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Windows 10 update packs fix for AMD boot issues

Microsoft last week paused the rollout of its Spectre and Meltdown patch for some AMD-based PCs following reports that it was causing those systems to be unable to boot past the Windows startup logo. Now, it appears Microsoft has a fix: A new cumulative update (opens in new tab) for Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) is now available with a single fix directed at AMD devices (via Neowin).

The update, labeled KB4073290, ticks the build number up to 16299.194. The release notes are rather short, reading:

An update is available to fix the following issue that occurs after you install January 3, 2018—KB4056892 (OS Build 16299.192):AMD devices fall into an unbootable state.

This follows today's release of a pair of cumulative updates for Anniversary Update and Creators Update PCs as well, although those particular updates included a much longer list of fixes. If you're running an AMD-based PC, you should be able to grab KB4073290 via Windows Update. The update is also available as a manual download from the Microsoft Update Catalog (opens in new tab) now.

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  • Impressive turnaround time on this. Straight to production!
  • You can also update your Intel devices with 16299.194 btw
  • So what is the fix if the auto update already bricked the PC? Second time MS has done this, last time had to reinstall OS, and do NOT want to do that again.