As part of the March 2018 Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has also delivered new guidance and new updates to help protect against the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that are part of the Intel processor security issues.
The company has been slow to provide support for Windows Server 2008 and 2012 and the Windows 7 x86 architecture, but has finally delivered for both the Monthly Rollup and Security Only bundle for these affected systems.
NOTE: The antivirus registry key is still required this month so that affected systems can see and install the updates.
The updates install the mitigations, but they are not enabled by default. To enable the mitigations through registry edits, see:
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