Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Microsoft Expands Spectre And Meltdown Patches To Windows 7 And Windows 8.1

Microsoft Expands Spectre And Meltdown Patches To Windows 7 And Windows 8.1

(You can manually download the Fall Creators Update on Microsoft's site, provided that you have an existing license to Windows 10.) If you haven't patched an old Windows 10 system that's been sitting on the shelf, the time is now.

Microsoft today released Windows 10 Build 14393.2125 (10.0.14393.2125) to everyone on Anniversary update (Windows 10 Version 1607).

The next update is expected to have a number of new features, including the long-delayed Timeline, HDR support, and improved DPI support.

Elsewhere, Microsoft Edge is widely-tipped to gain more touchpad gestures, design improvements and improved support for eBooks.

Microsoft has announced today that it's broadening the range of devices that will receive mitigations for Spectre and Meltdown chip bugs. The company has fixed an issue where Internet Explorer may not respond to the operations when Browser Helper Object is installed.

Direct download links for Windows 7 KB4088875 is also available on Microsoft's Update Catalog web pages. But Microsoft's step-by-step approach to increasing support for Spectre and Meltdown patches also means that you can probably expect support for more of Intel's processors, as well as 64-bit versions of Windows 7/8.1, within the coming weeks.

Lifts the Anti-Virus (AV) compatibility check to expand the number of Windows 10 devices that are offered cumulative Windows security updates. You can then choose a 32 or 64-bit download.

Microsoft says that new security update is available for Internet Explorer, Windows Shell, Windows MSXML, Windows Kernel, Microsoft Graphics component, Windows Installer and Windows Hyper-V.

We fixed an issue where If you tried to open a file that was available online-only from OneDrive that hadn't been previously downloaded to your PC (marked with a green checkmark in File Explorer), your PC could bugcheck (GSOD).

We fixed an issue impacting the Czech touch keyboard layout where numbers on the &123 view couldn't be inserted into UWP apps. However, the majority of Windows users will now be able to benefit from the Meltdown and Spectre fixes.

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