Intel processors may slow down again after the latest Windows 10 update

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A very serious update is waiting for many computer users. Microsoft has just released a patch from new microcodes for Intel processors, affecting all users of Windows 10 versions 1507 to 1909. You should install it immediately, because it deals with unprotected vulnerability of these processors to attack.

The patches just released concern the Denverton, Sandy Bridge, Sandy Bridge E, EP family processors, as well as Valley View and Whiskey Lake U. Of these systems, the most popular are the Whiskey Lake U (8th generation) processors found in laptops. Many newer processors received patches about six months ago.

The patches have different numbers for different versions of Windows 10. After going to the Windows Update site, you will need to manually install the patch for your version of the system. Installation is optional and you can opt out. It is not yet known what impact the individual processors will have on the performance of the above-mentioned updates.

  • KB4497165: Intel Intel microcode updates for Windows 1909 and 1903
  • KB4494174: Intel Intel microcode updates for Windows 10 1809
  • KB4494451: Intel Intel microcode updates for Windows 10 1803
  • KB4494452: Intel Intel microcode updates for Windows 1709
  • KB4494453: Intel Intel microcode updates for Windows 10 1703
  • KB4494175: Intel Intel microcode updates for Windows 1607
  • KB4494454: Intel Intel microcode updates for Windows 10

This is another update in recent years released due to the hardware vulnerabilities of Intel processors. Previous updates addressing vulnerabilities Meltdown and Specter they became famous for a noticeable reduction in computing power of selected systems (up to 10%!), which of course did not appeal to their users.