Intel Recommends Users Don't Install Meltdown and Spectre Fixes Due to Random Reboots

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 5:05 PM

Intel has changed its stance on the first wave of fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown CPU exploits, recommending that users don’t automatically update through Windows Update. It’s down to widely reported issues of random reboots as of a result of the fix, so if you don’t want to suffer unexpected shutdowns then give the latest Windows security updates a wide berth.

The issue is currently being worked on by Intel’s tech team, and they have identified the root cause of the problem on Broadwell and Haswell processors. They know what the cause is, now they just have to fix it, pretty much. Once that’s done, and tested, Intel will then roll out out a further final release fix for Meltdown and Spectre.

You’ll have noticed Intel has specifically named Broadwell and Haswell, although just about every CPU family from Sandy Bridge all the way up to Coffee Lake-S is affected. For now, it seems as if Intel is currently only working on nailing down fixes for the older Haswell and Broadwell processors.

As a result of the reboot issue, Intel is recommending all OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users should not install the latest Windows security fix as it may cause unexpected reboots and “unpredictable system behaviour.” If you’re not too fussed about that then go ahead, although no one wants a random reboot when you’re down to the final ten in PUBG.

“I apologize for any disruption this change in guidance may cause,” says Intel’s Navin Shenoy. “The security of our products is critical for Intel, our customers, and partners, and for me, personally. I assure you we are working around the clock to ensure we are addressing these issues.”

When an issue such as Meltdown and Spectre comes along that requires urgent attention, the quick fixes inevitably hit a few snags along the way. Intel isn’t alone in this regard, with older AMD CPUs suffering the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. As of Monday, there is a fix for AMD users, although it is a little more fiddly than a standard Windows Update.

Have you been experiencing any random reboots or unexpected behaviour from your Intel PC since installing the Windows Spectre and Meltdown security updates? Let us know!

Cheers Tzzsmk for spotting this!

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Didnt update , no issues whats so ever xD

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23:47 Jan-30-2018

I have windows 10 set on automatic update. Dont know if a fix was installed or not but i have no problems at all.

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00:24 Jan-29-2018

I updated my laptop running kaby lake i7 and compute stick running cherry trail no issues on ether thankfully

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20:03 Jan-26-2018

Sometimes i wish that all tech manufacturers stop releasing new products for just 1 month.
Same thing for updates... No single day can pass without releasing new driver/apps updates.

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02:58 Jan-26-2018

This is why I held out on the update. The update rolled out too fast before proper testing was done.

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17:22 Jan-25-2018

Both my AMD and Intel powered laptops received that update recently, no reboots so far.

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11:13 Jan-25-2018

Didnt update , no issues whats so ever xD

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10:43 Jan-25-2018

Skylake running on latest win 10x64 updates. No weird reboots for me. Not yet anyway.

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03:37 Jan-25-2018

I7 4510U, Haswell, updated, no reboot or weird behavior so far, the decrease in performance is very noticeable in big game like GTA V, the buildings sometime disappear, very annoying, hope they fix it soon

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02:00 Jan-25-2018

Updated, no real issues.
Two weird/annoying things though:



  1. On reboot, windows asks for my password twice

  2. Torchlight2 freezes on resolution change and DSR no longer works on it (havent tested other games)


My laptop with win7 and 1st gen i7 has also been updated with no issues. Also, no noticeable slowdown although I dont do anything heavy on this laptop anymore.

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16:26 Jan-25-2018

For the first issue go to Settings > Accounts > Sign In options > go down to privacy > make sure that "use my sign in info to automatically..." is disabled. Should fix it if it was enabled and as far as I am aware this was an issue before the update for spectre/meltdown (I experienced this last year until doing this).

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22:28 Jan-25-2018

Thanks. I will try this out. Cheers

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17:23 Jan-25-2018

Hmm... I'll try Torchlight2 myself. See what happens to my system.

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17:26 Jan-25-2018

Got the game running at 5120x2880. Works fine my end. But it did crash when I tried to change to 5K, though I wouldn't say this is a new thing, from memory.

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22:33 Jan-25-2018

Crap, now I have to fix it haha!
Resolution change always crashes TL2 for me post update.
If I change the resolution on settings text file to anything higher than 1080p before running the game, it freezes for a while before finally launching at a 480p/720p resolution (cant remember exactly)

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00:54 Jan-26-2018

Did you make sure DSR is actually enabled in the NVCP? Because I find that after driver updates the DSR setting gets reset, which I find annoying as hell. Otherwise running at 5K on a 1440p screen posed no problems for me here.

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10:35 Jan-26-2018

yes its still enabled in nvcp... and yes its annoying how it sometimes resets settings on driver updates

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12:53 Jan-26-2018

Huh, weird... Wish I could be of help, but I have no clue where to start with it!

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01:58 Jan-25-2018

I have already updated.. luckily no issues for me so far.

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23:35 Jan-24-2018

Haven't had any problems with my Core i5 3550

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22:19 Jan-24-2018

I have updated both Windows and BIOS and no issues on my end. Not a single crash or reboot.

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22:03 Jan-24-2018

Updated having no issues myself

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21:48 Jan-24-2018

then i'm one of the lucky once who didn't installed Windows Creators Update? After the restart my PC froze on black screen doing nothing... only waiting.

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19:40 Jan-24-2018

Hahahaha

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19:34 Jan-24-2018

Why dont they remove the fix from the automatic windows update temporarily then? I dont work in that field so i dont know how easy or hard that would be, but it sounds like it would work?

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19:22 Jan-24-2018

AMD recommends not to buy Intel

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08:11 Jan-25-2018

kek

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19:07 Jan-24-2018

Got one yesterday while playing PUBG and thought my GPU died... Thanks Intel.

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20:59 Jan-24-2018

So weird... I'm on a Haswell-E chip and my PC literally chugs 24/7 - I game or work on it and when I don't the 4 GPUs are mining crypto. Not a single crash or instability so far!

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21:03 Jan-24-2018

I guess it's luck. Only had one such occurence so far... What's even weirder is that some of my game install locations were not recognized(battle.net), some settings on some apps were reset and I had to reenter a few passwords and such.

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17:28 Jan-25-2018

Just Checked and Battle.net does know where my Diablo III is installed :D
(That's the only game I have from them atm)

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20:25 Jan-25-2018

You should check again if the crash/reboot happens.

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12:54 Jan-26-2018

Not a single problem still. I think my Haswell-E is golden :D
(I actually got a better chip from Intel after the RMA in terms of OC)

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18:53 Jan-24-2018

To late.... But after a week not a single random reboot

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18:42 Jan-24-2018

im on win 8.1 still but when i installed that patch my pc froze after 5minute so i uninstalled the patch i think that patch is just a crap

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