Microsoft has warned that many Windows 7 and Windows 10 will slow down with the recent patches and updates.
Microsoft stated that Windows 7 including Windows 8.1 systems will run slower after receiving and installing the crash updates designed for the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities.
Windows 10 systems will slow down also, but the changes will be very limited to milliseconds unless it is a newer system.
The Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities affect mostly Intel processors but also some ARM and AMD chips.
Microsoft has released the security updates to fix the issue in the operating system as well as Intel released security updates for its microcode processor.
The security updates have changed the way Windows operating system accesses the system’s memory therefore affecting the user’s experience and performance depending on the age of the system.
If you have an internal IT department or managed IT services provider, these patches have or will be installed on your systems. If you have not received the security patches already, you should check your antivirus to ensure it is not blocking the updates.
Microsoft has stated it will not deliver the Meltdown and Spectre security patches if systems are running third-party antivirus programs that are not compatible with Microsoft Windows.
Unfortunately, Windows 7 and Windows 10 will slow down. If the performance degrades, the only option is to replace the system.
For more information on Meltdown and Spectre, see the full article – How to Protect Against New Security Flaws Meltdown and Spectre
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