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Earlier this month, two security vulnerabilities were discovered in devices powered by chipsets from Intel, AMD and ARM. Microsoft was one of the first companies to address the security vulnerabilities on Windows. The patches for Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities ended up bricking the AMD PCs, the update was failing to install on some Windows 7 and 8.1 machines with BSOD errors.

Today, Microsoft is addressing the issue by rolling out a new cumulative update that fixes the vulnerabilities and BSOD issues. Direct Download links for Windows 7 KB4073578 is now available with the fix for all the reported issues. Microsoft says the bug that was causing the Meltdown and Spectre patches installation error on AMD computers has been fixed.

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed whether Windows 7 KB4073578 patches the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities or not. On the support page, Microsoft has only stated that the update fixes the unbootable state in AMD devices.

KB4073578 Download Links for Windows 7 SP1

Windows 7 KB4073578 Direct Download Links: 64-bit (x64)32-bit (x86).

Microsoft screwed up on the previous update and now they have released another update to address the bug. So far, no users have reported any issues after installing this cumulative update on AMD and Intel PCs.

Microsoft began rolling out the cumulative update on January 10 acknowledging that the issue with AMD processors is fixed. Nonetheless, the Meltdown and Spectre patches for Windows and Linux systems with AMD systems turned out to be a huge fiasco. Are you able to update your PC? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Forjo Atinxan

    How does this help a system that cannot boot?

    • You may boot into safe mode and install these updates or you can use system restore (using windows installation disk) and restore the pc to an earlier date and then install the update to make sure the broken PC is fixed.

      • Jay

        What if you cannot get into Safe Mode? (Just re-starts the auto repair loop) or do not have a windows installation disk?

        I’ve downloaded the update onto my laptop and pendrive. But not sure how to install it onto my cpu as I cant get into windows?