Windows 7/8/10 operating systems, Home, Pro and Ultimate editions, limited and admin user setup, EMET and Exploit Protection as only security measures, manual security and monthly rollup updates, QualityCompat registry key tweak, standard WU method, application and gaming testing, other observations, and more. Performance testing - real-life examples - coming soon.

    https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/meltdown-install-no-av-guide.html


    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. Minimalist

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    It was trouble-free experience on my systems also. Luckily you didn't test it on AMD system that would give you BSOD after install ;)
     
  3. NormanF

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    I have an x64 AMD chip on a Lenovo Thinkpad xe120. Last thing I want is it for it to be hosed.
     
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  5. Mrkvonic

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    But these are not Intel patches - I did not install firmware updates.
    Mrk
     
  6. Minimalist

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    Latest Windows updates caused BSOD on some AMD systems and not firmware updates. That's why MS doesn't offer that update to affected AMD systems any more.
     
  7. Mrkvonic

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    And I tested on Intel processors - it clearly says so.
    And the point is on how to install patches - due to registry thing.
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    OK, I just wanted to point out, that some readers might get into trouble if they follow your advice in example 1 and download patch from Update Catalog without knowing that their system doesn't support this update.
     
  9. Rasheed187

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    OK so you're saying that on Intel systems it works well on Win 8.1, no slowdown what so ever? And which of the two should I download? I normally never patch my systems, unless it highly critical. Wait a minute, one is for 32 bit systems and the other is for 64 bit, correct?

    https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4056895
     
  10. Minimalist

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    I installed it through Cumulative Update offered by WU. It didn't slow down my Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows 10 installations.
     
  11. Mrkvonic

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    You can try either security-only or rollup, it's the same from security perspective.

    Now, is this critical - well, technically, it's not. But the noise is so big, it sounds like it's armageddon.
    You need well-patched internet-facing programs, and if you're the only user, you're fine.

    I see no slowdown at all (perceptible user slowdown) - whether some instruction runs 14us slower is irrelevant.

    Mrk
     
  12. Rasheed187

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    OK cool, then I will install it.

    Yes I agree, I doubt that it's easy to exploit, but I still have this nagging feeling.
     
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